Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Life just keeps interrupting my healthier life

Every other week I have to work 12 hours on Monday. Yesterday was my first 12 hour Monday, in my new healthier lifestyle. My day was just. just. typical for a 12 hour day.

I had two submission deadlines. check. check. I had to do my paperwork for travel reiumbursement. check. I had to turn in said paperwork. fail. I had to teach two classes. fail. fail. (The plan was to watch a film that would encorporate all these ideas/images to create experiential learning blah blah blah, and we could hear all the background noise, but none of the actors. So a week in, I am 1/2 week behind. awesome. ) Attend two student group meetings. check. check.

At 7:30 last night I NEEDED nachos, pajamas and bed. Instead, I went with the gym, pasta with veggies, pajamas and bed. So, healthy lifestyle on a crappy day? check.

That was yesterday, now today is happening. Mr. P got a promotion last month, and it was announced firmwide at a staff meeting on Friday (while Mr. P was on vacay). As an extra kudos, his firm gave him the company credit card to take me to our local fine dining place. ugh. I just fought the battle of uber rich, yummy food. I don't want to do it again. So, I had a brilliant idea. Why don't we just go eat at Panera, then ask the firm to donate $50 to our local food bank. Right?

So when I met up with Mr. P at the gym last night, he told me he had gotten us reservations at our local fancy, schmancy and I did not have the heart to take it away from him. My failures in the past should not interfere with his just rewards. This is a fun thing for him, he is so proud to take me out on the company dime, and to make it about me is very typically me.

I am not going to do that to him. If in fact, I am taking on a new lifestyle, then I can't avoid life, whether it be 12 hour days, or fancy dinner, or taking a trip to visit my sister in the place where God invented pizza. I just have to suck it up and figure out how. to. deal.

So tonight I am going on a date. We are going out for a nice romantic dinner to celebrate Mr. P's hard work and success. Then, if we are done in time, I might even suggest a movie where they keep the popcorn and the candy and such. Or maybe we will just come home, put on the pajamas and watch the first round of American Idol on Tivo.

11 comments:

Fatinah said...

boy,oh, boy - are you on the road to success!!

Tracy said...

If you get a whole pizza two slices are only twelve points. I'm OK with that, and just factor into my day if I know I want that. I have also learned to always skip bread, appetizers, and dessert. I get a couple drinks and a main course. Stick with grilled chicken or salads, and you still get to enjoy the being out part.

Hotch Potchery said...

What if I have the appetizers, bread and dessert and skip the main course?

--V said...

Try soup instead of salad, if there's any on offer. Hot liquids make your stomach shrink a little, so you feel full faster. As long as you stay way from milk-based soups, you should be ok points-wise.

Tracy said...

Well that stuff has way more fat/calories than the main courses usually, but maybe you were kidding...

Not Your Aunt Bea said...

Pick the one you want the most (me: dessert & booze) and work everything else around that. You can do what you did on vacay and only eat half the meal (get the rest to go). Or, get an appetizer and a meal but only eat a few bites of the meal and get it to go. Then you'll have a lovely lunch or dinner for the rest of the week. It sucks you just can't eat everything. I know. I had a big heaping bowl of broccoli for lunch and just 1 slice of pizza. Sigh.

Fatinah said...

I've been running off and on for around 10 years. The only reason I'm running that distance is because I'm training for a 1/2 marathon on Feb 15. Normally, I run 3 times a week, whatever distance I can do in 30 minutes of running. I'm trying to keep my knees healthy so I can hopefully run into old age!

Jen L. said...

Have a good time tonight! I cannot wait to "talk" about American Idol with you!

chezjulie said...

Hey HP,

Thanks for the kudos. Nia is awesome! It's a mix of dance, martial arts, and healing arts, and is low impact and great for self-expression. You can find out if there is a class in your area at http://www.nianow.com/.

One good thing about going to a fancy-schmancy restaurant is that they will prepare the food ANY way you want them to. If you order fish, they'll do it grilled without sauce, etc. If you Google you can find lots of sites that list healthy choices based on the type of cuisine. Just avoid fried, butter, cream, etc. And enjoy your date! Also, those place all offer sorbet for dessert, which is a nice alternative.

Mandy Lou said...

If I recall correctly green beans are 0 points - when I did WW and I went out to eat I would order a large side of green beans so that I could fill up on those. But good luck at dinner, it's good to get your head wrapped around the new lifestyle now, it helps in the long run (I still order green beans :-)

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