Easter Tried to Break Me
byon 03-24-2008 at 08:42 PM (457 Views)
Well, this weekend was one hell of a comfort zone blaster! This was the first Easter that I have not indulged in a bit (okay, A LOT!) of chocolate. It was very challenging and very uncomfortable at times. Four whole days of sitting on my hands and trying not to pay attention to the chocolate surrounding me.
First up was Easter Friday, which wasn’t so bad as I stayed at home and was therefore able to control my food intake. Saturday was much the same, except for the difficult task of Easter egg shopping, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to enjoy any of it. Next up Sunday and we went to the Royal Sydney Easter Show. OH MY GOD! Talk about an overwhelming experience. Every where I turned there were things enticing me to break my resolve, things that any other year I would have indulged in until I felt sick. The show bag pavilion, the candy floss stands, donuts, ice cream, slushies, popcorn, nachos, hamburgers, hot chips and every other junky food under the sun. But I stuck it out, refusing to buy into any of it. Fortunately we were lucky enough to find a restaurant amongst all the crazy excess and I sat down to a yummy lunch of steamed veggies, rocket parmesan salad and half a low carb beer. I was really proud of myself that I had stuck it out and waited until something good came along. And that lunch was much more satisfying than a greasy carb loaded meal would have been.
Monday was spent with my partner’s family and once again I was up for a day of dietary hurdles. There were sweets galore on every surface, so no matter where I stood they were staring me in the face. Then out came the scones, chocolate slices and cakes. I could almost swear they were trying to break me! I made it through and was thoroughly proud of myself. I even learnt a few lesson along the way.
Next time I will definitely be more organized and bring some low carb snacks along with me. I will also not assume that there will be something on offer that I can eat, which is the big mistake I made yesterday. I also found Maggie’s story up on the site at the moment timely advice. I got quite grumpy over the past few days, feeling I was “missing out” while everyone else got to indulge. So next time I will DEFINITELY take a low carb food offering with me, then at least I will know that there will be one thing I can get away with eating.
Other than the challenges of adapting to a new way of life, I have been very successful during my Atkins Induction – although I slipped up a bit with the low carb beer and some Atkins bars. I didn’t find that these items affected my weight loss – which to present day stands at 4.7kg/10.3lbs!!! – but those Atkins bars certainly gave me some painful gas! I think I might trade those those suckers in for a daily OMM to satisfy my sweet tooth, so I am going to give them a go sometime during the week. Over all, I am really glad that I made it through the long weekend alive. I can’t believe how much staying power I have had since starting a low carb lifestyle. I guess the fear of slipping back into old habits stops me from even cheating just a little. I also feel so much more alive now that there is nooooooooooo way I would trade this wonderful feeling in just for a measly carb fix.
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