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Being good makes me want to be bad

Friday, November 25, 2011

I was very good for Thanksgiving. I worked out, I ate within my calorie allowance. I've never worked out on holidays in the past so I felt very smug.

But today I want to skip my workout and stuff myself on chocolate.

It's not that I feel deprived by yesterday in any way. I didn't force myself to stay within my eating plan, I just wasn't hungry anymore! But there's a part of me that thinks it should be rewarded for doing so well on the holiday. Like an extra bonus 10 pounds lost, or not needing to work out for the rest of the weekend.

Intellectually, I know that this is childish and a completely counterproductive attitude. My Id, though, is stamping its feet and demanding candy and cartoons.

And then I realize, that's what this journey is all about: it's not just a matter of counting calories and working out; it's about retraining that willful instinct within, reteaching it not to expect its rewards to be in food and sloth.

So I will drag myself through my workout today. I will drink my fruit smoothie instead of eating chocolate. And I will be one day closer in my retraining regimen.

I'm doing it for the children.

  
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ROCHELLE62 11/26/2011 5:48AM

    I seem to own that oppositional/defiant bit. I'm not the boss of me and I can't tell me what to do.

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RAINBOWMF 11/25/2011 7:14PM

    I could have wrote this.
I do the same thing WHY? Also So happy when I see the scale move, I feel the pants become lose the I get all smug like I can play with my healthy and have chocolate or cake and stop,
I would love to know why this feeling comes over us.


You handled it just fine. emoticon

Mary

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TRAVLNWOMAN 11/25/2011 6:58PM

    Wow! Here I am sitting here thinking almost the exact thoughts that you wrote down except my temptation is the cookies my daughter sent home with me yesterday! It stopped me in my tracks and I had to think just how right you are!
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EUPHRATES 11/25/2011 10:56AM

    You totally rawk lady! Bet you can find something gloriously decadent to reward yourself with that has nothing to do with food! (Gee, I bet I know who could help with that *grins*)
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ASHLEYATTIALYNN 11/25/2011 10:42AM

    It's never worth it to binge. Going without the junk food gets easier the more you do without. Your reward is to feel and look better not to eat the crap your avoiding. Reward yourself with an outfit when you reach your goal or more inexpensive things like new eyeshadow you've been wanting. It all gets easier as time goes on.

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What just happened???!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sat down to Thanksgiving dinner. Filled my plate with reasonable portions of all the goodies. "This is good," I thought. "If I only eat this much, I won't be too far off my food plan."

Ate about a quarter of what was on my plate and realized that I was already full. Nibbled a bit more at things and realized that because I was full, they didn't taste very good. Stopped eating while I was still comfortable.

Am still perplexed. Seriously? I'm happy with only that much food?! That's so unlike me!

  
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EUPHRATES 11/25/2011 10:56AM

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TRAVLNWOMAN 11/24/2011 9:27PM

    No, that IS like you. The NEW you! I've been experiencing this same phenomenon.
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Thankful for $2,000 in car repair

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Isn't that an odd thing to sound thankful for? But I am. You see, we had intended to make a 1,600 mile roundtrip journey for Thanksgiving this year. And if we had done that without getting the car into the shop, our driveshaft might well have failed. As the mechanic put it, it's encased in such a way that it wouldn't have dropped out onto the highway. Instead, it would have torn out our transmission or rear differential. And at that point, we'd be talking the kinds of thousands where you probably just buy a new car.

So I am thankful for the repair we had, instead of the repair we might have needed.

  
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TRAVLNWOMAN 11/24/2011 9:32PM

    I love how you are looking at this as a blessing instead of a curse. I love how God keeps us safe even when we didn't know we were in danger!

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SKINNYHANDFUL 11/24/2011 2:29PM

    Wow! What a positive approach to an expensive repair. You're right though, things could have been a lot, lot worse. You've probably added years of use to your car! Good show :)

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TOWHEE 11/24/2011 12:08PM

    I'm thankful that you weren't out on the highway when your car destroyed itself; at least you are home in a cozy place. Yes, $2000 is a lot better than $20000 and standing by the side of the road out in the middle of nowhere.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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WELLNESSME09 11/24/2011 10:54AM

    Thank goodness that it happened that way!
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Thanksgiving is saved!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The car was done at 5:30, which meant going to the grocery store at 6pm, but the store had lots of checkers working so even though it was crazy-busy, the line was actually pretty fast. The bird is now brining overnight and in the morning we will turkey it up.

  
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QUILTINGBUDDY 11/24/2011 12:27AM

    Oh good, no more meat loaf LoL.

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Thanksgiving dinner may be meatloaf

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

This has been a challenging Thanksgiving season. First, we had to cancel our travel plans and are staying home, just the two of us, for Thanksgiving. "But that's okay," we said, "we can finally celebrate our anniversary, get a hotel for one night and get away. "

Then I took the car into the shop yesterday for what we though would be a couple hundred and has turned out to be a couple grand. "Well, that's okay," we said, "the hotel is out of the budget now, but we will just stay home and cook together and enjoy each other's company."

Then the shop called to tell us that they couldn't have the parts in until sometime today. And the work is fairly extensive. Which means that we won't get it back until at least this afternoon.

And we haven't done our Thanksgiving grocery shopping yet. So, if we are lucky, we will get to be in the grocery store, looking for a turkey, sometime around 6pm tonight. If we are not lucky? Meatloaf. The cupboard has a bad case of Mother Hubbard right now.

It's getting to be a little challenging. But you know what? Even the worst case scenario would still be okay. Because we still have each other, and I am continually thankful for that.

  
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TOWHEE 11/23/2011 5:29PM

    I'm sending positive vibes your way. You may not get a turkey, but I think I can conjure up a couple of game hens for you.

Happy Anniversary.



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AIRPEACH 11/23/2011 3:18PM

    I hope you have a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing this very well written blog.

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EUPHRATES 11/23/2011 2:43PM

    Yay for making the best of things and being thankful no matter what. THAT is the point, isn't it?
*hugs* I hope you have an absolutely lovely day!!

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ILLINITEACHER52 11/23/2011 10:27AM

  Some of my students at school said that they were having hot dogs for Thanksgiving. I think we can be thankful for whatever we have. My Thanksgiving will be on Sunday since that is when my son and daughter-in- law can be here. That gives me a few more days to shop. Move "Thanksgiving" to whenever is convenient for you! and have a great day!

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JESSYVIRGINY 11/23/2011 10:21AM

    That's a great way of looking at things. And your right, having each other is the best part of any holiday.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!
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