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The drama of a life without margaritas, continued...

Friday, October 05, 2012

Tonight my family and I are going to eat out at a Mexican restaurant. I will calmly and sanely sit there while they munch on chips and sip on margaritas, and I will enjoy my water with lemon. I will not feel bitter or resentful that everyone else gets to munch on hundreds of calories worth of chips and drink happiness-in-a-glass. I will happily wait for my entree to come and I will slowly savor the rich, deep flavors of chicken in mole sauce, refried beans, and rice. I will not devour this plate of food and then start reaching for leftovers from other plates.

This is how my evening at the restaurant will go. I will check in to let you know how I do!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JENNY160 10/10/2012 7:18PM

    Lately when I have wanted a margarita, I have cut up a lime, sprinkled the wedges with a wee bit of sugar (not even a teaspoon, lots less) and chew/suck on one everytime I would normally take a sip. The zap of the lime really hits the spot and curbs the craving. And kinda makes ya not wanna put anything in your mouth for awhile.

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CICELY360 10/6/2012 6:43PM

  Sounds like torture.

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BOOKWORM27S 10/5/2012 12:05PM

    Sorry, my galaxy tab is acting up! Didn't mean to post double comments, and Spark won't let me delete them.

Comment edited on: 10/5/2012 12:11:04 PM

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BOOKWORM27S 10/5/2012 12:05PM

    This might help.... just look at those chips like little nasty grease pockets. I always hated biting into one of those chips and getting a bubble of stale grease in my mouth! Google images of restaurant deep-fryers that have not been cleaned or the oil changed, that will make you want to vomit! Keep those images in your mind when you see that little basket of "grease sponges" sitting on your table tonight.

Again, this may be too much crazy info. Just suggestions, sometimes the only thing that works for me are extreme measures like these.

Comment edited on: 10/5/2012 12:06:40 PM

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BOOKWORM27S 10/5/2012 11:58AM

    This is an excellent tool to staying on track! Using visualization of what you want to do and how you want your night to go. I do this when I know a temptation is coming. I will write down EXACTLY how I WANT to behave in the situation, then I e-mail it to myself and read it over and over. I use this tool for Thanksgiving dinner especially. So by the time the event arrives, I've programmed myself with my own words to stay on track. Yes, it is a lot of work and quite obsessive, but it works! It is the unplanned temptations that slap me upside the head, and cause me to make poor choices.

P.S. I even like to imagine what outfit I'm wearing in my scenario, makes it more fun! It is usually my smallest pair of jeans, so I imagine they fit perfectly! I have my eye on a pair of VS dark green cords that I will reward myself with if I can reach my goal weight by November 22nd.

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ERIN1957 10/5/2012 11:56AM

    Eat something at home before hand...just in case.
Are you staying clear of all alcohol? Or just playing it safe?
My best to you...I have will power issues and have to avoid all temptations. But I have tried to find that happy medium and am doing better.

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JADOMB 10/5/2012 10:15AM

    Silly girl. On the serious side though, I find it rewarding to say NO to the many things others are unable to say NO to. It's a show of MY willpower and that I have control of MYSELF. If others are offended by it, too bad. They have to fight their own demons, I'm busy fighting mine.

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NELLJONES 10/5/2012 9:46AM

    I, too, don't drink alcohol, and don't eat chips before a meal. I've been doing this for many successful years. You'll get used to it, and it won't bother you at all after awhile.

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