Friday, March 09, 2012

Perils, pitfalls, pizza... and a plan.

Quote du jour: And Jesus saith to him: If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. And immediately the father of the boy cried out with tears, I do believe, Lord: help my unbelief!
- Mark 9:23-24

Today is a short day at work, but it's a day filled with perils and pitfalls. Yes, today is pizza day. One is expected to attend. One will feel obliged to partake. It's showing Team Spirit, or something like that. I know that when faced with the pizza, I'll probably end up nibbling.

What I'm most concerned with is not losing momentum. I'm almost halfway through the six week diet plan; this is about the time when I'd expect doubts & difficulties to start dropping by for a visit. I've been losing weight at the rate of a steady 2 pounds a week, which is a great way to stay motivated. I've been averaging an hour a night on the elliptical. Things have been good.

Even a vegetarian pizza that's been commercially made is going to be stuffed to the gills with enough sodium to choke a horse. I've learned enough to know that it's going to add pounds on the scale, that I'm going to feel most irrationally annoyed, and that that I'm going to feel irrationally discouraged. Even though I believe the diet works, I will start to disbelieve in my ability to follow it in faith.

So the plan is this:

  • Eat a ton of fruit and vegetables for breakfast
  • --DONE
  • Start the day with 15 minutes on the elliptical --DONE!

  • Work in 15 minutes of walking while waiting for the morning train --DONE!

  • 45 minutes on the elliptical this evening

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Shelley said...

Two pounds a week? Go Merry!!! Congrats on making that diet work, and I know you'll make the bit of pizza work, too. Sad that food is the thing that builds teams, but there you have our society.

Keith said...

Flout societal expectations! Don't eat that pizza. The "team" doesn't pay you to carry around the weight it will add. Remember the most powerful words in the world on this topic, "thank you, no". Be firm, be polite. I raised a flap on one team about doughnut meetings. I won't eat them. There was lots of pressure, but all I had to do is remember what they taste like about an hour after eating them. Hang in there.

messymimi said...

Good work on the weight loss! As for the pizza, claim gluten intolerance, milk allergy, or a diet restriction from the doctor. You can participate in the team spirit without eating the trash.

Anonymous said...

I hate work-related food events. They never work out well for my diet plan. My least favorite it when some dude brings in a box of doughnuts. The chocolate ones smell so good. I think: man, why couldn't you have brought in carrot sticks instead?

C said...

You're doing great, Merry! As for the pizza, say you're lactose intolerant or have an upset stomach and give your slice to someone else. Pizza actually does give me mega heartburn and some people are sympathetic to that as well.

solarity said...

I've been refusing offers of food for over fifty years of allergies. If your doctor, and not your own initiative, had told you to cut down sodium, would it be as hard to refuse?

Mary Anne in Kentucky

London Mabel said...

Hope it went well!

Julie said...

I need this as a cross stitched sampler, or inked on me someplace I can see it:
thank you, no.

Hope all went well. I love how simple this eating idea is. Almost done with Joel's book. You were right, it's a good one. Lost a few of those salty pounds now my own self elf.

ari_1965 said...

It's the combination of it's there, it smells good, and it's free that gets me every time.

McB said...

Major congrats on your progress! 2 #s a week is excellent! A very healthy pace.

It is amazing how much sodium is in processed stuff. When I cool I feel like I'm using a lot, but it's still less - and it's a pot intended for several meals - than what they use for processed stuff.