An Early Halloween

October 22, 2007 · 9 comments

I woke up this morning feeling like crap because last night I indulged in more than my share of sweets. Feeling this way was a big wake-up call for me because I haven’t felt like this in the morning since I started my weight loss program on August 1st. When I eat sugary foods late at night I always feel cruddy the next day.

It started with an official dessert which was a 70 calorie low-fat ice cream bar. No problem there. Then I had a ginger cookie my daughter made. Then over the next few hours up until about 11:00pm I had 2 more ginger cookies, a yogurt, a bowl of grapes and 3 mini Take 5 bars from the Halloween stash.

Halloween is a little over a week away and I can tell it is going to be a problem for me. So, I’m declaring yesterday as my Halloween. That’s it for me, over the next 2 weeks I am going to be very cautious with eating sweets and I will do my best to avoid eating any Halloween candy, either from the stash currently in the house or after, when the kids will have bucketsful laying about.

People stronger than me could resolve to eat no more than 2 pieces a day or something like that. I am not wired that way. I have to stick to none and that’s what I am going to do.

This candy quiz will have to be enough for me.

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GroovyBabe October 22, 2007 at 8:41 am

I cant have candy in the house. Whether it is a treat, halloween, christmas or whatever. I figure it doesnt hurt the kids to go without, they get it at other peoples houses. I dont think my son is going to like me much this christmas though!!!!

And yeah I feel like that after a binge too, its just not worth it.

Diana the Scale Junkie October 22, 2007 at 9:23 am

I call this the sugar hangover. I’m not sure why we do this to ourselves when we know it will make us feel like crap. I guess its the same reason why people get drunk over and over again knowing the will be hungover the next morning.

I have Halloween candy in the refrigerator in the garage, out of my sight and mind but that darn stuff screams out to me some days LOL.

john - from fat to fit October 22, 2007 at 9:54 am

Sugar hangover would be the proper name for it. The reason I do it, or better said the reason I don’t think about not doing it, is that I never seem to put the two together until the morning. At least with drinking you can joke about what you know is coming. I never remember it with sugar. At least I didn’t used to. Writing about it is helping.

Lora October 22, 2007 at 10:15 am

My trick for Halloween is to buy really gross candy. Like good ‘n plenty (I hate licorice!!) That way I’m not tempted to eat it.

john - from fat to fit October 22, 2007 at 10:49 am

Oh I LOVE Good n’ Plenty, that wouldn’t work for me!

Rachel B. October 22, 2007 at 1:48 pm

I am a licorice fan as well!
I am definitely hard wired to overeat candy…just can’t say no. I will even eat the gross candy if I am desperate enough.

John October 22, 2007 at 2:46 pm

ISn’t it amazing how eating poorly the night before can effect your whole day?! My daughter made me cupcakes the other night and I foresaw my future malaise, but I still indulged to make her happy.

GeorgieGirl October 24, 2007 at 12:18 am

I’ve never heard of the sugar hangover, but I know exactly what you are talking about! Good term to know!I’m such a candy freak, I can’t buy candy until the day I’m giving it away. I love black licorice… good n plenty is on my black list this year. I don’t dare have that in the house. I know, where is the control. It’s out the door when it comes to candy in my house.

JoLynn Braley October 24, 2007 at 2:56 pm

“I have to stick to none and that’s what I am going to do.”….if you’re addicted to sugar (can’t stop with just one), that’s the way to go. I did an experiment on myself and not only eliminated refined sugar, but also sugar alcohols and foods high in natural sugar (raisins, oranges, larabars)…the result was that I didn’t have physical cravings for sugar (emotional yes, physical no). When I’m eating like this my mind is clear and I’m very focused.

Also, I avoid white flour, among other addictive foods/ingredients. ;)

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