Saturday, April 5, 2008

If You Fail to Plan...

How am I going to live today in order to create
the tomorrow I'm committed to? ~ Anthony Robbins


Boy, did I blow it yesterday.

I had jury duty in Los Angeles, and I was running late (one too many hits of the snooze button!) I debated for a nano-second about making something healthy to take with me, but decided against it. Maybe today would be a short day, I reasoned, and I could come home early to fix myself a good lunch.

That didn't happen. It was a very long day in court.

It was also a day when several of us brought goodies to snack on. There were bagels and cream cheese from two fellow jurors, granola bars from another, chocolate Easter eggs from yet another. Luckily, I had brought apples and string cheese for the gang.

An apple and a string cheese just aren't enough to get through the day.

So you can guess what happened. I started nibbling, thinking, "just one won't hurt." I even kept track, mentally calculating how many Points I was consuming so I could write it all down. Five chocolate eggs, one granola bar, and apple and a string cheese. Not too bad. But not enough.

When they finally released us late in the afternoon, I was that dangerous combination of tired and very hungry. When I got on the freeway and found wall-to-wall traffic, I added "anxious" to my list of feelings. All during the 1 1/2 hour drive home, I kept reminding myself that I had stuff at home to make a lovely salad: chicken that I had precooked, spinach, an apple to add in along with a little feta cheese. So yummy!

But the more I sat in traffic, the more I thought how much easier fast food would be, and where I could turn off soonest, and what could I eat in the car.

Long story short, my tired, anxious hunger won out and I stopped at Taco Bell.

I share this with you because I know you've all been there. We "give in" and then we beat ourselves up and cry, "What's wrong with me? Why can't I be strong, like every body else? I'll never be able to do this!" Well, guess what? We're not weak, nor do we lack self-discipline. It's not about being strong: it's about planning.

One of the biggest lessons I learned when I lost weight the first time was to never let myself get too hungry. If I do, then all reasoning goes out the window. Our bodies need fuel every couple of hours, and I didn't take time to plan for that fact yesterday.

The good news is that it's over. It's behind me. It doesn't matter that I blew my Points: that was yesterday. Believe me, guilt over what we ate in the past ends up costing so many more calories in the long run, if we let it.

So, as a very wise former Weight Watcher colleague of mine used to say,

Count it as a vegetable, and move on!


Until next time...

12 comments:

Chubby Chick said...

Your former WW buddy is very wise. So are you. :)

Hanlie said...

Once again, our attitude towards these transgressions matters more than than the transgressions themselves! Wonderful attitude, Pattie!

Heather said...

thanks so much for your comments on my blog!

I agree with what you wrote about not letting yourself get hungry. that is SO important and has led me to become successful. I used to go all day without a snack and be starving my dinner, and that got me no where. now I eat about 6 times a day and feel so much better. that is too bad you were in a situation where you were not able to do that, but it happens from time to time.

Carleen said...

thanks for stopping by my blog!! I agree -- count it and move on- I get hung up sometimes and that just bogs me down for awhile!!
keep at it :)

Erin said...

I think my mom once told me that a taco bell taco is only like 5 points without sour cream. And you know what...this is life...stuff happens. I'm glad that you aren't giving up and you are still trucking along in your journey

Kathy said...

Love that kind of veggie! lol

Lora said...

You have the right attitude (once again!) Just put it behind you and move on. We all slip now and then - remember even thin people go to Taco Bell now and then. They just dont' make a habit of it!

Nicole said...

Oh, boy. I'm sorry that happened. But, I must point out that it happened in the midst of performing a wonderful public service. It's not as if you blew your points at the county fair, you know. :o)

Good for you for having such a wonderful attitude about things, and I do love your friends idea of counting it as a vegetable. Lovely!!

RunningNan said...

Be happy it's not something you do every day. It's just a way to keep reminding yourself why you are doing what you are doing. Besides, it's not like you ordered everything off the menu, and you don't do it every day!

I most likely would've done the same thing too!

Sunny said...

Count it as a vegetable and move on - I love it! Thanks for the smile this morning.

Marci Rae said...

I just ate a raspberry pillow cookie. I'm going to count it as a veggie and move on. Just as you said, I did not plan for success today and after working hours to get my niece's wedding labels just right I found myself so hungry that I ate the first thing I saw. But in truth, if I'd seen a carrot first I probably would have looked until I found the last raspberry pillow cookie. ...sigh... But in truth, if I plan well for success, there won't be raspberry pillow cookies here to tempt me. There will be tasty but healthy alternatives that I can grab when I'm hungry. I guess it's not all in the wrist afterall. :-) It's all in the planning!

Take One Pole said...

I am so with you on the traffic issue! Driving on the 405, the 10, the 101 or the 110 is enough to make anyone want to eat their weight in bad things. :)