I did it.  I walked last night after work and here’s a couple of pictures of the lake where I walked just to prove it.

 

 

I often have great intentions, but don’t always follow through on what I say I’m going to do, so this is just to prove to myself that I am capable of following through and making it happen.

Due to a dentist appointment and Voting Day, I won’t get to walk tonight, and tomorrow is Grocery Store Day, so tomorrow won’t happen either. Thursday is open, and maybe Friday – not sure yet if I can work that one in. Saturday morning is up for grabs, so I will definitely try to get a walk in then.  After this weekend, it’s going to get dark around here at 5:30 in the evening (thanks Daylight Saving Time!) so walking after work outdoors is going to be difficult. Guess I’ll have to just limit outdoor walking to weekends.  😦

 

Can we talk about Halloween candy just for a moment?  I have 3 kids – a 13 year old boy, a 10 year old daughter, and a 5 year old daughter.  Guess who has eaten the most Halloween candy? None of them – it’s been ME.  They don’t seem to be held under the same spell that I am when it comes to the bountiful harvest of Halloween treats.  Even on Halloween night, they didn’t dig in and eat candy until they were sick, no, they dumped out their bags and they sorted the candy into different piles, they traded candy with each other, they built little forts out of the DOTS boxes (the most worthless candy in the world, IMHO),  they threw candy at one another from across the room…they did everything with that candy except inhale it like I expected them to.  They ate a few pieces, sure, but they didn’t go crazy with it like I wanted to. I grabbed a few of my favorites (Whoppers, anyone?) but I made myself stay out of their bags for the most part.

 

No one in the house except for me seems to have a problem with it.

Which leads me to wonder, as the primary grocery shopper in the family, how much of my “issues” do I subject my family to? For example, I have a hard time paying $4 for a bag of oranges, yet when I see Oreos on sale for 2 for $5 I think “wow that’s a good deal!”  But it’s not a good deal.  It’s a sucky deal.  I buy cookies and snacks because I think “the kids want them” but do they?  Would they be just as happy with yogurt and homemade banana bread? Or apples and peanut butter?  Maybe we’ll find out this week when I go grocery shopping…

Anyway, back to the candy…after eating at least 10 pieces last night I suddenly thought “the candy doesn’t love you back, Jill”.  It sort of jolted me out of my binge and I realized that eating the candy wasn’t making me happy, it was making me sad.  So I stopped and haven’t had any since then. Of course I’m at work today, so it’s easy to avoid it. Maybe I’ll be able to keep myself busy tonight so I won’t be tempted.  I hope.

How are you all dealing with the Halloween Candy Aftermath? How do you alter your workouts when the weather changes? Chime in in the comments!