In yesterday’s post I mentioned small victories that add up to big results, and since then I’ve made several little choices that will help me reach my goal.
I did another 5k because the weather is beautiful, and doing a workout in the morning seemed better than not doing one at all. I made conscious decisions with food even though I was prepared to consume more calories today than I have or plan to have the rest of the week.
After class I went to a sports bar that my friends and I frequent and played trivia with my friend, Matt. We dominated the game, but he was the champion of the evening! He won a gift certificate that I’m sure he’ll put to use soon, and I won a party for myself and 10 to 20 of my friends. Seriously…We’ll get appetizers, dinner, drinks and a pool table for two hours. How cool is that? (It’s pretty awesome. I know.)
When trivia ended we spent a few hours discussing our lives and other things before I headed home which takes about an hour and a half. After a great night with an awesome friend I found myself wanting to snack on a doughnut on the way home because Krispy Kreme is on the way.
For years it was nearly impossible to pass up a Krispy Kreme without stopping, and sometimes it’s still harder than it should be (especially since I don’t really like the doughnuts anymore.) I’ve passed by it several times recently without stopping, but last night I stopped and ordered a blueberry cake doughnut. It sat in the passenger seat for the first 20 miles of my trip, and when I was finally ready to take a bite I stopped at one.
I know it’s okay to eat a doughnut from time to time, though it probably shouldn’t happen after midnight. And while the first bite was good I reminded myself that the rest of it would taste the same, and I didn’t eat it. I disposed of it when I stopped to gas up my car.
Immediately I realized that eating that doughnut would not fill a void, nor would it make me happy. It would have given me a moment of gratification followed by the realization that I just consumed 330 calories of crap after sweating hard during my 5k earlier in the day.
Maybe these little choices are a sign that I’m headed in a positive direction. Maybe I can enjoy my life while shaping it into what I want it to be. It may not seem significant to anyone else, but in my eyes I was victorious last night.
Do you struggle with choices between instant gratification and reaching your long term goals?