I knew there was a box lunch waiting for me for lunch at the health fair. Those words “box lunch” clued me in that it was probably a sandwich, cookie, and chips…maybe a piece of fruit. Bingo – that’s exactly what was in it.
Because I’m not eating processed foods, I knew I wouldn’t eat anything but the fruit. So I packed all of my own food and brought it in an insulated lunch bag. Here’s what I brought for the day:
Because I brought tasty healthy snacks (abundantly), I was not tempted one bit by the junk food all around me at the convenience store when I stopped for gas. But just to be sure, I kept my eyes focused straight ahead. The one temptation I had on the drive home was the chips. I wanted those chips SO bad. Part of the problem was that I was sleepy, really sleepy. I pulled over for a 30-minute nap at a rest stop. That helped. Also, I resisted those chips by remembering my goal. And I knew that if I caved in and ate them, they wouldn’t taste as good as I thought they would, and I would have started down the slippery slope which I had no intention of doing. Feeling virtuous feels a lot better than feeling disappointed in myself. Having a powerful, clear goal makes all the difference. And of course the goal has to be backed up by lots of planning and preparing.
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