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The Perfect Storm

Friday, March 16, 2012

I totally blew it.
I ate a veggie egg white omlete for breakfast (great!),
the soup and salad for lunch (hooray me!)
and an entire 12" thin crust pizza for dinner (yikes!)

My total caloric intake for the day was more than 600 calories over range.

What went wrong?

1. I let myself get hungry.
2. I told myself it was "thin crust" so it couldn't be that bad.
3. I ate from the box.
4. My husband wasn't home, and since he can't eat gluten, we don't order pizza when he is home, so I told myself it was "a treat."
5. I felt myself reaching a comfortable fullness, and barreled right through it, because I was "just going to have one more slice", and then "there wasn't very much left", etc. until I there was nothing but crumbs.

Lessons Learned:

1. Don't get hungry.
2. Don't eat "diet food" and think that you are able to eat more of it. Eat what satisfies in reasonable amounts.
3. Put it on a plate, and the rest in the freezer. Eating from the box is asking for trouble.
4. Treats are to be savored in small servings.
5. Stop and choose your next step carefully the moment you realize that you are on a wrong path. Destroying the evidence doesn't erase the crime, it only compounds it. Your inner voice is likely to try to justify the current action unless you stop to challenge it. So challenge it.

It isn't the end of the world.
It could have been worse.
It is a blip in the big picture.

But, I hope that yesterday was a better eating day for you than for me! And I hope my lessons learned help someone else avoid the same mistakes.
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    Reflection like this will have you reaching your goals! emoticon
    3176 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    O.K. you gave in to temptation (a snake named pizza)

    You asked for forgiveness (we call it Grace)

    You gained and shared knowledge (do unto others)

    So emoticon my emoticon God emoticon and so do I
    3179 days ago
    Great strategies! I'm going to borrow some of them. Thanks.

    Here are a couple you might add:
    1) Drink a big (16 oz) glass of water at least 1/2 hr. before starting your meal. (You'll still be tempted to eat it all...but it might slow you down enough to really THINK TWICE & possibly divert yourself.)

    2) Make a deal w/ yourself. Say, "You CAN eat another piece AFTER you walk around the block...if you still want it then." or AFTER any activity that gets you away from the siren (pizza) & will loosen the immediate grip of desire. Build in an "interruption" & make a better choice. Bottom line: You are NOT depriving yourself, in fact, you're giving yourself permission. ...you CAN eat it AFTER........IF you still want to..

    Or you can have it for lunch tomorrow...IF you want to.

    IF all else fails, get on SP, scream HELP and we'll be there to laugh, cry, do zumba, boogie, whatever you need!
    3179 days ago
    While I'm no longer a fan of take out pizza or any take out food really, I think your lessons learned list is a list of good strategies!
    If I'm craving pizza I take a 100% whole wheat organic pita bread, some fresh veggies and 30g of cheese (one serving) and make my own. The 6 inch pita bread means even if I eat the whole thing I can come in under 500 calories easily (pita is 180 calories alone) and I know what I'm eating is actually good for me.
    3180 days ago
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