Dentists and Bagels

I hate dentists!

Well, I don’t really hate the people that practice dentistry, mind you.  I just hate the whole dental thing, what with the long drive I have to get to his office, the inconvenience involved in driving so far, the waiting, the anxiety, the pain, and then the bill.  Ouch, the bill is always so painful.

This morning: $99.00. Not too bad.

I love my dental hygienist!

Nancy is a super star in my book. She is good at what she does, good at keeping on schedule, good at bringing the dentist in if she thinks he needs to take a look in this gal’s mouth or at her chompers.  Nancy is a professional, and I appreciate her style and expertise.

Why do I blog about my dental appointment today?

Food–that’s the answer.

You see, it has been my habit in the past to get my dental work done and then reward myself with a “treat” at the donut shop down the street from my dentist’s office. I planned to do the same today.  I write about it here because the behavior is directly linked to habit for me, and you know I’m working on developing better habits so that I can do a better job of tackling my food addictions in the future.

Here’s what I have done in the past:  Left dentist office and gone to shop. Bought bagel with cream cheese and coffee, and something to take home to my guys.

Today I did this:  Left dentist office and went to shop. Bought bagel with cream cheese and coffee, but did not take anything else with me when I went.

Sounds like familiar behavior, right? Habitual.  It was, but the difference this time is that the bagel didn’t taste the way I thought it would, it was not satisfying, and the gal behind the counter burned it.

Picture of burnt bagel before cream cheese is applied (stock photo)

000bagelNot only did she burn the bagel, but the veggie cream cheese, which I only get when I go to the dentist twice a year, tasted just so/so.  The coffee was horrible, and I burned myself on it.

You might think this is all cause for major frustration, but no.

I’m happy about how things turned out this morning.

Why am I happy?

I’m happy because I am trying to do better, live better, make better choices and every time I do something that I would classify as “unhelpful” in this pursuit, I look for the redirect that will help me choose better next time.

A burnt bagel, bland cheese, and yucky coffee were my redirect today.

I’m trying to let my head do the driving these days, and not my stomach. Slowly, I am making progress.  I’m glad for the redirects along the way.  Glad, too, that the progress is slow.  Slow and steady win the race, you know!

What slow, but steady progress are you making in your life these days?  What one redirect have you experienced that made all the difference in the past?


4 thoughts on “Dentists and Bagels

  1. If you are able to or even feel like eating AFTER going to the dentist, they ain’t doing it right, lol

    The world was trying to help you today 🙂

  2. Sounds like higher powers are trying to assist you in making better decisions. You will also find in time that the craving of food you have always enjoyed fades. You will likely still enjoy it, but the overwhelming need to consume will surprisingly dissipate. You will see in time. Stay on goal!!

    • L says:

      Thanks! I will definitely try to remember this redirect when I go to the dentist again. Hopefully not for another LOOONG six months. 😉

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