Hi all, thanks for the welcomes!
I am doing ok today even after going out to eat at a pub last night for Trivia night. I had a Ceasar Salad with grilled chicken (which actually proved to be super tasty) but I did have two beers, which did not feel great this morning. Still I made myself stick to my working out schedule and went out for a run this morning. Small win.
For lunch, I had this smoked salmon salad from Starbucks for the second day in a row and realized I love it. My office is in a mall, so food options are a bit hard although there is a supermarket on the ground floor. I made myself dip my fork into the dressing before picking up a bite instead of putting the dressing on the salad, which was just as satisfying. I did splurge on two small macarons from the bakery before coming back up to the office. I had a strong craving for something sweet to finish out the meal. I don't know where the craving comes from or what the reward is, but I practiced mindful eating for these macarons and realized I could have done with just one and that now I am contented and satisfied.
@Frugal Lizard I totally feel you about the slow eating. Before I committed to tracking things with my notebook, I didn't realize how often I ate on the run, in front of the TV, etc. For two weeks, I committed to sitting down for every meal (even if it's at my desk for lunch) and to focus on what I was eating and to eat slowly. It was interesting to see that I felt much more content when done and did not always finish my plate.
@elaine amj - sorry to hear about the overeating at the party- it happens. Maybe next time try not to "save" calories for the evening, but rather eat a filling snack, like oatmeal, before you go? That way, you'll be much more picky about what you decide to splurge on? Congrats on working out that morning!
@geostache- the sugar cravings are tough, huh? Let me know if you find something that works besides just going cold turkey. I have told myself that I'll just quit sugar so many times, but am always back to eating something sweet a couple of days afterwards.