Let them eat cheesecake!

There is nothing that I like more than cheesecake.  There will be cheesecake in heaven–there just has to be.  I have committed to not eating sugar, so I know that cheesecake is off limits. (I know that there are sugar free cheesecakes, but I don’t like sugar substitutes, so why waste the calories?)  My favorite cheesecake is the Chocolate Tuxedo Cream cheesecake at the Cheesecake factory.  This will be my birthday cake.

Luckily, I do not like any frozen cheesecake from the grocery store, so I haven’t had much of an issue staying away from it.  Then, I got on the train on Friday.

I was feeling pretty good.  I was just recovering from my sugar withdrawal.  I had lost my night cravings for sugar.  I felt like I was moving forward.  Then, a guy sat on the seat across from me with a Cheesecake Factory bag filled with slices of cheesecake.

All of my negative feelings came back.  I have mentioned before that dieting is so hard because I had to give up so much to start our family business and have four kids.  I have to be conscious about how I operate in so many other areas of my life, I just want to have a little freedom in one.  Food was the one thing that I didn’t want to have to control.  I finally accepted that I was going to have to give up my freedom with food when I decided that I wanted my weight to get out of the way of my goals.  To do this, I had to work through negative thoughts as I eliminated sugar from my diet.  Once the cravings were gone, it wasn’t so hard to avoid sugar.  Then, I cut back on almost all carbohydrates.  That was actually easier than I thought, too.  I am still able to eat all of the foods I craved on previous diets.  I didn’t dream about food anymore.  I thought I was on the path to success–until I saw that slice of cheesecake.

In retrospect, I know that I cannot let a slice of cheesecake derail my progress.  I am better than that.  I have accomplished so much in my life.  I have been a fierce competitor in other areas.  Now, I need to battle my own insecurities with weight.

When I weighed myself the next morning, I had more fuel to keep me going.  I lost 6 pounds in a week.  I would trade that success for a slice of cheesecake any day.

Man in the Arena excerpt

From Theodore Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena from an unknown source on Pinterest

 

One Comment on “Let them eat cheesecake!

  1. The cheesecake factory offers plain cheesecake made with splenda. I haven’t had it for a while, but it used to be good. The larger point is that you’re not going back to the temptations of the past. I’m with you, I’d trade 6 lbs for any culinary evil ANY day of the week. Keep up your excellent work!

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