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It was the moment I said AHA! Or was it DUH??

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

There comes a point on the journey when you realize things and you just have to say...DUH!!! That moment happened to me last night.

My daughter baked a cake last night. When it came out of the oven, I began tracking what a piece of cake would be. As I looked at the calories (I was still in range) I started thinking about whether it was worth it or not.

I thought about the kind of cake and although it would have been tasty, it was one of the kinds that I wouldn't really choose myself. Even the frosting was one that I don't really care for. Normally, I would just eat it because it is CAKE after all. I wouldn't give it any thought.

After several minutes of thinking I had an aha moment. I began thinking how if I skip the cake, that didn't mean that I would never have cake again. It simply meant that I wasn't going to have some right then. It meant that I would rather not waste the calories on something that I didn't absolutely love. I realized that I could have a quick protein shake and that would satisfy my hunger and my sweet tooth at the same time.

This got me to thinking how I can make that kind of decision all the time. That is part of taking back the power that food has held over me for so long.

Today I made those same kinds of decisions. I decided to have a healthy sandwich with cucumbers and watermelon on the side instead of a pretzel hotdog.

Now don't get me wrong, I am going to have pizza for dinner but I have it planned and I am going to have it without the guilt. I am going to have it with a salad and fruit on the side.

This is what living a healthy lifestyle is about. It is not deprivation or dieting. It is not rules and regulations. It is freedom to eat in moderation. It is freedom to eat meat or not eat meat. It is freedom to have cake or not have cake. I don't feel deprived. I feel empowered!

July is going to be such a great month now that I have had this aha moment and I can't wait to see the results! I am on my way to Twoterville and I am NOT looking back!
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CATNCAG 6/9/2014 3:12PM

    Awesome! Isn't it funny how much our weight is also about mental & emotional issues not just physical? I have learned & am still learning so much! Thanks in part to wonderful Sparkers & bloggers like u! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LORIVIOLA 2/12/2014 8:05AM

    Fantastic!!! Thanks for sharing.

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BETTERME54 11/14/2013 4:16PM

    I am so slow and I have been having a few problems but its all about you right now. I like your blog and I say to you emoticon !

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LEZASEDAI 9/11/2013 5:52AM

    Yeah you are so right- before, I would eat it without a second thought because, well it is CAKE! emoticon

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DEBELA-DJEVOJKA 8/21/2013 1:23PM

  emoticon I really like what you wrotte! I'm in the proces of getting to where you are now, and it's great to read about your AHA moment!! Thanks for shering it with all of us! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 8/17/2013 10:33AM

  W emoticon ell done.

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FARRAH511 8/13/2013 8:53AM

    Congrats!

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WER4UNC 8/7/2013 9:43PM

    That was such an AWESOME post!! I have been fighting bad habits again lately and the problem is I HAVE been eating for the heck of it just b/c something is GOOD. Thanks for making me think about my goals again and WHY I am doing this in the first place!!

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ALADY2BE 8/6/2013 5:52PM

    Great blog! It's always good to be reminded that in every situation, we have choices. Our choices determine our actions. Our actions determine our outcome. Congrats on making a choice with your desired outcome in mind.

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VAMSMURANO 8/6/2013 2:03PM

  Keep up the good work!

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COLEE82 8/6/2013 11:19AM

    That is a great mindset to have! And something I am going to try to keep in mind going forward. Thanks so much!

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FLEURETTE8 8/5/2013 7:37PM

    You are so strong....keep it up!!! emoticon

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G33K10V3 8/5/2013 10:50AM

    My DUHHHH moment was when I was getting ready to make a sandwich and I actually LOOKED at the bottle of mayonaise and saw that there are 11 grams of fat in ONE tablespoon of mayo..... I'd probably weigh 100 pounds less than I do right now if I had just skipped the mayo for most of my life....

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COCOONGIRL 8/3/2013 9:06PM

    Awesome blog!

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LAINYC 8/3/2013 3:24PM

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SPANISHWHISPERS 8/1/2013 6:31PM

    congrats and thanks for sharing. i hope to have a story liike that soon. just need to motivate myself. emoticon

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MYLIBERTY 7/31/2013 4:08PM

    Thanks for the great aha! I can use this. emoticon

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IMEMINE1 7/31/2013 12:55PM

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LESCANTOONOW 7/31/2013 12:45PM

  Hi! IMSOOZEEQ,

I LOVED YOUR MOMENT OF AHA Or DUH? YOU ARE TRULY AN INSPIRATION TO ME!

KEEP UP THE WONDERFUL WORK YOU ARE DOING. I KNOW YOU'LL REACH ALL YOUR LITTLE GOALS AS WELL AS THE FINAL DAY, WHEN YOU REACH YOUR FINAL WEIGHT GOAL!



ALL THE VERY BEST TO YOU,
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1SUNSHINEGIRL 7/31/2013 12:04PM

    Great insight! Thanks for sharing!

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OAKASHANDTHORN 7/30/2013 11:32PM

    Wonderful! This is the thought pattern we want to see in ourselves many times per day!

