Because of that, we're out of the best drug on earth - Sudafed PE. These orange capsules are amazing at getting rid of my colds faster than anything else - and no, they're not paying me to say that.
So I stopped by Walgreens on my way to work to pick up some more pills, some Zicam, and Echinacea. That's when I saw it...
The Halloween display.
Aisles of candy. Mouth watering candy. Binge worthy candy.
And I start thinking, "My workplace has been so difficult lately. I should bring in candy to help celebrate the season; to make my co-workers feel that they are cared for
Usually when I have these thoughts, I buy candy that I don't like. It used to be because I felt that I couldn't trust myself around candy - what would happen if I ate one?? I'd buy the "good stuff" for the trick-or-treaters that came by my house, but only on October 31st. The next day, I'd drop off the bag at my local Weight Watchers meeting so that they would give it to homeless or needy people (needy skinny people?). Actually, I'm not quite sure WHAT they did with it...or if that's a nationwide thing or not. Maybe Jams can pipe in here.
Then, after I started this whole "intuitive eating" process, I decided to trust myself around candy again - starting with bags of dark chocolate. Whereas once I'd find myself shoving handfuls of baking chocolate chips in my mouth at home, one bag of dark chocolate has lasted me months here at work and it's still not all gone. When it was around and I could have as much as I wanted, I didn't crave it as much. WIN!
Surely that meant that I could have "fun size" candies at work now, right? Uh, not so much apparently. Remember the time right around Labor Day? I bought a "fun size" compilation for work and felt like I ate eleventy billion pounds of it.
I think that having *that* much candy around makes me feel vulnerable and panicky. Should I sit with those feelings? Yes. But I also know that I'm sick, I'm tired, and I'm worried about The Deficit. Those things make me more susceptible to eating anyway - the last thing I need to do is fuel my eating with things that will make me feel even worse (physically).
And still, at Walgreens at 7 AM this morning, the thought came into my head, "Just this once. You're in tune with what you're worried about and what you're feeling, now - it's not like last time. Just buy one bag of candy you like to *see* if you can conquer it. Won't you feel so good if you have victory over stupid candy?"
I admit. I hesitated.
I was torn because I want to show that I'm trustworthy around all types of food - not just when things are perfect in my life. I want to be sick, with a chapped nose, a screaming baby, and to see candy bars (or something just as yummy) and not be tempted.
The thing is, I also want to run a half marathon. I also want to get a puppy. I want to buy a new car. I want to quit my job.
But I don't do those things because I'm not prepared to do those things, yet. My life situation is not equipped to handle those things...just as it's not equipped to handle a completely stressful situation without turning to food primarily. I'm not perfect; I may overeat when I'm sick, tired, or worried, but it's not responsible to have the stuff around that makes me feel even more ill.
I actually feel pretty great right now - way better than when I was fearful about what I might stock in my wire pumpkin. And way better than when I forbid myself to have "bad" candy. Right now my mindset is "It's just candy...a compilation of various forms of sugar."
It feels so great to have clarity around these types of things...even if it's just this once.