Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Sweet Life

Well, last wednesday the year ended. Last tuesday was free cone day at Ben and Jerry's. As one last grand gesture of self-restraint and love for Cam, I went through the line, got my free cone, and walked around with it until he downed his it started dripping down my hand. At that point, I shoved it into his other hand and let him look like a horker.

Wednesday came and I went to work. I was about halfway through my day when this showed up:

Flowers, balloons, and chocolate covered cinnamon bears. YUM! We had plans to go to the melting pot that night, so those little bears sat on my desk all day long and tormented me. They are my absolute favorite candy, but nothing beats the melting pot, so I waited.

Cam came to pick me up at work and gave me a huge hug. We drove home, got changed, and met up with the Youngs to head to SLC. It was National Cheese Day or something like that, so every reservation received a free pot of cheese fondue. It was so yummy! Green Apples in warm cheese is so so good.

Next up was the chocolate pot. (We opted to not get the broth course of the meal because it's super expensive. Cheese & Chocolate was it for us!) The group let me pick the first pot. I chose a white chocolate amaretto.

First up, I went for a brownie bite. If you're breaking a year-long sugar fast you can't break it on a banana or a strawberry or something lame like that!

Please note Cam's face. He is quite pleased that I am once again eating treats. lol.

We got a second pot of chocolate (the flaming turtle), which was a lot more rich than the first pot. I had about 2 bites of it and my head started pounding! It was SO good though! I woke up the next morning with a choco-hangover. And I was nice & crabby. A sweet reminder of just exactly why I went off sugar in the first place.

We've since gone to a few of our favorite dessert shops, but I'm not convinced I need sugar to be happy. I miss how I felt when I wasn't eating it. And so, I'm debating whether to just give it up for good or to work out another system that works for me. My current ideas are:

  1. I can only have 1 treat per event. (Party with lots of treats, just pick one.)

  2. I can only have 1 treat if I work out that day - or -

  3. Just quit. Everyone is happier that way.

Cam doesn't much like #3, but it's seeming to win out right now. (Coming from the girl who just ate at Farr's Fresh Ice Cream last night...)



  1. I used to do "no-sugar-diets" and i really did feel good because of it but it was SO hard when everyone around you is constantly eating it and you get sick of having to say "thanks, but no thanks." i eat WAY too much sugar now but i noticed that i felt just as good when i let myself have like one treat a week or something. that way you dont have to always say no (and your husband will be happy haha) and you get to choose what you indulge in :)

  2. I like option 2, that way if one day you are really craving sugar, you know you have to work out to get it. I am on 1 week without sugar! Yay! I don't think I will last a year, but we will see what happens.

  3. I have my "crazy day" on Sunday. I can eat whatever I want but because it's on Sunday it keeps me from buying anything.

  4. I always feel better when I don't eat sugar... But just imagine it, eventually you would become one of those people who gives out toothbrushes at Halloween.

  5. You are a stud, Kristin. Darin and I decided on one dessert a week because we like dessert far too much. The way to my man's heart is baked goods and now I practice my baking skills a little too often.

  6. I am so impressed!!! I really want to try the Melting Pot.
    How about an all things in moderation approach? That was you're not inclined to restrict and binge which is what usually leads to the gross icky sugar coma feeling. Just really ask yourself- do I want this because it's delicious or because everybody else is eating or because I'm feeding my emotions etc. and only eat the sweets when you're eating for the sake of enjoying it.

  7. 4. Eat dessert whenever you feel like it. There are healthy options for non-desserts, desserts are a treat. Indulge! Maybe not the smartest option, but a fun one just the same!:)

  8. Did you know lab rats choose sugar over cocaine when they are addicted to both and given a choice? I am a sugar rat for certain! You inspire me on a very regular basis. Regardless of what you choose I will never stop being thoroughly impressed with how much stronger you are than me!