This was my 20th consecutive day on plan, so I am not cheating, but today, I gained valuable insights. My wife packed me a nine point lunch consisting of grilled chicken, green bean casserole, and wild rice. I ate it at about 11;45, my normal lunch time. At 12:15, I got a call and request to meet at McDonald’s. I did, and when I got there, I ate a 1/4 pounder with a large fry… I ate it all.
Now, before you go insane, don’t: I am still OP for today. I have 12 points remaining as well as all my weekly points, which start over tomorrow. As for the “valuable insights” you ask? They are two: I got a snapshot of how I used to eat. I was a glutton and I feel this afternoon like I did for 10 years of afternoons. Eating like I did today on a regular basis; no wonder I was always tired and felt bloated.
The second insight I grasped was this: if I give myself the opportunity and occaision to overeat, I will. I wasn’t hungry, I just wanted the food. It is a shameful experience to be dominated by cheap processed food, or any food for that matter. This epiphany doesn’t necessarily mean that I have forever learned my lesson; I will indulge again. But what it did was give me a physical feeling of lethargy and bloatedness to remember the next time I drive by McDonald’s and have a craving!
Have you ever learned a lesson the hard way like this? Would love to hear your story!