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Program changes are NO excuse to misbehave ~

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last night, after everyone was in bed, I was in my room watching TV and I got very hungry. I guess it is likely because I had a salad for dinner and wasn't full ~ it happens. But, I don't like being hungry ~ so I decided to make a couple of slices of raisin bread toast with light butter. Yes, this put me 'over' in calories for the day.

I decided to go with 'maintenance' calories, even though I am not certain what amount of calories that is. I did get an approximation on-line but don't know where SP is hiding their calculator. ;) Anyway ~ I did know for certain how much I COULD get away with. So, I ate my toast and felt considerably better.

But, my mind is out to get me, so it wasn't long after that I thought "I've blown it for today so I might as well have some cookies and start fresh tomorrow." I walked into the kitchen, opened the cupboard door and took the cookies down ~ at that moment common sense took over. I said "No" out loud, put the package back and closed the cupboard door. As I went back to my TV program, I realized how close I had come to making a bad mistake. Thank God, I had come to my senses. Who knew what I might have told myself next if I'd eaten the cookies?

This is very NEW behavior for me. In the past, that is exactly how I stayed fat. I would listen to the itty-bitty committee of idiots in my head telling me how I "might as well" do this or that because I had "blown" it already. And, I would be off and running, or rather eating.

Thanks to Spark People and my Spark Friends, I do not have to do that any more. I know a lot more than I did then. I have support and all kinds of tools to work with at SP. Plus, I am NOT a loser ~ and I know that one mistake does not equal failure. Besides, I really didn't do anything wrong. So what if I didn't lose yesterday ~ I didn't gain either. And that is what is important. I, also, fed myself when I was hungry ~ and if I had it to do over, I'd do the same.

So 'changes' in program are NOT an excuse for me to do something that I will be sorry for down the line! emoticon emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SMARTIN77 12/23/2012 1:16PM

    Good job! It's a major accomplishment when we firmly say NO, even if we slipped up a little. This is a new behavior for me, too. But each time I stop a self-destructive behavior, I feel stronger the next time that temptation comes my way. See the little victories.....they add up! And that means your willpower and determination are getting that much stronger, too!
emoticon emoticon (Silence the itty bitty idiot committee...I will remember that!)

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CSAGIRL 12/20/2012 7:46AM

    Good for you, Peggy! That's a great accomplishment, and a wonderful insight! emoticon

Now, if only there were a way we could get together to work our yarn magic emoticon


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RG_DFW 12/20/2012 12:13AM

    Wise words... way to go!

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GRATEFUL_BEING 12/18/2012 9:05PM

  Wonderful Peggy!

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