Ruby Rocks and So Do I ! !

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Today has been awful – one thing after another went wrong this morning. Stressful situations, stressful phone calls – my life is filled with STRESS right now!!!! (Whose isn’t right?)

So I decided to toss my eating plan out the window. I needed a nice big double cheeseburger, maybe some fries or onion rings and a big chocolate shake. I’m going to jump in the car and hit the nearest drive thru - I deserve it! I’ve been doing great so far. It will soothe my frazzled nerves and make my afternoon heavenly…..

Then I had second thoughts – do I really want to go off my plan like that? Maybe I should figure out what I’m going to eat before I leave. I decided to look online for some healthy fast food picks in my area. So I did quick web search and would you believe the first thing to pop up was an SP article on good fast food choices? (yay! 3 points to me for reading it!) I was glancing over the suggestions and Subway caught my eye. We have one of those right down the street……hmmmm…….it actually sounds kind of good – but that won’t soothe the stress beast in me.

Then Ruby popped into my head and I remembered all the stress she was dealing with when Anthony was changing her room around. What did she do? She went for a bike ride….

Hmmm…Subway is probably less than ½ mile away. I could walk down there – grab my lunch and then walk back in less than an hour, but that would be WAY out of my comfort zone. It’s a busy street and I don’t like walking on busy streets….but before giving it too much thought (or talking myself out of it) I grabbed some cash and my cell phone and headed out the door.

Walking down a busy street – embarrasses me! What if one of my co-workers is at lunch and sees me? What if someone driving by honks or yells something? I got to the first corner – yes, CROSSING a busy street embarrasses me even more than walking along one. When you CROSS a street, the people in the cars stopped at the red light are looking at you! I finally got to the Subway and ordered my sandwich (no cheese or mayo of course – just lots of yummy veggies and a little mustard). I was going to take it to go because (you guessed it) eating alone in a restaurant embarrasses me….I don’t know why, it’s just weird – I always feel sorry for people I see eating alone. But it was nice and cool in there and I was hungry – so I sat down, grabbed a newspaper and enjoyed my sandwich. After lunch – I walked back to work. Noone even seemed to notice me – the walk was uneventful. It was a beautiful day and I barely even noticed the traffic.

So I walked about ¾ of a mile and had a nice healthy lunch on my break today and now I feel awesome! Yes, I still have the same situations here at work and the same issues that still need to be resolved, but I’m not feeling so overwhelmed by it.

What would have happened if I had just jumped in the car and headed for the nearest drive thru? Would that have helped relieve my stress any better than my walk? I don’t think so. In fact, it probably would have just added to it. I would have felt bad for going off plan and eating a whole day or two’s worth of calories in one meal. I would have felt like I had failed again. Seems to me – that would have only added to my stress.

Instead, I came back – logged into SP and entered my sandwich into my nutrition tracker – looks like I’m right on target today. Thanks to Ruby for showing me there really are other ways of dealing with stress. Ruby rocks and because I went so far out of my comfort zone today and because I made a great on-plan decision today – I rock too!
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    4347 days ago
    That is awesome!! Keep up the good thinking because you are worth it!! I love ruby too she is so inspiring.
    4348 days ago
  • no profile photo KITCHENQUEEN
    and see it wasn't that bad, you just focused on the walk and all the thinking you would be embarrassed didn't even enter your mind after a while, you were stressing out about that also as well as work stress, i too don't like to walk near where there are a lot of people that could see me also, i know where your coming from, but i made myself have a motto......... what are you looking at? you see something you don't like? then take it up with my maker.... Made By a Goddess... feel free to use that motto....... it is for all women....... i want every one to know that we are GODDESSES no matter what our size..... even the tiniest women are Goddesses
    4351 days ago
    GOOD for you! You fought temptation and not only made a healthy choice, but you challenged yourself and succeeded.
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    4351 days ago
    That really is awesome that you did that! Being on this journey shows us that we are stronger than we think!

    Great job!

    4352 days ago
  • MAZZY0774
    YOU RULE!!!

    4372 days ago

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    You are awesome - what you did was not a small feat you have definately conquered one of your deamons or two or three emoticon Keep it up. You are an inspiration to us all. I am soo proud of you.

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    4374 days ago
    Rock on-Sunny! emoticon

    Not only did you stick to your eating plan-which is no small thing, but you went way out of your comfort zone!!!

    emoticon You should be proud. Ruby would be proud. As a Ruby-lite, I'm proud. I hope I can have the strength to do the same thing!
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    4374 days ago
    You're right! You do rock! Congrats on taking a huge step forward and going through with it! I love subway!

    I hate walking and crossing streets for that reason. I'm trying to get over it and now I start to think"Ruby can do it, damn it so can I" and I just go and do it lol. emoticon
    4374 days ago
  • no profile photo CD405576
    You absolutely do rock! That's so great and inspiring! I'm fighting the urge to emotionally eat so hard right now and it's so nice to read that someone else fighting the same battle went the healthiest and best route.

    Btw, I so get that whole walking down the street thing. I was like that for such a long time until one day I just said, "Screw it! I have places to be!" LOL

    Keep up your great work!
    4376 days ago
  • RAINDROP2000
    How awesome for you! That is excellent and I agree grabbing the fast food would have likely only added to your stress. You made such a healthy and positive choice for yourself......Congratuations!!!n> emoticon

    4381 days ago
    So many of us are needing to learn this very same lesson. Thank you so much. And congrats for getting there! It's a huge step!

