Big Stressors need Big Planning

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I had an appointment that I had known about for over a month, and as the time grew closer, my prior "bad" habits became more prevalent. After the appointment I drove straight to the nearest grocery store and bought some of the sweetest, stickest, highest fat content junk food I could find. Fortunately I had enough control to buy the smallest portion available instead of buying a whole cake or dozen doughnuts.
Lesson learned" big stressors need big planning. Carrying cheese sticks, measured portions of fat free bagel chips, two bottles of water. Flavored sugar free chewing gum is a good option and fills the need to chew, and matches the dessert it is made to mimic with only five calories a stick.
I think part of the bigger picture is recognizing the need to excersise more before the event, and visualize positive outcomes instead of getting wrapped up in what 'could" happen, I had been using those same negative responses for so long that at least noting them, and planning for more positive outcomes and recognizing the desire to replace those negative habits with more positive ones is a strong beginning.
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