Today is the first day that I’ve really had trouble staying on plan. I had an aggravating day at work and really wanted to go home and sip on a martini. The problem with that is:
- A martini has about 200 calories, which I had not budgeted for,
- I have to exercise as soon as I get home or I won’t do it at all,
- And, most importantly, I know from past experience that it is much easier to justify snacking and really going off plan after that much alcohol.
So, what did I do to fight this craving?
First, I drank a diet coke. I haven’t had one in a couple of days, so I thought that indulging in something else might help and it did. Then I worked out as planned. After that I walked the dog, which kept me distracted and out of the house. Then it was time to fix supper. Finally, after supper, I allowed myself a glass of wine as a reward. A 5 oz. glass of wine has about 125 calories, compared to 200 for a martini; wine also has 10.7 grams of alcohol, compared to 22.8 grams in a martini.
Wow, the martini has over twice as much alcohol; no wonder it’s harder to stay on plan after drinking one.
Even though it was tough, I avoided the temptation and I’m proud to say that I made it through the day.