|What is your pie policy?|
So before he even left home, he formulated a "pie policy" -- he would eat one slice of pie with every meal.
Personally, three slices of pie a day would be excessive for me, but that's not the point. The brilliance of having a "pie policy" is that he planned his exceptions and remained in control of what he ate.
So much about vacationing and getting through the holidays without gaining a dress size is facing temptations that do not normally cross your path. It is easy to feel out of control when you're thrust out of your routine like a rocket jettisoned into outer space.
But what if you planned your exceptions ahead of time?
|Don't let Mr. Toad |
take you for a wild ride
|Like you could |
really be Meryl Streep?
Planned exceptions work great when you're dining out, too. Before heading to the restaurant, peruse the menu online. If you plan to deviate from your regular diet, figure out which appetizer, dessert or cocktail you plan to enjoy.
Visualize in your head the hot rolls being served before the meal and the waiter asking you for your order. If you decided to bypass the rolls, picture yourself sipping on water instead or engaging in deep conversation. Observe yourself telling the waiter you want extra veggies instead of potatoes. Watch yourself eating half of the tiramisu and then pushing the plate away.
When you get to the restaurant, you're Meryl Streep. All you have to do is follow your script.