I find it easiest to stay on track with my eating when I’m at work. I work in a dungeon, usually with 1-2 people at a time for 8-12 hours at a time. We have a full kitchen so I pack a variety of meals and snacks for my shifts. We do have a little canteen, but the options are limited and it’s hard for us to leave to get food if we’re busy. So I find it really easy to eat healthy at work. It’s when I’m on my days off that I find myself tempted. But I’m staying strong and doing good so far. Today is day 2 of my 3 days off.
I’ve been working so much that I haven’t really gotten to spend much quality time with my roommate. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I generally become really good friends with my roommates. Unless they’re total assholes. I could write a whole book on the bad roommates I’ve had. But I digress. Tricia and I have been living together since May. It’s been great! I’ve known her for almost a year now, which means she’s also been dating my friend for roughly a year. I’ve already told him that if they break up, I’m keeping her. I’m not moving again lol We get along fabulously and share a lot of the same struggles which is why we decided to get healthy together. But before we decided this, our time together would generally consist of watching a movie and gossiping and eating. We’d grab fast food, order a pizza, pick up some ice cream, open a couple bags of chips, whatever we happened to be craving at the time, and spend the next 2-4 hours eating and sitting. A great recipe for weight gain. Fast forward to yesterday when the two of us made plans to make some time to hangout in the afternoon. This time, instead of getting a bunch of snacks together and eating our faces off, or on I guess is more accurate, we took the dogs to the dog park for an hour. We made some yummy lunches when we got home (chicken and rice for T, 4 oz tenderloin and mashed potatoes/cauliflower), and then watched Super Troopers (hilarioius as always!). Without snacking. It was a lovely afternoon. I’m trying to do more things like this. For instance, one of my friends wanted to go for boneless dry rib night at a local pool hall, The Rack. Now, The Rack has delicious pub-style food. The wings are amazing! But that’s all they have. Everything on the menu is laden with fat and calories and I’m just not at a point yet where I feel strong enough to go and just sit there and watch other people enjoy the food while I sip on a water (I also love beer and they serve them in schooners. That’s harder to resist than the food). So I suggested that if she picked a different place to eat, one with more options than a house salad, I’d definitely be in. I also suggested that if she wanted to go for ribs with another friend and then meet up after for a walk around the park, I’d be down for that also. I didn’t hear back from her. That’s ok though. I haven’t really had a conversation with her about what I’m doing yet and I do need to do that. With a lot of people. The only people who know I’m trying to lose weight and get healthy are those of you who read this blog and a handful of my friends. I feel too vulnerable at this point to really let people in on it though. So while I’m going to keep letting people know about my journey, I think I’ll keep my friend and family blog audience to a minimum for the time being and rely on the support of those around me who are going through or have gone through the same things.