Thursday, April 18, 2013
My SparkCoach assignment for today was to write about the last mistake I made and what I learned from it. I think I can name a couple recent ones I learned from.
One was in March when I gave in to cravings and had greasy fast food. That's actually something I'd been doing regularly off and on since my mom passed away a couple years ago. I'd been struggling to stay on track but just couldn't find the same motivation I had when I got down to the size in the "after" picture. I had actually gotten back to the size in my "before" picture by March. Finally, I came across SparkCoach and it helped me find the motivation I needed and now I'm about one third of the way back to my "after" picture and feeling pretty good. What I've learned is never give up. I'd reached my goal once before so I knew I could do it again if I kept searching for a solution. I've also learned that it's hard to do it all over again, and this time I need to try harder to maintain healthy habits and resist temptations from "food pushers."
The second mistake I learned from was a couple weeks ago when my coworkers treated me to lunch. I mentioned it in a blog before but didn't tell the whole story. I'd actually looked up the restaurant menu beforehand and found a menu item that was well within the range of what I usually eat for lunch, and was planning to get that. While preparing to order a co-worker asked what I was going to get and when I told her she said, "THAT'S ALL?!" There was another higher calorie menu item that I had a slight craving for and my resolve was weakened when I heard her comment. But it wasn't a total mistake, since I knew the item wasn't much higher in calories and I could easily make up for it by just skipping my evening snack. Ironically, it didn't taste as good as I expected and I would have been better off ordering the salad like I'd planned to. I think next time someone asks what I'm getting I'm just going to say "I haven't decided yet" all the way up to the time the server comes back, so I don't have to endure negative comments before I've even placed the order.