Monday, September 24, 2007

CHOOSE WISELY

As I was looking through the pictures Brent took when the kids were in Disneyland, I laughed when I saw this one. Obviously, it made me think of that Coke/Pepsi (I think that's what it was--but it could have been diet vs. regular) commercial years ago after Indiana Jones came out. There's a guy who goes to the refrigerator and has to make a choice, and he's reminded to choose wisely. I really should print the picture out and put it somewhere to remind me of why I made the decision to give up chocolate--I'm wanting that reward. So far, so good. It has almost been a week and I haven't had one slip--not even last week when one of my Seminary boys brought donuts for our treat on Friday, there were even Chocolate dips not once as I put chocolate bars in the mail for my girls in our outlying branch; or when I've passed around my basket of kisses. For my children, who thought I couldn't go "cold turkey", so far so good--not even one slip because I couldn't face having to admit that I couldn't do it. (That's got to say something about some of my problem) (I thought you knew your mom's competitive nature ; ) Understand, I NEVER said I was giving up sweets--just chocolate. Giving up sweets would have been impossible.



What will my "REAL REWARD" be? I am hoping it will be two-fold:

1) I will be able to fit into my dresses for formal nights on the ship (after all we leave one month from today), and;

2) I will get my bag of M&M peanuts at the airport. I'm surprised I haven't had dreams. I also will get to have all the chocolate I want on vacation, including my all time favorites--chocolate souffles Then again, who knows maybe the desire for chocolate will not be so great!!! Somehow I doubt it.

Sidenote #1: I FINALLY started my Christmas shopping buying a couple of things for Brent and Heidi. They are even wrapped.

Sidenote #2:
I just love my Seminary kids. I know how tired they are in the mornings, but I appreciate so much there coming. There is nothing that makes a Seminary teacher happier than to see them with a marking pencil marking a scripture.

19 comments:

Holly said...

Good for you on the no chocolate thing, one week is awesome. I'm still not there, although I really haven't tried...minor technicality. But, having Christmas presents wrapped already? You're going to shame me! ;)

txmommy said...

i have yet to start my Christmas shopping, but it's on my list of things to do VERY soonb:)

Melissa said...

Yeah for you and your no chocolate! Woot woot! And your rewards will be worth the wait!!
I haven't started Christmas shopping yet, but I am making lists! :)

Susie said...

That chocolate souffle will be worth the wait! We had it for dessert one night on the cruise and it was yummy :)

Kayelyn said...

No chocolate! Yeah, that's not happening here. You have great self control.

Enjoy the cruise. I am so certain it will be awesome. I am ready for another one. So is hubs.

Tonya said...

You go girl!!! Keep up the good work.

I haven't started Christmas shopping yet. You are on the ball. I bet you'll find some cool stuff while you are cruising all over the place. Lucky girl!!

I never got to go to Seminary (joined the church as an adult) but if I had, I would want a teacher like you :o)

Lauren said...

I feel really sad for chocolate now after seeing that souffle. I need chocolate NOW!

You are doing so awesome! I am proud of you.

I think I am going to start my christmas shopping now so I won't be so schocked by the bill in December.

Mel said...

... and I bet the seminary kids love you too!

Nancy Face said...

I love laughing at that sign every time I exit Indiana Jones...it is SO true, and they don't even know!

A week without chocolate...WOW, what a woman! :0

I've bought Lauren five Christmas gifts so far...she is by far the easiest to shop for! :D

Yay for your wonderful early morning Seminary students! :D

Tori :) said...

You're doing so awesome!
It's funny, before I even read your whole post and only read the sign in the pic I thought of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. :) "He chose...poorly."

I haven't even THOUGHT about Christmas. I guess I should...

Suzanne said...

No chocolate!?! You are one brave mama! Good luck and I hope you are ready for all your dresses. How fun! :)

Amanda said...

