Sunday, May 9, 2010
It's funny, what I knew about Baltimore before coming here is what I saw on a former favorite TV show, Homicide, Life on the Streets, which, while FABULOUS viewing, is now exactly a tourism draw... But the downtown area really seemed pretty nice. The eating challenges however, were VERY real.
The catering tables are ALSO in there, and the snacks supplied range from not so bad (there was a FABULOUS yogurt bar with granola and dried fruit) to REALLY bad (the cookie and brownie tray). There was a buffet breakfast, that had pastries, sausage, bacon (all things I LOVE that don't fit this eating plan at all)... Evening snacks were better (for me)--as the cheeses were the high-end kind where I am happy with a couple squares, and the salty/crunchy snacks were mostly not the horrible kind (mixes that include prezels, nuts (fatty, yes, but the good fat, and ALSO not one I over indulge on).
Then, there are meals provided some of the time (again, by these deep-pocketed pharmaceutical companies) and while they aren't HORRIBLE nutritionally, they are generally BIGGER than I normally eat for breakfast or lunch.
Watching points was a CHALLENGE.
And it wasn't the ONLY challenge. There are also activities nearly all day for three days, so fitting in exercise means either giving up a session or sleep, and I like sleep.
And so How Did I Manage?
1)I did a power walk WEDNESDAY, knowing I would NOT be able to THURSDAY, and then stole some exercise FRIDAY to make up for knowing I'd have a shorter than normal session SATURDAY. It doesn't make up for not walking to work and back, but at least my two intense sessions were replaced.
2)I took extra care my mind was in the right place. This waned as I went, but Thursday and most of Friday was adequate.
3)I approached this as 'risk minimization' instead of 'be perfect'. I stayed largely AWAY from the pharm booths, and tried to make good CHOICES the other times snacks were offered.
4)I ALLOWED myself though, to have the seadfood I love, the wine offered (I drink wine on the weekends at home anyway)--dessert at the lunches. I think that mentality actually KEPT me from diving in too deeply on bad stuff (if I feel deprived, I am a big giant baby about it, and can go overboard, really easily)
I will have to let you know how the weigh-in goes—won't be until tomorrow morning that I am near a scale first thing, but I think I haven't done MUCH damage—it certainly could have been a lot worse.