Wow! This week has been very busy, but things are going well in the area of food and exercise. I took Monday off because my daughter got her braces off. After the appointment, I took her to her favorite place for lunch - Panera. I love Panera too, and it is possible to make relatively healthy choices there. (As long as you avoid the baked goods!!!!) I chose the pick two, and got ham on whole wheat with lettuce tomato and spicy mustard along with a grilled chicken caesar salad with light ranch dressing. Yum!
I've been a bit stressed about some issues with my son, but it hasn't caused me to stray from healthy eating. It can be so difficult to have an adult child at home! He will be 20 at the end of this month. He is such a great guy, and I'm proud of him. He's working part time and taking classes at our local community college. He plans to transfer to a physical therapy assistant program (hopefully) in fall of 2013. College has been tough for him. I've seen him mature quite a bit in the last year or so, though. It is so difficult to balance allowing him to make his own choices and deal with the subsequent consequences, and assisting him when/if we think he needs some guidance.
On another subject, an area that I thought would be extremely difficult for me hasn't been so far and I hope it stays that way! Easter candy. Sigh. The candy that is offered at Easter is probably the most tempting for me than any other holiday. There are certain things that you can only find at Easter. I won't even start naming them or else I will drool on the computer.
My strategy is as follows: if in a store that offers Easter candy, DON'T GO DOWN THE AISLE!!!! With the exception of a few things for my daughter and the Easter bunny that I buy for my sweet hubby every year, I don't need to buy Easter candy. Therefore, why torture myself by going down the aisle? When I do purchase the items for my daughter and husband, if I think I need to I will ask my son to go with me for accountability. If I'm certain that I'll be ok, I'll still wait until the last minute to buy the items so they're not in the house.
Part 2 of operation avoid Easter candy is a continuation of my recent habit of leaving the bank card that I use for the majority of my purchases at home. No random stops for chocolate. This has been helping, so I'll stick with this.
Part 3, and probably most important, is remembering the significance of Easter. Easter is not about candy and bunnies. Easter is about the fact that God sent his son here to this earth to die for my sins. He was crucified, then was buried. He arose, and is alive today!!!! Makes candy seem rather insignificant, doesn't it?