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Nailing Backslides Before They Happen!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

An old colleague of mine from back at the state psychiatric hospital sent me a note recently with some holiday wishes and letting me know she was sending me a nut roll next week. Hmm...temptation! Normally I wouldn't bat an eye, but a nasty thought flashed through my mind and I realized one of the patterns that have "undone" my hard work in the past. As I teased out the thinking it went something like this:

"After all this work I've done to lose all this weight, aren't I overdue for a reward or two...? Haven't I earned it? So how about hanging onto this nut roll for myself...?" You know...all those evil little jingles about "having it YOUR way" and "you deserve a BREAK today"? These nasty little thoughts work their way into your brain and like automatic pilot they can kick in and OFF WE GO TO THE RACES!

But just as quickly I ruled that out and told myself I would be passing this along to my colleagues at work...just the same as I do whenever I find myself possessing any "contraband"...down to the staff kitchen for all to share! :-)

Another HUGE holiday luncheon of those long, multi-tabled buffets...? I'll stick with the fresh shrimp, veggies, etc. thank you...!

Another member of SparkPeople had posted about her favorite holiday music so I thought I would share a few more of mine. Some of my favorite holiday music includes Windham Hill's Winter Solstice series and along the same vein Tingstad & Rumbel's holiday albums. All instrumental, acoustic, sometimes folksy sometimes new age-ish. Tingstad & Rumbel are a duet of guitar and oboe...wonderful combination!

Here is one of their songs at YouTube:

One of the most special things about this season is the music!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DOCKO56 12/17/2009 8:47AM

    Aggghhh! The ONLY problem with this is that I work in an office where there are MANY people with the same mindset! They buy crap and goodies, then realize their mistake and bring it in to work and stick it on the breakroom table for everybody else who are trying to avoid all of these things. They are so tempting. I even think there are people in the office that are trying to sabotage those that are making progress with their weight and fitness! They see you making progress and feel guilty!
Oh well, better to share than horde it! emoticon

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CARRIE1948 12/12/2009 7:51AM

    Isn't thinking of food as a reward part of what got your to be overweight in the first place? It seems to me that there are still lessons you haven't internalized. Food is not a reward, it it fuel.

Rewards are music, books, walks in the country, whatever brings warmth to your soul.

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SIRCATNIP1 12/11/2009 7:04PM

    LOL. I first read this blog title as "Nailing Backsides." LOL

Great blog!

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USARUNNERGIRL 12/11/2009 12:46PM

    Glad you are resisting. It is so true how we always think, oh I have been so good so it won't hurt if I eat _____. It is realizing that food rewards aren't a reward that makes or breaks it.

Just a thought, maybe you should throw out the temptation instead of passing the temptation on?

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JCORYCMA 12/11/2009 8:49AM

    You inspire me, Don! Isn't it great when things like a buffet no longer intimidate you? Have a wonderful time!

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KELLI9001 12/11/2009 8:27AM

    Rewards are good...Habit breaking snacks are not. Way to go on passing the contraband onto someone else. You are my hero!


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FERRETLOVER1 12/11/2009 8:03AM

    Stay strong!!!

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FRECKS96 12/11/2009 7:15AM

    Good Luck with your temptations over the next couple weeks. And, as always, thank you for broadening my musical horizons!

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ZELLAZM 12/11/2009 6:44AM

    IKWYM! So far, a bottle of wine, a bottle of brandy and a huge bottle of chocolates are ready for "re-gifting" here.

Thanks for the music tip - very pretty!

Good weekend!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 12/11/2009 2:58AM

    Yep, good going, nipping that thought train in the bud.

'Cuz don't you DESERVE to get to ONEderland?

Aren't you WORTH having the body you want?

Wouldn't it mean so much MORE to get to New Year's with a resolution to KEEP weight off rather than GET it off?

LOL. There you go. Some anti-consumerist slogans to stick in your head and combat the consumerist ones...

Stay warm and wish me discipline and vigilance while I visit a friend in DC this weekend...

(I REALLY want to remove those last 3 lbs and get to a "healthy" BMI in the next week or two... I want that SwiMP3 player! I want my shiny new BMI for Christmas! LOL)

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L*I*T*A* 12/11/2009 1:14AM

    great it.......thanks for sharing..............blessings and hugs..............lita

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JAE_HENNINGTON 12/10/2009 11:42PM

  beautiful song... thank you so much for sharing

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RENA1965 12/10/2009 11:42PM

    We are having christmas dinner on the 23rd I said no thanks to the arrangers ordering food to me- I am taking something wow and make their jealous lol... I am taking a meal fit for a king..
Hang in there D...

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