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Good Decisions Despite the Hunger (2014 - Blog #27)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My day went by so so fast! I had a report to get done, a training to do, a bombardment of staff in my office, and then my under-the-weather daughter called because she wanted some of mom's vegetable soup.

Fortunately, I had made time for a very good breakfast that kept me from snacking badly in the morning. I had a bag of carrots and another bag of celery to munch on in the car. By lunch though, I was starving and made the good decision to eat during the training. But even with that, I was darn hungry when I stopped by the market to pick up a few veggies for the veggie soup.

AND HERE WAS MY TEST! Would my resolve and mental toughness get me through this awesome store (kind of like a Whole Foods) with the kinds of goodies I really do like? For sures, the stars were trying to conspire against me.
#1 I was hungry - tummy was a-growlin'.
#2. I was tired! I was thinking that a good pick me up had a lead ingredients -- sugar.
#3. I had run out of good snacks.
#4. Did I mention I was hungry!
#5 and finally - This store is full of things that should be eaten in moderation (at minimum).

But I remembered a key concept from Mental Toughness: Was I going to let my child-like rationalization and emotional reaction to the good foods take over? or not?

And I decided, without any looking back and with a sense of calm, that I could go through the gauntlet and live to tell the tale.
Yeah.. the chocolates did look good.
Yeah.. the small of fresh bread did waft awfully close.
Yeah.. there was a little naggy "but I want some" voice at the edge of my resolve.
AND YEAH! I was aware of those thoughts and I decided to simply let them be.

So, in spite of the hunger which is a deadly place for me to be, I made the decisions that felt right. I feed that hunger later with a apple and oooooh it tasted GREAT!

Have a day of good choices.. in spite of the challenges tossed your way.

"Success consists of a series of little daily victories."
Laddie Hutar

MANTRA: Every opportunity is a choice. Every choice is an opportunity. (me)

PHOTO OF THE DAY: My mountain..strength..

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DDOORN 1/30/2014 2:49PM

    Hey, I now look at it as "good decisions BECAUSE of hunger!"

My old buddy "Hunger" just keeps letting me know about the pay-off for being mentally tough! :-)


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BOOKAPHILE 1/29/2014 9:11PM

    I'd say you had some big victories today! Well done!

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BLUENOSE63 1/29/2014 4:56PM

  Wish I had been there with you as I carry a ton of healthy snacks in my purse, in my gym bag and in the car! Many a time these have saved me from losing my mind while grocery shopping and after an intense workout.

Yep all about the mental toughness.

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HEALTHY4ME 1/29/2014 9:42AM

    I too am doing better with this. But do have to get healthier ( in more veggies ) into our meals. Love your mountain today!

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KALIGIRL 1/29/2014 9:10AM

    Excellent! We often have scrumptious donuts in the office and I 'treat' myself by deeply inhaling them as I pass by - a wonderfully satisfying sensation!

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SUSANNAH31 1/29/2014 8:57AM

    Congratulations on your successful running of the gauntlet.
You are a great inspiration for all of us.

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NANCY- 1/29/2014 8:23AM

    emoticon on hanging tough and staying true to your needs. I have a list when I go to the store. Thankfully Whole Foods has fresh produce that is a treat in itself.

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MBTEPP 1/29/2014 7:45AM

    WTG! Success breeds success. Love your mountain today. Very calm.

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STRONGDAWG 1/29/2014 7:37AM

    That is quite the test! You did great! These are the things that should be headline news.

Hungry Woman Makes It Through Specialty Market Without Caving!

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NEWROSE27 1/29/2014 7:09AM

    Awesome effort and outcome.
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ONEKIDSMOM 1/29/2014 6:51AM

    "Hunger is the best sauce." emoticon

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DEBRITA01 1/29/2014 6:30AM

    Great decisions and mental toughness. Hunger and the grocery store can be a dangerous mix but you navigated it with a win for you. emoticon

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    Well done my friend.

And, I told you the mountain and you had a strong connection. Strength is definitely part of it.

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THINRONNA 1/29/2014 4:48AM

    Nice job! Whoo HOOO on your success!!!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 1/29/2014 4:28AM

    Oh yeah, hunger is not an emergency, no, it's not!
Well done you.

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NEW-CAZ 1/29/2014 3:26AM

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