Friday, January 06, 2012
We had friends stay the night, and this morning I made a big breakfast. Sitting and visiting, I ate way too much of that big breakfast.
Now, my first thought was, "Oh, man, I've blown this day. I can't possibly recover from that!" Followed by, "Oh, well, might as well just let go...."
That's an EEEEVIL little voice in my head, programmed by years of bad thinking about food. "Hey, you have a little guilt! Why stop there, go for BIG guilt!!!"
But then I reminded myself that there isn't good food and bad food, there's just food. And though there can be too much food, having too much food isn't the end of the world.
So I sat down and did my food log. And, hey, there wasn't nearly as much food as I was conflating in my head! I'm a little high for breakfast, but as it turned out the be actually brunch, I haven't blown the day entirely.
If I'd run away from Spark People at that point, I probably would have let myself fall into old patterns of guilt and self-recrimination and made a mess of the day. But by taking the time to take a deep breath and be honest about the moment, I avoided the guilt-binge and feel better about myself.
Still too full, but definitely better.