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Temptation & Accountability

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Okay, so I've been sparking for about 2 months now & I've lost 14 pounds. emoticon

I've done well with my food choices. I keep my kitchen pretty well stocked with fruits, veggies, & whole grain snacks. I've even done pretty good with my cardio - typical week is 4 days of 60 minutes. Not there yet with the strength training, but it's coming.

Today at the grocery store, for some reason, I was drawn to the aisle. You know the aisle. The one with your favorite indulgence. The aisle you KNOW to pass to avoid temptation. Well, today I went there. I stared in the face of temptation. . . . and lost. I bought a bag of Salt & Vinegar Kettle Chips. So these chips have been sitting on my counter calling to me all day. I stared at them while I munched on my afternoon snack of raw broccoli. Crunch is good, but where's the salt? I watched that bag of chips while I was cooking my chicken & veggies for dinner. I found myself looking at the back of the bag . . . calculating. Okay, I know I'm at the very low end of both my calories & fat for the day. One serving wouldn't hurt anything. Famous last words, right?

You know the commercial, "Betcha can't eat just one". That's me. I know that one serving of chips is not going to do damage. It's not the chips that are a problem. It's the ONE SERVING!

Now, I was a smoker for 15 years. I tried many times to quit. But each time I'd get a couple of days or even a couple of weeks into it, I'd think, "I can have just one". It NEVER works that way! It wasn't until I saw the plus sign on my pregnancy stick that I was able to quit for good. (4 years, 8 months ago). YAY!

Well these chips bring me back to that place. I find myself trying to convince myself that yes, I can just eat one serving. It's the pre-kiddo me saying, I can just smoke one. It's the recovering alcoholic saying, i can have just one drink.

I'm not going to get rid of the bag. The chips are not evil. But I will win this one. Like the plus sign on my pregnancy stick, I am putting a sticky note on the chips with a minus sign with the number 14 . . . to remind me of what I have lost so far. I am determined to beat this bag of chips. My husband will see the bag & open it. Probably tonight. I will pass because I have that control. Then tomorrow, the bag will be opened, but I will still pass. In a few days the bag will be in the trash and I will walk straighter and prouder knowing that I won against the chips.

. . . somebody check in on me tomorrow. . . . emoticon
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    How'd you & that bag do?

    I have that same struggle but its with cheeseburgers. And french fries. And pizza. My 3 triggers. I love them. I hate them. I hate my loss of control.

    one day at a time.... and when that seems overwhelming, one moment at a time. you can do this -- because you already are!!! :)
    4805 days ago
    I'm with ya,

    My problem is Icy Mochas...I've tried to tell myself it's okay to have one or two a week, then you find yourself having 2 to 5 a week...Why do they have to be so good and bad at the same time...I had my second son almost 10 months ago, and haven't lost a single pound in 6 months...help!!!

    4822 days ago
    OK, so how you doin?

    It's "tomorrow" and I would imagine you were successful staying out of the bag of chips. Thank you for such an inspiring blog - Julia
    4824 days ago
    Nice job sweetie! You overcame smoking. You will do this too! There is no shame in throwing it away either if you ever feel the need. emoticon
    4825 days ago
    Loved this blog! Congrats on 14 pounds gone forever!
    4825 days ago
    i Love the way you write! :-D You made me smile, because I've been there. And I know you can do this!!! You gave up smoking for goodness sake!! Congrats on that btw, that's so awesome! I will be checking with you tomorrow to see how it goes tonight!!!
    4825 days ago
  • no profile photo PATTIWAN
    Congrats on losing 14 pounds!! Good for you! My battle is with tortilla chips. I have to say I lost the battle one week last month, and the next week I won, so it is possible!! Sometimes all you need is a little taste, and next time the temptation arises, you will be stronger to resist it.

    PS- great job on the cardio, too. I am still struggling with that one. I can only make it to the gym twice a week.
    4825 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/8/2008 9:09:15 PM
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