Happy Friday! It’s the end of the first week of February, so I thought it would be a good time for a “Little Victories Friday!” For readers who are unfamiliar with “Little Victories,” check out some of our other posts on the idea and contribute if you would like (in the comments, in your head, or in your journal…whatever you like!). “Little Victories” are what I call the small (yet important) steps, moments, thoughts that eventually pave the way to big changes and recovery.
To be honest, as I am sitting down to write this, I am having a little bit of difficulty picking out a “Little Victory” for myself—I have been traveling for a job and have been a little bit out of whack and off my usual rhythm. But there was one afternoon when a co-worker/travel bud asked if I wanted some yogurt covered pretzels. Small, sweet snacky foods can be trigger foods for me, but I did feel a little grumble in my tummy and I was able to accept the offer and trust myself that it wouldn’t lead to overeating. He passed me the (large) bag and instead of just having it sit on my lap and lead to mindlessly eat more than I wanted, I took a small amount and passed the bag back.
It was as simple as that. I ate them and didn’t have the desire for more. Sometimes I laugh at myself, because all it takes are a few simple little coping mechanisms like this to avoid situations I don’t want to be in. The key is knowing myself and my tendencies and then being prepared with ways to handle things when they come up!
So, even on a week where I was having a little more difficulty with this stuff, I still found a “Little Victory”—and actually sitting down to think about it like this has helped a lot. (Thanks you guys!)
So how about you? Your turn, let’s hear them! —Morgan