Replacing Rewards

Last night I worked for two hours studying a dry certification textbook and became bleery eyed and dejected and had an overpowering urge to reward myself/escape/lash out at my sorry state.  God forbid I should work!

Usually in this situation I would have baked four Nestle Tollhouse cookies in my toaster oven and downed them with a cold glass of milk (or eaten chocolate peanut butter ice cream out of the carton if it was warmer out).

Instead, I ate half an apple and fresh peanut butter, lightly salted.  If you’ve never gotten fresh ground peanut butter at the store before you should try it – it’s absolutely wonderful!  This wasn’t exactly a low-fat treat, but eons better than the alternative!

You can’t just quit things without replacing them with something else.

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