Do you feel like you’re playing a bizarre game of 100-up? As a kid, one of us would hit baseballs to the rest, and we added points with each ball we caught. The first to hit 100 was the next one to bat. However, the 100-up I’m talking about here is 100-screw-ups. Maybe once I make that 100 it’ll finally be enough to get it right.
Take for example, last night. I went grocery shopping, bought all good things, then came by cookies. That grocery store is clever. The only reason cookies came to mind in the first place was because seeing them was unavoidable. Had there been a cookie isle I would have passed it by, but this store has all the cash lines backed by long row of cookies, candies, chocolates and other junk. Shoppers have no choice but to walk alongside it, or stand beside it if lines get longer.
Although I never buy cookies, I toyed with the idea of Peek Freans Fruit Crème cookies then admitted there was far too much sugar and calories in those for my sugar level or waistline. I passed on those, yet I didn’t walk away, because I wanted ‘something’. That’s when I saw them, a product I hadn’t seen before in a graphically pleasing designed box. Peek Freans Lifestyle Selections. I chose the Cranberry Citrus Oat Crunch. “ That sounds pretty healthy, ” I told myself. Not a thought was given to the nutrition label.
It wasn’t until I was going to bed last night that I thought about the cookies and the rest of my food consumption over the day. On the way home I had eaten about 6 or 8 cookies. All the while reasoning that they were OK, because the green bar on the front of the box said ‘Source of Fibre’, and the ingredients in the name, cranberries, citrus and oats are all healthy. I reasoned that a few of these would subside the hunger before dinner. It was then 8:00 pm.
Their stats are better than most cookies. Three of them equal 140 calories, 5 grams of fat, 100 milligrams of sodium, and 21 total carbs with seven grams of sugar. But, I had about eight. I ate a meal-worth of calories just in cookies. Before that, the day started with McDonald's drive-thru breakfast followed by nacho chips under taco meat, shredded cheddar, diced tomatoes and peppers from the cafeteria at work. Top that with the eight chicken tenders I had after shopping, and later a P&J sandwich. Yesterday sucked for calorie overload.
When this revelation struck me last night I decided I wasn’t going to beat myself up. After all, I did very well with the rest of groceries I bought, and today is a new day. Then I overslept this morning. From the time I got up I had only 45 minutes to get to work. Because of the time restraint we ended up at the BK drive-thru. The lunch, salad, two chicken tenders, a yogurt, applesauce and fresh blueberries, I made for today remained on the washing machine as we flew out the door. Grrr! Now it’ll be cafeteria food again. So today is not shaping up as well as I planned, but I will make sure it doesn’t get out of hand.
As we sat in the BK drive-thru I said to my daughter, “ We’ve got to stop doing this. I came across some fast breakfast ideas from another blogger ( Scale Junkie’s10 Quick and Easy Healthy Breakfast Ideas ), and we need to do some of those. I just have to get the stuff in place for mornings like this. ”
Forever a work in progress! I acknowledge some the mistakes I made:
I should not go shopping hungry. It does something to the brains logic, reasoning and common sense.
I should not EVER consider cookies. Though the ones I ate were 2.5-inch wafers, they still don't give me the nutrition I need to get healthy.
I should not eat so late at night. That could be one of the reasons I wake up so tired and achy in the morning.
I wonder what my batting score would have been for yesterday and this morning?