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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

To Stuff or Not to Stuff

Today at work I was able to pass by the secretary's little basket of chocolates without a second glance. But this evening, my finger was this close to dialing for a takeout quesadilla. You see, I'm underslept, PMS'd, and so glad this is my recovery week. In the past, I probably would have given in to the tiniest of cravings. But now, I think twice before stuffing myself like a pretty little bell-pepper. It's just not worth it.

Today as I going around my day, the sight of my arms kept surprising me. No, really, hear me out. I'm honestly not as vain as I pretend to be. The other day I mentioned on my thread how I think that we often still see ourselves as our former fat selves. Sometimes our brains take a while to really believe that the transformation has actually occurred and to replace the old image of who we were with who we have become. So, when I saw my arms today, it was just this wonderfully pleasant reminder that this is really me.

So: tonight, instead of calling the local Mexican restaurant, I called coach Josh, who is also my friend. We talked about all sorts of life stuff, and before I hung up the phone, I sneaked in the comment, "Hey, Josh, I think I want to stuff my face with a quesadilla." His response was a simple: "Just eat something healthy."

I don't know why that did the trick. Maybe only part of me wanted to cheat. Maybe the way he said, "Just eat something healthy," made it sound like there was a fun alternative. Honestly, I'm not sure.

But, I got off the phone, made myself a salad, put my boca burger in a wrap, and pretended it was a burger. A quesadilla would have been yummy, it's true. But I already had my cheat meal on Saturday. I was only seeking to splurge out of laziness and a desire for comfort.

I'm really glad I didn't indulge for the wrong reasons. Mouthful by mouthful, workout by workout, that's how we get from where we are to where we want to be.

Bring it!

Barbie, PhD


Peter said...

Keep bringing it and pushing play. I know those food temptations are almost irresistible, I go through them at work all the time. It's worked for you, you look great.

Coach Barbie, PhD said...

Ahhh, that's why they are temptations! Thanks, Peter! Stop by and say hi on the threads.

Bring it!