Let’s just start this post off with the happy truth: I’m most definitely NOT giving up sugar for my birthday.
My so-called sugar fast has been going great (it’s not even an actual sugar fast, just a buying-candy fast). I started it back in mid-April and have only bought candy twice since then. If you are my friend Taryn or if you’ve known me for more than, like, five minutes, you recognize this as a tremendous improvement. I love candy so much and was known to be crazy obsessed with it at times.
But I’ve been much better about it. Occasionally I get a few pieces of candy from someone (such as my boss at our monthly faculty meetings), but overall I have been avoiding it. Out of sight, out of mind. Out of my house, stays out of my tummy.
So here I am to say that this week, I’m taking a little hiatus from my candy-purchasing embargo. My birthday is this Tuesday, so I’m going to be a little extra indulgent towards my sweet tooth. Some say that’s one of the keys to sticking with many diet or lifestyle changes–allow yourself the occasional controlled “cheat” day or meal, and then keeping to your improved lifestyle will be much easier.
Thank you to the Foreign Candy Company for supplying my school’s foreign-language club with Bon-Bons, these delightful little chewy fruit candies that the students just go nuts over. They arrived on Friday, just in time for my birthday week, and yep, I broke my rule that day to get myself a bag of strawberry-flavored treats! I honestly worried that they might sell out by midweek, as popular as they are with the kids here. That package was tasty, and I don’t feel the need to stock up on bags and bags of it or anything.
Anyway, I am looking forward to enjoying a little break from my rule, and just enjoyed a delectable Ghirardelli chocolate…mmm! I will gladly return to abstaining from candy-buying by the end of this week, though. (My hubby asked, only partly in jest, if I’m also going to drop my rule for Halloween week, Thanksgiving week, Christmas, etc.). Ha! Nope! I really don’t think I will. Maybe once a month I’ll give myself a free pass, but no more than that. I’m excited by how much less I crave the stuff compared to before, and how much more I savor the candy treats I get now that they’re so much rarer. Now, they are an actual treat! Plus, once the other school-group candy fundraisers begin, I have an excuse for saying no!
Good luck to you with whatever your goals may be, readers. Keep on pluggin’ away!