Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Draw a line in the sand!

My day was going great today.  I had a dentist appointment this morning to fix a chipped tooth that went wonderfully.  I worked out completing 45 minutes of cardio, shoulder and abs strength training, and stretching.  I made good food choices.  Then it happened.

After dinner tonight instead of cleaning up the dinner dishes.  I worked on cleaning out my 4 year old's closet.  My reasoning was I can get more done, doing the closet now.  Then after the kids are in the bed I'll clean the kitchen.  I think since I've adhered to my eating plan fairly well, it didn't even cross my mind that I could have late night eating issues if I waited to clean the kitchen. WRONG!  I was loading the dishwasher, while I was exhausted & a little hungry.  I thought I'll have some Triscuits.  Then I thought well if I'm having some I might as well finish the whole box.  Don't worry I didn't do that.  I did have about a serving though.  Then, of course, I wanted something else so I poured out some Cheez-Its & ate those.  The old me would have eaten something else, probably something sweet.  I didn't.  I realized that I don't want to go back to living the old life, before I started making healthy changes.  I didn't snack on anything else.  I sat down at the computer and re-listened to failure to launch .  I knew at that moment it was time to draw a line in the sand and say enough!  I don't want to stay where I am!  It frightens me.  At that moment I knew I had to take responsibility for this behavior.  I came up with an action plan to conquer this late night eating demon!  Right now.

This is my action plan:
  1. Clean the kitchen immediately after dinner.  Don't wait!  Then announce, "the kitchen is closed".
  2. If I want a late night snack, drink a full glass of water AND a cup of hot tea instead.  
  3. Assume responsibility!  Don't end up trading what I want for what I want right now. Just remember:  There is no try!
  4. Put the past behind me.  Focus on the present and the future.  
That's it.  I feel like I have to do this, not try to do this.  I'm growing and learning so much along this journey that really will never end.  How awesome is that!  I can't believe it.  I'm actually enjoying this journey.  I'm so grateful my weight loss family is here to journey along this path with me.

Thanks for listening.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:    Psalm 94:19  "When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul."

Hope you have a wonderful evening.

Be healthy. Be strong.

Take care,


  1. Hey Kat, thanks for your encouraging words on my blog. I really love your plan of actions since I know how easy it can be to grab a box of triscuits or something else and eat the whole thing. Weight loss has many ups and downs but as long as we get back on the right track we will be fine. It's great that we have lots of great support too!

  2. Hey Cat - I love your plan. I also try to do the dishes right away, but if not - I just wait till the morning. Its only the 2 of us. When you do so much stuff so late it only make me hungry. But at least you ate stuff that was not bad for you.
    I really admire you for all the exercise.
    Have a great day :-)

  3. thanks for the comments Diana & Rosalie. Great point that getting back on track is key!

  4. Cat, that was a great post. I so agree with you about drawing a line in the sand. I haven't accomplished what I want because I'm not being honest about what's holding me back. I think I can cheat here and there and still things will be okay. I need to have a plan and really stick to it. That being said, none of us are perfect and at least your little slip up didn't turn into a great big fall!

  5. I have to do the dishes right after dinner too. I don't know why, but a clean kitchen DOES help keep from eating at night. Even when I'm hanging out in there doing somethin else, if the kitchen's clean I'm less likely to eat. Gret job taking charge!

  6. Good for you for reigning it in & stopping it from turning into a binge. Many of us could have easily done that...well maybe just me but I am an "all or nothing" kind of dieting thinker & when I have blown it, I feel like I have to wait til tomorrow to get back on the wagon when in all actuality, you need to get back on board with the next bite.
    Keep on doing what youre doing. You are doing GREAT!!!
    Thanks for a great post!

  7. Thanks for the comments and encouragement everyone. Sherri I was so an all or nothing dieter. I think my wake up call was at my Dad's funeral on August 7th. 2 different people commented on "my pregnancy" & I'm not pregnant! One person thought I was having twins! Then she lied & said oh, that's what I heard.

  8. I never realized that you had a blog? Where have I been???
    Seriously your Bible quotes were just what I needed. I think the reason that I struggle emotionally is that I am so incredibly blessed and I am not thankful enough! Crazy! I know He loves me anyway!
    All or nothing dieting is the reason that diets have a bad name. It has to work for our lives. I love this way of eating, but I have adjusted it to work for me by just eating a little of the things that I will not give up. Chili Cheese Frito's! I never take the bag out longer than to put a few on my plate. It immediately goes back in the pantry.
    I am so glad that you found me tonight:)
    Or I found you:)

  9. That is a good plan. My house stays fairly clean, except the kitchen. It is always a mess and that is where we spend all our time. I LOVE LOVE hot tea when the weather is cooler. I how you share your favorites!



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