88 Day Challenge: The Curse of Craft Services


Time for another check-in. The past two weeks have seen a lot of interesting things go down. On one hand, I only went running three times in the past two weeks. On the other hand, according to my Up Band I walked WAY over my daily goal of 10,000 steps on most days. Working 17-18 hour days certainly cured me of my insomnia… but also left me wiped out and susceptible to a cold… with which I am currently afflicted.

In the entertainment biz, there is a thing called, “craft services.” It is basically a table full of goodies for cast and crew to nom on and keep energy up for the day. Since I was in charge of stocking it, I made sure to include crudités, hummus, string cheese, yogurt, almonds, and other healthy fare. Unfortunately, it also had Twizzlers, Red Bull, Halloween candy, and various pastries in the morning. For the most part I did really well. I only had 3 Red Bulls the entire week, and split a cronut (half croissant/half donut) with a new-found friend. One of the great things about being super-busy is that you really don’t have a lot of time to sit and snack.

I haven’t checked my weight. I am pretty sure I am not going to reach my “drop 20 pounds” goal before January 1st… and I’m alright with that. I am getting validation in other ways. One of the things I am going to do with some of the money I made from this gig is buy some new clothes. All week long, my pants were falling off me- which is a good feeling. I’ve also noticed that bulge-y areas are less bulge-y… and that feels good too.

Do you know what doesn’t feel good? Me. When I get sick, I carbo-load. Carbs=comfort to me. Josh and I went to the grocery store today while I was having an uptick of energy. I was pretty proud of myself… for walking past all of the cookies; for not using my moment of weakness as a moment of weakness. Even after standing in front of the Pepperidge Farm Sweet Toffee Milano Slices for a minute, I still walked away. I patted myself on the back for that. I think everyone has that meal. The one you associate with being cared for. Maybe it is what your mom made you when you were sick. Maybe it is the first meal you were able to make yourself. What is your comfort/sick meal? Besides cookies, mine is Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup… which is pretty par for the course for most people… but here is where I deviate. I like Chicken Noodle Soup with enough crumbled saltines to make it edible with a fork. I’m hoping that taking care of myself for a few days will cut this cold in duration… because I am dying to get my sneakers back on and hitting the road. And although (along with Kleenex) I bought a can of Chicken Noodle Soup, I think that I’m going to try taking care of myself in other ways than food. To be better than the person I was yesterday. That being said, I’m going back to bed! *sniffle sniffle*


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