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Third Time's a Charm

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One of these days, I'll learn to not pat myself on the back so quickly.  It always seems to follow with a crash of some sort.  I feel like I set myself up for failure.  It seems I just can't feel good about an accomplishment until I complete the project.  In this case, the project is my healthy eating and weight loss.  Why do I do this to myself?  It's as if all my demons come out of the close and talk me down. 


So... to the point of the food issue:  I had some sibling family issues that I took to heart before I bounded onto a bus for an overnight trip to see the Rockettes in NYC.  The family issues didn't appear to bother me on the outside.  I wasn't really thinking about them, but subliminally they probably caused me some sadness (a food trigger for me).  The person I was on the trip with also encouraged me to be off plan for the weekend and enjoy whatever I wanted to eat.  OK, yes.  I didn't want to eat JC food or think about it.  The meals on the trip were pre-ordered.  I did fine until I got hungry. I'm assuming I got hungry because my JC plan fills me up with lots of crunchy veges, to which I didn't have access.  I got on the scale when I returned and gained 2.5 pounds in 2 days.  TWO DAYS!  I should mention that 3 days later, it's all off BUT!   


It's not a big deal to have a weekend off plan, so long as we go right back into JC as soon as we're back to reality.  I'm still in learning phase and this is learning for a lifetime.  I accomplished the task of returning to plan, but something was different this time.  I really, REALLY didn't want to go back on plan.  It took all I could to muster in my strength to get back on the wagon. 


In the past I would not have continued.  I would have been disgusted with myself.  This time?  I just don't know.  I'm committed.  I'm ready to get to goal.  I just have to stop beating myself up about the bad days.


How do you clear your mind so that you don't sabotage your good work?


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Thanks, @rcdoc!  I needed to hear this.  I'm having a rough week staying away from non-JC plan foods.  I binged last night on popcorn - not such a bad thing, but it is a binge nevertheless.  This means that I need to figure out why I'm doing it.


I do know it's stress.  I just don't know how to stop the reaction to stress eating.  :(


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