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Sometimes, I surprise myself


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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Drop in at Tesco's (supermarket) on the way home from work. In the Bad Old Days I used to drop by one or other shop most days on the way home and stock up on chocolate, cakes, crisps, fizzy drinks, whatever. Then SparkPeople happened and things changed.

There I am in Tesco's looking at the bread. I don't keep bread in because I cannot control myself around it. Whereas I will EVENTUALLY get tired of chocolate, I have never reached my capacity with bread. I don't actually know what it is. I may not even HAVE an ultimate capacity for bread.

So me, looking at the bread counter and thinking, 'You've got that nice bit of goat cheese, unsullied so far. After you've eaten the last portion of beef stew, how about a roll and that goat cheese and some grapes. That would be nice, and an allowable treat, and the cheese is good for your calcium levels.'

And then I think 'Hold it. Right there. You had two chocolates at work today didn't you? Roses, and they are 60 calories each. Don't try to pretend they were only 50. You deliberately chose the biggest. If you remember you actually savoured them. You kept them in your mouth till they melted. Chocolate rarely tasted that good to you. It definitely seemed like a good idea at the time, yes? Well it wasn't. Nor was the nasty tuna mayo sandwich from the canteen because it had full fat mayo in it. No bread for you. And no cheese either. Forget the grapes. You chose chocolates.'

My own personal Voice of Reason. And what monstrous Epicurean sins DO I in fact commit at the checkout?

One kilo of Quaker Oats
One pint of skimmed milk
One and a half kilos of economy carrots

Eaten dinner, ended the day 2 calories under my lower limit. And the point is, I KNEW without checking that I hadn't got the calories for bread and cheese.

Now that IS the wow factor.

Just off for a quick buzz round the gym.

See you later.
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CATNCAG 8/6/2013 1:18PM

    U truly are my inspiration! I love reading your blogs & living vicariously through your pictures when u take us on your walks with u! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELAINE725 1/8/2013 10:18AM

    Great job resisting the temptation. emoticon

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NLYR20 12/25/2012 9:21AM

  Great, You made it thru... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WHITEANGEL4 12/5/2012 7:47PM

    Snack discipline is one of the end results of Sparks. Proud of you for your better choices.

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SANDYLH1 12/5/2012 5:29PM

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DANAPRIME 12/2/2012 7:08PM

    Such self control!!!!!! Good job on savoring the 2 chocolates!!! ( Much better than gobling down a bag full.) emoticon on staying under your daily limit!!!!!

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TPETRIE 12/2/2012 7:53AM

  I love your blogs. The description of the chocolates made my mouth water, good thing I don't have any in the house.

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NELLBELLA26 12/1/2012 12:46AM

    lol, you had to go and describe the chocolates. Now all I'm thinking about is chocolate!
Good job on making the better choices. Keep going. emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 11/30/2012 9:15PM

  So VERY emoticon

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JSTETSER 11/30/2012 3:15PM

    Go girl, go!
You inspire me, and I'm adding you as my new Spark Friend!

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PINKANGEL73 11/30/2012 11:35AM

    Bread is one of my downfalls too - and I only realised this by using the tracker and seeing in black and white exactly where a lot of my calories were going. All those odd rounds of toast to stave off hunger pangs!! emoticon Now I have stopped buying loaves and just get 2 packs of ciabattas or bagels which I freeze and get out one at a time.

And how we try to kid ourselves to justify what we want. Well done you for talking down that devil on your shoulder. emoticon



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MZKYND 11/30/2012 11:20AM

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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/30/2012 10:40AM

    Now that is the best example of why you should plan and track your food that I have seen. Thanks a bunch! I really struggle with motivation for planning even though I know in my head it is a key for success. I think that might have done the trick.
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BANDMOM2012 11/30/2012 9:55AM

    Congratulations! What an empowering day!

