Wednesday, May 6, 2009

100 Days - Day 6 - Protect your program

Yes - I missed doing a day yesterday - that's ok no big deal. I missed doing the book work, but not the rest of the work. So, I'm good - it's time to pick up where I left off in the book though :)

"Instead of depending on others to help you be successful with your diet. make a commitment that you will protect your program at all costs!"

"Anytime you feel pressured to eat something, sidestep the food pusher by saying, 'Not just yet; I'm going to wait a little while."

Today "Watch for chances to respond to food invitations by using the line "Not just yet; I'm going to wait a little while."

"Identify at least three high-risk times or events such as family gatherings or quiet weekends. Describe how you'll protect your diet program during each of these."

When I first started reading through this exercise for the day I thought - I don't need this. I don't have friends or family that are 'food pushers'. I never feel guilty about telling people 'I'm not eating that". But, just as I was thinking about all of this I got a message from my daughter. "What do you want to do for mother's day? Where do you want to go eat at..."

And I felt guilty!? Guilty that I didn't want to go someplace that she wouldn't consider a 'treat' like deem sum, or Indian or even for Chinese (I love me some lemon chicken!) I even found myself momentarily trying to think of ways to 'get around' my self imposed food restrictions so that I could make her and my other two children happy that they could take me out someplace 'special'.

Thant's when I realized that YES I do need to protect my program - even from my own feelings. My plan? I think I'm going to ask them if we can just BBQ at home. Some chicken and grilled glazed asparagus sound amazing right now :)

99% of the time I'm happy to go to a restaurant and pick out food that fits into my plan - or even eat nothing at all! What bothers me most is when people start going against what they want or are craving so that they don't 'ruin my diet'. Really - I don't need you making sacrifices for me. It doesn't help. It makes me feel guilty and makes me want to go off my diet so I don't feel like I'm ruining your fun. I'm not going to do that ever again!

"Do at least one thing today that reinforces your determination to protect your program at all costs. Write down what you did"
One other thing I wanted to note here. I've had Linda Spangle's book "100 days of weight loss" for several years now. I got the book because I liked the concept, but didn't know much about the author. When I started going through her book again, I ended up signing up for some stuff on her website, and ordered her second book "Life is Hard, Food is Easy" Boy was I surprised the other day when I opened it up and found the introduction to the book was written by the president of Medifast!

Made it feel like a 'small world' and better yet, it felt like a HUGE God wink, that I'm where I'm supposed to be right now.

Alright - going to go heat up my lunch. Peas Out folks! :)

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