ahoy_m8 wrote: »
All good thoughts above. In addition, over time, the little devil on my left shoulder has learned that eventually the little angel on my right shoulder will count immediate gratification indulgences, and there will be some compensation. The little devil used to convince me that this or that treat wouldn't count, just this time. But the little angel was very consistent, so eventually I learned it all counts (whether I count it or not, and I will). The satisfaction of the indulgence isn't so great that it outweighs the dissatisfaction with the argument I have in myself about whether to indulge. It took a lot of repetition to learn this.
I still indulge in immediate gratification, just less often and on a smaller scale (that's easier to work in the plan).
LoveyChar wrote: »
Yesterday I made a sandwich and put the bread and lunch meat away before I ate the sandwich, habit for me and I know when I'm done putting it away I can sit down and eat without knowing I have to put it away afterwards, no nagging thoughts. Anyway, my husband would get everything out, make the sandwich and eat immediately just shove it in his mouth without putting anything away. Then he forgets or takes hours to put everything away. It is so dang annoying, so so annoying. And I could remind him two hundred times and he still makes no effort to do better. Point is put your food away first before you enjoy your meal/snack. One, it delays gratification to let you appreciate it more for a couple more minutes and two, you're done and can relax. Helps me delay instant gratification, common sense for me but husband hasn't figured it out yet. I'm being a little bit mean...
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