Friday, May 20, 2011
I was lying in bed last night, praying over today's schedule, when I thought, "Uh-oh! What are you going to do about the coffee and cookies at the haircut shop??!"
Two short-term goal dates are around the corner, and I've been doing well on food choices and exercise, so I don't want to blow it for store-bought cookies and coffee (coffee is not a stumbling block to me, although I enjoy it WITH stuff I don't need anyway).
God is helping me. I thought, "I have to make a plan. What will make it possible for me to sit around there an hour without ingesting [FREE] stuff I'll regret?"
1. Sit somewhere else. The principle of physical distance. The normal waiting area has the temptations, but we are just as welcome to sit in other spots. I mentally rehearse where I'll sit--far away from the refreshments.
2. Eat a healthy meal right beforehand. I wasn't biologically hungry, and---surprise---the refreshments didn't look that appealing.
3. Take something interesting to do. I took an absorbing book. I only felt drawn to the cookie platter once, and then I added the strategy of postponement. "I won't take any now. Not right now." Later I forgot about it---yay!
4. For next time: I had the first appointment of the morning. They had not made the coffee yet. Yay! Less temptation!
5. Accountability. The woman who cut my hair knows me, and we have talked about my weight loss journey. That's added motivation not to pig out there!
I am excited and grateful to see these techniques work so well for me. By God's grace I methodically executed the plan, and it was not painful! Later 2 dds and I fixed a nice lunch for 2 visiting ds, and I was not in calorie-crisis! Much more gratifying!