Halloween Candy Alert

CandyThe last thing I expected to see today was a huge orange and black store aisle display of Halloween candy. I mean, really — it’s AUGUST, people! We’re not even at Labor Day yet, the traditional end of summer/start of fall. And the bleeping bags of chocolate are sitting in the store, just at eye and hand level, luring the unwary.

Over in the office supply store things are hopping with parents stocking up on school supplies for the kids who are basically ignoring it all and running around to get their last bits of summer. They’re not thinking about Halloween and we shouldn’t be either. Oh sure, I spotted kids costumes over at BJ’s and thought that was a bit odd but it didn’t bother me. A costume can just hang in the closet until it’s time to wear (assuming the wearer doesn’t grow out of it in the intervening two months).

But chocolate candy? No one in their right mind is going to buy candy now for The Candy Holiday! It will just sit in the pantry and call to you and before you know it, one of those little mini bars finds its way into a lunch bag or becomes a snack after dinner – because we all know that food eaten standing up has no calories. Then you look at the bag, realize it’s almost empty, and rush out to buy another one to replace it, without stopping to realize that you’re still weeks and weeks away from actually needing it to give away.

There is no excuse, not one single one, for buying Halloween candy this early. Do not succumb to the temptation. For those who are counting Weight Watchers points, print off this great list of candy points values from Dottie’s Weight Loss Zone. In fact, go do it right now. I’ll wait. Once you have it, put it somewhere very visible. Those little fun-size mini boxes are so easy to pick up and nibble and most of them have two points each. Do you really want to waste your points by eating a bunch of them mindlessly just because they’re there? I didn’t think so.

Beware, the temptation is lurking as close as your grocery store. Now. It’s totally not fair or right but it’s happening so be prepared.

Trying Not to Get Sick

Today was a holiday for me, one I actually took off to stay home for a change. I puttered around and paid bills, did laundry, scrubbed the bathtub, flipped my mattress and changed sheets, and sorted some genealogy files. And made a run to the grocery store once again (I seem to go on an almost daily basis) because I forgot to get enough fruit to turn into a big fruit salad to take to work tomorrow. We’re having a get together to welcome a new staff member and my assignment is the fruit – at least I know I can eat that instead of grabbing a bagel and stuffing it down my face.

Actually, I was down 2.8 lbs at yesterday’s weigh in and that is motivating enough to keep me away from the bagels, at least this time. I’ve been working hard to keep my points within my daily range and not overdo the weekly flex options, and to work out.

That didn’t work today, though, because mid-afternoon I was hit by a wave ofSick woman sickness. Not stomache, just a sudden sore throat, itchy eyes and a nose that wouldn’t stop running. My ears were also blocked up. It was as though a switch had been turned on, the sick switch, and all I wanted to do was go home and curl up and sip tea and try not to do anything stupid. I had no energy to go to the gym or do anything more than make a pot of soup and watch Oprah.

Even not feeling well, though, I still stayed within my points. It helped to have written (okay, electronically recorded) my food choices for all my meals and snacks in advance so I knew what wiggle room I had. I’m way over on my water consumption, having had at least 95 ounces today plus other liquids. I don’t feel water logged, though, just muddle-headed and trying not to swallow.

Let’s hope I wake up feeling more myself.