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Not only are you avoiding doing damage to someone else's vehicle (or person), if you walk the shopping cart back to it's proper return slot, you are adding steps to your daily total without really noticing it. Walk to the cart return slot further away for even more steps!
I found that instead of beating myself up after the event, I now record the event in my journal. I ask myself why I made a decision to overeat/overdrink. What was going on at the time. Who was I with. Talking to myself in my journal helps me realise what keeps tripping me up.
I overate thru March and was sure I would see no loss at the end of the month. I was thrilled to see a five-pound drop. I credit the fact that I'd eaten "too much" of the good things and no junk. The surprise loss also motivated me to resume good food habits and to start exercising, which I hadn't done.
Eat to live. Don't live to eat. Don't deprive yourself. Moderation is the key (except when it comes to fruits and veggies: the more the better). Drink at least 8 8 oz glasses of water. Exercise on a regular basis even if for only 20 min.
When you know you will be going out to eat, plan what you will have before you leave the house. I go online or find calories on my cell phone applications when I know I am going to a certain restaurant. This helps make the best choice, and doesn't allow you to be tempted by poor menu options!