As promised, my first day is done! Normally the first day is pretty easy right? I prepped on the weekend, and had all my food ready and planned. I opened my fridge in the morning and it just made me smile. I have a variety of freshly cut up and ready to eat vegetables which look so good. I was ready to go! I had my breakfast (eggs, a small salad, half a grapefruit). That kept me going until lunch where I had some pork, a large salad and the rest of the grapefruit from the morning. Then came the challenge.
Day 1 challenge
A few people at work went to get coffees. Last week I told my colleagues that I was starting a 30 day clean eating challenge on Monday. One colleague asked if I wanted something from Starbucks. I said no, and that I was fine. She came back with a coffee for me – one of the new ones for the season (caramel something?). She insisted I have it. I reminded her that I just started a clean eating challenge. She responded saying that I could just make it a ‘cheat day’ – everyone has them. I’m not even going to get into ‘cheat days’ right now, and how I absolutely hate that term. I’ll leave that for another post. And a cheat day on day 1 – or any day for that matter?! I don’t think so!
So, I thought, what do I do now? How to I handle someone at work that is trying to sabotage my 30 days of clean eating? It may be coming from a good place, but she is still trying to sabotage me. I have real health issues, and may have even more serious health issues if I do not focus on clean eating. I’ve been vocal about my 30 day challenge and I just wish that everyone respected that. At the same time I did not want to offend her. All to often ‘not offending someone’ has led me down a path that away from my health goals.
I decided I was not going to let the Starbucks coffee sabotage day 1. I poured it down the sink. I felt terrible because by taking the coffee and not drinking it I was not being honest with my colleague. Maybe one day I will be able to just say no, and not worry about offending others. However, when I evaluated my day I felt really good about the decision I had made to not break a promise to myself.
I will face more challenges over the next 29 days. I hope I have the strength to make the right decision every single time.
Have you faced challenges like this? How do you deal with it? I would appreciate any tips!