To say I’m “strict,” “by-the-book,” and “relentless” when it comes to food decisions is putting it mildly. I’m pretty hard-core. I’ve had my mishaps and lapses here and there, but I’m pretty strong-willed when it comes to sticking to my meal plans. That reputation is why several of my Facebook friends were thrown for a loop when I posted about having a cupcake to celebrate my birthday.
It started the day before my birthday. It occurred to me that I wanted cake — not the meal replacement kind, but the full-fat, simple carbohydrates kind — to celebrate my turning 33. Thinking about it further, it made sense to me to buy a cupcake instead of making an entire cake because of the inherent portion control that cupcakes lend. From that germ of an idea, I began researching cupcake bakeries in Central Arkansas.
I put the question out to my Facebook friends, and I did a little web research on my own. The consensus was Cupcakes on Kavanaugh, a bakery that specializes in cupcakes made from organic milk, farm fresh eggs, and seasonal produce. After a little research, I had scoured their website and engaged with them on Facebook.
I really appreciated the friendly and personable way they they handled the social media engagement, and I was on my way to pick up my cupcake within the hour. Once I got to the store, I spoke with Christy Milligan, the owner, briefly about the significance of this cupcake in my world. She was sincerely interested in learning about my weight loss, as she told me she had a background in dietetics and food nutrition. She also wished me a very happy birthday.
After looking over the several varieties available, I gravitated toward the Red Velvet Cupcake, primarily because of its cream cheese frosting. I bought a bottle of water to go with it, and I sat down with my cupcake in the store. Using the techniques of mindful eating that I had learned from The Foodtritionist, I spent a considerable amount of time appreciating the occasion. I then observed and appreciated the aroma and the appearance of the cupcake. I made certain to taste the first bite completely, wasting none of the sensations. I paused and reflected between bites. I’ve eaten a cupcake before, but this was the first time I’ve ever eaten a cupcake. I probably spent 20-30 minutes in the store taking in the senses, reflecting, and enjoying the treat.
So what’s the difference between this experience and a lapse? A lapse is a mistake. This action was intentional. I decided that I was going to make a special trip to the cupcake bakery and use a portion of my daily calories on this treat. Knowing that I would eat a special birthday cupcake today, I reduced my portions of fruits and other sources of extra calories (yogurt additives, etc.) to offset the extra calories. While I was expecting to blow my calorie budget by 500 or more, I was delighted to see I wasn’t even 200 calories over for the day — less than 1 ounce of setback in body fat loss. Thanks to planning and portion control, this treat will only be a minor blip on my journey to 180 pounds. I’m completely satisfied by this food decision, and I had a wonderful birthday!