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Thursday, January 23, 2014

In the mornings, on the way to work, I've been having a cup of soy chocolate milk to get some protein in after my run. Recently, I've been extra hungry and a couple of times last week I took something in the car with me to have along with my drink. I tend to crave something munchy and crunchy, so I throw together Cheerios (about 1/2 cup) with a couple of pecans and a couple raisins. Not a bad choice, but is it really necessary?

This morning I was particularly hungry and thought about bringing my Cheerios mix again, but decided to just get out the door. Then I remembered I had a half a Clif bar in my breakfast bag, so I thought "I'll just eat that instead". I pulled out of the driveway, grabbed the Clif bar and started to unwrap it when I thought "Do I really need this?" I decided to put it in my pocket and told myself if I was still hungry when I got to work, I could eat it then.

Lo and behold, when I got to work, I got caught up in the morning routine, taking money, getting a cash box ready for tonight's wrestling match, processing a couple of p.o.s, and by the time I looked up, it was only 1/2 hour until my usual CoCoYogo time, so I just put the Clif bar back in my bag and called it good.

So often I forget about those little mind-games that I can use as a tool to get me over a food choice hump - I get so in the moment "I'm HONGREE!", that my lizard brain takes over and looks for FOOD! I'm glad I was able to override the lizard this morning and let my higher level thinking skills call the shots.

Hope you all have a great day and that your lizard brain just does its job, quietly breathing and watching out for lions...
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