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Author: Patzer Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 58675  
Subject: Re: Education vs. Will Power Date: 1/13/2005 9:38 PM
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Awhile back, our office gave a birthday party for a colleague. A very rich chocolate cake with raspberry sauce was served. It was my favorite and from my favorite bakery. In the past, I would have abstained, but with cravings. This last time, I passed and didn't think twice about it.

Sometimes, the most important weight loss activity occurs behind the eyeballs. We learn to look at things a different and more helpful way.

I've noticed that I've been in a good mindset lately. I got a couple of bags of barbecue potato chips at my daughter's request last weekend. I found that not only was I able to refrain from eating them, I was able to walk past them, see that they were there, know that I was free to eat one or a bowlful, and not feel deprived. They just weren't worth putting into my mouth.

Today was a bigger test. I got home from work, and daughter said, "We made you fudge." Daughter and a family friend had made a pan of fudge, and it was sitting in the fridge. The aroma wafted through the house. I went and changed clothes, had a normal sized supper, and had *one* piece of fudge for dessert. It was delicious. It melted in my mouth, and I savored every moment. Then it was gone, and I was satisfied. I haven't gone back for a second piece, and I don't feel deprived.

The fudge is not significantly different from other piles of goodies that I have enjoyed scarfing down in the past. My taste buds are not different; the fudge still tastes wonderful. My willpower is probably not much different, but it was not really tested. The major difference is behind my eyeballs. I really don't desire a second piece of fudge. One is enough. I can even write about this in detail and not get up to get another piece.

I wonder if I'll have to throw out leftover fudge in a week or so.

Patzer
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