Well, the wheels really came off the bus for me this past week. I was doing well until Tuesday when I had a horrible, horrible day of work related travel.
I had an early morning flight which was delayed, then cancelled. I booked on another flight that was delayed, then cancelled, then I booked on another flight that was delayed, but finally went. I had arrived at O’Hare airport at 6:00 a.m. and did not leave until 8:30 p.m. It was 10:30 p.m. when I finally got to my hotel. Midway through the day I decided screw it and started eating bunch of junk. The next day started out okay but my flight that afternoon was again delayed, then cancelled. I managed to get a very late flight but used this all as an excuse for more bad eating.
Anyway, as the work and other stress continued through my week and weekend I was struggling to get back on track and then yesterday two wonderful things happened. We had a staff lunch where they were serving pizza and my intention was to go out and get a salad beforehand, but various things happened and suddenly it was time for the meeting. I really didn’t know what to do. I had another meeting right after that so there would be no time for anything else. Then one of my co-workers who knows about “Eat to Live” saw me standing there and said that she had brought a Greek salad for lunch and would I like to have it? Isn’t that amazing? I was so happy and so thankful to her for rescuing me. Suddenly it all started to seem like maybe I could do this.
Then on the train on the way home I ran into someone I hadn’t seen in years, but who is a Facebook friend. She said she had been inspired by my Facebook posts to change the way she ate and that she had lost 10 pounds and felt so much better. Frankly I wasn’t sure if anyone was reading my posts, or that if they were they did not just dismiss them as more nagging from Sandra. But out of the blue I found out that someone actually made a change in her life because of what I had been writing. That gave me new inspiration too!
On Thursday I am going on vacation for a week to Costa Rica, and I really want to try to stick to a plant based, whole foods diet while I’m there. I know that beans and rice are very common foods, along with lots of tropical fruit, so I think I will be able to do it. I do plan to make one exception — if there is fresh fish being served I will definitely be eating it! I will take pictures of my meals and report when I return.
Anyway, I wanted to share this because a) we can’t all be perfect and b) when you do slip up, just get started again and c) there are people around to help you and d) you never know who you might be influencing, so don’t give up hope!