Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easter Candy

The sugar cravings are real people!

My eating plan was going amazingly well and I was doing so good avoiding sugar.  The Friday before Easter people were bringing in cakes and pies and dropping candy off at my desk and I didn’t partake of any of it.  I left work feeling super proud of myself and accomplished that I was able to say no.
Then Easter happened.  Ugh!  I don’t know what it is about holidays anymore but they seem so candy focused!  As hard as I was trying to avoid candy, it seemed like the candy was everywhere.  All over the TV, the first aisle you see in the grocery store, at work, at our friends, it was just everywhere.  Still, I did pretty well until Easter.   My mom likes to give my sister and I Easter baskets and I forgot to mention to her that we were cutting out sweets.  Needless to say, the Easter basket we got was full of candy.
Now, I’m pretty good at saying no when people offer me sweets at work and so forth. But, when confronted with this basket that my mom had obviously put time and effort into, I didn’t want to say no.  Let me tell you, it was a lot harder to resist eating that candy when I was taking it home with me.  I have to say – I didn’t resist so well.  I didn’t eat as much of it as I wanted but I did eat some.  The rest we took out to Tim’s mom and gave to her. 
Now here’s the bad part.  Ever since I gave in and ate that candy, I have had a heck of a time resisting the sweets.  There’s candy available at my work all day every day.  I’ve noticed that Tim has been having the same struggles as I was and together we did not make the best of decisions.  However, I had a couple days of vacation scheduled this week to spend some time at home with Tim and together we were able to stay away from the sweet goodness that is candy.  Now we are back to our normal eating plan which does not include sweets of any kind.  The only bummer was that my goal for this month was to go 30 days without any sweets.  I obviously mucked that up but that’s okay because I’m just going to start over today.  So 30 days from now I will have officially made it 30 days without sweets.
In addition, Tim and I have decided that at least twice a month we are going to try and do something physical we’ve never done before.  Our first physical accomplishment was Wednesday when we hiked up a freaking mountain to Skinny-dipper hot springs.  We originally heard about this place from one of his co-workers and we’ve wanted to go there so badly ever since.  It’s a natural hot springs near Banks, Idaho that is maintained by some locals and, apparently, because this hot springs is so secluded it’s a popular place to go skinny dipping. 
Let me just tell you, it’s a freaking hike up a dang mountain to get to it.  I almost died no less than three times on my way up there.   Ck, that might be an exaggeration but there were several times I wanted to go back because I didn’t think I was going to make it.  There’s actually a man-made trail leading back from the road through the mountain to the hot springs.  It’s only accessible on foot and it’s uphill the whole way.  At some points we even had to climb over giant rocks.  For someone who isn’t used to this kind of physical activity – it was pretty exerting.  Tim never once let me quit though and I was pretty glad when we got to the top and saw the hot springs.

There was some other people there – all fully clothed except for one woman who was topless.  She, thankfully, put her top back on when we got there.  I am not comfortable enough in my skin yet to get buck naked in front of complete strangers so my clothes were on the entire time.  The hot springs themselves were so warm and in the most gorgeous spot and the view was absolutely breathtaking.  The sun was just setting when we got there so we didn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked.  I will say this; it was a huge accomplishment, for me at least, to make it that far.  So many times I contemplated giving up and turning back but it was too hard and I never thought I would make it.  I did though and I was better for it.                        

This is the view after we were about halfway down the mountain

The view from the hot springs