As a long-term singleton if there’s something I’m not good at, it’s compromise.
I haven’t really needed to be in all honesty, though I may have had less sleepless nights as a result of seething anger and resentment if I’d been better at it.
Obviously I’ve not had MY way on many an occasion but usually I yield quickly (as a people-pleaser), not wanting to strain relationships or cause problems, rather than actually being involved in any negotiated position.
However, on a very small scale, I find I’m being confronted with decisions on a very regular basis at the moment which require some compromise.
On Weight Watchers you receive a certain allowance of ProPoints to consume in a day. There are some bonus Points etc but essentially it’s about living within your means.
Planning is all important – something I did badly on Sunday when I dined out with relatives.
Dining out isn’t a problem and indeed I’ve had a couple of meals out since starting Weight Watchers, but… because I’m coeliac I need to be a bit more organised than most.
Sunday, I’d decided on a marinated chicken breast with rice… but on arrival was told it wasn’t gluten-free. Because I wasn’t sure what else to have I fell-back on my old favourite, steak and chips. (Which was delicious but high in ProPoints and meant a low Points dinner!)
Generally I’ll suss out the menu beforehand and budget for Points – just as you do at home when planning your daily meals. You don’t want to get to dinner time and discover you’ve NO Points left or too many Points left.
So the art of compromise is something with which I’m becoming increasingly familiar, along with a heaps of new recipes: two side benefits from the program!
I’m a carbs freak and LOVE potatoes for example and really appreciate that you’re not discouraged from eating carbohydrates on Weight Watchers.
I like to think of myself as being quite thrifty so like to get as much bang for my buck as possible. Rice – I found – is quite high in points for the amount you get… essentially 1/2 cup of cooked rice is a serving. However, for the same number of points I could actually have 250g potato which – in my book – is WAY better value.
Last night for example I’d marinated a chicken breast in greek yoghurt, curry powder and coriander and the recipe called for it to be served on a bed of rice (with grated carrot, capsicum etc). However… I wanted to reduce my points a bit to allow for some wine – SO I switched to a small serving of potato which I grated with the carrot and capsicum and made into a fritter of sorts!
And for lunch at work today I’m having some low point bacon and egg quiches so I can feast on some delicious rib fillet and baked potato for dinner.
So, I’m slowly learning that one cannot always have whatever they want all of the time. Sometimes (sadly) a bit of compromise is called for!
Are you a good at compromise? (In general?)
What about when it comes to food?
Disclaimer: I have been given a free six month online membership to Weight Watchers but my thoughts, opinions and words here are my own. Please check out the program for yourself before making any decisions.
I’m linking up with Essentially Jess and her IBOTers today.