Don't Call the Game Until It's Over
Monday, May 23, 2016
My husband is guilty of calling the game the first time an opposing team scores. One touchdown during the first few minutes inevitably elicits an ominous prediction: "That's it. We're done. Might as well turn it off." Now, he does forget this pronouncement once the score is tied, and when the game is won, he will claim that he never once doubted. (I love that man.)
I've realized, though, that I am also guilty of "calling the game early" -- except I do this with eating. Today, for example, a co-worker brought in cookies. I ate three of them. At this point, I had not logged in to Sparkpeople and had not tracked my breakfast or lunch...yet I immediately began the mental tirade: That's it. The day is shot. You might as well eat whatever you want for the rest of the day. Oh, and sit on the couch, too. No point in exercising now, either.
(Funny how it looks so absurd in print, doesn't it?)
Instead, I tracked. And guess what? It's not so bad. In fact, I'm not too far off from what I would have been anyway. Just by tracking, I took back the power. I can now plan my dinner AND I have motivation to pursue exercise tonight (Quick lifting session? Dog walk?) in spite of a busy schedule.
Score: Tracking and Motivation 1, Negativity 0.