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BOILHAM 11/30/2012 9:41AM

    Good restraint! Congratulations on listening to the voice of reason.

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SOCDIRECTOR 11/30/2012 7:37AM

    This is a great blog. My DH have the same draw to bread--any kind: muffins, biscuits, etc. He even will eat the heels of a loaf rolled up to consume it quickly. Sharing this with him so he can see there's LIGHT at the end of the tunnel.

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CAROLJ35 11/29/2012 8:51PM

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SURVIVOR61 11/29/2012 8:45PM

    That is one of the best keys to success...self talk... We have to use it more often..

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LJOYCE55 11/29/2012 7:34PM

  emoticon Good work.

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J012345 11/29/2012 6:44PM

    Congratz!, sounds like your on the right track to who you want to be!!

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PYNETREE 11/29/2012 1:09PM

    Wow! Look at you... emoticon ...becoming the person you want to be!

Good for you! emoticon

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JAS9096 11/29/2012 12:03PM

    Well done!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/29/2012 11:56AM

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PIXIEMOM13 11/29/2012 10:32AM

    Great Job in reasoning out what you had the calories for...and what you could and couldn't resist. Way to go!

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CHRISYHOFF 11/29/2012 10:20AM

    Great job resisting!

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SFREY217 11/29/2012 9:00AM

    Great job !!! Keep up the good work !!!

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55BUTTERBALL 11/29/2012 8:58AM

    There is a lot to be said for looking and enjoying with our eyes and our nose and not letting our lips and tummy in on the action! Bravo

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634MEG 11/29/2012 8:16AM

    brilliant!

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AJB121299 11/29/2012 8:13AM

    Great job

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GARDENCHRIS 11/29/2012 7:31AM

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LEANMEAN2 11/29/2012 7:01AM

    Thank you for sharing

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LEANMEAN2 11/29/2012 6:59AM

    Thank you for sharing

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BESSHAILE 11/29/2012 6:09AM

    way to go girl! and didn't you feel great? Working on that "choice" thing myself these days.

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TDEMAIO2 11/29/2012 6:05AM

    emoticon emoticon You are SO strong emoticon You have the power over the food now - isn't that a GREAT feeling emoticon

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STALEYK 11/29/2012 5:56AM

    Congrats you are changing! I chose apples and Pears I'd packed instead of 1/2 a chocolate bar co-worker offered me...that has been a step for me too! emoticon

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SATCHMO99 11/29/2012 3:02AM

    Loved that you defeated the slippery whining weasel that tries to slyly dumb down the calories in Roses from 60 to 50 in order to make them "acceptable" in the calorie log.

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BLUEJEAN99 11/29/2012 1:54AM

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DEEEBEE 11/29/2012 12:23AM

    You can be proud of your achievement--being able to reason with yourself and come out ahead!

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GOING-STRONG 11/28/2012 11:34PM

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JUNEAU2010 11/28/2012 10:21PM

    This is a blog, not about willpower, but about intelligence, about thinking, making choices and being in charge. emoticon It also shows you've made real lifestyle changes! emoticon

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JANETRIS 11/28/2012 10:15PM

    I love the conversation you carried on with yourself. You even answered yourself back with a thoughtful answer! Way to go and listen!

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ROCKYCPA 11/28/2012 10:09PM

    Awesome - great willpower!

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PCASEY7 11/28/2012 9:35PM

    You're getting very scary in the way you're figuring calories out before putting them in your mouth. Good for you and the willpower you displayed. Keep up the good work!

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HHB4181 11/28/2012 8:44PM

    emoticon great job!

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MARYHENNIG 11/28/2012 7:37PM

  Does the bread ever talk to you? (too funny!)
Great blog!!!

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JANETTEB553 11/28/2012 7:11PM

    not possible.. eventually get tired of chocolate... horrid..... wash your mouth out....
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CHERYLSBUTT 11/28/2012 6:00PM

    Strength and Power that is who you are!!!

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