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'Tis the Season to be Mindful of Triggers

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

There I was circling the Trader Joe's dessert table like a hawk stalking it's prey. I wanted desperately for a worker to smile and ask, "Miss, would you like to sample anything?" Won't somebody take pity on me and break open oh I don't know...some brookies or that chocolate pecan bar that had me head over heals in love when I tried a sample last holiday season?! After 4, 5, maybe 72 laps around the dessert table, I gave up and wheeled my cart to the check-out counter. Once in my car, I took a handful of raw, unsalted cashews to fill that craving for something special and full of fat. Thank goodness it was healthy fats and it didn't set off any binging. Eventually, the memories of all those desserts singing their sweet song faded into the distance.

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'Tis the season for me to be MINDFUL of my triggers. 'Tis the season for me to keep exercising, weighing myself and finding new healthy food combinations to keep me content.'Tis the season to make sleep a priority so I have the energy for will power. I may weight close to 20 pounds less than I did this same time last year, but I still have the same struggles and I need to be vigilant and plan. I need to keep the memory fresh of miserable binges, ill fitting clothing and frustration that nothing seemed to work. Too often when I lose weight, I delude myself into thinking I am a natural and can now indulge as I please. FalalalaLIES! I must remind myself myself of the struggles and the truth.

Happy healthiness and Merry exercise to all!

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  • PHOENIX1949
    48 days ago
    Way to go on avoiding the triggers. I am having troubles this holiday season.
    48 days ago
    Good reminder!!
    48 days ago
    I experimented with treats yesterday and had one Haagen-Daz ice cream bar about halfway through my 5-hour window. (You will appreciate this - I bought a box of three and threw out two of them. Felt guilty wasting such good-quality and expensive ice cream!) I ate it with a meat-heavy lunch to see if that would minimize the impact. Well it did in terms of not feeling a big sugar crash, but for the rest of my window my appetite was so out of whack. I was so hungry and couldn't seem to find the right thing to eat to reach satiety. I was able to close my window on time and do a 19 hour fast with no problem, but I definitely ate a lot more calories than usual of healthy food trying to get back in balance after the sugar. So, sort of a win but also a big reminder why I can't do this very often.
    48 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/11/2019 8:21:46 AM
    "FalalalaLIES!" 'Tis the season, indeed!
    49 days ago
    Way to engage your "won't power"! It's always about the choices we make. The wins and successes you post offer encouragement to those of us who sometimes find "wont' power" very difficult. Thanks!

    49 days ago
    emoticon emoticon good blog
    49 days ago
    Thank you for the reminder to stay strong and keep my eye on the prize!
    49 days ago
  • LEARN211
    Great truths that many of us must accept this holiday season.
    49 days ago
  • SPICY23
    "FalalalaLIES!" emoticon ain't that the truth?

    I try to take a moment to tune up my mental health. It's my CHOICE to make the preparations I do, including cooking, cleaning, shopping, wrapping, shipping, crafting, etc. It is so easy to allow fatigue or overwhelm to generate a hint of annoyance that then becomes a tiny whisper of resentment that then becomes a justification to go off plan because 'oh, poor me...' When I remember to ground myself in my reasons for the season, I can avoid those traps. I can fill my heart rather than my belly. I can Prance and Dance and Donder and Blitz, all with a lively step. Chin up! Sparkle away, your light is so bright.

    Peace and Care
    49 days ago
    Great job! I love your perseverance. Happy holiday season!
    49 days ago
  • L1VEL1FE
    A great warning to me!
    49 days ago
    49 days ago
    Oh, kinda like going to Costco, only I can assure you there are no healthy samples there! Hard to resist that siren song of Trader Joes brookies, OMG. But you did it. Good job!
    49 days ago
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