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Day 4 Sweet Tooth Challenge

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I stopped tracking at dinnertime. I knew I was doing pretty well at that point. Even the melted chocolate chips didn't put me over, but the fact that I did give into the chocolate chips is another matter all together.

Once again, it was after dinner when I gave in. At that point, everyone is home and I tend to get frustrated. Two kids and a husband can put nearly anyone over the edge at times. They came home and started to hand me their folder, like they're supposed to, but I'd appreciate it if they didn't do it while I was cooking dinner. It's not like the husband couldn't look at their homework.

Naturally at that time, I was hungry, I had seconds for dinner, we had stroganoff, all homemade from scratch, no seasoning packets. I think I'm getting my portion sizes down, so I may have been ok with it.

I did not eat any more right after dinner, but did give in an hour later to the chocolate. I'd been staring in the kitchen and that's always a problem. Then I decided to do the kids' nails, so now they're both all colorful. My son decided on green, it matches his shirt today, and my daughter wants to go all Thanksgiving, so she decided on orange. That took up some time, so I was not thinking about food at that point.

We watched a movie after the kids went to bed, so naturally we had popcorn. That doesn't make too much of a difference to my diet, just plain air-popped popcorn, but I did not have to make it, my husband did it out of habit (he probably did want some). I ate half.

Looking back, I think that the strong urge for the chocolate stemmed from when everyone came home and wanted me all at once. It's amazing how long that feeling lasts and goes into my brain calling up the chocolate thought. It's pure frustration that no one else seems to be able to do my job in the family. I ask, but it never gets done.

Today I'll be running up to Aldi's to get some cheap produce, even if I have to be really really picky there. It should help some of the sugar urges if I have lots of fruit. I'm looking forward to oranges this season. I want another pomegranate. Those are much better, tastier, and healthier than chocolate.

Hopefully the husband will clean out the one stick place I asked him to do today?

The christmas tree is assembled and will be lit by the end of the weekend. I love to do that with the kids and the light (snowflake led's) really helps me in these dark days of the year.
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  • TANYA602
    Substituting pomegranate seeds for chocolate chips sounds like a fun challenge.
    I can't believe the holidays are just about in full swing! Do you Pinterest? There are so many cute and nearly free ideas out there for decorating with the kids.
    How is the rest of the Sweet Tooth Challenge going for you?
    1854 days ago
    I, too, have the chocolate urge during times of stress. Maybe you could get a nice bar of dark chocolate and just have a square when the urge hits? Then you wouldn't feel so guilty when you indulged. I did this and thought a square wouldn't satisfy me, but it did. Just a suggestion. Your idea of getting fruit (esp. pomegranate!) is super smart!
    1854 days ago
    i agree, it's the worst hour of the many people pulling us in every direction. Now that mine are 4 and 6 i feel like i can lay down the kitchen law a bit better :) Good luck with all of your goals!
    1854 days ago
    That's why it's called 'Arsenic Hour'! That first hour when family comes in & dinner cooking, everyone needs mom of course! :)
    1854 days ago
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