Halloween opens a scary season for this dieter. In a short two months we’ll go from today’s sweets holiday, to the overeating of Thanksgiving, to the combination blowout of sweets and overeating on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Then, a week later, to make sure everyone’s at their years heaviest—just in time for resolutions—we eat for New Year’s.
Well, no more for this new man! With a vein of new confidence gained by finally getting under 300lbs and especially by completing the half marathon (something that many much fitter people haven’t done!), and readied by the hard physical work done with Laurie and steadied by the mental bolstering of Mindy, I don’t want any backsliding into old habits or to even tarry on the trip towards my goal.
Wanting to finish the holiday season lighter than when I entered it, I was tempted to try a big goal: No sweets for a hundred days! But I know myself, and I just know that when I meet my first challenge, say a delectable caramel-ly treat this Halloween, I would end up delusionally reasoning and bargain: 3 days in, 97 to go, I’ll just submit to temptation and start over again. By some sort of magic I’ll be strong enough to resist the sweet in another 3 day’s time.
Instead I recognize that I am a food addict that nearly bargained himself to an early, spoon-dug food/fat grave, and that I’m strong enough to make it through these challenging days if I focus and fight these pathological urges. To use a recovering addiction maxim, you’ve got to take it one day at a time, and so my goal is to get through tonight and tomorrow without eating Halloween candy. Then my goal will be to not eat any of the liquidated remainder candy from the grocery that inevitably makes its way into the house.
The days of successful goals will add up and I’ll finish the 100 days in the new year much lighter and much happier for having proved my new determined will. That’s the plan, let’s hope all goes well. Happy Halloween!