Sunday, January 30, 2011

Paying the Price

So, I cheated last week.

I really didn't have much of a choice.

Wednesday, Mike called me around 11 AM and said his truck got stuck in the snow in a pass between Clarkston and some other small town in northern Utah.  I was not happy about this, but he said he was working with the mayor of Clarkston to get the truck out.

At 1 PM I got another phone call from him.  He was seriously stuck, and nothing could get him out.  The tow truck company wouldn't go out that far to get him, and the mayor (in an attempt to pull him out with his truck) got him even more stuck in the snow.  He was stranded, and needed me to come get him.  Oh, yeah, the other fun part?  He left his wallet in the truck, so he didn't have any money.  (I was not pleased)

I had been waiting for the arrival of the Munchkin's new bed, and it hadn't come yet.  I told Mike I'd get someone to come wait for it and then we'd leave.  I called his mom, who said she'd watch Munchkin while I made the 6+ hr roundtrip drive.  As I was talking to her on the phone, the bed came (finally!) so I ran Munchkin over to her house and then drove off on my not-so-merry way.

4 hours, a missed exit, and 3 missed turns later (which led me 50 minutes out of my way in a giant loop - not happy about that either), I was sitting in front of the town hall of Clarkston, waiting for Mike to show up.  They'd ventured out with the city grader, hoping that could get up the pass and pull him out.  It didn't work.  We drove back in to Logan (another 40 minute drive) and found ourselves a hotel room.  Luckily I had some spare money, because otherwise we would've been screwed.

So, now we get to where I had to cheat.  I was actually pretty good on Wednesday.  I didn't have time to eat before I left, so I stopped at Carl's Jr. and ordered the low-carb burger.  I ate the lettuce, tomato, and half of the hamburger patty.  I ordered it without mayo, mustard, and ketchup, and then peeled the cheese off (because I forgot to ask for no cheese).  That night we ate dinner at Subway in Logan.  I had the oven roasted chicken breast salad.  I put lots of veggies on, probably more than the 3.5 ounces I'm allowed, and used vinegar as a dressing.  (I did cheat later at the hotel and I had a small chocolate chip cookie)

Thursday morning was bad.  We weren't sure when the deployment team from Mike's work was coming up to pull him out, and we didn't know how long it would be until we could eat again.  (And by "we", I really mean "me")  So, I ate breakfast.  I had eggs, some yogurt (strictly for digestive purposes, since I had left my meds at home), and a danish of some sort.  I had orange juice, too, because it was the least sugary drink they had there.  After breakfast, we checked out of the hotel and went to explore Logan.

Let me tell you, there's not much to do in Logan at 9:30 AM.  We walked around a few stores before we decided to go to the cheese factory.  Gossner's cheese is totally amazing.  I have fond childhood memories of that place, and it makes really good cheese.  We taste-tested a few samples, bought some smoked cheese curd, and enjoyed it in the car.  For lunch we went to Cafe Rio and split a burrito.  Yep, at least I wasn't eating a ton of bad, but really yummy, Mexican food!  As we were eating lunch, the deployment team called to say they'd be there in less than an hour.  We hurried back up to Clarkston, and I waited in the car while they pulled Mike's truck out.  Poor thing has a majorly dented rear bumper and some damage to the front bumper.  But at least it's out.

By the time we got home, it was almost 6 PM.  I don't even remember what we had for dinner, but it probably wasn't good for me either.

I'm paying the price now, almost 5 days later.  I still haven't gotten back to where I was pre-cheating.  But, I'm not going to get too upset over it.  I really didn't have a ton of control over the situation.  I'm just glad it's over and I can get back to the diet.  Of course, it's really hard now, because I have cheated, but I'm hoping to make it all work out.

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