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Another Learning Opportunity

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

What is this whole journey but a string of learning opportunities, one after another?

Isn't it amazing that, despite how much we learn, we still make some profoundly bad choices? I have a sweet tooth, and I learned years ago that, when trying to lose weight, the worst thing I can do for myself is try to go cold turkey without desserts. But I have learned recently, during my time on SparkPeople, that one bite of a dessert tastes as good as several bites.

So why, oh WHY, didn't I remember that today?

We went to a birthday party Sunday; the birthday girl's grandma used to own a bakery in town. Needless to say, the cake was outstanding! I had a slice; that was fine. My friend sent me home with a chunk... I should have said no. I did ok yesterday, just a couple bites. But today, I had already had one of those Hershey's miniatures (our bank is deadly with its candy bowls everywhere), and then I came home and I was hungry. So I grabbed the cake... and had not one or two bites, but maybe ten. Within half an hour, I had a headache.

And THEN my DD wanted to make daddy a birthday cake for his birthday tomorrow, and I taste-tested during the cooking, and the frosting, and then had a slice after dinner. All while I still had a headache from the earlier overindulgence in sugar! How dumb was that? These days I generally feel proud that if I don't always make GREAT choices, I at least know that I am making BETTER choices than I would have a year ago. But this afternoon was a bomb, a complete failure.

The good news is, I took the rest of the leftover cake my friend sent home with me, and threw it in the trash. It was actually better than the one DD and I made, but I couldn't throw away daddy's cake, so the other one had to go. SOMETHING had to go! And actually, better to throw away the REALLY yummy one. The one we made will be easier to resist tomorrow...

There's always opportunities to improve along this journey, aren't there?
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    Funny- A couple weeks a go I made a birthday cake for my friend's daughter. I actually made real frosting not the stuff for a can as son calls it. I now know why I can't make real frosting, i couldn't seem to stop eating the cake. It sent me on a downward spiral for a while not I am doing better. I am avoiding eating of the halloween candy especiallly peanut butter cup. Hope things are better for you this week. Take care Michele
    3495 days ago
    I totally understand I ate a big hearty breakfast so that I would have energy to walk. After I finished the breast cancer walk. Instead of just sticking to the banana I had brought with me. I got the cookies I ate them and my banana went to a hockey game got a hot choc. and then the fried dough looked so good and since I had taken a separate car from my family I thought that I was done for the day that okay I was a little bad, but hell I worked a lot of it off. My dad was like are we meeting at MC Donalds? I got the kids meal and in the middle of the night I was so sick with the re-ah that I thought my insides came out. Why didn't I just say to the old man that I would see them next week?
    3501 days ago
    Sorry to hear the cakes got the better of you, but atleast you were able to pitch some of the naughty stuff before you consumed it all, lol. Happy b-day to your DH! It's all about progress, not perfection, thank goodness! =)
    3502 days ago
    thanks for finding my blog!! and its funny to see that we have had the same experience in the past week. i had company in town and we both took a break from our diets to have some special dinners out...the problem is, it was tough to get back on track!! the sugar kept making me feel crashed.. and then i felt like i needed a boost to get myself going again! this sunday, i went for a slice of banana cream pie, and realizing the whole pie was less than twice the price of a slice, decided to purchase the pie and take it home. well, this morning, i knew i had to get rid of it. i was thinking about taking it to some friends. lucky for me, i dropped the pie and it slid onto my leg! i got to throw it away!! i think we are being saved from ourselves ;)

    morale of the story, i like some sweet things, but all the crashes of the past week have shown me that the SAD diet and what used to be 'normal' doses of sugar are way too much for me!!

    wish you all the best!
    3502 days ago
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