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For lunch, I went to a place called “Taqueria” – the least expensive version of “Mercadito”. Usually I love going there because combines two of my favorite things, Mexican food and saving money :). In the past I’ve never had any issues going there and eating. To be honest the first time I went I was kind of scared because the servings are very small, but to my surprise, very satisfying. Like I mentioned, I never had an issue with the order or the service, until today.

It was a perfect day outside. I decided to eat Mexican food, and of course the choice was “Taqueria”.  Like the previous times I placed my order: “Original Chicken, Original Carne and Original Carnita”. Patiently I waited for my food to arrived. In the meantime we ate regular guacamole and chipotle guacamole with tortilla chips.

I was super hungry when the food arrived. To my luck, my order was all wrong. Instead of giving me the “Original” they gave me the “Classic”. You have to understand, I love spices and food well seasoned and the classics only had cilantro and onions, while the originals had chipotle, corn, cheese, among other. Naturally, I sent the order back, it wasn’t what I ordered. The server/busboy, came  back, two times, with the same order and insisted “this is your order”. Finally I looked for the receipt and show them what I had ordered.

At that moment I went from being hungry to get sick. I felt like throwing up. I know, it’s only food, but I was super hungry and I knew what I ordered, I didn’t like the fact that I had to “fight” with the server/busboy to get the order right.

I don’t like having to send food back to the kitchen and the nervous plus the hunger made a bad combination. Luckly the food arrived shortly after the whole taco debacle, but instead of eating the three taquitos, I only ate one. I was so full of chips, guacamole, water and air that I couldn’t eat more. I thought that later I would eat it, but surprisingly I wasn’t hungry the rest of the day.

After all, sending the food back twice worked. Not that I’ll like for this to happens to me every time I go out to eat, but it helped! 🙂

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Boys vs Girls

Boys vs Girls

All of them can put any girl to shame. They go twice to the gym and eat salads and vegetables, follow a strict diet or food regimen, train for triathlon… Every day I look at them and think, “man I remember when I was so dedicated”.

That dedication came about a year and a half ago, when all of them, collective looked at a picture and jump in the “getting healthy and thin” wagon. Back then they didn’t care much about what they ate or drank, all was fair. Now, the story is completely different.

Now, they don’t eat a cookie not even by mistake. To be honest they depress me sometimes, because I’m the girl, I should be acting like that. The other day one of them said “this are new jeans, they didn’t fit before and now they do”. I looked at him and laugh, because that’s something a girl will say.

I’m very happy for them, training for triathlon, eating right, losing weight, getting buff, going to the gym, to Cross Fit. As long as they don’t judge me for what and how I eat, I’m ok. Someday their attitude towards having an active and healthy life will stick to me, but for now, I’ll enjoy seeing their transformation.

So guys this is for you – you know who you are – keep up the good work. 🙂

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Brownie
Yummy chocolate!

You can say that again! This last week pushed back everything I did last week, CRAP! 

At work it was super stressful. Not only because of the work load, but emotions were running at all times HIGH! I am an emotional eater, and most of the time I’m not even aware that I am doing it. It is until I feel I can’t breathe or that I don’t fit in my jeans that I realize that I was emotional eating… then it’s too late.  

I am trying to make my emotional eating work in my favor, unfortunately I haven’t learn how to do. Once I realize I’m doing it, I try to identify and stop.  After I stop, I feel bad, and then an urge to give up come over me. It’s this feeling of  “what the heck!! if I ate all, if I fell of the wagon, why should I keep going on?”.  

To me, those messages are worst than stress or emotional eating, because sometimes after I eat I’m able to stop the feelings I was having, but if I let my mind kick im with those messages that’s it, all bets are off. It is true what they say, the mind is super powerful!  

To be fair, I’m trying to learn how-to control my emotional eating and how-to use my mind to help me in the weight loss department. This is far from over, but I’m not giving up :).

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Picture this, you cooked the night before and feel super good about your menu. You take the food to your office to eat it during lunch.

One hour before lunch time arrives, a coworker asks you, “did you bring lunch?” you very proud say, “yes, I cooked last night”. Then you coworker tells you, “I didn’t bring anything. I’m going out to eat, do you want to come?”

All of the sudden, the food that you cooked the night before, the food that you are so proud of, doesn’t look that appetizing anymore and you end up eating out, wasting the food you cooked the night before, adding unnecessary calories and wasting money.

This story repeats itself almost every day but you don’t notice. Then when weigh-in day comes, you don’t see any changes and you start asking yourself, what happened?  Well you ate all your calories and the calories of others, that’s what happened.

So next time you cook and bring lunch, and your coworker ask you “do you want to go out for lunch” say “no thank you I have a very yummy lunch here. I’ll seat with you if you bring lunch back to the office”.

I know it’s not easy but think about all the calories and the money you’ll save!  Practice saying no and eventually you’ll feel empowered and in control of your lunch time, your calorie intake and your life!

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