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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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TAMRAM78731 11/28/2012 5:23PM

  A testament to change. Thank you.

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/28/2012 5:21PM

  Your revamping more than your bod, your learning to think and act differe emoticon ntly.

And for all that effort, you will become the incredible shrinking woman.

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DIANNEMT 11/28/2012 5:17PM

    Great for you!!

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THOMS1 11/28/2012 4:24PM

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CAMAEL100 11/28/2012 4:11PM

    Well done on weighing up the options and making the right choice. It was also nice that you were able to enjoy the chocolate and fit it in.

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BONIFIANT 11/28/2012 4:10PM

    I'm hearing you loud and clear on the bread. I used to bake bread with some frequency but just couldn't resist an extra piece or two when it was warm from the oven. Had to quit baking for my own preservation.

I too am learning more about counting calories and knowing almost before I finish tracking about how close I am to the limit.

Great decision you made. Thanks for sharing the process. emoticon

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BKNOCK 11/28/2012 4:00PM

    emoticon You have better self-control than I do!

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BARBARASDIET 11/28/2012 3:44PM

    I am so there with you! The only way I can resist bread is to not have it in the house. At the market this morning, I spent at least 5 minutes looking at a loaf of nice healthy whole grain. but I knew that it wouldn't be a matter of one slice a day--it would be the loaf in three days. And I resisted...

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MITCHDY 11/28/2012 3:42PM

    Well done! I always have to remind myself also to be aware of what I am doing... be responsible.. I like your blog. Thanks

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LYNCHD05 11/28/2012 3:38PM

    I love bread too but it has to be whole grain and very fresh. If not then it does not appeal to me.

You are winni g the in co trol game. Good for you.

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LTMURPHY7 11/28/2012 3:14PM

 



I have no self control

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LASSKERR 11/28/2012 2:45PM

    Can I borrow your voice of reasons?? :P Great job!

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SPECIALGURL7 11/28/2012 2:33PM

    That is the goal to self-evaluate what we do day in and day out. Good job.

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HYATTI1 11/28/2012 1:35PM

    Hope you got your little jog done...and all things are good with you. Enjoyed the blog...thanks

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DEBLYNN323 11/28/2012 1:31PM

    emoticon ...awesome job!

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HEARTS116 11/28/2012 1:26PM

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SLIMLEAF 11/28/2012 1:20PM

    You are an example to us all - well done!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/28/2012 1:12PM

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Love the honesty with yourself - the "you know you picked the biggest ones" thinking!

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JULIERAE41 11/28/2012 1:07PM

    Sounds like a healthy habit is forming! emoticon

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NEWCHINELO 11/28/2012 11:49AM

    Just what happened to me today,SP has made me to be accountable to what I stuff into my mouth. we all can try to be incharge . . .YES,we can do it.


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NEWCHINELO 11/28/2012 11:46AM

    Just what happened to me today,SP has made me to be accountable to what I stuff into my mouth. we all can try to be incharge . . .YES,we can do it.


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TLOVESC1125 11/28/2012 11:41AM

  Great Job!!!!

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ANIHAKA 11/28/2012 11:39AM

    MMMMMM yummmy to bread and chocolate. Bread is my downfall but am not going to let it rule me so buy it tuck into it and if I want to I won't eat it. But emoticon on exercising such will power (exercising body and mind).
Have a great day and if you do overdo the cals get out there and do more exercise.

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TURNINGTABLES21 11/28/2012 11:32AM

  Outstanding!

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SHOAPIE 11/28/2012 11:32AM

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TIFFA409 11/28/2012 11:26AM

    I also am proud of you for making the choice to leave the treats at the store. It is a very hard decision in the moment. I am not entirely sure I understood you fully. If I did it seemed like you were really happy to come in under your minimum calorie guideline? I know that seems like a great idea, but that number is there for a reason. If you consume less than that many calories on a regular basis, your body will actually fight you on the weight loss goal and it will train itself to function on fewer calories. I don't know about you, but once I hit the maintaining stage I would truly like to be able to maintain with more calories rather than less. I look forward to the maintaining stage where having the roll and goat cheese absolutely fits into my calorie requirements for the day after a day of healthful, tasty eating. I truly hope you don't feel like I am scolding, just concerned :) emoticon

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ANCILLADOMINI 11/28/2012 11:14AM

  I think it's great that you made a grown-up choice (though I think a few grapes would've been pretty harmless, and they probably would've fit into your calorie range).

What worries me is how (from my perspective) cranky you were about it. You really tore into yourself over what was an incredible indulgence (the chocolates). I have no idea if you really wanted the tuna or if it was the only thing available (if so, then it beat skipping lunch). We would never talk to a friend or a real (vs. inner) child that way--telling them they were wrong to enjoy 120 calories of chocolate. "How dare you enjoy that treat . . . no grapes for you!!!"

I'd be a lot more comfortable with your victory if the self-talk was more like,
"You've already had your treat for the day. You can have these lovelies another day. There isn't a shortage, and you don't need all your goodies at once."

Hugs,

Valerie

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/28/2012 11:02AM

    Wow, very interesting little mental dialog there!

You're Making Progress!!
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Julia

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LISBETHSALANDER 11/28/2012 10:41AM

    The little victories add up to pounds lost and health gained. Bread is a menace and like you, I try not to keep it around because I am powerless in its grasp. I feel better when I'm not eating it. I eat oats in the morning now and they are far more filling, I think.

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 11/28/2012 10:38AM

    Now that's when you know the mental change is in place, completely awesome!! Great motivation!!

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MOMOSG 11/28/2012 10:17AM

    I love bread too and I can eat great quantities without thinking I've eaten anything! I read an article about gluten and hypothyroidism - gluten can have adverse effects for those who are hypothyroid. As a result, I've switched to gluten free breads and I am actually feeling much better. For me, gluten free bread simply doesn't have the appeal of traditional wheat and rye breads. I'm thankful for that!

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STUFFNEARTABOR 11/28/2012 10:04AM

    Congrats!

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BARB5970 11/28/2012 10:02AM

    Now that's a great NSV (none scale victory)...
One choice at a time will get you to your goal... emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 11/28/2012 9:58AM

  You did well! emoticon

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WALKSINLIGHT 11/28/2012 9:54AM

    Awesome - your voice of reason can help us all - thanks !
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CHUBERASER 11/28/2012 9:54AM

    Now THAT'S determination and willpower!!! emoticon

Deb

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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/28/2012 9:51AM

    Way to have self control!

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THE-MORE-GIRL 11/28/2012 9:50AM

    Glad it all worked out in the end, but I have to disagree with this part:

"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. "

I think it was a wonderful idea. Savoring a couple of chocolates? Joy. Joy is good for you. :-)

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WALLINMW 11/28/2012 9:41AM

  U go girl!

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GIRLINMOTION 11/28/2012 9:34AM

    You sure have a healthy voice of reason working on your side. I am glad you are listening to it.

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NIKKIJ55 11/28/2012 9:29AM

    Great will power!! emoticon

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