Yesterday was going to be a challenge - I knew that going in. I'd been up late for two days, with packed schedules and few groceries in the house; my pattern (only recently discovered) is that when that specific combination occurs, I often slip from my goals.
I acknowledged that yesterday morning, and combatted it by intentionality. I named the obstacle, acknowledged that it was going to be difficult, and also declared that I would act anyway.
I brought eggs for breakfast (two, hard boiled). Between my classes, I ran 4-miles. I had no food after, so ordered Chinese. I had a craving, and figured lunch would be a good time for it, since I just worked out and had the day to burn the calories. It was not good. Having it, though, espeically since it wasn't too satisfying, I would have typically gotten a dinner I enjoy the taste of. Instead, I skipped dinner. The Chinese filled me up enough that I didn't need to eat again. By the time I was finished working (9:15), it was too late to eat.
I was a little bit hungry last night, but this morning I feel great about my choice. I've very glad I didn't cave or add the calories that I'd now have to burn. What it took was balance.
I had to balance my immediate cravings (taste, now) with my longterm goal: health and wellness. Being able to put these things side by side, I realized the immediate was only a craving that would take me away from my longterm goal. In the morning, I have zero regrets. I'm happy with my choice.
This is the balancing act we must play. I regretted my lunch choice, a bit, but balanced it by doing a dinner that worked with my goals.