Thursday, May 09, 2013
I have a dear friend who is my "accountability" partner. This week, I had to tell her that I'd slipped back into thinking that peanut butter and dark chocolate were pretty good together. Her question to me, "What made you think again that you can eat anything you want?" Good question! As she is a maintainer with two years behind her, I pay attention when she asks questions like that.
One of my primary "reminders" of what I can and can't eat is my glucometer. I know I can't do grains or potatoes because my glucometer number tells me I can't. And I know I can't eat things like tomatoes and beans because I immediately get indigestion (an old stomach). But frankly, I can eat nuts and chocolate until the 17 year locusts come back to sing, and all I'll do is slowly regain weight.
So to my friend's question. What happened to flip me back into that old way of thinking? I saw my doctor this week and she was simply horrified (eyebrows raised, eyes wide, mouth pursed) at the fact that I would refuse to take metofrmin, which would allow me to eat pasta. Her statement: "You can't live your whole life without any enjoyment."
Whoa! Wait a minute. Pasta equates to enjoyment? Who figured that out? Once I stumbled over what it was that triggered my anti-motivation thinking, I was able to remind myself that yes, chocolate and nuts may be a wonderful treat, but that's what they are - just a treat. And that there's more enjoyment to be had in planting a flower, harvesting lettuce, buying a size 6 pair of jeans, and finishing a big project at work, than there is to be had in peanut butter.
Hope everyone's day is full of non-food enjoyments!!