Your strength amazes me as well as inspires me! Our bishop's wife doesn't like chocolate. I can't remember why, but when she was a teenager someone challenged her to go a certain amount of time (a long time) without chocolate. She did and says that she doesn't really even like it anymore. I can't imagine that EVER happening to me!

Good luck on your goal!!! :D

Tori :) said...

Sorry- I responding to you about Newsgator here in case you didn't check back on my blog. Newsgator.com or Bloglines.com or googlereader... these are all websites were you can put your favorite blogs on a list and when they have a new post it shows up on your Newsgator (or whichever site you use) list. So, you don't have to go blog to blog. It saves a TON of time.

Ashley said...

I wish I could give up chocolate! My sister is having a Chocolate fondue party this weekend.....so maybe I will try it after that. Shopping for the kids is all done..but shopping for the hubby and family always brings on high stress. I need to get it done because I like to shop during the Christmas season for me. I'd rather go on a cruise!

Yvonne said...

TO EVERYONE: THANK YOU ALL FOR THE WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT regarding the chocolate. I haven't even yelled at anyone since I gave up the chocolate, much to Allan and Kyle's delight ; ) And, I don't think I've been witchy when I've made comments on anyone's blog--at least I hope not!
You're all GREAT.

holly: I'm going to miss 4 weeks of shopping--so I had to get started.

txmommy: good luck with the Christmas shopping.

melissa: I hope I reap the rewards. Good for you making lists.

susie: We sooooooooo enjoy the souffles--especially when they have sauce.

kayelyn: I don't think I have self-control or I could stop at one--that's why I have to go with NONE.
(By the way, I have to google the herbal cleanse you talked about) I'm getting very excited about the cruise.

tonya: Thanks for the comment about Seminary. I didn't get to go either as I joined the Church when I was 23. It's a GREAT way to really learn.

We'll see about Christmas shopping when we're on the cruise.

lauren: smart thinking about starting the shopping now so the bills don't catch up with you.
Did you ever get the chocolate candy corn???

mel: I have a pretty good relationship with them.

nancy face: I haven't been to Disneyland since they put that ride in, but I got such a kick out of the sign. That's so great that you've already started your shopping. I LOVE Christmas!!! I think Heidi is so much easier to shop for than the boys.

Like I said, my seminary kids are terrific. I'm really enjoying having the kids from our far away Branch calling in. I even had the Mom play a hymn on the piano that Kyle didn't know. It worked great.

Tori: I was going to ask you if you remember whether it was a coke/diet coke or pepsi commercial. I like to get the shopping out of the way because I HATE driving in the snow and fighting the crowds.

Suzanne: I hope I'm ready for my dresses, too. I really don' want to stay in my room on formal nights because I don't have anything that fits!!!

Amanda: I will be VERY upset if I don't enjoy chocolate when this is over. I'm struggling trying to figure out a great dessert that isn't chocolate for a dinner I have to prepare in October for Stake Conference!

Tori: Thanks for the note regarding the newsgator--I checked it out. I'm hoping I can figure it out.

Ashley: Enjoy the chocolate fondue party. I went to a wedding reception recently and there was a chocolate fountain--Kyle loved it. (In fact, we've decided we'll have one for our annual New Years Day party. He's thrilled!!!) You are all done Christmas shopping for the kids--that is incredible. I hope the shopping for everyone else goes well.

Holly said...

I have an awesome recipe for a lemon sheet cake that is easy and yummy. It would be easy and perfect for a dinner. Email me if you want the recipe...

Lauren said...

I ended up buying the "Autumn Mix". I personally love the pumpkins the best...and then the regular, with the chocolate candy corn coming in third. I love all of them though!

Yvonne said...

holly: I'll have to get that recipe from you.

lauren: I love those autumn mixes, too. Of course, right now it would just be the plain candy corn and the pumpkins.

normanbatesmomma said...

I should eat more chocolate. I'm just skin and bones. Or bones at least...