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But I Didn't

Friday, January 25, 2013

Tucked away behind a long stretch of highways sits Diane’s Bakery. Diane is a wonderful lady and a most excellent baker. I pass her bakery three mornings each week as I motor out of town. IF Diane knows you, she will take the fresh, almost warm shell of a jelly donut and inject it with the filling of your choice. She will frost it, wrap it a piece of paper and put it in a bag for you. The only real description I have of this creation is “corpulent.” There is no way to eat this donut while you are driving. You have to turn off onto a side street and eat it covertly and then spend the next half hour licking the frosting and filling off of your lips.

I wanted a Diane’s Donut yesterday morning really bad. I had my Cheerios and almond milk for breakfast. (Middle age has brought with it a degree of lactose intolerance.) I packed my back pack and headed to get gasoline. For whatever reason I kept thinking about Diane and her donuts and with each passing moment I was creating all sorts of justifications for pulling into her parking lot and indulging in her forbidden pleasures.

But I didn’t.

I kept driving. It didn’t stop me from wanting the D**n donut but I kept driving. When I made a commitment to mindful eating I am made a commitment to honoring myself. When I break that commitment I suggest I am not worthy of honor. It’s okay to want the donut, that’s a natural feeling. I have to decide if that donut is my best interest and the interest of those who love me.

Oh, I know what you’re going to say; “All things in moderation.”

The average life expectancy for an American, combined male and female, is 77.6 years according to a Harvard Medical School publication. With the alarming surge in childhood obesity, my granddaughter’s average age, as we speak today is 10 years less than mine. That’s scary, so maybe its example time. I beeped at Diane and waved. She won’t have to reduce her staff because I’ve spurned those amazing jelly donuts. Emotionally, I felt better than I have in a while.

I coulda eaten that donut………… But I didn’t. How about you?

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RSTENNER 1/28/2013 1:02PM

    Dang donut anyway, who invented them? emoticon

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BBECKER1955 1/26/2013 10:18AM

    You're a better man than I am, Gunga er ah John!

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NASFKAB 1/26/2013 4:44AM

  great job have to decide for yourself what is important

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KATHYM316 1/26/2013 3:46AM

    Way to go!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/25/2013 11:37PM

    Great job! Keep it up!

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CARTOONB 1/25/2013 10:51PM

    It depends on the day. If it were Saturday, I would have had the donut. If it were any other day, I would put it on my "wish list" for Saturday. If I still wanted it when Saturday rolled around, I would have it. Luckily, very little on my wish list still sounds good on Saturday.

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GEEMAWEST 1/25/2013 10:43PM

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RACINGSLUG 1/25/2013 5:16PM

    You did the right thing. Those do sound like really good donuts, though.

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KBRADFORD88 1/25/2013 4:44PM

    Today it sleeted here and all my memories of cold snowy weather include food. It took all I had not to run to the store and buy frozen pizzas and half gallons of ice cream, etc...Resistance can build that muscle. I ate instead a slice (1) from Whole foods pizza with mushrooms and spinach. I don;t have to stop having stuff. I just want it on my own terms. emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 1/25/2013 4:09PM

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MARITIMER3 1/25/2013 3:54PM

    Congratulations for not giving in to temptation!

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WORLDSERIES11 1/25/2013 2:15PM

    It's so hard sometimes to make the healthy choice...good for you!! emoticon

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GIRANIMAL 1/25/2013 1:32PM

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I, on the other hand, far too easily caved and ate the last piece of my birthday cake. I told myself that although I know I shouldn't have it, if I eat it and just GET RID OF IT, I will no longer have to be tempted and avoid it! In my defense, the cake has been around almost 2 full weeks, and of course my husband has been munching on it too, so the fact that it lasted that long has to say something good for me! emoticon

And had it just been the cake, I would have been able to justify it as moderation and go about my business...but nooooo, that led to immediate and intense cravings for more junk food, so I had a piece of chocolate, about 8 frozen grapes (my lame attempt to "at least have something healthy," and then not one, but two cookies. They were gluten-free orange quinoa cookies -- OK, so they could have been worse for me for sure. And I even was happy to discover they are individually wrapped (convenient portion control), and two medium-sized cookies are a mere 99 calories! Then why the heck did I not *conveniently* stop at 1?!

I feel like I used to have a whole lot more willpower, so these days, I am even MORE impressed with your wonderfully healthy choice to abstain from that delicious-sounding doughnut! I am convinced that dumb cake is what set me off into a spiral -- perhaps the doughnut would have done the same for you.

So, well done! And I especially love, love, love that choosing to honor your value and that of your loved ones is what made you prevail -- calories alone would have been a fine reason, but you did one better. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/25/2013 12:46PM

    I would have passed. Donuts are too rich for me. They almost make me sick. LOL.

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CRYSTALJEM 1/25/2013 12:38PM

    Very proud of you. That does take commitment. I am a moderation believer, but I think in this case you made the right decision. Moderation or not sometimes the answer is still no. Well done.

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SCHNEBL 1/25/2013 10:21AM

    Good for you! I will use that mind set this weekend to eat mindfully even though we are traveling. Thank you for always motivating me!

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MATHMAGICIAN 1/25/2013 10:19AM

    Thanks for the reminder that this is a commitment we make to honor ourselves. That was beautifully said. Interestingly, I find that after eating healthfully for an extended period of time, eating a donut leaves my mouth feeling like its coated in grease. It's like a form of aversion therapy provided by nature. The thought of that after effect is enough to keep me from wanting to eat a donut.

Thank you for caring for yourself and sharing your experience.

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VICKI-BISHOP56 1/25/2013 9:46AM

  WTG John. It shows you're sticking to your plan and working it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HDHAWK 1/25/2013 9:19AM

    emoticon I had an on track day too! First one in a long time that I didn't have at least a little "treat"! Awesome John!

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BARB5970 1/25/2013 9:01AM

    Excellent!!! Now that's a NSV!!! You have "sparked" a thought in my mind. How many times have I broken that same commitment to myself. To eat something that wasn't going to get me to my goal. I have blown off that commitment and have given into temptation over and over again. I think it's time to honor myself more and follow in your footsteps. Thanks for sharing. It was just what I needed this morning.

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CC3833 1/25/2013 8:58AM

    Wow thats awesome... Go you! I can't say I'm that good but there are times everyday where people offer me things and i just say no. Other times I am not as successful... but in time I'm sure I will get better at it. You should wear a huge smile on your face for such a great choice! Happy Friday!

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SLIMLEAF 1/25/2013 8:55AM

    Talk about a non-scale victory, John - that's got to be one of the best! Well done!
I'm so impressed because I understand just how difficult this must have been for you. What a Star you are!

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REGILIEH 1/25/2013 8:47AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You didn't let yourself down!

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DOLLY1259 1/25/2013 8:32AM

    I am so proud for you. I have been in the same situation. When I resist the temptation instead of justifying it, I always feel better about myself. It is quite the battle since I am the queen of justification. The battle is definitely in my head!

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IMIN2GENES 1/25/2013 8:24AM

    Kudos to you for resisting the temptation!
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DEBRITA01 1/25/2013 8:14AM

    Great job resisting the donut! Yesterday while on break from work, I stopped in a convenience store to get a snack. After I read all the packages of all my old favorite snacks, I left empty-handed...nothing was worth it. Score one for me! emoticon

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SHERIO5 1/25/2013 8:14AM

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GRACIE4ONE 1/25/2013 8:07AM

    Way To Go, J!

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