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Trigger Points

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Yesterday the daytime temp finally dipped under 85 for the first time in months. It was one of those rainy, cozy, stay-in-the-house days. The temp was in the 50's, which was about what it was during the night. So as much as I loved it, it was a double-whammy. It made for a relaxed, putter around the house, make a pot of soup and bake day.

Breakfast and morning snack went as planned. It wasn't long, however, before the aroma of the lentil soup was irrisistable. It was nutritional so I sampled - something I rarely allow myself to do.

My snack-sized lunch was consumed much earlier than my usual time. It wasn't long after that I was looking for my afternoon snack - still hours before the usual time.

I planned to make bread to go with the soup. Turned out I didn't have yeast. While I searched out recipes for yeastless breads the aroma of the soup continued to gently call me. Instead of sampling I opened the icebox. I found a very small portion of baked eggplant leftover from the night before. You guessed it - it became another unplanned snack.

Now to search out cookie recipes for hubby. I rarely eat cookies so this wasn't a problem. Maybe because I kept going back for "just a spoonful" of soup.

It was still raining when hubby came home. I had no problem eating another, albeit small, portion of soup with him. I then put the cookies in the oven. The aroma of soup was replaced by the wondreful smell of warm chocolate mint cookies.

Fresh out-of-the-oven with a glass of unsweetened almond milk I let myself have one. The second batch came out. Without even realizing it I reached for a second to go with the half glass of milk I had left.

I tracked before bed. I didn't do too bad because I had healthy choices (well, not the extra cookie). However, I realized I had kept sampling. I realized I was staring into the icebox numerous times. It was a good thing I was out of yeast because I know I probably would have indulged in more than one piece of bread, especially hot and fresh.

This day turned out ok, but I learned many lessons. There were trigger points I need to watch for as the fall days roll in. Aromas can lead to sampling and mindless eating. Allowing myself to eat whenever instead of spacing my meals/snacks throughout the day. Cookies out of the oven need to be in the day's plan.

I hope to reflect on this day as the holidays arrive, too, because many of the same trigger points will undoubtedly resurface. It's important to be aware and prepare. That goes for exercise, too!
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    Yup--my daughter commented as in * hint, hint...it is getting about soup time isn't it???

    So I do believe a pot of veggie soup is on the menu plans this week!!!

    2098 days ago
    another reason I don't cook .... tee hee emoticon
    2101 days ago
  • FUNGIRL81005
    I am Loving the COOLER weather!!! Love love!! Got to clean the dust off the crock pot!! emoticon
    2102 days ago
    I just love the aroma of lentil or split pea soup simmering away in the crock pot! You're right, the combination of the weather and the great smells can really tell us it's time to eat! The fresh bread would have really been the icing on the cake...lol. Great blog.
    2102 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/14/2012 8:26:13 AM
    That spoonful here and there can certainly add up! Learning your trigger points is great! Now you can find alternatives! I found on cold, rainy days herbal tea can help fill me up and keep me from tasting the simmering soup!
    2103 days ago
    I guess I am rubbing off on you! I would have ate the whole batch of cookies. Your husband is so lucky that you make them even though you try not to eat them.
    This reminds me of a blog I should write.
    I hope you're feeling better.
    2103 days ago
    Ah... evaluating and re-evaluating... a necessary part of the journey! :-)
    2103 days ago
    I think that it is wonderful that you realized what you was doing yesterday. Most people eat mindlessly and don't catch themselves. I think with this lesson learned, you will do great during the fall and winter months. emoticon
    2103 days ago
  • DAISY443
    Sounds like you did just fine! Congrats!
    2103 days ago
    Good job recognizing why those comfort foods are so tempting when it's cold and rainy outside. And good job not straying too far. Here in the washington state I need to fight those temptations for 9 months out of the year...its cold and rainy or mizzly (drizzly and misty) so often. It's really hard but I decided to not bake for awhile. I Love to bake breads and muffins and cookies...but...alas...the temptation is just too great. I can't eat just one...haha. Beautiful Fall is arriving and you got it under control! emoticon
    2103 days ago
    It's great to have these come up, so we can recognize these kinds of triggers. Good for you for seeing all this now, you'll be prepared when the holidays hit.
    2103 days ago
    Oh my it's raining here today and will continue for next 3 days.Thank you for sharing your experience.Cool rainy weather at home is a bad combination for temptations! emoticon emoticon

    2103 days ago
    A great learning curve emoticon
    2103 days ago
    You go!
    2103 days ago
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