Temptation is lurking on every corner. The corner that tempted me the other night, had a DQ on it. The way my evening transpired was a recipe for disaster. I left work and went shopping with two of my kids. We headed straight for the mall, then finished up with a trip to Target and the grocery store. The kids grabbed a small snack, but I couldn’t find anything remotely healthy and convenient, so I chose to wait.
It was almost 9:00 pm when we got done shopping. My girls and I were very hungry by this time, and they begged for a burger at Dairy Queen. My defenses were down. It was late, we were tired, we had an hour drive home, I had a sore throat, the excuses go on and I caved in and we pulled in to the parking lot. It was one of the first nice nights in ND and the line at the drive through was really long, so we went in. The line inside was just as long, so we waited and waited. I decided I was going to get the mini blizzard. It wouldn’t be too much, and it would feel good on my throat. The girls opted for cheeseburgers and shakes, no fries.
It was finally our turn and I had to say out loud that I was going to make a bad choice. That instant, I thought of the notecard I carry in my purse. It says “accountability” on it. There is a picture of my friends Patty and Kari, and of course Dustin, on it. I thought of the $200+ worth of groceries that were in my car. Could I make a better choice by digging through those bags? Yes. I ordered for the girls, grabbed their bags and left the store. I then popped open the trunk of my car and found a banana and a bottle of water. That was enough to keep me satisfied until I got home.
I knew icecream wasn’t going to be the end of the world, but I also knew it wasn’t going to get me closer to my goals. What kinds of tricks keep you accountable?