I think I made that point perfectly clear with the 2015 Bee Dance.
But there’s one problem I have with Halloween—the only problem I have, in fact—and that is this: the candy.
What I have done every year on Halloween, regardless of whether I’m taking good care of myself or not, is to gorge myself on fun-sized snacks throughout the day to the point that Reeses Minis and tiny Snickers become my sole sustenance for the day.
In other words, I go on a sugar bender like no other.
You know how if you eat too much of a food heavy with garlic you can smell it coming out of your pores? That’s me on Halloween. But the smell is distinctly Butterfinger.
Why? Because I’ve EARNED it, baby. I DESERVE it. Life is too short to not eat candy on Halloween. To hell with health on Halloween. It’s just one day, right?
But about three weeks ago I felt like I needed to, wait for it… move more and eat well. Again.
And that is exactly what I’ve been doing for three weeks and I feel like a different person.
Apples actually taste good! Yogurt is a delicious and somewhat decadent treat! Water is refreshing! (Imagine that.) And overall, things that hurt when I was ingesting far too much sugar feel much better than before.
And the craziest part, the part I forget every single time? Eating real food in sensible amounts won’t bring about the End of Days.
So this Halloween I just made a deal with myself: you don’t need that shit in your body right now.
Remember when I posted about being an abstainer? The more I embrace this and accept that when I work within my particular framework I’m going to be more successful, the better I can do with making healthy choices.
So here’s the genius part: rather than turn off all our lights and pretend like we’re not home on Halloween (because, hello? Not gonna miss a chance to show off that bee costume), I bought two bags of candy I don’t like: Sour Patch Kids and Twix Bars.
I realize that I could pass out fruit or erasers but I’m not going to be that house. Just because the sugar isn’t on my plate doesn’t mean it has to be off everyone else’s.
I even checked with Dan to make sure he was cool with me buying different candy. (Note: this is important for me as I continue to work on understanding that I am not the only person in this relationship and his thoughts about things matter too, but that’s a story for another day.) He’s not a big candy buff, but he likes to dip into the Halloween bowl for a treat or two. He assured me that if he really wanted a candy bar, he’d buy one at Super America.
Sometimes I wonder what it’s like to be like that? A moderator.
But here’s the deal: I made a decision and I’m going to stick to it.
Don’t get me wrong. Three weeks ago when I said buh-bye to the Reeses Pumpkins, I felt edgy as hell for three days. Then it got easier.
Crazy how that happens.
Now as long as I don’t develop some unheard of craving for Sour Patch Kids or fun-size Twix between now and Saturday, I’m golden.
November starts on Sunday and I’d love to have you join 30 Days of Thankful, an annual project wherein we take the simple idea of documenting gratitude to a mini-album-level proportion. You can save 15% off the class price now through November 2nd. Even though I did my class project in July, I just received a new mini album in the mail yesterday (this one has a turquoise spine) and I can’t help myself: I am making this project again. Take advantage of the savings today and remember: this is a self-paced class. You can work through the project at any time during the year. November just makes a great fit.