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Put Down the Pancake

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I have been movin' and grovin' a lot lately. School is out for me and I have committed myself to getting to the gym as usual; no excuses. Since I do have more free time, I have been working out for 60 minutes 3 days a week. Initially the scale wasn't moving, but I must say that I wasn't tracking as well as I had been. But now I have been being honest with my tracker and making wise food choices.

This evening my family is out at Youth Group and I was home alone for dinner. I secretly couldn't wait for them to leave so I could make some yummy pumpkin pancakes and fruit for dinner. All I could think of was the sweet and creamy taste of those pancakes. I found it comforting to just think about them. However, standing alone in the kitchen, frozen and steeped in thought, it occurred to me to ask myself why I wanted pancakes for dinner. That meal would cause me to go over my WW points for the day. I did earn 12 points working out today, but that isn't the point. Why did I really want pancakes for dinner? I realized that I wanted to be comforted and I find pancakes to be a rather comforting food, especially eaten by myself.

At the time I didn't realize why I wanted to be comforted and I am not so sure I have figured it out yet, but I decided that it would be better for me to make a different meal for dinner. In the end I opted for a Lean Cuisine entree with extra veggies and unsweetened apple sauce. After all, the purpose of eating is to nourish my body, right?

Although I was being compliant to my goal, I wasn't so happy about it. I took one a look at the frozen meal and it didn't look so appetizing. "Oh well, sacrifices must be made to reach my goals," I thought. But do they? I then decided to re-frame my thinking and told myself that I was really going to enjoy my meal. I really like snap peas and that was the vegetable I cooked to supplement the entree. I really like unsweetened apple sauce too. I wasn't making a compromise in taste, I was making a non emotional choice for a meal. My meal would be satisfying because it would do what a meal was supposed to do, nourish my body and give it strength to get through the evening.

Well I was satisfied by my dinner and making that choice has given me the resolve to continue to make it a banner day. My workout this morning will really make a difference on the scale this week because of my wise choices. I can do this.

I suppose my next step is to figure out why I felt I needed to be comforted. I will spend some time in prayer and in the Word to figure that out. I think I know, but time with the Lord is never a bad thing.
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    Great blog, my friend! I am so glad you listened to the wisdom from that wise woman in your mind! Great job of taking care of yourself! Maybe there wasn't a reason you needed to be comforted... sometimes, we just need to realize our need to really care for ourselves. I think you did that! emoticon
    2170 days ago
    You are right exercise is great for burning calories , but we get no where if we take in too many calories on the day we exercise. That is great how you reflected on it and made a U turn. Keep at you and one day you will find yourself at your goal! Woo Hoo!
    2174 days ago
    Brilliant! Hats off for such excellent insight!
    2174 days ago
  • MISSLISA1973
    Wow. That's amazing. I'm not sure I would have been satisfied with the Lean Cuisine for dinner, but what a great idea to add supplemental veggies to make it more filling. I'm so impressed! I hope you figure out your need for comfortable and find satisfaction in your soul so you don't feel a need to eat pumpkin pancakes alone. emoticon

    emoticon Lisa
    2176 days ago
  • MKELLY72
    Nicely done! I could see myself really looking forward to your pancakes too...I really enjoy them, but I have to treat them like a treat, unless I make my whole grain, no fat, almond milk version which are lower in points and really satisfying- then I still consider them a treat.
    Good luck examining yourself for the origin of your need for comfort. Sometimes that can be a real challenge.
    2176 days ago
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