STOP Signs

So it’s about 3 PM and I have pretty much consumed a day’s worth of food.

I don’t really even know what happened or why, but there you have it.

Now I have to figure out how the heck to make a burrito for my dinner (It’s burrito night, don’t you know?) and somehow not go completely off the rails while doing it.

I won’t be derailed. I can’t be. Staying railed is crucial to my health and happiness. I need to follow through.

One bad choice cannot be the end of a good pattern. I can’t take it back, but I sure as heck can acknowledge it, stop my crazy train, and redirect it, right?

Going off the rails in a crazy train is not a part of my plan. It’s hard enough to keep this crazy train chugging along. Can you imagine the weight of lifting a whole train filled with crazy back onto the track!! It’s unbearable.

Not going to do it.

So now what?

Well for starters, I’ll be drinking a metric boatload of water.

Wash away the sins of the world. Yeah, I have magical water apparently.

I will also go for a walk tonight. I tried this morning, but it just wasn’t the right time and really 175 things were irritating me all at the same time, so after 15 minutes I stopped and went home. Sad, but true.

I will have a smoothie for breakfast tomorrow. A good start leads to a better day.

I will forgive myself right this minute for a bad day.


It’s over.

Move on.

The kids will be home soon and I will not waste a second on beating myself up. Nope. Nope nope.

Do you listen to your stop signs?

Do you occasionally miss one and crash?

Any advice? For me or anyone reading?


About Peadyhttp://temperedwithkindness.comI’m sensitive and I’d like to stay that way.

16 thoughts on “STOP Signs

    • Amen! And you know what? Even the rest of today is a chance to do better.

      It wasn’t even all that bad, just I recognized that I was straying big time. Fine. Now I have to deal with it.

      I actually said “STOP!” out loud. Then I sat and typed.


      Why? Because nice people like you appear and say nice things. πŸ™‚

      Thank you. I appreciate your kind words.

    • It’s so true. I did stop dead in my derailing tracks though and just took a breather to reassess.

      I later made and had burritos. I skipped the tortilla altogether – not even corn tortillas could sway my resolve. I used lettuce! πŸ˜€ Worked like a charm and I am certain I used the remainder of my daily allowance, but didn’t go over. Winning!

      Today has been much better! Thank you!

  1. I’m certainly no authority but the advice I try to keep in mind (for all areas of life) is that one bad decision should not be a gateway to a whole day of bad choices. If the day isn’t over, then there’s still an opportunity to make good choices. πŸ™‚

    How was your smoothie (it must be this morning?)? Got a good recipe to share? I’m on a smoothie-every-morning kick. So yummy and filling.

    • You are absolutely right! That is why that big ol’ STOP is so helpful to me. Once the problem is identified, it becomes a “Decision. Action.” situation. Immediately.

      And I did. I even modified my already modified burritos so that there was less carb and more veggie. πŸ™‚ I like when I practice what I preach. Thank you for your support!

      Oh, I am all over this smoothie lately: I modify it because of course! No banana (they make my joints sad) and I don’t use almond milk, just water and my Kaizen gf protein powder. The mango is sweet and covers the spinach. πŸ˜‰ The chia does all the thickening of a banana and then some!

  2. Hang in there – those 10 pounds that I’ve been trying to lose for 10 years are still here, and more like 20 now.

  3. A snack that always fills me up is a plain rice cake with peanut butter or hummus and topped with ground flax seed for fiber. Partly because fiber fills you up and partly because well, I need all the fiber I can get.

    Is your calorie count realistic? Could you replace lunch with 2 snacks? I have no idea what your plan is but I think people sometimes forget that we need food to live. It’s “what” people choose to eat and “how much” that’s the variable in my mind.

    I love that you’re going out for a walk because it serves two purposes; living an active lifestyle and not having the ability to head to the kitchen for a snack.

    I hope that this is just a road bump on the road of life.

    Besos Sarah.

    • I recently purchased a new brand of rice cakes from the Bulk Barn. They are yummy! The reason I bought them was because long ago a dear Ottawa friend used to take them on our playdates. We’d spread a thin layer of cream cheese, then top it with a thin slice of black forest ham. Great! Filling! Easy!

      I love rice cakes! The crunch is what I am often after and they fit the bill.

      I love your topping ideas! Thanks.

  4. This week has been ridiculously anxiety-triggering, thus IBS-triggering, thus snacking-triggering. Understanding all this and no longer feeling guilty about it is helping πŸ™‚ That being said, sometimes I stop, sometimes I make rolling stops and sometimes I sail right through said stop sign, laughing maniacally.

    • Yes! Me, too! I think being aware of the STOP sign is helpful. Naming the problem has a way of reducing the anxiety surrounding it. I may have Thelma and Louise-d right over the one from this week. Oops! Today’s been better. Protein helps. Sugar makes every single thing so much worse – which sucks because yay sugar, you know?

      Guilt and shame need to take a permanent vacation.

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