What’s Your Trigger?
This week’s posts have covered those healthy food choices we know all about: fruits & veggies, waterwaterwater, portion control, and exercise.
Well, I don’t know about you, but--
when the debit card gets rejected,
the baby cuts her first tooth,
my teen has a fender bender,
my husband gets caught in traffic coming home and $20 worth of good steak is about to turn into shoe leather--
it’s not a stalk of broccoli I’m gonna grab.
It’s a cookie or crackers. Or, if those aren’t in the pantry, I’ll eat bread with butter. Better yet, peanut butter.
Then I’ll have some wine … with the jar of peanut butter and a spoon.
I vent my frustrations by sticking my head in the pantry and nomnomnom’ing down every form of sugary carbI can find.
You’re wondering why I have all this when I’m supposed to have only healthy foods in the house?
Meet Wings and Fins, my two lean teens. One spins a ten pound rifle and lifts weights, the other runs 50 miles a week with cross country training. They’re boys who are muscle and sinew and growth hormones. I’d give my right arm to have their metabolisms.
If you have kids, you know what I’m talking about. Sure, there’s apples and carrot sticks around—Wings and Fins eat those too. But, from animal crackers to pizza rolls, your pantry/fridge/freezer holds temptations that call your name - especially when the boss is unhappy with you or you were put in a bad spot or your kid rolled his eyes and made you feel about an inch tall in front of the insurance adjuster.
Life’s not fair, is it?
This is when you need to face down your personal trigger and defeat the siren call of ________________ fill in the blank.
Just take a big swig of water, raise your right hand, and repeat after me:
“I, ______ state your name, promise that when my Trigger fires, I will drink a quart of water, and do ten pushups (or whatever exercise strikes your fancy, but make it something hard) before I partake of the sugar/salt/processed chemicals that put me in size ___ in the first place. I shall seek support from a team member. And if I do partake, I shall write it down in my food journal and remember that I’ll only drown if I stay down.”
Remember Lisa Fields’ quote from Monday’s post? "You don't drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there." Edwin Louis Cole
This won’t be a perfect, all or nothing journey. I’m frustrated that with all the exercise I’ve done every day, only 2 pounds came off. But if I’m honest with myself and with you, I’d have to admit to the last six mint oreo cookies I’d kept stashed in the basement freezer.
Control the Trigger. Don’t let it control YOU.
What’s your trigger? How can you keep it from bringing you to your knees? Remember… ten pushups!