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Day 333 - Trick or Treat

Thursday, October 29, 2015

I did an experiment today to test my theory about cooler weather and hunger. I wore a sweater today over my shirt and tie. I wasn't chilled at all, either inside or out, and I didn't feel any hunger pangs at all today!

My theory is that when the weather gets cooler, our metabolism has to work harder to maintain our body temperature, using up our internal fuel, and our bodies respond by being hungry. As other friends suggested, that's why we crave heartier foods in the fall and winter - because we need that "stick to your ribs" stuff that stays with you and keeps your body running at full capacity!

I was glad to know that a simple change in attire could make it easier to avoid eating something I shouldn't!

Tomorrow I am wearing an outfit that my financial aid technician Sandra found at a hard sale. It's an oversized suit made of a very glittery fabric. I had to take in the pants and turn the jacket from single- to double-breasted in order for it to fit. The theme for tomorrow's campus Halloween bash is "Blast from the Past." Different groups are going as different decades (our team got the 1920s) or historical eras (one group is going as Ancient Greeks). So my costume will become a 1920s gangster look when I'm done - that is, if gangsters wore sparkles woven into their suits.

I am not a fan of Halloween. Never have been. I think it started when I was 5 and had chicken pox and couldn't go trick-or-treating. I stayed home and watched "Beverly Hillbillies" on TV - back when they were still showing original episodes. By the time I'd reached junior high, I hated figuring out costumes and felt ridiculous going door to door asking for candy.

Thank goodness I've lost my taste for sweets, mostly. Sandra did bring in some fun cookies - a shortbread dough shaped like a finger, with a bit of raspberry jam at the tip and a whole almond pressed into the end to be the fingernail. They looked great, and I will admit that they were pretty tasty (I just had one, and enjoyed it slowly and carefully, and still stayed within my calories for the day). I also brought in a box of See's Candy dark chocolates, which I haven't even opened.

Self-control gets easier and easier, although I do still have the need to please others by sampling goodies that they've brought into the office. I do still say "no thank you" when I need to.

Fall is a wonderful time to enjoy simple pleasures and cuddle up in warm comforters and cozy sweaters. Above all, it's a time to celebrate all the great things we accomplished so far this year, knowing that we are getting stronger and more successful every day!

Keep Sparking, friends! If you enjoy Halloween, I hope you have lots of fun. If you're like me and would rather stay at home with a mug of hot apple cider, I hope you can still find something to bring you joy.
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  • SLLYONS51
    I am not a big fan of Halloween. We usually do some kind of community trick or treating.Thankfully my Grandson is getting too old for Halloween but it is one of his favorite holidays
    1947 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    Can't wait to see pictures!

    I have to admit I'm dreading Halloween this year. It will be Jack, the hound's 1st Halloween. He's big and loud and doesn't like people coming to the door. Did I mention that he runs like the wind?
    He is also clown and a great snuggler. Right now he weighs about 75 pounds and is still growing. I guess we'll spent Halloween in my office, that wont keep him quiet, but at least he won't make a mad dash out the door.

    Have fun tomorrow!
    1947 days ago
  • CHICAM
    Steve I saw your picture dressed in the shinny 1920s suit with your friends. You look very handsom and with your hands nice and full. You have reached the sunlight of the journey. What a great experience to have achieved from a large size pants to now taking in the pants. I am already noticing my close to start to get a little loose on me. Finally! Everything I wore I felt uncomfortable and fat. Now I feel more comfident with my close an I am not embarrassed to go out and to see family or firends. emoticon emoticon
    1948 days ago
  • JJMPLSMN
    I love when my daughter got SO excited about planning her Halloween costume. I think Halloween might be most kid's favorite holiday. Sure, Christmas and Santa are cool, but the idea of "what to be for Halloween" is a LONG process.

    I have not liked Halloween for a long time for one reason. Some AWFUL parents let their teenage children go to homes, and terrorize kids. In years past, I have had teenage boys come to my house, sans costume, holding pillowcases. 12 years old should be the upper LIMIT of trick or treating!!

    I turn off all the lights in the front of the house, and hunker down in the back until it is over. My DD was THINKING about handing out candy until I told her I would only buy raisins, as I was not having any Halloween candy in this house. The raisins clinched it, and she is now going to a party.

    I want to see a photo of you dressed up as a 1920's gangster. Now THAT'S a costume!! I hope some of the ladies wear flapper dresses...great era!

    I was a gypsy for Halloween for years, and now I am accused of being one for real. I love long flowing skirts and necklaces. I can have Halloween every single day if I want to!!

    Have a good time. Realize you will look awesome, and you obviously know how to control what you eat, so just enjoy the process.

    Spark on my friend.
    1948 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/29/2015 12:02:52 PM
  • OBIESMOM2
    dark chocolate? MY FAVORITE!!!

    I'm not a huge fan of Halloween either.

    at my old job, we'd dress up. One year I dressed as my boss. He was in his 60s, from Oklahoma. Always wore black pants, cowboy boots, white shirt, and a tie, and his hair was slicked back.
    He saw me waking in the office that morning and said "who are you supposed to be?" with a grin on his face. I was wearing his usual attire and slicked my hair back in a bun. I reached in my shirt pocket and showed him Certs and Chapstick (2 things he always carried with him from the time he quit smoking). He thought it was the funniest thing ever. THAT was a fun Halloween.

    I always dreaded working Halloween night when I managed the service station years ago. Prime night for robberies because so many people are in costume. Made me a nervous wreck all night!

    so...about this losing your taste for sweets - what's your secret?!? I'm doing the 'no sugar challenge' and it's been mostly OK. Yesterday was a really tough one though.
    1948 days ago
  • 1DAY-ATA-TIME
    I wish I'd lose my taste for sweets. SWEETNESS IS MY WEAKNESS!! Thanks for the informative blog.
    1948 days ago
  • RHIO3TRE
    Useful to know - keep warm and avoid overeating! You may have just discovered an amazingly easy way to help lose weight! :)
    1948 days ago
  • AMB_ER_ITION
    Good to know
    1948 days ago
  • MEWHENRYSMAMA
    I love this time of year so much but not for Halloween...because of the trees and leaves and apples and pumpkins and cider and sweaters and comforters and cocoa! Just to name a few!
    I hope you have fun at work as the glittery gangster...LOL! Please remember we would all love a picture of you in your "get up"!!!
    How is the remodeling going? What's your projected end date?
    Hugs!
    1948 days ago
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