No More Excuses

By now, I think the last shards of stomach flu have left the building.  By “building”, I mean my digestive tract.  Just in case that wasn’t clear.

I was feeling a little queasy throughout the week last week, even after I had returned to work, so I kept things simple.  I let myself sleep as much as possible, I passed on working out and I didn’t cook anything (well, besides a quesadilla) pretty much all week long.

Don’t get me wrong- I tried to keep things under control, but I wasn’t exactly focused on spending time in the kitchen and filling my plate with vegetables and lean meat.

I’m not much for new year’s resolutions, for the obvious reasons. With all the build-up and unrealistic expectations, they almost always result in failure.  If I know it’s going to fail, why bother in the first place?

So, I’m making it my “new week’s resolution” this week to focus on not filling up on crap.  A week?  I think I can do that.

This afternoon I had a work event in my neighborhood.  After the event, I headed to a diner with some coworkers to grab lunch.  Diner menus are massive and filled with things like chocolate drizzled waffles, cheese stuffed dough and sandwiches that come with 4 sides, but I managed to use all of my willpower and order a salad with chicken, avocado, bell pepper and bacon.  The bacon wasn’t negotiable- I was in a diner, after all.

Does anyone else feel an immediate sense of regret when ordering a salad off a big menu?  Don’t get me wrong, I love a salad as much as the next girl, but salads can be sort of generic.  There’s part of me that always feels like I could’ve just saved the salad to make at home and I should’ve gone with the house specialty.

Ah, well.  Good thing I ordered before there was time for the regret to sink in.

I spent the rest of the day working from home and ohhh, the snacks.  They beckoned to me.  I don’t know how people who work from home full-time do it.  I would have to put a lock on the snack drawer.

I managed to redeem myself with this simple dinner:

I roasted like it was going out of style.  Cauliflower, brussels sprouts, potatoes and cannellini beans made up a nice square meal on one baking sheet.

Day #1 down, #6 to go.  Wish me luck, it could be a long week.

15 thoughts on “No More Excuses

  1. I feel the same way when I order a salad at restaurants. Most of the time the lettuce isn’t very exciting and the salad is a let-down so then I wish I would have ordered pasta or steak or whatever the restaurant is known for.

  2. It’s a rare occasion when I order a salad in a restaurant. Mostly because I can make a similar one for $5 less and half the calories. Or because it’s twice the serving of a normal salad. Or because it’s usually just as many calories as the sandwich on the page next to it.

    I woulda gone for the chicken/bacon sandwich, too.

  3. Good for you! I love the idea of a ‘new week resolution’.
    Salads can be tough. My husband and I have found our fave salad restaurants. Might sound silly but when you find a really, really good salad, it makes you want to go back.
    Good luck! You can do it! 🙂

  4. I totally feel ya – I also hate New Year’s Resolutions…they are almost always a fail so why even make them. As for salads, I tend to order a lot of salads at restaurants but that’s more because of dietary restrictions than anything else. I wish I had more choices on menus….

    Today, I ate so much crap because I was unprepared and its cold out and there wasn’t much else to eat. Hate it when that happens.

    • Me too. 🙂 I was ADDICTED to Strangers with Candy. And Me Talk Pretty One Day is probably my favorite book of all time. Talented family right there.

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