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Don’t Think About It!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

On Friday, my husband and I had spent a greater portion of the day on our twice monthly grocery shopping excursion. We live in the boonies and it’s 20.4 miles one way to the closest grocery store. We drive on another 20 miles past that, to take advantage of Sam’s Club and the larger grocery stores. We had lunched at one of our favorite restaurants that offers a salad bar and I’d followed my food plan with lots of fresh veggies and no dressing. emoticon
It was a long day, (it always is) and we finally finished around 4:30 p.m. and headed out for our drive home. Although only a four day school week, and the long weekend was here, the week had been quite stressful. I was very tired from the week and very frustrated with the way the school year had started. Not a good combination! Once we were on the road, my husband and I had a conversation that went something like this:

me: “I need a cheeseburger!” emoticon
him: “ No you don’t!”
me: “Yes, I do. It will make me feel better.”
him: “Only ‘till tomorrow and then you’ll beat yourself up because you feel guilty for eating it.” (Oh, he knows me sooo well.) “Just don’t think about it!” he continued and he then changed the subject. And I didn’t think about it, until yesterday when I weighed and found I had lost an additional two pounds. Hmmm?? emoticon

Some years ago, when I joined an OA group, our leader would only let us talk about the emotions that caused us to over eat, not the food we consumed. The idea was that if you talked about food, it had the power to cause the mind to obsess about the food until it was finally eaten, with the likelihood of starting a binge. I now understand the reasoning behind her insightful words.

When I accepted the Fit Food Challenge, I printed all the plans and grocery lists (beautiful color pictures and recipes) for the entire 30 days. Other than okra, I can’t think of a vegetable that I don’t like. The same goes for fruits. The Challenge also has healthy snack choices. Sticking to the plan throughout the day, when I am extremely busy and “don’t think about it”, is fairly easy. Once I’m home, after a long and many times stress filled day, the evenings are another story. My pantry is now empty of the salty, crunchy junk food. And...I haven’t had any junk food in the house since I started Spark last June. So, I would read the Challenge printout in search of a snack, and pretty soon, the urge to eat junk food had passed. I realized yesterday, “I didn’t think about it.”

Such a simple solution. Simple?? Yeah, right! Who am I kidding? Like any other addiction, mine lies just beneath the surface. Food sobriety is so difficult because we can’t just give up the food and stop eating cold turkey. Today, my goal is to make sensible choices, track my food, portion my servings, and get off my duff instead of sitting on it. “Don’t think about it!” is now my daily mantra to maintain my improved health.
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  • FIT4MEIN2013
    Just because an idea or concept is simple doesn't mean implementation is! I have to keep junk food in the house. If I DON'T have it, I obsess. I have candy bars that have been in my desk drawer for 1-1/2 years! I pull them out occasionally, but read the nutrition level and put them back.
    1114 days ago
    Awesome progress, Jeanne! So happy you're finding ways to continue moving forward toward your goals! emoticon Congrats on the loss, too!! emoticon
    1114 days ago
    Congrats on the pounds lost! emoticon

    You're totally right about the food sobriety. You HAVE to eat, and it sounds like you're making good choices (sometimes with the help of a good hubby ;)

    Keep up the good work!!

    1114 days ago
    Congratulations on your 2 lb loss!! Good for you to have stayed on your plan!! I think is hard for AA members but you are right.....we cannot give food up cold turkey. It makes it difficult but not impossible. Some days are better than others. I will be cheering you on, my friend! emoticon
    1115 days ago
    emoticon on the 2 lb loss!
    That was your reward for not indulging in a emoticon

    I love SAM's Club too! I don't get to go very often as it's an hours drive.

    It's a big plus when you have a partner that puts things into perspective. Great supporter! He wants to see you succeed in your goals.
    A great big emoticon to your DH for not stopping for that self indulgence.

    You're are correct that we can't stop food cold turkey however we can retrain ourselves to eat healthier foods and when we're out to eat we can make healthier choices. Rather than having an entire dessert, share it just like you would share an appetizer.

    Now that's easier said than done because sometimes old habits never die. I suppose the key is having those favorites in moderation and using self control. We tell kids say no to drugs well we must also say no to food addictions as well.

    Wishing you well on your challenge! emoticon
    1115 days ago
  • JILL313
    Jeanne, Love your insightful blog. Reading it has helped me more than you know. Maybe I should join in the Fit Food Challenge, actually I've never heard of it before. Your OA Leader sounds like she knows what she's talking about, great idea and love your mantra. It's great you have such a caring husband who tells you like it is. He sounds very wise which doesn't surprise me at all. I hope your week is a less stressful one for you. I can't imagine doing all you do and still make time to Spark. Congrats on Losing 2# emoticon emoticon !! I'm so proud of you for changing some unhealthy ways and habits. . .before you know it you'll be a healthy/happy weight. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1115 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    You have a real Gem in your hubby what a supporter!!.

    1115 days ago
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