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?