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Day 16, Choices and lessons over a decapitated flat-mouse

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Last night, as I was tooling around SP, I came across a page with a photo of a cup of coffee. I almost got up immediately to get myself one. Seeing that cup of coffee was a trigger. I wouldn't even have noticed it if not for my cat Jett. Just about the time I was getting up, Jett brought me one of his decapitated flat-mouse toys to play fetch. (Flat-mice are his fav toys but he has recently taken to decapitating them leaving behind a ball of fur and a tail). After a few minutes of fetch, I wondered what I was going to do just before we started playing? Ah....the coffee crave. It was gone in almost the same instant that it had started. What about my other food triggers? Thankfully since needing to be gluten free, most temptations can be avoided. But the rest?

This experience let me know that if I take a minute to look at the crave it may just go away. And taking that time will let me ponder my CHOICES. Do I really want the short term immediate sugar rush? (Really...nobody craves healthy food) Is it going to be worth it down the road? How will it effect my health, my body, my dreams. Isn't it funny to think that a piece of something sweet can effect your dreams for yourself? I know that it can. I've been down that road so many times. If I really took the time to ponder my choices and think them out , I'd probably not give into that trigger. I just need to take time to look at those choices. Awesome lesson! Thanks Jett!

PS Down 2.2 pounds.

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  • NIMAWEYGH
    Kerry your so right. I have a jar that I put tiny scraps of paper in with things written on them like

    Call a friend.
    Polish my nails.
    Clean out the junk drawer.
    Have some baby carrots or cukes.

    Just a bazillion things like this. It sets right by my fridge so I can'e help but see it when I go to open the handle (and I made one out of paper that is on my pantry door) so when I get that trigger and I head for food I just take something out of the jar, do what it says and let the craving pass.

    It has sure helped me take off some of this weight. See if it helps you out as well.
    3194 days ago
  • QUEEN-EYDIE
    Good kitty, Jett!

    A long time ago, one of my early fitness gurus said that if you could recognize the moment when your hand is reaching for whatever it is you're craving, you could pause and stop it. And it's true, if we choose to stop it! This is one of those lessons that I get, then I forget, then I have to get it again!
    3194 days ago
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