The holiday filled with the temptation of the treats & the urge to poke ones own eyes out because the princess phase feels never ending.
The day of/weeks prior where we (yes Im dragging you into this with me) strive to resist the call of the candy corn & the summoning of the Snickers.
And, because Im confident you dont come here for the Try knitting, drawing, or any other activity which keeps your hands occupied so you cant snack! This tactic works wonders!! type of suggestions Im gonna level with you.
My suggestion? Indulge.
Let me back up first (& give you an Ive so been there, Sister story).
Once upon a time MizFit was working her ass off to lose some weight in her arse.
Whilst hammering out a tween manuscript she’d gained what she referred to as the Writer’s Fifteen Twenty and, much to her dismay, nothing shoe owned fit over her newly acquired saddlebags.
(In a rant for a different day Ill share how the aforementioned twenty pound ‘bags were the result of ‘healthy’ foods. Pretzels, popcorn etc. My first real introduction into the cold, hard world of portion control.)
She decided to eat very very clean.
Always. For the ever foreseeable future and, when the s-bags were gone, perhaps she would add in a treat day.
And then Halloween arrived.
Our dieting Miz was awesome in that she purchased bags of candy & ripped into nary a one before 10.31.
But then, after the first goblins & ballerinas arrived on her doorstep, it grew ugly.
In a one for you, tiny girl dressed as a ladybug and three for MizFit kind of way.
This was also the night she learned that dogs shouldnt have chocolate and felt HORRIBLE even though the dog seemed no worse for wear. who knew? obviously not MizFit.
Sugar high. Sugar crash. Woke up the next morning feeling bloatedcrappyorneryterrible (the technical term).
My over-eating-feeling-poorly-afterward point here is nothing new (we’ve all been there, huh?).
It’s the years after, when I applied my lesson learned, that makes me almost urge you to do some planned indulging.
Everything with fitness/health, in my opinion, is about setting ourselves up for success & living in a fashion you can maintain for the long haul.
Now, I plan in my Halloween transgressions (I know. daring, powerful word choice huh? “treat” is just such an overused term and one which I lately equate with properly pooping in a potty.)
I know that I enjoy snacking on candy as I distribute it to the dressed up masses—-so I set myself up for success and *acknowledge* it’s going to happen before hand.
It’s a treat (wink) and one I thoroughly enjoy because, for me, it has become less about the candy & more about the entire festive experience.
For me, when I ‘allow’ myself to have candy as I pass it out, Ive found I eat less & enjoy it more (mildly annoying sentence I realize but shockingly true.).
I figure Halloween is only once a year and, as much as I adore rub on tattoos, Im not going to pass that out in lieu of candy simply so *I* wont eat any junk.
But that’s me and, as my tagline espouses, fitness (& healthy living) isnt about fitting into traditional wizdom.
If you’d asked me for tips/suggestions *in general* with regards to not indulging on Halloween night I’d have bestowed upon you something like this:
*Never buy your candy ahead of time. Purchase it ON Halloween morning so youre not tempted to rip into the bags early.
*Hand out nonfood products. Everything from temporary tattoos to toothbrushes (I kid. I kid.) are guaranteed to be enjoyed by children of all ages.
*Purchase candy you do not like so you’re not tempted to consume any (I always rolled my sweet-toothed eyes at that one. Candy I dont like?! I do not comprehend.).
* Brush your teeth before the doorbell starts ringing as a mental reminder that you are finished eating for the night.
*Prepare yourself a healthy treat to eat as you hand out the candy. That way you have your indulgence and arent lured to the candy bowl.
*Take out a few pieces before the night begins and decide this is *all* you shall indulge in that evening. (MizFit note: OK, I like this one and would actually do it.).
*Wear a costume or don constricting/form fitting attire. Anything which makes you a smidge more aware of your body can act as a deterrent for overindulging.
There you go.
What I do. What I’d tell you to do. All in one long rambling post.
Now you. What’s your plan for this Saturday night?
Treat fright? Know it’s gonna be alright? Do you put up a fight? Or embrace the night?
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