Anatomy of a Self-Sabotage

Written by weightwatchers.com editors on 11/30/2009 2:02 PM | COMMENTS (9)

The other day I had several Fiber One bars in my desk drawer. Peanut butter & oat, caramel & oat, strawberries with almonds, and my personal favorite, chocolate & oat —they were in there, screaming my name, calling to me to just have one.

So I had one. The caramel. At a POINTS value of 2, it couldn’t be that bad. Besides, it has lots of fiber which surely counteracts the high calorie and fat content. (Ha!) Caramel it is!

But almost as soon as I’m done with that one, I think, “The caramel bar was great. Time to try the peanut butter & oat. No, wait, I can’t, at least not so quickly. I’ll give myself 10 minutes, and if I’m still truly hungry in 10 minutes, I’ll have it.”

Five minutes go by and I begin tearing into the tantalizing taste treat that is the peanut butter & oat bar. And it’s good. Real good.

This is after my lunch, so my POINTS values left for the day are getting low. So low that I’ve reached that deep, dark place where I feel like I’ve already used so many POINTS values I might as well finish the two remaining bars. So I do. And that leaves me with a scant POINTS value of 7 and it’s only 2:00 pm.

You would think that eating so much would make me feel full, but it doesn’t. Or if it does, I just don’t care. Either way, I’m definitely going to have to dip into my weekly POINTS Allowance to get through the rest of the day, which is something I try to avoid doing until the weekend.

On the bright side, at least I tracked it all, which gives me some guidance for how closely I have to stick to the Plan to avoid gaining weight this week.

-Justin Marks

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  • Post Image thinlin120

    12/2/2009 10:39 AM
    I did that once with Fiber one bars...unfortunately I was in too much pain from all that fiber that I didn't think about much else the rest of that day!


  • Post Image laznyer

    12/2/2009 8:07 PM
    i only bring one to work with me to have as an after lunch snack, or keep only one in the car in case i am having an urge


  • Post Image tobye18

    11/30/2009 8:46 PM
    I think those bars are not good for you some food just makes us want more.. we have to find out wht they are. Dont buy those anymore..


  • Post Image dori112154 (dori)

    11/30/2009 2:08 PM
    As my meeting leader always says - Fall down 7 times, pick yourself up 8 times - there is no failure if you start again - you did good by tracking the bars and just use some of your weekly points for dinner tonight and remember not to leave those bars where you can get at them so easily! A lesson learned.


  • Post Image dwygrl

    11/30/2009 2:13 PM
    Love the fact that you called it that "deep dark place" so true that's exactly what it is and we've all been there more times than we care to remember.


  • Post Image bellaboo66

    12/4/2009 1:08 AM
    Yes! You need to "control your environment". I also bring only my "snacks for the day" to work - two WW mini bars, not the whole box, or else the whole thing would be gone in one afternoon!


  • Post Image teresa tubbs

    12/2/2009 4:03 PM
    I don't leave the bars in my desk. I love them too. I leave them in a file cabinet where I actually have to get up out of my seat and walk accross the room. I'm too lazy to get up and grab another one, but if it were in my drawer where I can stay posted and eat.... That is another story. Any good that is a grab away will be scarfed down without me even noticing I did it. Tracking anyways... Good one!


  • Post Image shellyd5

    12/4/2009 11:52 PM
    For supper I would have had the garden veg. soup with some baby carrots on the side. 0 Points and a bag of light popcorn for a snack to be slowly eaten. 1 or 2 points depending on the kind. Sometimes we just need those days.


  • Post Image kimgoodie1

    12/5/2009 6:50 PM
    I woul dn't even sweat it ......with over 20 grams of fiber...it will all come out in the end. I would however stay real close to the house today




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