Monday, April 7, 2008


I walked into the kitchen at work this morning to drop off my lunch and sitting on the counter was a white chocolate lemon raspberry cake with a note that said, “help yourself.” I looked at the cake, thought about taking a piece, and then decided it wasn’t worth it (who eats cake at 8:00 in the morning, anyway?). Don’t get me wrong, the cake looked pretty tempting with the white chocolate shavings on top and whole, fresh raspberries. I was proud of myself for saying no.

Many times we’re confronted with things out of the blue and just because we don’t take enough time to think about our options, we indulge. This can happen with anything in your life; food temptations, impulse buying, or lack of productiveness because something better comes up. People who do not take the time to think about the consequences of their actions are the ones who end up regretting their decisions and then complaining later about the need to make changes in their lives.

We should challenge ourselves to think about every single decision we make throughout the day and then notice how many we change our minds on when we really give it some thought. I could have indulged in the cake if I made an impulse decision, but I know I would have regretted it. Instead, I ate healthy the rest of the day, went for a walk around lunchtime, and now I’m not feeling like I have to go to the gym or on a diet later because of one bad decision.

There is always room for little indulgences, the key is to choose those wisely and not to say yes every time.