    4381 days ago
    See you have the right mind you were temped, and then you remembered & done the right thing..


    That deserves a big thumbs up!!!
    4381 days ago
  • FELICE73
    I LOOOOOOOVE SUBWAY! That has been my go to for eating out. Everytime my hubby wanted a pizza I got subway (even my kids). Everytime they wanted McDonald's - I got subway! Great choices! GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENT! Feel proud of yourself!
    4382 days ago
    Great decision you made good for you. I love Ruby as well although I wish she didn't whine so much in the way that she communicates.
    4382 days ago
    Way to go! You didn't yield to temptation! It's so hard sometimes but you made the hard choice. And each time after hepefully it will get easier and easier to make the right one! You rock! emoticon emoticon
    4382 days ago
    Congratulations! I am sure you felt sooo much better because you made such a good choice! Obviously you are learning some good habits! I understand completely how you feel being embarrassed to be seen walking in public. I struggle with the same thing, I'm okay if someone is with me but alone, I think that everyone is making fun of the fat lady walking down the street. Keep up the good work!! You do ROCK!!!

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    4382 days ago
    Congratulations! You took a giant step forward! Small changes in habits can add up to major health benefits. Think of other small changes you can incorporate into your day and make new habits happen! Thanks to your blog that's a goal that I'll set for myself today! Have a good one!! emoticon
    4382 days ago
    Hi Sunny:
    Just finished your blog...I so understand what you said.
    Wow, you made great choices....Each time we make good
    choices we have that "history" to help us the next time.
    Way to go girl!!!!! YOU ROCK!
    4382 days ago
  • JEAN524
    emoticon You must be feeling so proud of yourself, not just to have overcome temptation and taken a healthy option, but also to have gone one step down the road towards beating your phobia about walking in the streets. Brilliant. Hope the rest of your week is less stressful and you will keep plodding on, one day at a time. Love, Jean
    4382 days ago
  • DAWN19591
    I have been having a really bad day and your words inspired me not to give up that I can achieve anything I put my mind to. Thank you I am so happy for you and I know Ruby would be so proud. Way to go. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4382 days ago
    Man I swear this could have been written by me. I am the EXACT same way about walking on busy streets and especially crosswalks! Truth is, people are annoyed with the traffic and trying to get somewhere and don't care what's going on, we all know because we have been the drivers who aren't paying attention to the people walking, but it still bothers me. I also love Ruby!!! She's great. Good blog!
    4382 days ago
    I loved your blog!! You are truly inspirational!
    It does feel great when you resist temptation and make the healthy choice!!
    So Great job and good for you! You are a strong person!! Keep up the great work!!!
    4382 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5375531
    You should be very proud of yourself!!

    Make sure and do something nice for yourself!!

    You Rock!

    4382 days ago
    You did great!!
    4382 days ago
    You Go Girl! I am soooo inspired to hear what you did today. You would make Ruby very "hackey". I'm a bit stressed and I am going to head outside and take a walk in honor of you.

    4382 days ago
    That is great!! You have what it takes to win!!

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    4382 days ago
    YOU DO ROCK!! All fantastic choices and out of your comfort zone which proves that there is nothing you cant DO!! YOU GO GIRL!! emoticon Robin
    4382 days ago
    I'm so proud of you! You are an inspiration!
    4382 days ago
    YOU rock !! Way to go. I just love the inspiration I get from Ruby too. Keep up the good work.

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    4382 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4756432
    i got chicken skin reading this. so inspiring! ROCK ON!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    4382 days ago
  • no profile photo CRITTERMAMA912
    emoticon Awesome! You do rock! You are kicking down self-defeating mindsets and building up success strategies! Keep on keeping on! emoticon
    4382 days ago
  • !!KELL!!
    YOU DO ROCK....That was an awesome decision you made....I am so proud of you for stepping back and thinking about things before you made any bad decisions...This is a lesson for me and I thank you for that....
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    4382 days ago
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    Way to go sweetie!! I am so proud of you and the choice you made today, you are really applying all the knowledge that you've learned and that tops any number on the scale! Your healthy lifestyle change is working... you thought before you acted... that is HUGE!!! Oh I wish you were closer so I could give ya a pat on the back, a friendly hug and some kind of shiny star (made of tinfoil perhaps...)

    Great job babe!! You rocked it today!

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    4382 days ago
    emoticon I am so happy you made the best choice's, You do rock! I am going to tell everyone on our team to read your blog, I loved it, Ruby is a beautiful and inspiring person, She would be so proud of you! I know the Ruby team is! emoticon
    4382 days ago
    You sure do rock!!! WTG! It feels so good when you make good choices, doesn't it? I'm so proud of you and tickled for you! Keep up the GREAT work! :-)
    4382 days ago
    Very cool! I love Ruby too, she's very inspirational, and so are you! I also hate walking along a busy street alone, and my husband and I just bought a home on a busy street...everything is in walking distance and I can't get myself to go...I take my ipod with me if I do so I can block out any noise or might help you too... way to go!
    4382 days ago
    You do Rock!!
    4382 days ago
    Keep up the good work. Toni
    4382 days ago
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