Tonight I passed up peanut butter cup ice cream, yesterday it was cookies. Having my sister in town hasn't been easy and I have been tempted more than once to throw in the towel and sit this challenge out but I don't and here is why:
I had a friend post this comment on a blog, "I have to GIVE SOMETHING UP to get the results I want?!?!"
This was kind of an epiphany moment for her and has become one for me too. I have realize that there is always going to be a reason or an excuse to have that second helping or indulge in cake and ice cream. I used to use celebrations, or just about anything I could as an excuse. It is someone's birthday, bring on the cake. It's been a hard week bring on the triple fudge sundae. Coming from a big family and having a husband who comes from a big family too there is ALWAYS a reason to indulge, but to have the things you want (a thinner healthier body) you can't always have your cake and eat it too.
Now I am not swearing off treats and goodies all together, far from it but I am being better at moderating when I say bring on the goodies and when I politely decline. Tonight I did say yes to a handful of salt water taffy. I will admit, had I know the ice cream was coming later I think I would have passed on the taffy but I had to be happy with my decision to eat the taffy and move on.
It was hard to watch everyone eating the ice cream knowing I wasn't going to have any but you know what? It was only a moment! Now that moment is gone. I overcame my challenge and can go to bed feeling good about it (sans the tummy ache too from eating ice cream too late).
I can always come up with a reason to say yes and indulge but if I sit back and think a bit longer I can also always think of a reason or two to say no and then it is only a moment and I can move on.