2/5/08

Wants vs. Needs

I have a serious problem. I can no longer distinguish between my food needs ands wants. I realized I was having this issue again I was droooooling over the pastry case at the bucks waiting for a grande bold the other morning. I didn't NEED a scone or a muffin or a reduced fat banana chocolate chip loaf slice (which is still 10 freakin grams of fat), but I still wrestled with getting something right up until I paid for my drink. BUT WHY!?!?!?!?! It was stupid. I had JUST had breakfast. I wasn't hungry nor did I NEED anything but there was this butter filled bounty laid out before me and money in my pocket, why not giver? And if it's not Starbucks today, it's the ice cream aisle at the grocery store tomorrow or maybe a bag of mini eggs at shoppers next week. The problem isn't budgeting this treat into points either. It's the fact that I will totally over-indulge in this and probably the ice cream or the eggs or something else... *sigh* what happened to healthy, in control mouse? The one who would refuse junk? Freak out if there was dressing on her salad at a restaurant? The girl who got up at 5:30 every weekday to go to the gym? she got lost somewhere. I want to find her again. I NEED to.

16 comments:

meredi said...

Marie, I don't know what to say to help.. mainly because Meredi has gone missing too. Every craving is indulged in... the more, the better. On track one minute, off track the next. Just know you're not the only one.

If you find the secret you'll tell me, right? :/

Amuldoon said...

I think the in control Marie and the in control Amy are on vacation somewhere warm.

Tell them to come back.

Sara said...

when you find control Marie can you see if control Sara is there too? I miss her.

Jen said...

(I was about to say something along the lines of what Amy said!!!)

It's like reading my own thoughts!!! I hate the pastry case at Starbucks, that's why I am happy that Fort Mac Starbucks sucks...I am never tempted because I have been told evil stories of stale food!!!! But when I was OUT of fort mac...I MAY have had a heavenly chocolate croissant...and then perhaps a mint brownie...damn starbucks...

Tara said...

Oh gosh, if I could only TELL you how often this happens to me... it's terrible. Some days I'm so committed, others not so much. Here's hoping we don't struggle with it forever!

Vanessa aka Wheebs said...

You're in a slump, but that doesn't mean you have to stay there. Go find in control mouse and kick her ass out the door to the gym!

You can do it, I believe in you :).

jodi said...

i find my 'willpower' varies from day to day - sometimes, i can walk by the desk in the library and not take anything... but other days, i grab a piece of candy like it's nothing and this happens several times... i think it's just normal to want something even if we're not hungry - sort of like shopping... i know i don't NEED that cute shirt but i want it anyway...

i don't think you've lost her, she's just hiding-out for a while... ;o)

eurydice said...

this happens to me ALL the time - and i usually force myself to only eat when i'm hungry for a day or two as a slap on the wrist.

Diet Coke and Zingers said...

Did someone say mini eggs?? Don't fret mouse... we all go through ups and downs... you've been at this a long time and soon your old habits will come back and you'll be on track again.

Shrunk said...

AWww, we all get off track here and there. I took a whole 1.5 months off from exercising. You've just started a new job, cut yourself some slack. You DID resist the Starbucks goodies, so you still have it in you. I personally will never be able to distinguish between my needs and wants when it comes to food. I always want treats. It's a really hard addiction to control, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do! If you don't have the points for it, it's time to step away! Anyways, I just wanted you to know that you aren't the only one.

Ashley said...

Temptation will always be there, but you resisted- so I have to agree that you did fantastic!

When you get finished with yourself, help me find the old Ashley, too!

Linda said...

I can totally relate to your dilemma this morning. I am easily susceptible to suggestions whether I see something or smell something delicious. And watching endless hours of the Food Network makes you crave dozens of things in just a few hours.

I don't know if it'll help you, but I have a personal trick that I use to help myself succumb to fewer cravings (not all though, unfortunately). If I see something that I crave, that I think I absolutely must eat, I walk away from it with the promise that I'll come back for it later in the day if I still want it, as a treat for getting through the morning or getting through a meeting or whatever. Then I really do treat myself to the cupcake or whatever when the time comes if I can't get it out of my mind. But 3/4 of the time I find that when the time comes I've regained control of myself or am flat out too lazy to walk back to get the treat. (Works for that purse you think you have to have, too!)

Shirls said...

I think we all get in that spot, I was saying just today that I wish my home wasn't open planned because I can always see the kitchen and just seeing it makes me think I should be getting something to nibble on, not because I need to eat but because I want to.. frankly it sucks

Jennifer said...

Thanks for the comment Mouse! I really shouldn't have run through feeling sick, but I got this thought in my head that if I don't go to the gym and make the most of it, no matter what I'm feeling, then I'm lazy. Does that make sense? It doesn't to me, but that's what was going through my head.

Candace said...

It WAS you! I was thinking about this post today and couldn't remember who posted it. I was wondering if I'd ever be able to tell my material needs from my material wants and decided that I just need to earn twice as much money as I do now. Also, for food wants I need my kids to give me a loan of their metabolism.

A Box of Chocolates said...

Amen Sista' After Florida I need to get back to losing too! I keep trying to think how I stuck to the points at the beginning. These last 12 just have to come off!
Mel

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