You know those pretty heart shaped boxes that seem to be everywhere today? You know which ones I’m talking about. The ones that are full of candy, sugar, and loaded with temptation.
I think of those boxes as Pandora’s box. You open the box and all kinds of things you may not be prepared for come out.
Of course candy comes out, but that’s not all.
When you open a candy box and take the first bite, you can awaken cravings you thought you put behind you. That’s what happened to me several times when I was in weight loss mode.
I remember having a really good month in terms of dieting and then Valentine’s Day came along. John got me a smallish box of chocolates because I hadn’t told him not to. In some ways, I really wanted that little box and I was happy to get it. (That was my first mistake.)
However, opening the Pandora’s box of chocolates was the first step toward the end of my diet.
The first taste of the candy wasn’t my last that day. Before I opened the box I swore to myself that I would only have one piece a day. That resolution lasted exactly 66 seconds. Then I ate another piece and another piece. Swore I would stop. Ate another one.
One by one the candy disappeared. And just as quickly, my resolution to stick with my diet disappeared along with the candy. It was the beginning of the end. I regained all my weight and then put on a few more pounds for good measure.
Candy and other sweet foods can awakening cravings you thought were gone. I’m not sure if sugar cravings every disappear completely, but the shorter amount of time you’ve been away from sugary foods, the easier it is to fall back into old habits. At least that’s what I always found.
So when you see a heart shaped box of candy that is calling your name, think carefully before opening that box because you never know what will happen after the first bite. The second bite. The third bite.
If you do choose to indulge, give yourself the best chance of success by limiting the amount of candy you have available, asking someone to help you be accountable, and not being afraid to get rid of candy you feel like you can’t control yourself around.
Do you open Pandora’s box of candy this time of year or is it easier for you to keep the lid on the box? Diane