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Be Somewhere Else, Do Something Different (w/pics!)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

This morning, in a fit of pout, I bought a baggie of cheddar chex mix snack stuff.

I was invited to go to turtle racing at the local bar that supports my roller derby league with some of the other skaters last night, and was really excited about it, but skipped it because I had to get up really early this morning for a meeting.

Or so I thought.

AFTER getting up really early, and driving 30 miles to the meeting location, and standing in line for an eternity for my monthly Starbucks treat, and sitting in my car for 15 minutes waiting for my coworkers, I started to think...

Is today even the right day for this meeting?
Did I just get up 2 hours early and go through all this hassle and use up that much gas on the wrong day?

I most certainly did.

So, after some creative swearing in my car, I had no choice but to turn right around and hurry back to the office.

I was SO ANNOYED with myself.
I was having at least a class 4 pout, and in a moment of pouty weakness, I pulled off at the 7/11 on the way to the office for a giant diet coke and some kind of salty snack.

I walked past the snacks and resisted; I don't need it, it wont even taste good, it's not something that will help me toward my goals.
I went back and picked one up (because with the morning I've had I deserve it!), only to immediately put it back on the shelf, because I know better.
I got in line for my fountain drink.
I went back and picked up the bag again with an eff it attitude.
I can make up for it later. I'm skating for 2 hours tonight, I can have a light lunch, a light dinner, a lighter food day with extra exercise tomorrow.

Excuses, excuses, excuses.

How many times have I been here before?
How does that quote go about insanity being doing the same thing and expecting different results?

Well I might be crazy, but I'm not stupid.
That bag of chex mix will not make me less tired, or give me back those couple hours of sleep, or put gas back in my tank, or make me feel less dumb for mixing up my weeks.
It will just make me feel sad, and gross, and disappointed in myself.

Just because I bought it doesn't mean I have to eat it!
I buy things that I don't eat or use all the time. I don't mean to, but it happens.

I'm going to get up from the computer right this second, and go give it away.

HA! Ran into a cool producer right outside my office from the weekly creature feature show who could not have been more excited to be gifted a bag of chex mix.

Now not only do I NOT feel super crummy about myself for eating something I don't even really want, I feel GOOD about making someone else happy.

I might be slow, but I'm learning, and I'm changing.
I've been there, and I've done that. LOTS of times.

Today I decided to be somewhere else, and do something different.

If you want to share this or any of my blogs outside of sparkpeople, I'm honored! But, please do it from my blogger page. I put some fairly personal things here on my sparkpage, and it's a little weird to think of non-sparkers reading it, but this has just the funny stuff!

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JOANNHUNT 2/23/2013 7:27PM

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SUTERSPACE 1/29/2013 10:49AM

    I have things still sitting in my glove box that I bought because I wanted to and then decided I couldn't afford to eat them but they are there, 'just in case'. I guess it is time to go find a worthy recipient, LOL. Thanks.

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MISSFORTE 10/31/2012 7:34AM

    Amazing! When I buy things out of frustration I can't say I "give it up" you are great!

Hope you are doing well these days!

Happy Halloween to you!

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CHUM48 9/19/2012 10:29AM

    If you are not a writer you are missing your calling!

Great victory with the chex, double blessing I would call it!

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SPSPSP1 8/31/2012 2:40PM

    Well done!

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AROCHFORD 7/11/2012 6:37PM

    Love it that you gave it away! I still love to snack but it's getting smaller and smaller.

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MISSLISA1973 7/7/2012 10:37AM


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CLEO27 7/5/2012 10:58AM

  That's awesome. I gave away a bag of chips after having a few to try. No need to eat the whole bag.

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MARYJEANSL 6/30/2012 10:25AM

  I really enjoy your funny blogs. Thanks!

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EEJAAY01 6/28/2012 7:51AM

  i really love your blogs, and the little drawings. they make me smile, appreciate and feel inspired. thanks you from across the water.

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MNTWINSGAL 6/27/2012 4:50PM

    Love your blogs. You might have saved me from making a dumb choice today. :)

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EMILYDOODLE 6/27/2012 2:54PM


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LALISJO 6/26/2012 4:40PM

    Oh my goodness! What a great blog! Definitely put a smile on my face. Congrats on you will power and on your awesome blog! emoticon

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ELIELECTRIC 6/26/2012 12:46PM

    how awesome! your will power is great! emoticon

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CHANGE_4_ME 6/26/2012 11:15AM


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SUZAN137 6/25/2012 6:26PM

  So cute! Great blog.

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MOMASAURUS 6/25/2012 1:28PM

    Great blog!!

