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To eat it, or not to eat it--that IS the question!

Saturday, January 31, 2009

I was confronted with my arch nemesis--cake yesterday. Like some people appreciate a fine wine, I really appreciate a fine cake. It wasn't just any cake, it came from a magnificent local bakery, Sweet Jasmines. It was brought in to celebrate the successful finish of an important project at work, one that was very difficult to conduct and the team was really thrilled with the outcome. I knew the cake was coming (since I authorized it) in the afternoon. I thought about my approach. I even considered not going to the celebration. I planned by eating a light breakfast and lunch. But I still hadn't answered the question, do I eat a piece of cake or not at the time of the event. I got caught up in a phone call when the celebration started so I was a few minutes late. Cake had already been passed out so it offered a easy way to avoid the cake since I would have to walk over to the cake to get a piece. When I looked around the room I saw a couple of very weight conscious people setting a good example by having the tiniest piece--still participating but being very sensible. Everyone was talking about how good the cake was while they were talking about how great it was to get together to talk about the end of the project. The project leader saw me come in and came right over to welcome me and said, "you've got to have cake!" I crossed the room to the cake. There were choices. There were a few pieces already cut on plates, or there was a knife and empty plates to cut a "personalized size" piece. At the very last possible decision moment, I took one of the pre-cut pieces, probably about 2" x 4" (based on how much of the 8" plate it covered--not much by my old pre-enlightened standards). On one hand I felt defeated by the cake. On the other hand I felt in control because I planned for the cake. I wondered if I was the only one in the room who was having a raging war in their head about cake. I considered having a couple bites of the cake and ditching the rest. But I ate the whole piece. It was really good. How could something that good be so bad? It's a shame to agonize over this. Cake should just be cake, it should not have any power. At the end of all of this I still do not know the answer, to eat cake or not to eat cake.......
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    This, absolutely, was a success! The key phrase was your "not much by my old pre-enlightend standards" comment! That shows victory...maybe you seek the crushing, "I won't touch the cake, at all" victory, but a win is a win! Well done from awareness to execution!
    4251 days ago
    Inky said it best, those who fail to plan plan to fail. It's not the planned treats that beat us it's the unplanned ones. You made room for this treat in your daily eating so you are entitled to eat it and relish every morsel.

    No guilt. Only praise for your positive strengthening behaviors. You planned, you stuck to your plan multiple times in the day. Good girl, Horay for you!

    Bummer with the hernia. I had one corrected years ago and my 83 year uncle just had his done a few months ago. We were both up and frisky in just a couple of days. I wish you a speedy recovery as well.
    4282 days ago

    Boy, it's nice to know that other people have these type of "wars" in their head as well. I think that you took the correct steps in adjusting the rest of your diet for the day to accommodate your anticipation of the cake.

    But, most importantly, don't beat yourself up over the cake! I know, I know easier said then done. I beat myself up constantly about stuff like this and it's a bad thing to do. If you feel guilty, is there an extra exercise you can do?
    4282 days ago
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