Thursday, June 19, 2014
Justification and the leftover trap
That happened the day before yesterday...fact.
It has been almost a week of less than stellar eating. Actually, horrible eating. A lot of it had to do with having so much food left over from Saturday and wanting to "get it out of the house." Last I checked, our FoodSaver worked just fine. But yeah, those homemade pints of ice cream (curse you Jeni!) proved too strong when you feel like you "deserve" it after all of the crap you've been through over the past few weeks. The temptation of warming up leftovers in lieu of cranking out a full blown dinner has just been too much for me to resist.
It needs to stop.
Well, we're out of leftovers so I guess it has no choice but to stop. But still I look at the mindset and see how easy it can be to talk yourself into something quick and easy. Last Friday, our friend came over to remove the carpet, I was baking and cooking for the next day, we still had laminate to remove and it was getting late by the time he left for me to bust out dinner and then have to wait for the oven to cool before we moved it. We got subs and chips for dinner. (A regular sub, no monster sub or anything but still)
Saturday well, you know how that went. So it was pork roast, mac and cheese and baked beans with the occasional cookie or ice cream sandwich. That night we ordered pizza to refuel the boys and I had probably less than I would normally have on a regular high cal day so...yay?
Sunday we were so mentally and physically done that we had ice cream sandwiches for breakfast. Not a typo. I wish I could say I felt bad about it at the time but I didn't. I do now but you know you're in that whole 'screw it' mindset when you're waving the white flag? I let the Mr pick the spot for lunch to reward him for his hard work even though this was no longer a high cal day but you do that whole justification or "he deserves to be rewarded' kind of logic. He chose a wing place (not a fan) and I got a quarter pound burger over a half pounder and we split a chili cheese fry which was seriously lacking in size so I guess that's a good thing. Just as I was feeling proud of that decision, the new Reese Cup Oreos he came home with Thursday night began calling.
Sunday dinner was leftovers so pork roast, mac and cheese and baked beans. After dinner, I threw the leftover cookies in the trash. Honestly, they weren't my best batches. I was too rushed and they weren't worth the extra calories.
Monday was a decent breakfast, lunch was leftovers again and dinner was bbq pork roast pizza and a side of asparagus. Yoga was on the agenda because we both felt severely out of alignment. Then we saw a double feature at the movies and movie candy was had. Oy.
Tuesday was painting the outside and waiting on the dumpster pick up and running on four hours of sleep. No real work was done. Breakfast was healthy, lunch was finishing off the leftover sides (who knew those things would stretch that long!??!) and fruit salad. In between lunch and dinner were those pints of ice cream I mentioned. I scooped us up a bowl of dark chocolate and my own creation of Biscoff cookie butter ice cream. Yeah...it's as good as it sounds. That's the problem. Dinner was thankfully fish and veggies.
My water consumption has been pure crap all week and I can feel the water retention. Now that the kitchen is almost back to normal, there's no excuse not to cook good, healthy meals. I just generally feel crappy when I don't eat the best or have more sodium than I should.
I need to stop this madness before I end up in a serious backslide and take the Mr with me.
Have you fallen into the leftover trap? How do you stop a backslide?
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