Resistance is Possible

April 21, 2008 at 3:21 am 1 comment

My BF and I just got back from a weekend off-roading trip.  It was a super darn hoot of a time with lots of comraderie and a few challenging obstacles for the rigs inclined to enjoy them.  One thing that’s always a challenge for me is eating.

As usual, we brought a cooler full of good, healthy stuff: turkey pepperoni, light string cheese, 1-cup servings of Kashi GOLEAN Original cereal, a variety of fresh veggies, and packets (chicken chunks, whole wheat tortillas, etc.) from a couple different variations of South Beach Wraps.  Even being well stocked, though, doesn’t always guarantee I’ll stay on track with my plan, especially when I’m confronted by several other tasty temptations. 

We did two off-roading trips this weekend, so we stayed overnight in a Motel 6 close to the routes we were running.  The hotel was located right next to a huge candy store.  Yup, that’s right; when we arrived on Friday night, I suddenly and unexpectedly found myself in close proximity to a store that had big bags of every candy imaginable, not to mention homemade ice cream.  Goodness!  Talk about trial by fire!  Because this is the only store in town that has critical sundries like shampoo and bottled water, there’s no avoiding it.  Chances are, you’re going to need something they’ve got in there, which means you’re going to have to walk the gastronomic gauntlet.   And walk it, I did, four or five times in the past two days. 

One thing I’ve learned is that, contrary to popular opinion, resistance doesn’t need to be futile; resistance is, indeed, possible.  I resisted the homemade ice cream.  I resisted bags of peanut M&M-type candies.  I resisted every form of chocolate nut bark you can conceive of.  I even resisted the sugar-free items they had.  (Sugar-free doesn’t necessarily mean low-calorie, and none of the packaging provided nutrition stats.) 

In the interest of full disclosure, I admit that I did succumb to one bag of honey-dipped dried pineapple that I shared with as many people on the first day’s run as I could.  I also succumbed to unsweetened mixed dried fruit, and again, I shared that with the group, eventually giving the remainder to one guy who’d forgotten his lunhch.  Anyway, I don’t feel too badly about that because it was only fruit; nothing else was added. 

But, for the most part, I managed to walk in and out of that place several times without giving in to all the goodies I really, really wanted.  Homemade peanut butter ice cream, anyone?!?!

I am also proud to say that I resisted the home-baked “Payday” bars and chocolate chip cookies brought along by the group’s “Dessert Goddess”.  Yikes!  That stuff was SO hard to turn down!

I don’t know yet exactly how I did overall.  I had to estimate the calories some things, and I wasn’t able to weigh myself every day as I normally do.  Tomorrow and the next couple of days will tell how successful I was in staying on track.  Bottomline, though… resistance is possible if you put your mind to it.


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  • 1. Ryan Robinson  |  September 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Where was this amazing candy shop? Just hearing the words homemade peanut butter icecream makes me want to drive there! Alas, I must resist.


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