This week I am celebrating the small victories. Yesterday at lunch, as my kids were starting to whinge and whine about being hungry, I took a look into my fridge and pantry and realized I missed out on doing groceries this week, oops! I popped them into my car to go get a few small items so they wouldn’t starve. It’s never a smart move bringing hungry children to a grocery store! I still had no idea what to get them that would be quick and easy. My son was asking for frozen fries (you know the ones you pop in the oven for 20 minutes until they are a delicious golden, crispy wonder?) and as I contemplated it, I thought, “Quick? Yes” but smart it wasn’t, you see growing up, my staple food was the French fry. Whether it was baked or pan fried (as in an Italian family you never went out to eat) I had them almost daily, so my addiction to them is almost crack-like. I made a compromise with the brood instead, “how about some cheesy macaroni?” It wasn’t that difficult to put something together and the kids thoroughly enjoyed it.
My second victory came later that evening as I was heading up to bed and decided to take a look into the candy bucket which has some chocolate in it, Mmmm chocolate! I was extremely exhausted, up at 5 AM and it was approaching 11 PM, and the week had been draining both physically and mentally, why shouldn’t I have some chocolate to alleviate some of the pain? As I looked inside, reached in and fumbled around I thought to myself, “Am I really going to feel better, either now or tomorrow, if I have a piece of a thing and what will that do to my mental state?” With that I closed up the cabinet and headed to bed.
Maybe that isn’t a big deal to most and maybe some just don’t understand why I would consider those small things a victory, but to me it was the beginning of a mental, long overdue overhaul. The climb is always the biggest struggle but once I get to the top I know the view will be super sweet.
Until next time,
Live from the Inside Out,