Slashing Your Tires – Weekly Weigh In

I told you all that I was on spring break last week.  I weighed on Tuesday morning and this is what I saw:

My Fitness Pal Weekly Weigh In

I was pleased.  I was happy to see the exact number I saw two weeks ago.  I felt accomplished.  I was happy.  I felt like it was possible to lose weight on vacation.  I was feelin’ good.

Then…I was handed a cupcake.  I didn’t even really think about what I was do and before I knew it, the cupcake was in my mouth.  It-was-so-good!  It was a homemade cupcake that a little girl’s grandmother had made and I really enjoyed it.  Everything about it.  The frosting was good, the cake was good, there was a perfect amount of frosting to cake ratio.  I ate it and it was good…

So, my “car” was rollin’ down the road.  I was doing good.  I had maintained weight while away a week on vacation.  I had limited sugar.  I was rollin’ down the road and then all of a sudden, I got a flat tire.  I chose to eat the cupcake.  That choice gave me a flat tire (not a spare tire…that is around my middle!).

What would most “normal” people do when they got a flat tire?  Change it and keep rollin’ down the road on a spare until they could replace it.  What would most “normal” people do after eating a cupcake when trying not to eat sweets?  They would get right back on track and keep going.

Well…no one ever said I am normal.  In fact, I am not normal.  I am a sugar addict.  So, when the choice was made to eat the cupcake, instead of “changing the tire and moving on,” I got out of the car and proceeded to slash the rest of my tires.

WHAT?!?!?!?!?  Who does that?  Well, apparently I do.  That one cupcake led me to eat several Dove Dark Chocolates and anything else sweet I could find.  I felt like a crack addict.  One little taste of crack and I couldn’t get it fast enough.

That feeling has not really subsided.  I am not sure what is happening but I know it is a choice and I just need to make a better one.

My mom’s birthday is tomorrow and I will eat cake with her.  Then, as soon as I wake up Saturday morning, I am done with the tire slashing binge.  I will go back to saying No to sugar.  It is my weakness and I cannot have it.  It is a choice.  I will choose better.  I know better and I will do better.

No more slashing the other three tires when one goes flat.

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About Jennifer Swafford

Jennifer is an elementary school teacher who is trying to lose 100+ pounds. She has certainly learned how much It Sux To Be Fat and is here to motivate you to live a healthy lifestyle.

  • Jen

    Wow – I know all too well about slashing all of my tires. What a great analogy! I think I might need to write it on some 3×5 cards and leave them everywhere, because when I blow it, that’s exactly what I tend to do. Ick. Thanks for the great reminder!

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  • Kim Belknap

    Thank you for your post! I understand that compulsion and the “all or nothing” mentality of eliminating certain foods. I struggle to find a middle ground and to let go of the guilt associated with eating something that is “off limits.” Interesting, there is an article in this month’s WW Magazine about letting go of the guilt. One point in particular struck me — feelings of guilt lead to stress which increases our levels of cortisol which leads to overeating. If we can learn to “let go” of the guilt and move forward, then we can avoid the repercussions of stress eating. It’s such a vicious cycle, isn’t it?

  • Sarah Scott

    I love the way you worded this and know how you feel. It’s all so easy to do. I know you will be back in control in no time, and this will just be a small bump in the road, you can do it

  • Kirsten Leah

    This is a perfect analogy. You will continue to make progress, just as you have been, and I can’t wait to see how it goes!

  • Sandy S. Doggett

    This is extraordinery.

    • Jennifer Swafford

      Thank you Sandy!