Losing Weight is Hard

September 10, 2008 · 26 comments

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This was going to be my week.  Once again I’ve been slipping but I’ve been at least thinking about what I need to do to get back on track.  Monday was going to be a hard day for me, but I was prepared for it and I was looking forward to getting through Monday as a great start to what would be a good week, but it didn’t happen.  Instead I had a bad start to what has turned into a bad week.

So what happened?  At work on Monday we had a potluck “tailgating” party in celebration of that night’s Monday Night Football game between the Minnesota Vikings and Greenbay Packers, NFL teams which have a great rivalry that extends to the employees in our office.  I’ve known about this party for a couple of weeks, and had signed up to bring a shrimp dip and crackers.

Occasionally last weekend I was thinking about Monday and thought briefly about the need to have a good week and the challenge of the tailgating party. Then on Monday morning as I was driving to work I put a plan in place for how I was going to participate in the party (by bringing the shrimp dip) but not eat anything, because I know myself well enough to know that an open-table buffett, potluck eating smorgasbord is not good for me.  

I’ve got a 70 minute drive so I had a lot of time to walk through the various scenarios and steel myself against what I would be faced with.  I was ready with a banana for a snack and I was prepared to leave the office for lunch, even though free lunch was being offered.  I had even, in my mind, written a blog post where I congratulated myself on getting through the challenge.  I was all ready.

So I don’t know how I went from all of that planning, to having a nibble.  And then a plate.  And then another plate.  And then some dessserts.  This was all at 10:00am in the morning.  Then round two in the afternoon.  Another plate of food and another plate of desserts.  I literally ate myself sick.

It is so frustrating, there is some switch somewhere in my head that somehow gets tripped, even with all of the great planning that I did.  There must be some other piece of planning I need to do but I don’t know what it is.  I must not be 100% committed to this, and I don’t know how to get there.

Losing weight is hard and it really sucks.

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