Trick or Treat?
October 31, 2014
I’m asking myself that question at the moment. Not because of the children who have already been knocking on the door in search of goodies to put in their carrier bag; but because there is a tub of miniature chocolate bars sitting on my coffee table in readiness. To the small visitors who help themselves they are undoubtedly treats… but I have a sneaking suspicion that for me they fall more heavily into the “trick” category.
Since embarking on my WLR journey I have changed my eating habits and this includes no longer buying the multipacks of full-sized chocolate bars that used to live in my kitchen cupboards. I rarely eat chocolate nowadays – it really is a “treat” for me, but the tub on the coffee table has caused me to waver in my resolve.
The problem is… they are so tiny. Little pieces of sweetness just waiting to be enjoyed. I found myself thinking “just one won’t hurt”…. But then had to stop myself from digging in because I wasn’t entirely sure that I would be able have only one. I could persuade myself that “one of each type” wouldn’t hurt either… and then….
You can see how it could end. Me sitting in front of an empty tub, surrounded by brightly coloured wrappers with the prospect of having to count them and then having to consult the wonderful WLR database to calculate the consequences of being weak willed.
I am a great believer in the “all things in moderation” rule. I don’t expressly “ban” anything from my diet…. I just choose not to put those things that cause the most temptation within in easy reach. During my visit to the supermarket this week I was bombarded by stacked tins of sweets and chocolates. Some of these were obviously designed for Hallowe’en, whilst the others were in readiness for the Christmas celebrations. I can’t imagine stocking up on my Christmas chocolate selection so far ahead of the event itself. I know without question that however good my intentions were; however much I resolved to leave them tucked away in the “Christmas cupboard” in the spare bedroom, I can’t guarantee that the little voices wouldn’t fill my head, reminding me where they were stashed and encouraging me to “treat myself” after a difficult day.
The simple solution is not to have them in the house but I see the little wizards and witches and black cats in all their fancy dress finery and they make me smile. I am more than happy to play along with the trick or treat tradition and open my door, appearing suitably terrified at their scary costumes, and offer them a small morsel of chocolate in reward for their efforts (and to stop them giving me a doubtless terrifying “trick”)…. But I’m sure that any trick the small people could play would be far less dangerous than the potential for damage which sits on my coffee table at the moment.
I am going to try and hold firm. In the spirit of hallowe’en I will do my very best to fend off the “evil” thoughts that are in my head. I will use the magic of the WLR website to find a way to ward off any potential harm that may befall me if I should give in to temptation. I shall make sure that the treats do not trick me or trip me up on my weight loss journey.
Have a very happy and healthy hallowe’en… with more treats than tricks.
With a Hug