My current 30-Day Challenge takes place over Super Bowl Sunday. I’m sure the organizers thought this would be funny *wink* *wink *nudge* *nudge* if you know what I mean.
So you’re probably thinking about how today only happens once a year, which totally makes it okay to cheat, right? I have some news for you.
There will always be a Birthday Party, or a Baby Shower, or an Easter, or some Out Of Town Friends Who Are Visiting, or a Chinese New Year (Dim sum is my Kryptonite), or a Super Bowl Sunday, or a Valentine’s Day, or some equally Important Event Where People Celebrate By Eating Food Together™.
Believe it or not, I love these days because I get to test out different ideas for staying on track. Here are a few tactics I use in situations like a Super Bowl party.
- Eat before heading out to the party. By filling up on food, I’m making myself less likely to gorge when temptation strikes. In this case, temptation is a being surrounded by friends drinking beer and eating cheesy buffalo chicken dip.
- Make or bring a dish. I keep a recipe for guacamole deviled eggs ready for such events. Alternatively, I’ve also brought fruit or salad trays if I’m in a rush. The idea is to keep options open. I don’t ever want to decide between eating potato chips, driving to the nearest grocery store for a fruit bowl, or exerting willpower over my hunger. Convenience always win. Second place is my stomach.
- Keep a can of nuts in the car. In the event that the guacamole deviled eggs are a smashing hit, it’s critical to have something as backup. Nuts are a quick and easy backup, but any snack will do: raisins, grapes, cherry tomatoes, fudge balls, etc. Just have backups stashed nearby.
Did you notice that in each of these tactics I either raise or lower specific barriers? I’m finding ways to increase or decrease certain habits. For example, in the first tactic, I make it harder to eat bad food (by filling up) and in the second and third tactics, I make it easy to eat good foods (by having it conveniently available). This is one of the strategies I’m using to stay on track and crush the competition.