I am sitting in a hotel. Work is closed today and tomorrow due to the Hurricane. The weather is horrible and getting worse by the minute. Stuck in the hotel. Not much to do; bored silly.
The challenge is to not fill the time with food. The temptations are powerful. I was smart enough to buy some microwave food to have in the hotel room in case the restaurants are closed. It sits there tempting me.
So far so good.
I went to the fitness center and did 30 minutes on the stationary bike and texted with my son while pedaling. Then I rested for a bit and walked to the Chinese restaurant that is in the strip mall next to the hotel. Not bad food and I kept the amount within reason. Now I am writing this post.
What I will do with the rest of the night is the question. The challenge would have undone me a year ago. I think, I hope, I am up to it now.
There is always a reason to fall back to old habits, bad practices, and unhealthy choices. Eating from boredom, stress, anger, sadness, joy… There is always an excuse available. The challenge here is not taking the excuse, the easy way out. The challenge is to resist and stay with the plan that has proven so successful. That is what I keep telling myself as I sit here. Resist, stay on plan, stick with what works. What is difficult is to not rationalize and start eating. So I keep reminding myself that I got here by sticking with the plan at all times. Today at a plant-wide meeting I ate very lightly, avoided the delicious looking cakes and pasta salads, and ate half of a turkey wrap and a couple of pickle spears. I was satisfied, not full, and that is a key for me. I have to remember that walking away from the table stuffed to the gills is not the goal. Proper nutrition, being satisfied, not feeling full. This is what I want from my meals.
I am so surprised at my desire to exercise. I was never really into exercise. Yes, I am a cyclist again and was really into cycling as a young man. I was never interested in exercise for exercise sake. Sitting on a stationary bike? PLEASE, SPARE ME. Now? Now I pick my hotels based on their fitness center. I spent a half hour on the stationary bike as I mentioned, and I will probably go to again tonight and work on the elliptical. And the amazing thing is that I enjoy it. I look forward to it. Go figure.
I guess it can honestly be said that you can change if you really desire to change. I did. I think I have.