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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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JJAQUES41 11/27/2012 7:56PM

    Excellent self control! Love the logical reasoning you went through! Good for you!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 11/27/2012 7:44PM

    I am so very proud of your achievements.
What personal control you showed...
Great work.
Audra

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CATLADY52 11/27/2012 7:40PM

    Isn't it great when the plan comes together and you did well. emoticon

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SARAALINE 11/27/2012 6:23PM

    I bow to you! I wish I had that control. I too love love love love bread. You can take away my sweets, but don't take away my bread. Mmm....

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LACIEKAY 11/27/2012 6:19PM

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4KWALK 11/27/2012 6:18PM

    You rock, CHICCHANTAL emoticon

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DOVESEYES 11/27/2012 6:17PM

    Great work emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 11/27/2012 6:17PM

    Conversations with self oft times lead to major revelations, which is a good thing.

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SARAWALKS 11/27/2012 6:09PM

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/27/2012 6:07PM

    Yes! Great! It's coming together. That's real progress.
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COCK-ROBIN 11/27/2012 6:01PM

    You've done great!

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JACKIE542 11/27/2012 6:00PM

    Way to go, you are on your way. YAY!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 11/27/2012 5:48PM

    Good choices and you are not alone when standing in the grocery store.

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LAURIETAIT 11/27/2012 5:46PM

    Keep making good choices and you'll be skinny in no time!
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1MANKNEY 11/27/2012 5:43PM

    I never get tired of chocolate! You did great to know your limit and follow through. emoticon

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LINDAK25 11/27/2012 5:15PM

    Ding, ding, ding--give that girl a gold star!

Bread is my downfall. I won't go into all the wonderful things you can put in the bread and on the bread, too.

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SUNRISE14 11/27/2012 5:13PM

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KOOKYKATHIE 11/27/2012 5:01PM

    I guess I should learn to start tracking my calories. I have never really done this seriously but I should get started!! You inspire me! emoticon

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HFAYE81 11/27/2012 4:23PM

    Awesome!! I've noticed that I know how many calories I have to "spend" and it helps me keep on track. Love it!

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SPEEDY143 11/27/2012 4:19PM

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LAHUDSONCHEF 11/27/2012 3:52PM

    What an awesome picture of a woman who has learned self-control! :)

I'm still learning...and having small victories. Was really, really hungry while running errands earlier today, but though McDonald's fries were sweetly calling my name, I forebore. Also passed up the gazillions of candy bars at the registers of the various stores, walked briskly past the displays of Christmas cookies & goodies, and went home to fry up a lovely frittata and have a nice big salad. :)

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WISEDIETER 11/27/2012 3:46PM

    Great your inner voice has turned you around mine usually says go on a little wont hurt you but I am trying to find that other voice of good reasoning I know it is in there somewhere.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/27/2012 3:31PM

    Great job! :)

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SENIMMO 11/27/2012 3:26PM

    Way to go. I also want to know if the carrots went in the oatmeal? :-)

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BRAVELUTE 11/27/2012 3:19PM

    From the sounds of the sandwich at the canteen, I'd go for your bread and cheese sandwich any day. Maybe with some tomato. I haven't found anything to help with my bread desires. It's almost like my allergies to milk and citrus. When the allergy is kicking up, I crave them. When I'm like that, I could drink a whole gallon of orange juice in one chug-a-lug. I know to stay away or just have a very small amount.

But Bread seems to be a problem all the time. I hope the time will come and I can bake my favorite bread and not go stark raving crazy.

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KIMCOLLINGS 11/27/2012 3:11PM

    It's great what we learn here and take into real life with us. Way to go on passing up the bread and cheese. I love bread too and have such a hard time with it. You should be so proud that you caught yourself and turned it around! Way to go!

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POPSY190 11/27/2012 3:07PM

    I enjoyed this. My thoughts exactly when eating bread and chocolate, but especially the bread (buttered with marmite!!). I still have that but keep it for supper (1 small slice) as a reward for sticking to everything else during the day. emoticon New habits forming emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 11/27/2012 3:06PM

    Brilliant! Your innate sense of well being is overcoming your desire for indulgence.

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JURASSICSUE 11/27/2012 3:06PM

    Fantastic! Well done!
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TEMPENATIVE 11/27/2012 2:55PM

    thats the beauty of regular tracking, you start recognizing the numbers. just let me warn you tho-go for a few days without tracking and its starts to get fuzzy. and thats where the trouble starts! i try not to go more than a few days w/o tracking or its a slippery slope. (like i did this last holiday, Th-Sun) but Im back at it this week.

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STONECOT 11/27/2012 2:47PM

    Did the carrots go in the porridge, or were they a naughty extra! We really know how to live don't we!

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DNRAE1 11/27/2012 2:45PM

    I'd say you have achieved a new and better lifestyle! Fantastic!

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FANCYFREE15 11/27/2012 2:45PM

    You go, girl! emoticon

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MAMAOWLS 11/27/2012 2:36PM

    It is nice when you are able to instinctively know whether you have calories to spare or not. It is always good to log all the food in just to make sure. emoticon

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NESARIAN 11/27/2012 2:32PM

    I gaze at sourdough baguettes like some women look at diamonds. great restraint!

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GOSPARK45 11/27/2012 2:31PM

    Way to avoid temptation! Spark on!
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SQUIRRELLYONE 11/27/2012 2:29PM

    Wow! great job with your mental calculator (and your self control!)

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MOLLZ007 11/27/2012 2:27PM

    Nice job!

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