After one of my classes today I found myself in the middle of a conversation with one of the clients. She was talking about this wonderful green vegetable soup she had eaten. It was delicious and healthy and was going to help get back on track and tackle some of her poor eating habits. Then she admitted to following the soup with a few Tagalongs. I had to laugh and responded that at least she had the green soup instead of a big bowl of macaroni and cheese beforehand! I also admitted to her that that was the very reason I could not even buy those cookies. I will tell you right now that if we had a box of Tagalongs in this house, I would single-handedly eat an entire sleeve. In one sitting. I promise.
Do you know what I’m talking about? I’m talking Girl Scout cookies. This is the time of year when little girls come knocking on the door taking orders for a variety of wonderfully yummy boxes of cookies. I probably love them all, except Thin Mints – can’t stand the chocolate mint combo thing – never have liked that! However, the Tagalongs have to be my all time favorite. The combination of chocolate and peanut butter is pure heaven.
Knowing my limitations, or lack of limitations, at times, I have to just say, “no.” That’s why I am secretly happy we haven’t had any little neighbors come to our door this year. That’s why I had to tell the woman in the grocery store parking lot with a trunk full of Girl Scout cookies, “No thank you.” That’s why I had to walk by the table set up in front of Publix the other day. I told myself, “no.”
My limitations might not be yours. My trigger foods may not be yours. You may love these Tagalongs as much as I do, but you may be able to have just one, or two. Or maybe you love them as much as I do and you will also eat the entire sleeve in one sitting and you are just fine with that. I applaud you on both of these scenarios. These are my scenerios:
A. I will eat more of these Tagalongs than I should and I will feel awful. I will feel physically awful because I will have overeaten and binged on far more sugar than my body will appreciate. I will feel gross.
B. I will eat more of these Tagalongs than I should and will feel awful. I will feel guilty for eating more than I should and I will beat myself up and I’ll feel bad about myself. For a really long time.
So you see, neither of these scenarios is good. I know because I have been in both before. Finally, I’ve learned from my mistakes in the past and can actually make the good choice . I can just say “no” to the Tagalongs. I’ve finally learned to know what I can eat and enjoy in moderation and what I am just too darn weak to turn down.
Why am I telling you about these Tagalongs? Because they can be anything. I don’t know what your Tagalongs are but I’ll bet you have your own. If your own Tagalongs tempt you and you are okay with it, then by all means eat, indulge and enjoy. More power to you. As long as you don’t feel guilty or bad about yourself then go for it! However, if your own Tagalongs are going to leave you feeling yucky or guilty then please just say, “no.” Using that one little word can make you feel much healthier, in control and happier.
Next time you are offered your personal Tagalong, consider just saying “no”. It’s really easy!
ENJOY YOUR DAY!