|Seriously, who doesn't have the desire|
to put your entire mouth under the
flow of milk chocolate? I wonder if
they make special goggles for such
It wasn't until desert that I had noticed the chocolate fountain. I had heard of such things and saw pictures, but have never seen one of these babies in real life. Surrounding the fountain was a moat of delicacies such as fruit (um, ya....booooorrrriiiingggg) and Nanaimo bars, and butter tarts, and cake. At that point I lost all propriety, picked up a fork, stabbed this teeny tiny butter tart (sitting there minding its' own business) and held it under the chocolate body of water until it screamed for mercy. Then, under the influence of sheer happiness and great joy, I grabbed the pound cake slices and pieced them together with the caramel slices, and the room started spinning and my vision became blurry...and by that time, I had chocolate all over me (and getting funny looks from all the professionals in the room). The scary part to my story is I was restraining myself! If there was no one to watch me, I would have done a lot worse (dreams of hanging my head upside down and letting the chocolate drizzle all over me comes to mind....). Thank God for my fear of public ridicule and shame.
Two weeks ago I was driving home from work, minding my own business, when I saw I sign on the side of the road that screamed PUG PUPPIES FOR SALE! I nearly crashed my car. Should I drive in? Should I get one? Is this a sign? All I could think about was that stupid sign and imagining all those cherub-like puppies jumping on top of each other ready to be taken home. I know I'm not ready for one. I know I am too busy for one, and I know my lifestyle isn't conducive to support one the way it needs to be supported....but come on! Really? Seriously, the mental strength Ineed to NOT drive in and grab a couple.....I swear I could bend a spoon if I tried.
Why am I telling you this? Both these stories relate to "will power" and "self control". A pug puppy for me is a box of donuts sitting in the common area at work for someone else. It takes much self talk and much thought to walk away. Although eating a donut isn't going to effect your life for 10 - 12 years like a new puppy would, it certainly does get in the way of your best intentions to eat healthy.
The night of the chocolate fountain I had entered that dinner with the intention of eating my usual veggies and protein...no desert, no drinks, plain and simple. But, as it does, life will always offer a test through temptation and the more you are able to say "no" the easier it gets. You just have to take that first step and say "no" for the first time...which is harder than it seems (for me anyway). I recently read a book on habits that suggested that will power is just like a muscle and the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets. I have never been a believer in will power, myself, (I tend to look at the psycho-socio-environmental reasons why we do what we do). I have to say, based upon my own experience, that the more I turn down the opportunity to eat junk, the easier it gets (maybe the author has a point).
|Really? How unbelievably-gut-wrenching-I-need-to-take-you-home-this-minute cute is THAT? One day, Kathi.....one day.|
Have a great week and thanks for reading.