COMING CLEAN: My Weight Loss: Managing Triggers

Managing sweets takes some time and conscious effort. Week 2 of cutting sugars didn’t go as planned.

Sometimes fully eliminating triggers takes a while. Case in point: My sugar cravings that I wrote about last week. It’s carried into this week, fueled by celebratory events at restaurants that prompted free desserts.

Anyone trying to fight a sugar addiction just can’t say no to dessert.

But I felt smarter about it now: I took a few bites of the apple crisp on Monday at our anniversary dinner, about an ounce of dark chocolate squares at a Tuesday meeting, a few bites tonight of the tempura banana at my birthday dinner, and ate a slice of what I really wanted, gluten-free dark chocolate cake.

It was a sweet week.

I’m not beating myself up. I’m not feeling guilt. And I’m also not feeling like I need more sweets — which is unheard of, since all summer, any dark chocolate tempted me to savor some more.

There’s definitely something to be said for rewards, as long as it doesn’t leave you feeling out of control. When the rewards are really good, small, and in moderation, it can be part of a balanced diet. Although this week was pushing my limit (I feel like one small dessert a week, at the most, would be OK once I reach my weight-loss goal), I managed just how much I ate and filled out the rest of my day with nutritious and filling whole foods.

And you know, the week is concluding, so as we move into the weekend, I plan to up my activity levels, lift some weights, go for a run, and eat lots of vegetables.

And I can lay off the sweets now that I had my share. Besides, I’ve got these freshly picked strawberries from the farmers’ market that feel indulgent but offer so much goodness that any flourless cake can’t.

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