NSV from 3/18/2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Last night, no one wanted to make supper and I knew they wouldn't want the salad I was thinking about. Fast food was chosen and I went to pick it up. Burgers, fries, small sundaes, and drinks were ordered. I took them home, everyone filled their plates and I made a salad. I did not so much as touch a french fry. In fact, I didn't even consider it.
As an emotional eater, this was a remarkable success! Sometimes, I do well in the moment of refusal and then collapse later and cave in. I still had those thoughts and inclinations, I just had some toasted multigrain bread and crackers instead. I remained within my calorie range. I cannot express what a major thing this is.
Thinking back, I realize I had prepared earlier to make a good choice. I walked over my lunch hour earlier in the day and I had plans for strength training after class. I teach a class on Monday evenings. Instead of just leaving for class and coming home starving, I took my water bottle filled with water and a squeeze of lime. I drank it throughout class and felt refreshed. That little bit of lime was great! I believe this small shift helped make it possible for me to be alone in the car with all of that food and not touch it. Instead of thinking, "I'm starving!" during class I thought about the exercises I would do and which salad to make when I returned home. I had a purpose and it didn't involve fast food.
As an emotional eater, I get an initial good feeling from food but it quickly dissipates. Although it was difficult, I felt good for being able to refuse to deviate from my plan, and the good feeling continues today.
Have a great day all!