After breakfast I rushed off to my MRI appointment. It was very interesting because I expected it to be like an x-ray – just throw a protective cover on, take a few pics and you’re done! Nope. I had to lay in the machine for about 20 minutes wearing headphones so the loud noises didn’t freak me out.
I relaxed and enjoyed the music even though I could still hear the random bangs and clicks of the machine. And then it was over. The results are being sent to my doctor, so I won’t know until I go back to her next week. I just want to be officially diagnosed and have a treatment plan already!
On the way home I stopped at Great Harvest since it’s on the way and I’ve been meaning to check it out for a while. Ummm, can you say, “Carb Heaven”? Yes. The very nice worker lady gave me the BIGGEST hunk of warm, freshly baked Columbia Crunch to sample – it must have been two slices thick! I didn’t want to eat it all, but how can you stop eating warm, fresh bread like that? I couldn’t.
I also tried a sample of their fiber flax bread and bought a loaf of that. But, they couldn’t slice it because it was still too hot. Talk about fresh! Now my car smells like a beautiful bakery and makes me want to rip into that loaf!
Intuitive Eating – Stephanie mentioned this in the comments and I wanted to address it here. I am giving up sweets and cereal for Lent and do not think this is in conflict with my journey toward becoming an intuitive eater. Last year I used IE as an excuse for not giving anything up. I think it’s easy for someone like me to use IE as a way to justify overeating or eating too much junk.The key words there are “someone like me” this does not apply to everyone and some people are the exact opposite.
At Great Harvest there were three different types of cookie samples out. If today wasn’t the first day of Lent I would have tried all three and it would have went undocumented. This happens a lot – a sample here, a handful of this, a bit of that… I think 40 days of no sweets is going to be a very big challenge for me. But, I need to be more responsible for my food choices and not use IE as an excuse to not deny myself.
I am giving up sweets – not necessarily “dessert”. This means, if I want something sweet I may have fruit and yogurt or something – just not cookies, cake, candy or ice cream. I’m not giving up sugar – that is something completely different. I don’t think the point of Lent is to diet, I think it is to sacrifice something that is difficult for you and remember why you’re doing it.