Today might have been the hardest day of any diet, weight loss plan, or lifestyle change that has ever happened to anyone ever.
You might be waiting for me to say that I’m exaggerating…
I wouldn’t hold your breath.
I knew today would be difficult just for the simple fact that it’s Halloween, but I had no idea just what I was in store for.
It all started when my boss
screamed at me incoherently on my way out the door yesterday asked me to make bacon wrapped little smokies for the office Halloween party. Now, normally this wouldn’t be a problem for me. I love being the center of attention when it comes to being told how awesome I am for cooking <insert random food here>. However, these little bastards are about as close to crack as you can get. For those of you that don’t know, it’s pork…wrapped in more pork…drowned in butter and brown sugar…then more brown sugar…and then baked until they’re crisp on the outside. Heaven (or in my case hell on a stick. I had specifically refrained from signing up to bring anything because I didn’t want the temptation in the house nor the urge to participate in the lunch festivities because I had brought a dish.
But I also couldn’t turn down a specific request for one of my signature appetizers (I put my own little twist on my Mom’s recipe). So I agreed.
15 hours after getting them out of the oven, I am proud to say that I didn’t eat a single one. Not even to taste test!
1st obstacle passed.
When we got to work I braced myself for the onslaught of yummy lunch dishes spread out everywhere…
But I wasn’t prepared for what I saw when I walked in.
It was the scariest sight I had ever seen…
Including some crazy apple filled one that I had never even heard of!
And if that wasn’t enough there were also the biggest blueberry muffins that I’ve ever seen. They had to have been at least 800 calories a piece.
I refused to go to that part of the building for the rest of the day. I knew that my willpower would be on the constant verge of breaking all day.
After I get to my desk and get everything set up for the day, my boss comes by and drops a bag of candy on my desk. I must have seemed like the most ungrateful bitch because I just say there and stared at it…I couldn’t even get my mouth to form the words, “Thank You.” I decided to treat myself to the package of 2 Starburst (20 calories per piece, seriously?!) and gave the rest of it away.
By lunchtime I was feeling pretty good about the decisions I had made up to this point and I was feeling like I was home free.
Then the smells started.
First it was faint and I could ignore it…then as more people made their lunch it became completely unbearable. By 11:30 I couldn’t take it anymore and I had decided I was just going to work it off over the weekend.
Then I had an awesome idea! What if we compromised on lunch and went to Qdoba! I knew that I could get a naked queso burrito for 700 calories and I had already been planning on a big lunch since I have class tonight. I know it isn’t the most healthy decision we could have made, but it was certainly better than bingeing on chicken wings and chocolate chip cookies. So, we took a stroll down the street to Qdoba and had lunch together while watching all the FFA (Future Farmers of America) students walk around in the rain. By the time we got back to the office I was full and super proud of myself for sticking to my guns.
This was actually the first office food day that I’ve ever skipped. At any job.
The rest of the day was pretty uneventful other than I got out of class super early and came home and made a killer dinner that I’ll be having many more of in the future. I’ve been on a huge egg/breakfast food kick lately and I had just picked up a bag of the Simply Potatoes Hashbrowns on my last trip to the grocery. I had seen a breakfast hash-type recipe online, so I tweaked it a little and it was delicious! It took me all of 15 minutes to cook, 5 ingredients, and was only 410 calories for a plate full of food.
I cooked one cup of the hashbrowns (140 cals) in nonstick cooking spray until warmed through and a little crispy. Then I cooked up one whole scrambled egg with two additional egg whites (125 cals for all) with 1/4 cup of Jimmy Dean’s turkey sausage crumbles (35 cals). I sprinkled 1/4 cup of Veleveeta shreds (60 cals) on top and let it melt. I skipped the oil for the potatoes, but did use 1 Tbsp of light butter for the eggs (50 cals)
It. was. delicious.
I had originally wanted to add some onions, peppers, and mushrooms to the mix, but I just didn’t feel up to it. There will be plenty of more meals for me to experiment with.
Overall, it’s been a pretty terrific day weight loss wise. We’ll be wrapping up week 2 at the gym tomorrow and we’re still planning on walking the 5k track at the park on Saturday. I hope to get some changes made to the website this weekend. I have to make it worthy of a 100 post blog, right?!
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” ~ Maya Angelou