Well, it is another hot and humid day out there. I have been running like a crazy woman all day, and I passed two McD restaurants. The mocha frappe (no whipped topping or chocolate drizzle) was calling to me. Actually, by the time I approached the second McD's, the mocha frappe was shouting to me. Its cool, chocolately goodness - refreshing and invigorating - beckoned to me. McDonald's calls it "one frosty cup of love" and it is, as far as flavor is concerned! The car wanted so desperately to make that left turn at the light ...
But, I turned right.
It wasn't the 470 calories, 11 g of saturated fat, or 72 g of carbs that made me ignore the Call of the Frappe. It's yumminess could even make me ignore that the first five ingredients are: water, cream, sugar, milk and high fructose corn syrup.
What made me turn away from this strong temptation was one simple question:
Do I want this Mocha Frappe MORE than I want to lose weight this week - because this could be something that would derail that process?
My answer, of course, was no. I wanted to lose the weight more than I wanted this delicioius refreshment.
I recognize, sometimes, my answer may be YES, but today was not one of those days. I came home to my iced water instead.
I'm just 11 lbs away from achieving my first mini-goal (of 10% loss, or 277 lbs), and I'm already dreaming of the next goal. I'm not even in the 270s yet, but I'm planning. Perhaps keeping my eye on the goal helped me. Or perhaps it was that I've gone 36 days (as of today) with really good - though not perfect - fueling of my body.
Whatever the reason, I stopped long enough to ask myself that all-important question, and shoved my old knee-jerk I-want-it reaction to the curb.
That is how this battle is won, one good decision at a time.
Today, I made a good decision. I survived a very strong craving. And I'm a step closer to achieving a true change in lifestyle, a step closer to improved health.
So, I'm looking forward now. I was going to make my next mini-goal another 10% drop (which would put mini-goal # 2 at 250 lbs), but I think I'm going to shoot for 247 - another 30 lbs drop. That number pulls me out of the morbid obesity category! Oh, I'll still be obese, but "just" severely so. And you know, I think I can do it. If I can whip a Mocha Frappe, I can knock out an extra three pounds in the next mini-goal - no problem.
Day 36 and still going strong ...