Last week I got a text from Robert: Wanna grab some late night pancakes? The text couldn’t have come at a more interesting time.
1.) I was sweating my behind off on the elliptical machine
2.) I was watching The Biggest Loser while I worked out
The combination of those things made me extra aware of my decision. On one hand, Robert and I hadn’t seen each other over the weekend and I missed him. On the other hand I was in the middle of a great workout session and I didn’t want to sabotage it with a meal of carbs and sugar. I knew there had to be a way to have my (pan) cake and eat it too, so I sent Robert a text agreeing to meet up, then I began to formulate a plan.
I reminded myself that 90% of me was going to spend time with Robert and 10% of me was going for the pancakes. Instead of thinking about how yummy a plate carbs drenched in syrup would be, I started thinking about the more protein heavy things I could get, like an omlette with veggies and maybe some turkey bacon. I also knew that since Robert supports my healthy lifestyle choices he would probably let me have a single pancake from his plate.
A few hours later, Robert picked me up and we headed to the new IHOP that opened here in the city. I ignored the delicious looking photo of their “cinni-stack pancakes” and noticed that they had an option of Egg substitute, 2 turkey bacon strips and 2 small pancakes.
I ordered it and gave myself kudos for sacraficing a real IHOP meal. I accepted the deprivation of a minimal meal and told myself that it would be worth it when I jumped on the scale later.
The funny thing is– after eating the meal, I didn’t feel deprived at ALL!
In my head, I was doing something extreme by only eating two pancakes, but I’m starting to realize that eating 5 pancakes smothered in cinnamon glaze and whipped cream is the extreme choice. Having the 2 small pancakes was just enough and adding the egg substitute and turkey bacon totaled around 400 calories. I think the Cinni-stack pancakes were 900+ calories.
Its a lesson I learn and re-learn all the time, but so much of what I eat is “in my head” I would never imagine that a carb-addict like me would be satisfied after 2 small pancakes, but I was!
I just need to remember that and keep ordering smaller portions, I know I’ll be surprised by how little I really need.
P.S. I lost 3 pounds this week!