How to Distract Yourself from Eating (or What I Didn’t Eat Tuesday)

Before I post for the ever popular “What I Ate Wednesday” I thought I’d do quick post on my victory yesterday. So I’ve gotten myself into this long drawn out process of painting stripes on a wall in my room.  We can all thank Pinterest for that!  Pinterest is a dangerous place people, let me tell you.  I’m working on creating a home office/guest bedroom space and I saw this picture of a striped room that I loved.

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(Source:  Pinterest via – )

And so I decided this was my inspiration and that I too wanted yellow and white and yes – a striped wall.  So now I find myself in painting hell.  The real hell is using the laser to make the straight line to then put up string to hold the straight line and finally put up frog tape to keep the straight line.  Key words:  straight line.  So hard!  And tedious!  The first stripe I did I messed up and it bled through a little on the tape and so it wasn’t perfect.  I almost gave up but I already had all those perfect straight taped lines so I took a deep breath thought about what I did, made a few tweaks and tried again.  Second line – success!

Here’s a look at my progress so far:

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striped wall_phase 1_2

As you can see I’m not trying to do the exact same pattern as the Pinterest picture because that was just way too many little lines.  I’m not a complete masochist – almost, but not completely.  But guess what I didn’t do while I was taping, measuring, and finally painting – Eating!  Yes, that’s right, it always comes back to that doesn’t it.  🙂  I didn’t snack nearly as much this past weekend because I was in that God forsaken room the entire weekend making straight lines.  “Hey, What’d you do this weekend? Oh not much, just made some straight lines.”  I couldn’t even say I painted because I didn’t start that until Monday.

But for the past three weeks I’ve had dessert nearly every day and I’m trying to get back to my own personal rule of dessert only on the weekends.  Now dessert, mind you, at least most days, been one serving of dark chocolate and some green tea.  So definitely healthy but still.  Even if I allow this on weekdays, I still don’t want it to be every single day.  I want to know that I have enough control over myself to end the day’s eating with dinner, if I want.  Especially if eating it will take me over my allotted limit for that day.  So yesterday night, I was painting the stripes, I’m doing like one per night but last night I got two done! Yay!  Anyway, I was painting and I was almost done with the first stripe so I stopped to go put on the tea and get myself ready to enjoy my chocolate but then I went back to the room and realized I had enough time to do one more stripe  and so I said to myself – you know what, you can just keep listening to this awesome podcast and keep working and then by the time you’re done, it’ll be time to go to bed. So just skip that chocolate tonight.  And so I did.

And that’s the victory I wanted to share with you today before I post later tonight/tomorrow morning on What I Ate Wednesday.   I did not eat the chocolate on Tuesday.  Yay for me!  And thank you striped wall!   I’ll post a finished wall on this blog later just so you can see how it turned out.  🙂  Happy Hump Day!

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