The Eve of My 1,000th Day Without Sweets
On the eve of my 1,000th day with no sweets…
What started as a challenge to help lose some weight turned into something much bigger. I learned quite a bit over 1,000 days about food and the way people act around it. The biggest thing is how “normal” it is to continue eating even when you’re full. There’s this whole theory that exists for many that even though you’re full you still “have” to eat a sweet with a meal. Whether that be cookie, pie, cake or ice cream, many people have already decided ahead of time that they “have” to eat it. This is especially true on birthdays, anniversary, holidays, etc. There always seems to be a justifiable excuse to continue eating…especially if it’s a dessert.
There’s also the ultimate test of will power. How bad do you really want to do something and do you allow yourself to get caught up in a moment in time where you make an emotional decision ? So many times we eat something only to regret doing so minutes later when we feel bad or weeks later when we have to face our decisions in the mirror.
And finally the whole feeling of needing others to do something with you to justify making a certain decision. It’s crazy how people will put pressure on you to eat something that they know isn’t good for you, yet most wouldn’t consider putting that same pressure on you to make a healthier choice (in general). In fact, some people are against you and question why you would do something like that. Why try to take better care of yourself?
In a way, when you think about all of this it’s really backwards from the way it should be, isn’t it? Yet, the fact is that it’s normal and generally accepted.
That being said, I am absolutely going to splurge tomorrow and sample every sweet that I used to enjoy for 1 day. Maybe I will change my mind on some of this and ask myself what in the world was I thinking missing out on all of this goodness over the last 1,000 days? Or maybe I will just confirm all the things I’ve learned over the past 1,000 days are right on. I guess we will see.