Thought: I’ve gotta polish off this box of treats before the weekend ends and I can’t have it anymore.


Hi! So this weekend was a three day weekend of sorts for me. My birthday was on Friday, and today, Sunday is Father’s Day. For my birthday, I got this delightful box of pastries, among other treats. And since the new rule I’ve been establishing for myself is that I can have sweet treats/joy eats ONLY on Friday and Saturday, I’ve noticed the thought that drives the action of overeating sweets on the weekend is: “I’ve gotta polish this off before the weekend ends and I can’t have it anymore.” Despite “knowing better”, that thought is still definitely the stronger thought driving my action. I know I’m gonna finish that pastry box today. See below my thought downloads and both an unintentional and intentional model. I would love to hear your feedback and how I might break the “gotta polish this off” mentality that I’ve been operating under…

Thought Download:
I’ve been bad this birthday three day weekend. Really bad. It started with my bday on Friday morning – I made myself buttermilk pancakes. Alice sent me a pack of 12 chocolate covered pretzels. I polished them all off. Then I ate the Mexican lollipop I had received in the mail with my Etsy shoe purchase. And then, the Blue Hill pastry box arrived, and EVEN MORE indulging continued. Bad thoughts that plague me: I’ve gotta polish off this box before the weekend ends and I can’t have it anymore. That’s a tough one for me. I guess I COULD always throw out food, but that feels hard to me. My weight went up from 126.1 lbs on Friday morning, to 128.0 lbs both yesterday and today, and I’m definitely bloated. Good thoughts that serve me, though: There is no falling off the wagon. Each meal is an opportunity to make a better choice. Tomorrow will be a better day. Even the next meal can be a better choice.

[Unintentional
]C: Overeating over this three day weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
T: I’ve gotta polish off this box before the weekend ends and I can’t have it anymore.
F: Scarcity
A: Eat all the pastries in the Blue Hill box before the weekend ends.
R: Very bloated, weight up, backtrack from goals, feel generally bad about myself.

[Intentional]
C: Overeating over this three day weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
T: There is no falling off the wagon; each meal is an opportunity to make a better choice.
F: Confident
A: Meal by meal, make healthier choices.
R: Debloat, depuff, lose the weight gained, get back on track quickly, feel better about myself, and the way I eat.