Ruby Rocks and So Do I ! !
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Today has been awful – one thing after another went wrong this morning. Stressful situations, stressful phone calls – my life is filled with STRESS right now!!!! (Whose isn’t right?)
So I decided to toss my eating plan out the window. I needed a nice big double cheeseburger, maybe some fries or onion rings and a big chocolate shake. I’m going to jump in the car and hit the nearest drive thru - I deserve it! I’ve been doing great so far. It will soothe my frazzled nerves and make my afternoon heavenly…..
Then I had second thoughts – do I really want to go off my plan like that? Maybe I should figure out what I’m going to eat before I leave. I decided to look online for some healthy fast food picks in my area. So I did quick web search and would you believe the first thing to pop up was an SP article on good fast food choices? (yay! 3 points to me for reading it!) I was glancing over the suggestions and Subway caught my eye. We have one of those right down the street……hmmmm…….it actually sounds kind of good – but that won’t soothe the stress beast in me.
Then Ruby popped into my head and I remembered all the stress she was dealing with when Anthony was changing her room around. What did she do? She went for a bike ride….
Hmmm…Subway is probably less than ½ mile away. I could walk down there – grab my lunch and then walk back in less than an hour, but that would be WAY out of my comfort zone. It’s a busy street and I don’t like walking on busy streets….but before giving it too much thought (or talking myself out of it) I grabbed some cash and my cell phone and headed out the door.
Walking down a busy street – embarrasses me! What if one of my co-workers is at lunch and sees me? What if someone driving by honks or yells something? I got to the first corner – yes, CROSSING a busy street embarrasses me even more than walking along one. When you CROSS a street, the people in the cars stopped at the red light are looking at you! I finally got to the Subway and ordered my sandwich (no cheese or mayo of course – just lots of yummy veggies and a little mustard). I was going to take it to go because (you guessed it) eating alone in a restaurant embarrasses me….I don’t know why, it’s just weird – I always feel sorry for people I see eating alone. But it was nice and cool in there and I was hungry – so I sat down, grabbed a newspaper and enjoyed my sandwich. After lunch – I walked back to work. Noone even seemed to notice me – the walk was uneventful. It was a beautiful day and I barely even noticed the traffic.
So I walked about ¾ of a mile and had a nice healthy lunch on my break today and now I feel awesome! Yes, I still have the same situations here at work and the same issues that still need to be resolved, but I’m not feeling so overwhelmed by it.
What would have happened if I had just jumped in the car and headed for the nearest drive thru? Would that have helped relieve my stress any better than my walk? I don’t think so. In fact, it probably would have just added to it. I would have felt bad for going off plan and eating a whole day or two’s worth of calories in one meal. I would have felt like I had failed again. Seems to me – that would have only added to my stress.
Instead, I came back – logged into SP and entered my sandwich into my nutrition tracker – looks like I’m right on target today. Thanks to Ruby for showing me there really are other ways of dealing with stress. Ruby rocks and because I went so far out of my comfort zone today and because I made a great on-plan decision today – I rock too!