Sunday, August 21, 2011
How many times have you used this statement, "I'll start tomorrow" as an excuse to eat an unhealthy meal? I know that I did too many times only to realize that tomorrow never comes.
This month I started a challenge with my daughter and son in law, they would stop smoking and I would stop eating candy bars. Well, if I count the Tootsie Rolls, I missed my challenge three times. However, after I ate them I wondered why I ate them because they really did nothing to satisfy my craving for sweet despite the large amount I ate. After the third time, I realized that candy offered me no satisfaction whatsoever and the only thing it did for me was cause me to want to eat more and more until they were gone. I started over at that moment. I did not wait til tomorrow.
My daughter and son in law are still puffing away and tell me they'll start over next Saturday. They even told me that since they are smoking they'll give me a candy bar. Is this what is meant by 'misery loves company"? I failed, so let me help you fail in your goal also?
This past week has been great for me in saying no to temptations. I think the best thing for me was after the race yesterday, the town had opened the museum and some of the members were were offering cookies and Root Beer for the runners afterwards. When one offered some to me, I replied with "No, thank you. I don't want to eat any." Instead I went for the apple the race coordinators offered and really enjoyed eating that apple and felt satisfied afterwards.
A couple of weeks ago, I am sure I would have grab a cookie or two and then craved more. But now, I realize I do not need to wait til tomorrow. I can make healthy choices any day at any time.