55 minutes until chocolate

We’re having a big company meeting in less than an hour–one of those quarterly corporate meetings where they try to funnel three months’ worth of news in about an hour to those of us in the trenches. Were it not for the food they provide as an enticement, most people would simply opt out. I know for a fact that there’s going to be chocolate. I’ll be there.

Yes, this is the inevitable result of my dieting attempts. The moment I decide it’s time to shed the extra weight I’ve gained since Christmas/pregnancy/high school, all I do is think about food. Crazy, isn’t it? This time, though, I’m trying to do it mostly for the health benefit (although losing a dress size or two would be a boost, too).

I’ve been watching Turn Back Your Body Clock on BBC America, and even though it’s a cheesy-trendy reality show, it has really made me think. I’ve always been the eternal optimist about how I treat my body–I had endless amounts of time to lose the weight, get in shape, eat healthier foods. If not this year, then next year. Or maybe the one after that. But the episodes of this show have focused on people in my age range who have felt the same way. Most of them are MUCH harder on their bodies than I am–they smoke heavily, they drink vast quantities, and never exercise. And it shows. For the people on the program, it shows outside as well as inside, but it gets me to thinking–what if my own unhealthy habits are showing on the inside already?

Bad habits aren’t easy to change, so I’m approaching it gradually. I don’t have the luxury of an 8-week intensive course with personal trainers, nutritionists, and motivators to keep me on the straight and narrow. So, I’ve given up French fries. Hard thing, because I’m a carb-a-holic and love my fries. And I’ve given up most fast food (with the exception of an occasional slice of pizza with the kids). I’m boosting my activity level with time on the exercise bike (in preparation for spring biking!) and more walking.

But when there’s going to be chocolate during what promises to be a long and tedious meeting, how can I pass that by?

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