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Fighting Temptation

Monday, February 18, 2013

Today I got my Spark Diet email about overcoming obstacles and one thing it suggested was to write a blog post about a large obstacle of mine. I wasn't going to, but then I faced a big one at lunch, so I decided to share.

Food wise, my obstacle is carbs. I love carbs. Pasta, potatoes, bread, pastries, yum! I tend to not notice I'm feeling full, or not care, and I will eat a lot. Portion control is very hard, but critical for me when it comes to carbs.

Today, I planned my meals for the day, making sure to be in range for calories and macronutrients. I am 8 calories short of going over my limit - no room for cravings! So I showed up at the cafeteria today to eat my spaghetti with marinara sauce and ground beef. And there was garlic bread in one of the lines. I love garlic, I love bread, I love the two together with marinara sauce. But I reminded myself that I did not have room to eat any garlic bread, and did I really need bread on top of pasta? (Yes! says the voice in my head)

So I pasted up the garlic bread. And it was very sad. But now, I'm pleasantly full, not stuffed, and I am secure in knowing I did not go over my calorie limit for the day or break my promise to myself to control my portions for Lent (which has been going really well so far!).
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    You could buy some granulated garlic/garlic powder and carry it with you to sprinkle on things. My mom used to carry a little shaker of seasoned salt to sprinkle on things at restaurants, when there wasn't enough flavor for her taste.

    But, congrats on passing up the bread. emoticon
    2220 days ago
    BURNEDEVE, that sounds SOOOOO good. They don't have garlic in my cafeteria. One of my favorite things about going home is putting garlic on everything!

    Thanks to everyone for the support and encouragement!
    2220 days ago
    Oh, and since I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE garlic bread, I've taken to sauteing a clove or two of garlic in a dribble of olive oil and using it as a topping - I still get that yummy garlic pop without the carbs!
    2220 days ago
    Fantastico! Doesn't the feeling of being able to pass up the garlic bread outweigh (sorry for the pun ;) ) the momentary joy of eating the garlic bread? I sure hope so!

    I have a huge problem with carbs, too - I love them, even though they make me physically ill. It is taking a Herculean effort not to resort to all my favorite carb-tastic comforts food (ESPECIALLY pasta!) and the only thing that is working is that same elated feeling I get whenever I can pass it up - not just for overcoming the obstacle, but relief at not being sick!

    Keep up the great work!

    2220 days ago
  • SCORPION1352
    emoticon you did good I too have that carb thing going. I, myself have just dropped the white out of my diet all together for now, it is hard but it has really helped me to stay in control. In the place of rice, potatoes, and breads I have put more veggies or fruit I find I am totally good with that and not still hungry or thinking I want more.

    You keep up the good work I know you can it.

    2220 days ago
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