Find the REAL Problem and Free Yourself

Today was one of THOSE days.  It was crunch time for a number of things on my list of “to do’s” and I did not prepare my mid morning and afternoon healthy snacks. First sign of stress was me going to see my Barista Boo first thing in the morning (which I RARELY do).  I mean, why spend money on a fancy, high calorie, top shelf coffee drink when I could have a free cup of regular coffee in the office kitchen? I know why: because it was a comforting distraction.  It was familiar/consistent and the leaf he’d creatively etched in the foam was an extra something special to temporarily lessen the stress/anxiety.

 

By lunchtime, I was starving and had it in my head that I was going to get something healthy, even if I had to travel outside of my building to get it. But as I slowly walked past the mom and pop deli in the lobby of our building, the smell of lasagna and garlic bread danced under my nose and pulled me in.  Next thing I knew, I was in line ordering a serving of lasagna to go. I paid the cashier and headed back to the office. While I didn’t eat the full portion they’d given (and tossed the salty garlic bread in the garbage, I ate enough lasagna to bring me to a state of sluggishness. I sat there, longer than I’d planned, slouched in my chair wishing I had a cot next to me so I could roll onto it and sleep.

 

Once I finally got up from my seat to go back to my desk, I saw the candy bowl had just been replenished with loads of my favorite treats (Baby Ruth, Kit Kat, Almond Joy, Starbursts….etc—you name it, it’s my favorite….lol)….I walked over to the bowl and as I was reaching  for a treat, I stopped myself and said “no!!! you’ve done enough damage today. Go back to your desk and deal with the REAL issue.” The REAL issue was that I was a bit overwhelmed and time was dwindling away.  Once I made myself look at the reason why I was making poor food decisions, I MADE myself go and sit at my desk, prioritize what I needed to accomplish and I HANDLED IT.

 

In the end, I was proud of myself for identifying what was happening and making a decision to say NO to the candy.  NEXT time, I will be even more proud of myself because I will identify the source of my stress/anxiety BEFORE the top shelf/high calorie coffee drink is purchased and I’ll let the cheesy/greasy lasagna find someone else’s tummy to aggravate.  I will NOT run to food for comfort.  I will confront issues, find solutions and look fit and sexy doing it!  ~GYSB

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  1. I know how you feel almost at the end of the 30 day challenge mine was no candy or sweets and I am tempted it seems everyday. I only gave in once which is a great accomplishment for me.

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