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A different way to think about it.

Friday, March 05, 2021

So, as I journey along, I am always looking at new angles to see things, new ways to try. Whether that be new foods, new exercises, or new routines, I'm always on the look out for a new twist in my thinking pattern.

My latest twist is this: What did I avoid? I tend to beat myself up for days if I indulge in a fancy coffee at my favorite coffee shop, or cave in to a pastry at the bakery. I literally have to avoid the bakery isle in the grocery store. I tend to talk to myself, argue rather, while cruising through the chip isle. It's a war zone out there...So my latest thing is noting down the things that I didn't give in to. So, the last two days here is what I DIDN'T indulge in:

Wednesday -
Cinnamon roll (Kindly brought to my front door by my very sweet neighbor)
Homemade bread (Again, a thoughtful gift from a co-worker)
Cadbury Mini Eggs (Partner grabbed some, as they are only here for a short time during the Spring holiday)
Homemade (vegan) chocolate cupcake with sprinkles! - (We have a vegan chef amongst us at work.)

Thursday -
M&M's (twice! First time by one of our families at work, second time by a coworker who said yes to the family when offered...then offered to me.)
Lunch out - coworkers were going to my favorite tamale shop...
Homemade (vegan) chocolate cupcake with sprinkles - (left over from the day before)

It's amazing how many possibilities to cheat come along in a day! This doesn't count avoiding the chip, candy, or bakery isle at the grocery store. These are things that were presented to me throughout a regular work day. Uncanny!

I have an accountability partner..I LOVE her! So, daily, each morning before work I text her everything that I avoided the day before. Not only is it fantastic to review all the great things I did say no to, it's such a boost for the day! I want to beat my number from the day before...so it encourages me to keep on saying "No Thank You" to those tasty treats!

P.S. So far, nobody has questioned me as to why. I haven't had to go on this long tirade about how I'm trying to eat healthy or shed a pound or two. They have just accepted the "No Thank You" without questioning. For this I am happy!

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    33 days ago
    Thank you for sharing. It is a brilliant plan. I think it would make a good thread on our Evening Eating team too.
    33 days ago
  • 1AVERY
    This is a great blog. I love that way of thinking. It is also enlightening into how many temptations are offered in a day. I’m lucky I’m on a school bus so I don’t have co-workers offering treats. I’ve heard about office treats piling up. Too bad everyone wouldn’t start thinking healthy choices and maybe once a week or month have a office treat day only.
    33 days ago
    I love this new way of thinking. I applaud you for sticking to what is right for YOU! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    33 days ago
    33 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    Judith Beck recommends acknowledging ourselves for EVERY step in the right direction. (For really big wins, she recommends writing up a little report of the event on an index card and reviewing the collection of cards periodically.) Eventually we just become someone who sticks to a reasonable eating lifestyle! Well done.
    33 days ago
    33 days ago
    No thank you! 3 powerful words! great ideas! emoticon
    33 days ago
    What a great idea, listing all those efforts to stay on track. After I eat something, the taste and even the memory of the taste is totally gone. Other activities bring much more long-lasting memories!

    Thanks. I have not heard of anyone else listing such things.

    33 days ago
    I LOVE that you have an accountability partner!! That is such a great idea!! Its amazing how many temptations and roadblocks there are in a day emoticon ...and you have found a great way to fend them off!! Each one is a victory!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    36 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/9/2021 4:24:12 PM
  • PEACH209
    37 days ago
    I love that idea!!! That would give you such a feeling of accomplishment!

    I kinda do the same thing when my "things to do" list is too long and overwhelming! I put it away and make a "things accomplished" list! At the end of a busy day of cleaning it is easy to feel like I haven't accomplished enough... especially when other things come up that aren't on my list, but have to be done today or right now. But at the end of a long busy day, when you can look at the list of all that you have got done, it is a great feeling of victory!

    Keep up the great work! YOU ARE SO WORTH IT!!!!!
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    37 days ago
    I wish my husband would accept "No, but thank you" more easily. I get the "Are you sure?" "Just try a bite." etc., etc.
    39 days ago
    Nice! No thanks can be so powerful, I just wish I could stop myself from elaborating so much of the time.
    39 days ago
    Great post and I love your avatar! I too have to avoid the bakery isle at the store. When people used to like to give me sweets I actually finally let them know at another time (not when I was receiving the gift) that due to a family history of type 2 diabetes I was going off sugar. Most people respect that, but for those who don't it's about them and their own relationship with food and I stopped feeling guilty about giving it to someone who would appreciate it or throwing it away if I had to. I saw the most disturbing side of this when a lovely coworker who is morbidly had a heart attack and was placed on a special diet. She told everyone so they would support her and we all did, except one coworker who herself was morbidly obese and loved to bake. She kept baking her the most decadent sweets. That is definitely not a gift and is beyond sabotage. This woman almost died and this was like giving her small doses of poison. No thank you.
    40 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/5/2021 11:31:59 AM
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