Last night, after my voice lesson and in following with our weekly tradition, my teacher, Diane, and I went out for dinner and drinks. Yep, my teacher and I are friends and do these things. Matter of fact, she was one of my bridesmaids. Moving on. Both of us enjoy really good dining and margaritas are things of pure bliss. However, she’s stick thin and me? Well, I’m not. I guess you could say I have the look of someone who enjoys good dining – all the time.
So, back to dinner. I made a resolution a few weeks back that I could not allow every meal out to be an indulgence meal… I eat out a lot. Seems like since I made my resolution I find Diane is now basically eating the same way I am – soup, substantial salad, share an unfried appetizer and coffee after dinner. Not a surprise there, we normally discuss our meal choices and this is where a large part of my eating out resolution was formed.
Here’s the kicker though, unlike some of my other skinny friends who essentially eat whatever they want when we eat out, I don’t feel the deprivation and desperate cravings for foods I cannot eat when I’m out with Diane.
Then it dawned on me -. Diane had said time and again that she watches what she eats, but it never really stuck until dinner last night. She really does watch what she eats in order to stay skinny. Because of my resolution to eat better, she also eats better.
At some point the bright idea got in my head – and stayed there – that skinny people don’t have to watch what they eat and can eat whatever they want whenever they want. Yet, here’s Diane, eating the same things I do, not going back for seconds on the bread, and watching what she eats. WHAT? I mean, I knew subconciously that it wasn’t the truth – after all, thin people get fat, but there’s been this subtle disconnect that likely engaged when I started gaining weight. Seriously folks, she’s told me this multiple times and it JUST sunk in!
Of course, she has one teensy problem I don’t: she has to make sure she eats enough or she’ll be skin and bones. Heh.
I guess it makes me feel a little better than even skinny people have to do the same thing I’m doing. Maybe one day it will be as natural a habit for me as it is for them. Here’s just to hoping that it’s sooner rather than later.