Sunday, October 4, 2009

Como say What?

Typically when I head to San Francisco, or many other locations, I have a list of places I would love to hit (read, eat at). Trips are centered around restaurants I have missed and foods I have dreamed about. Silver dollar pancakes. The most intense tuna melts. Fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. Caesar salad and garlic curly fries. Pizza. Dunkin Donuts hot chocolate. Bagels. Pizza. Pizza. Pizza.

So when I arrived into San Francisco, I immediately made my way to Pluto's- a favorite of mine from when I lived in the city. It was my day off and I knew I was going to get salad and garlic curly fries. I couldn't wait.

And that's where the food frenzy ended this trip.

In fact, right from Pluto's, I was dropped off with all my luggage at the nearest Whole Foods so I could continue playing the Game while in meetings during my three day work trip in San Francisco. I struggled my way around the store with my small carry-on luggage (hooray for wheels), my purse and a freaking grocery basket. I filled up on protein, healthy fats, vegetables and fruit. I had called ahead to make sure the hotel had a fridge in the room and was planning my meals so no points would be lost!

It was one of those moments where I definitely had an identity crisis. The writer and creator of this game very infrequently updates a blog and her last post was about the fact that she barely recognized herself because of the foods she was eating and the behaviors she was incorporating into her life. And I related to that so much as I maneuvered my way around Whole Foods planning out my meals for the next few days. In fact, I was so distracted that when I put all my items on the conveyor belt at the check-out line, I realized I had forgotten my luggage back in the raw foods section. But really, who was this person? Who have I become?

We're nearly three weeks into the Game and I'm still really enjoying the program. I think it's safe to say that it's not so much a new thing, but more of a routine that I'm happy to have fallen into. I can make healthy choices without struggling. I am seeing results (which is one of the best aspects of the entire game). I'm feeling much better. I'm working out a ton. I'm writing in my journal. I've dropped diet soda about 98% from my life. I no longer troll celebrity and TV gossip sites. I'm not using my iPhone all the time to check email first thing in the morning or to help me fall asleep at night. I'm drinking a ton of water. I'm trying new things. I'm being kind to my body. I'm appreciating the changes. And most importantly, I'm respecting the process.

I've set myself up to continue playing and following the program here in San Francisco and know, especially with my Indiana work trip behind me, that no matter what goodies are laid out in front me during the day long work meetings I'll be sitting in over the next couple of days, the temptations don't stand a chance to me!


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