Thursday, September 19, 2013
I have a weakness for chocolate covered cinnamon bears. If you haven't tried them, don't. They are addictive. Until recently I've only ever seen them at the local candy store where I only go a couple times a year. Last week I was at my usual grocery store, in the bulk bin section shopping for some nuts. I'm filling up my little bag from the top bins and I happen to look down and I'm doomed. Right there in front of me is a giant bin of chocolate covered cinnamon bears! I spent 10 minutes debating with myself. I took home a small bag, there are about 20 bears in the bag.
At home I unpacked my groceries and I set the bag of sweet and spicy bears on the kitchen counter. The evil bears stared me down. They called my name. I walked away. An hour later, there they were, looking smug. I tossed them in the fridge. If I can't see it I won't be tempted I tell myself. Their voices get louder, I can hear them from inside the fridge when I'm on the other side of the house. I walked back to fridge, took out the bears and we had a little chat.
Me: Look, I'd really like to eat you, but you're going to kill my progress.
The bears: But we're so delicious, don't you want to try one?
Me: Yes, but I can't. See I have this goal, I'm taking my mom to Puerto Rico to go zip line and I have to be lower than their weight limit or I won't be able to ride the zip line.
The bears: Just one won't hurt.
Me: But one turns into two, and two turns into three and next thing I know I'll have eaten the whole bag, ruined my progress and have to deal with my epic guilt. You're not worth it.
The bears: But you can't just leave us in the fridge, we're meant to be eaten.
Me: Ok, I'll make you a deal. If I have enough calories and carbs left in my daily budget, I'll have one per day. But only one! There will be no calling my name, no tempting me to have another. If it doesn't work, you're going in the trash. Agreed?
The bears: Ok, fine, have it your way.
It's been 3 days. I've eaten two bears, only on the days when I have enough calories and carbs left in my food budget. I haven't heard the bears calling me.
I'm on the right track. I can do this. If I can resist that little bag of deliciousness I can do anything.