I "used to" get a junk food item at the check out line in the grocery store far too frequently. Now I go through a similar process of decision making, have successfully left the high calorie, no nutrition, junk food on the self where it belongs -- not in my belly, and NOT ON MY FOOD TRACKER.

Thanks for sharing your wisdom!

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PEAWINKLE 7/30/2013 7:49PM

    I happened to read your featured blog post this morning before going to the grocery store. While there I started to reach for a not so healthy treat but remembered your words...

I began thinking how if I skip the cake, that didn't mean that I would never have cake again. It simply meant that I wasn't going to have some right then.

Those simple words helped me leave that treat on the store shelf and just walk away!

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BRITE_EYEZ25 7/30/2013 4:01PM

  Great job! I have been struggling with my emotional eating again for the past couple months (mother passed away in June and daughter just turned 18)! Thank you for reminding me that it can be done!

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VARIDGLEY 7/30/2013 3:59PM

  Great insight. I have had similar thoughts when considering a certain food. I ask myself is it really worth the extra calories.



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INTRIBUS 7/30/2013 2:58PM

  Yep I agree emoticon

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NDKARIKARI 7/30/2013 2:24PM

    you speak truth! thanks for reminding me that saying no to a temptation now does not mean that I am writing it out of my life forever. I really needed to read this. thank you!

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JOYFORJESUS 7/30/2013 8:31AM

  I haven't looked at SPARK for a while since I reached my goal weight of 134lbs, but maintenance has been a challenge as of late...so I got on the scale this am for a reality check and am up that dangerous 3 lbs. Yesterday I told myself to wean off of sugar again...and I was faced with my first alone time(my husband ate earlier and went out to cut oats as we farm) and a great book...my old tendency is to eat treats with the treat of a good book, but I asked God for Divine intervention and went out to the kitchen and made myself a proper meal, ate at the table and kept my promise to myself to eat sensibly. Your blog helps my resolve today and many of the others I scanned getting to this post to you!!! Blessings on your journey to health and wholeness and self-control, Kathy emoticon

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KLEMIE 7/29/2013 11:15PM

    Well done. You are so right. We can "choose" to eat something or not. Today, I chose not to eat hand cut French fries and a restaurant that I took my client to. They have had the best French fries for over 50 years, but I chose to watch her eat because she was hungry and I was not.

Good luck with your future "choosings".

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4KWALK 7/29/2013 8:10PM

    What a great blog. You nailed it right on the head.

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SOULPITA 7/29/2013 5:07PM

  Way to go! It is nice to hear about other people doing this also. It is hard but the END result will be worth it

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STALEYK 7/29/2013 2:19PM

    Wow! Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing with us!

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7WORSHIPS 7/28/2013 10:20PM

  Wow - great blog. very inspiring! A great reminder of how attitude makes healthy choice making easier. Thanks for sharing.

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SONDRAELLIOTT 7/28/2013 9:55PM

    Thanks for sharing that. You did a beautiful job putting that into words that make sense. When I read it I wondered why we haven't all figured that out long ago. I think I may print this out so I can reread it often and hopefully remember your great advice.

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-SHOREIDO- 7/28/2013 8:53PM

    Just read your blog and loved it!!! Great attitude! Love the thought direction!! emoticon


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BELDONDOG1 7/28/2013 5:12PM

    Good going, Susan! I'm proud of you and I know your mom is! (hugs) Noel

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ELIZACG9 7/28/2013 1:26PM

    Do not deprive yourself ever... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 7/28/2013 1:17PM

    AWESOME! I've recently had those moments as well! It feels good to find that power. emoticon

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BARHAAS 7/28/2013 5:21AM

    Healthy thinking about healthy eating...way...to...go!!! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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FROSTIVY 7/28/2013 12:40AM

    Great way to think about this! Thank you.

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SCRIPTEDFLIGHT 7/28/2013 12:33AM

    Yay!!! That is awesome - good for you!

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RED_DEVIL_APRIL 7/27/2013 7:19PM

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JUSTDREAMN 7/27/2013 7:12PM

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JENW523 7/27/2013 5:05PM

    and that's what it's really all about, choices, thank you for sharing


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DAILYCHOICES 7/27/2013 4:21PM

    It's about making the every day decisions that will help you towards your goal. You simply realized that particular cake wasn't worth it. Pizza, on the other hand, well, that's another story emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALIDOSHA 7/27/2013 3:13PM

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ROCKINROSE2 7/27/2013 2:18PM

  Great insight! Thanks emoticon

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JLPEASE 7/27/2013 12:39PM

    Well said!!!
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REALLYRETIRED 7/27/2013 11:32AM

    Thank you for sharing! Saying so much in a few words- very powerful.
Have a great day.

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CALGAL10831 7/27/2013 10:08AM

    Great inspiration for me and others. Thanks

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AMBERDAWN64 7/27/2013 4:07AM

    Freedom to choose...YES!!!
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