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Nailing Backslides Before They Happen!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

An old colleague of mine from back at the state psychiatric hospital sent me a note recently with some holiday wishes and letting me know she was sending me a nut roll next week. Hmm...temptation! Normally I wouldn't bat an eye, but a nasty thought flashed through my mind and I realized one of the patterns that have "undone" my hard work in the past. As I teased out the thinking it went something like this:

"After all this work I've done to lose all this weight, aren't I overdue for a reward or two...? Haven't I earned it? So how about hanging onto this nut roll for myself...?" You know...all those evil little jingles about "having it YOUR way" and "you deserve a BREAK today"? These nasty little thoughts work their way into your brain and like automatic pilot they can kick in and OFF WE GO TO THE RACES!

But just as quickly I ruled that out and told myself I would be passing this along to my colleagues at work...just the same as I do whenever I find myself possessing any "contraband"...down to the staff kitchen for all to share! :-)

Another HUGE holiday luncheon tomorrow...you know...one of those long, multi-tabled buffets...? I'll stick with the fresh shrimp, veggies, etc. thank you...!

Another member of SparkPeople had posted about her favorite holiday music so I thought I would share a few more of mine. Some of my favorite holiday music includes Windham Hill's Winter Solstice series and along the same vein Tingstad & Rumbel's holiday albums. All instrumental, acoustic, sometimes folksy sometimes new age-ish. Tingstad & Rumbel are a duet of guitar and oboe...wonderful combination!

Here is one of their songs at YouTube:


One of the most special things about this season is the music!

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  • DOCKO56
    Aggghhh! The ONLY problem with this is that I work in an office where there are MANY people with the same mindset! They buy crap and goodies, then realize their mistake and bring it in to work and stick it on the breakroom table for everybody else who are trying to avoid all of these things. They are so tempting. I even think there are people in the office that are trying to sabotage those that are making progress with their weight and fitness! They see you making progress and feel guilty!
    Oh well, better to share than horde it! emoticon
    3044 days ago
  • CARRIE1948
    Isn't thinking of food as a reward part of what got your to be overweight in the first place? It seems to me that there are still lessons you haven't internalized. Food is not a reward, it it fuel.

    Rewards are music, books, walks in the country, whatever brings warmth to your soul.
    3050 days ago
    LOL. I first read this blog title as "Nailing Backsides." LOL

    Great blog!
    3050 days ago
    Glad you are resisting. It is so true how we always think, oh I have been so good so it won't hurt if I eat _____. It is realizing that food rewards aren't a reward that makes or breaks it.

    Just a thought, maybe you should throw out the temptation instead of passing the temptation on?
    3050 days ago
    You inspire me, Don! Isn't it great when things like a buffet no longer intimidate you? Have a wonderful time!
    3050 days ago
  • KELLI9001
    Rewards are good...Habit breaking snacks are not. Way to go on passing the contraband onto someone else. You are my hero!

    3050 days ago
    Stay strong!!!
    3050 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    Good Luck with your temptations over the next couple weeks. And, as always, thank you for broadening my musical horizons!
    3051 days ago
    IKWYM! So far, a bottle of wine, a bottle of brandy and a huge bottle of chocolates are ready for "re-gifting" here.

    Thanks for the music tip - very pretty!

    Good weekend!
    3051 days ago
    Yep, good going, nipping that thought train in the bud.

    'Cuz don't you DESERVE to get to ONEderland?

    Aren't you WORTH having the body you want?

    Wouldn't it mean so much MORE to get to New Year's with a resolution to KEEP weight off rather than GET it off?

    LOL. There you go. Some anti-consumerist slogans to stick in your head and combat the consumerist ones...

    Stay warm and wish me discipline and vigilance while I visit a friend in DC this weekend...

    (I REALLY want to remove those last 3 lbs and get to a "healthy" BMI in the next week or two... I want that SwiMP3 player! I want my shiny new BMI for Christmas! LOL)
    3051 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    great song......love it.......thanks for sharing..............blessings and hugs..............lita
    3051 days ago
    beautiful song... thank you so much for sharing
    3051 days ago
  • RENA1965
    We are having christmas dinner on the 23rd I said no thanks to the arrangers ordering food to me- I am taking something wow and make their jealous lol... I am taking a meal fit for a king..
    Hang in there D...
    3051 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/10/2009 11:42:24 PM
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