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.