Oh the cookie…it all started as a normal Friday night. After work I loaded up the boys and we headed to my fav store, Target. What should have been a pretty quick trip in and out, as I didn’t need many items this week, turned into a little adventure.
I always always get sucked into Target’s clearance section. And the boys had some gift cards from Christmas that were burning a hole in their pockets so, they shopped the toy clearance aisle and scored some great deals! On top of that I got this really cool lamp that I’m super excited about!
Pretty huh?! It was only $4!!
Anyhow, we were there much longer than I had anticipated. And when we finally checked out and got to my car it wouldn’t open. Like the handheld car door opener thing wouldn’t work. No lights, no noises, nothing. Obviously the first thing I checked was to make sure I was in fact trying to get into the right car lol. Yep, it was my car! Next I tried the key…mind you I have never since owning my car used the key to get in my car…ever. Didn’t work, key wouldn’t turn. So I call Chris to tell him to come get us. Meanwhile two nice people in the parking lot stopped to see what was wrong and they both attempted to help me get in my car. The key didn’t work for them either…and yes we all tried both doors.
So, I haul the kids back into Target because now it’s almost 8:30pm and well past dinner and we’re all starving. Mind you I had planned to be home by 7pm for a late dinner. Looking back I’m so mad at myself, but in the heat of the moment with my heart racing about how the heck we were gonna fix my car this is what I did…
I bought two mini pizzas and some water for the kids. As I’m checking out I see these delicious looking chocolate chip cookies staring me down. I ask the lady how much they were. She said ‘They’re $1.’ Me, ‘Great, I’ll take two!’ What?!?!?! Then as I’m telling her what happened because I look flustered as heck…she so kindly hands me some free popcorn for the kids…super sweet of her!
But…oh my gosh Jen!! I mean talk about not healthy! Ugh. The kids were stoked and immediately began chowing down their pizza and popcorn. I split the two cookies between the 4 of us so we each got a half…they were big cookies! And then I ate…more like devoured this sugary yumminess. It.was.so.good!
After I calmed down, the realization of what just happened (food wise) hit me. I thought why didn’t I go grab something healthy for us to eat?? I mean I’m ‘in’ a grocery store where I have pretty much anything right there at my finger tips. So so silly. I then told Vann to run and grab a bag of pre-sliced apples…I had to redeem myself a little bit! So we had those for dessert 🙂
I have not been that stressed in a long time. And even though I’m not happy with the choices I made in the heat of the moment, I’m kinda glad it happened. I now know this is an area I need to improve on. What’s funny is that I even had a protein bar for myself and healthy granola bars for the kids in my purse. Yep I totally did. They did not even cross my mind until I got home and started thinking about it.
Anyhow, I think being aware of your problem areas can really help you to be in control of them more. I’m not saying the next time I get frazzled like that I won’t mess up, because I probably will. But…I promise I will do better. And the time after that I’ll do even better yet! How do I know this…well specifically because of the changes I’ve made over the last year. When I’m aware of what needs to be improved I really really try to make those changes happen. It takes time, but eventually if you are determined and consistent things will change!
So yeah, I ate 1/2 a cookie tonight. Which is not the end of the world I know, but I was not in control when it happened. I totally let stress take over and ‘that’ is what I will work to improve on from here on out.
And in case you’re wondering I did in fact get in my car! Turns out I wasn’t turning the key hard enough…well neither did the other two people that tried. Chris had the magic touch though! He opened the door and then had to jump the car because for some reason the battery was dead. We think the alarm may have been going off for awhile because as soon as he got it jumped the alarm started going off. And no my lights were not left on…we checked that. I don’t know…maybe it just needs a new battery or something.
So that was my fun adventure in Target tonight 🙂
What do you do to prevent yourself from not eating well in stressful situations? Any great tips of tricks that work for you? I’d love to hear them!