Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Peanut Butter Solution

I had a jar of peanut butter, and a jar of jelly sitting on my desk.

I guess I should stop briefly and mention that I work from home.

Anyway, I had these two jars of delectable comfort-food treats sitting next to my computer.

They looked harmless.

The jelly jar even featured a charming elderly couple posed similarly to the couple in the American Gothic painting. Only instead of the stern, fairly grim look of the AG couple, these two on the "American Northwest's Strawberry 'Real Fruit' Spread" label looked cheery and inviting. They looked like once I ate some jelly they might have just got me a glass of warm milk and made up a bed for me in the den so I could rest; perhaps leave a couple of Worther's Originals on my bedside table for the morning.

The reason these jars were on my desk may or may not have something to do with the fact that in the not so at all distant past ( a few days ago) I brought them in eat...out of the jars.

Well, because I was born on Abe Lincoln's birthday, I too cannot tell a lie (other traits Lincoln and I share include chopping down a cherry tree with an axe and my trusty blue ox Babe, and the power to grin down bears by the age of 3.)

So, I must truthfully tell you that I ate some of these jars contents.

"Some" being a relative term.

To put it more accurately, I ate about 14 ounces of peanut butter and 18 ounces of strawberry jelly.

In one sitting.

But, THAT is not why I come here today.

No, today I write to say that last night I was pretty hungry.

I started thinking: "Self, you know what might satiate that longing hunger inside you?"

To which I replied: "The Peanut Butter and Jelly!"

"No, not the pb&j. Remember, you need to put those kind of ridiculous desires aside. After all, you just TODAY started your end of year weight loss and health re-start: 'The Hotness Begins: 100 days of Autumn (& Winter) ~ Motivationathon 2009, Version 2.0 - I'm Here for the Gangbang!"

Bitterly I protested: "Yea, but so what, tomorrow is when it really starts, on day 99. The hundredth day is just kind of a starting place for show. Kind of honorary, but not a real rubber-to-the-road, kind of starting day."

"No." I firmly stated. "Don't do it."

"But why?" I continued "Why should I trust you? Look at your ridiculous moustache!"

Well, I felt kind of betrayed and insulted, but I knew that I was You know, both.

Anyway, long story short (ish), I decided to not eat the remainders of the pb&j, or any at all for that matter. In fact, I threw them away entirely. Just a small thing, but more moments like that will ultimately reap huge rewards.

I believe they call that a NSV, which I think stands for Non-Sexual Vacuum. I don't really know.

In any event, I said no to the urge to binge and hell yes to keeping on the path to where I want to be.



  1. awesome way to kick-off your personal Hot 100!!!

  2. The more you argue with that little voice that's getting you the really sh*tty advice, the stronger your true voice is going to become.

  3. That's the way to do it. Talking yourself into make the choices you know in your heart are the right ones for you!

  4. Damn right! And it was Washington who either did or did not chop down the cerry tree.

    Way to go dude. I can't touch the's like crack to me.

  5. PB and J is so deadly for me, too.

  6. Way to go! I can handle the jelly, but I can't always handle the peanut butter.

  7. Yes, Victory! Fight to the end of the year.


  8. Putting real thought into what we're about to do can often alter the outcome. Good going! :)

  9. We will fight PB&J on the beaches, we will fight PB&J on the shores.
    Congrats on the NSV.
    BTW you & I (and Abe) share the same birthday.

  10. I can relate. When I was heavy, peanut butter and jelly out of the jar with no bread was absolutely my favorite food. I haven't had it for over nine years.

  11. I just adore peanut butter, which is why I cannot have it in the house. I could eat a whole jar without even blinking.

    Victory...YES! You are making great progress, keep it up.

  12. do you watch entourage? VICTORY should be in the voice of johnny drama. also, in college there was a guy my roommate had a crush on we called 'non-sexual pineapple'.

  13. I have a couple of posts in the past about PB+J. I've had some times in front of the tv with a jar of either, a sleeve of crackers, and a butter knife.

    you didn't finish them off, actually you finished them off maybe in a more healthy way by filing them in the trash. Not that they are all bad, just in moderation. I can't see how a serving of wither or both would make any reasonable PB+J sandwich though! I need like a good quarter jar per sandwich!

    You made one step walking away... but more importantly walk TO a place you want to be.

    At Foolsfitness walking to the fridge is considered a workout!-Alan

  14. It's the small decisions you make like this that will help you become successful in the long wrong. Wtg.