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LALALEELOU1354 6/25/2012 10:29AM

    emoticon That is fantastic! I love your creativity.

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SMILES650 6/25/2012 10:22AM

  You go girl, thanks for being so upfront and honest.......really exciting to read real people stories...... emoticon

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DWILLIAMB 6/24/2012 9:18AM

    GReat blog emoticon

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JFIZZL 6/24/2012 6:50AM

    I love your drawings and sense of humor! :) Your will-power is inspiring!

Thanks for sharing,

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BONIFIANT 6/23/2012 7:09PM

    Very creatively said and illustrated. Thanks for your frankness and making your point so well.

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KIMMYLOU4 6/23/2012 7:03PM


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1MATHTEACH 6/23/2012 5:31PM

    LOVE the "creative swearing"

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LEUCOSIIA 6/23/2012 2:21PM

  Can I borrow that doodle-headed hampster waffle? I'm still giggling at that!!

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VXWALL1942 6/23/2012 12:26PM

    LOL - I could swear you sneaked along on my last fiasco of a meeting. It included the Starbucks and the post-non-meeting stop at the 7-Eleven too. Wish I could say I had your will power. What a grand example. Congrats!


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DIANA3 6/23/2012 11:09AM

  What an excellent story and the pics are wonderful. Such a talent!!

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MAMA2EEEE 6/23/2012 11:05AM

  Wow, what willpower! I've managed to walk away from stuff in the store, but never, never have I managed to get rid of it once it is in my house (or my car, for that matter). Thanks for the inspiration!

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BANDMOM2012 6/23/2012 9:48AM

    I love it! Reward yourself in some non-food way for being a super cool chick today! Go get yourself a bad-a$$ roller derby shirt!

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DOTSLADY 6/23/2012 9:04AM

    Cutie patootie - you did it again! WTG gf! Woot for yourself and dance in the leftovers!

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RAINBOWMF 6/23/2012 8:01AM

    Self talk! One of the best things we can do for ourselves.
Thank for sharing.

Excellent blog.


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DEBK0923 6/23/2012 2:07AM

    great job on the blog

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AMANDAETR 6/22/2012 10:30PM


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IACTA_ALEA_EST 6/22/2012 10:00PM

    Yay you!

You've got brakes and you know how to steer out of a slide!
thanks for the good reminder
Allie B.

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    Love the pics! You are doing emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 6/22/2012 9:12PM

    Excellent choices/actions!

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JEWITCH 6/22/2012 8:51PM

    emoticon You should be very proud of yourself.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/22/2012 7:43PM

    Way to go. glad I am not the only one.

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TPETRIE 6/22/2012 6:51PM

  You should be really proud of yourself. It's amazing how happy we can make people with a little gift. Not only re they happy , but so are you. You made someone's day. Congrats on a great choice.

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AMOREMOREE 6/22/2012 6:30PM

    Most of the time I have to pick up bits of food my little girls through around, feeling guilty to throw away all that food, then feel guilty I ate it.
I wish I would also not eat it because it is there & no one else will. I will remember you next time. Thanks

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BLNBIKERIN1 6/22/2012 4:32PM

  Thanks for making me feel less guilty: just gave in to an entire oz of potato chips for dessert after lunch...
But just like you: I still have my Martial Arts workout ahead of me, and I can't just not go, because we have a special event today.

P.S. Liked your creative swearing!

Comment edited on: 6/22/2012 4:33:41 PM

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PMFISH 6/22/2012 4:27PM

    emoticon Be proud of yourself, because I am proud of you!!!

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GAMELISSA 6/22/2012 4:23PM

  Hey, thanks for the story- - I was thinking about grabbing a piece of chocolate from my boss's office, but you resisted, and I will too!

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LEB0401 6/22/2012 4:00PM

    Hey!... So today a coworker surprised me with a huge coconut maccaroon from the bakery across the street. It was a super nice gesture, but this thing was the size of a softball and greasy with butter. Plus I already budgeted out my calories for the day. After I read this, I slipped it on the desk of the guy down the hall and made his day. Thanks, you inspired me :)

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MRS_EVA_K 6/22/2012 2:45PM

    It was what you made it Lulu. I'm proud of you for saying no to that bag of mess and yes to someone's smile at an unexpected "gift".


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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 6/22/2012 2:32PM

    Wow, this really inspired me. From now on I am going to do my best to adopt your attitude of "just because I bought it I don't have to eat it". That's great. Thats a breakthrough for me!

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KATIEM929 6/22/2012 12:37PM

    That's great! What a way to turn around a crummy situation. Thanks for sharing.

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