I've been off CANDY for 6 months now. It seems like just yesterday that I decided that I didn't need candy in my life anymore. Things have been going so well. I don't even think about eating it anymore. When I decide to give my kids a piece of candy, it doesn't even tempt me...most of the time. I've made a new path in my brain and it's just not an option to eat it anymore.
Let me tell you a little bit about my mom, my dad, and my growing up experiences. First of all, my moms maiden name is Maxfield and my Grandpa Maxfield started a candy company and ran it his entire life. My moms aunt Ruth worked at the candy factory and would piece on the candy daily. She was always overweight and it was hard to see her going through so much pain at the end of her life. She had a myriad of diseases including diabetes and had to have her leg amputated. Seeing that made me realize that I don't want to go through that at the end of my life.
My dad, is a weirdo.....JK! He's the best man and role model I've ever met. But the reason I say he's a weirdo is that he has avoided treats and candy his ENTIRE life!!! For reals! When he was little, he would go trick or treating and then give all of his candy to his sisters!!! Weirdo. Right there. But also a smarty. He can enjoy and do soooo many things and he's in his 60's people. He still exercises every day and water skiis like a champ! It's crazy. His hair is white and he's out on the water on one ski cutting like a 20 year old...it's a weird site. What an incredible example I've had in my life! Exercise has always been a part of his routine...even on Christmas....and vacation....he does NOT miss exercising...it's not an option. Which is so awesome for me because exercising hasn't been a hard thing for me...probably because of his example. For some reason I didn't get his eating habits engrained in me....until recently.
I've broken an addiction people!!! At least I feel like I have! I will report how the holidays went....because that is a huge time where I have eaten lots of candy in the past. But usually I look forward to candy on vacations and I went to Bear Lake with my family and enjoyed myself and had a fun time WITHOUT the candy. Interesting. I really thought treats were what brought happiness, but I have changed my paradigm. Being with people is what makes me happy! Doing the things I love and finding new hobbies has made me happier than ever. Especially since I'm not thinking about food all the time. Here are the ways going off candy has changed my life:
1- no more addiction
2- no more cravings
3- no more guilt
4- no more binging
5-I'm actually a lot happier!
I realize half of the people in the world are very good at mediating and are able to "just eat one". But I'm an abstainer. If I realize I can't have something, it's much easier to stay away from it. It's also great because I am allowing myself to still have desserts and treats that are homemade so I don't feel deprived AT ALL. The weird thing is, I'm not even keeping track of when I eat treats...but I'm assuming I only have a dessert once per week or less! All the sugar I was eating before was mostly coming from candy! I really can't believe it. I'm excited to go through the holidays and see how it goes. Moral of the story is....candy is delicious, and actually used to be a part of my identity (people knew I LOVED candy and got it for me as presents) but it was making me miserable. I'm sooo much happier without it. 6 Months CANDY FREE :) Going on forever :)