Last night Gary and I met my parents and my brother for dinner. We were early, and hungry, and wings were on special. So we ordered some - 10 teryaki and 10 salt and pepper. We figured that my parents would arrive within 10 minutes, and they did, but my brother runs on his own special time so god only knows when he would show up.
My brother showed up about 40 more wings (and roughly an hour) later. Of course, I ate more than my fair share of them. I drank two pints of beer. And then I ordered dinner - a steak sandwich with mashed potatoes.
I ate myself sick last night. I went to bed with an incredible tummy ache. I don't even LIKE wings, but I was hungry. I hadn't been into what I packed for lunch so I snacked on fruit in the afternoon and arrived for dinner starving. The truth, though, is that I wouldn't have turned down the wings even if I had eaten lunch - I just can't bring myself to pass down food that is directly in front of me.
I could have asked everyone not to order them, but we were ALL hungry. Usually an appetizer is too expensive and we pass, but these were 20 cents each. I have a thousand excuses, but it boils down to smelling the food, seeing the food, and then eating the food - and not stopping.
Do you have any tips on how do deal with this situation? I can't live in a cave and I'm a social creature - and most of my social engagements take place at restaurants. Strangely enough, I can handle a buffet, I can handle cocktail parties, but if the food is directly in front of me I cannot resist.