Thursday, May 20, 2010

Day 38 - The V Brick

I was very moody and stressed today.  Mostly because of other things going on with work and banks and mortgages and slow ass computers and speeding tickets and lawyers and broken windshields and rental cars and auto body repairs - blah, blah, blah, blah blah!  You throw hunger on top of all that and you have the perfect recipe for moody and stress.  Man I could go for a peanut butter cup.
It's totally true that stress in your life causes you to want comfort food - mostly sweets and junk food.  I haven't craved much of anything throughout this challenge.  Well, nothing that almost drove me to the brink of cheating.  Until today that is.  I wanted chocolate - and I wanted it badly.  Soooo close to the finish line and I felt my will power draining out of me.  I tried to fill my need with a few pieces of bass jerky.  But guess what happens when you throw 'salty' on top of a comfort food crave?  Yeah, you got it. . . the brain just wants to put something sweet on top.  I could have eaten a gallon of chocolate ice cream.

So what did I do, you ask?  What good is the internet if you don't use it for some indulgence every now and then.  In a matter of five minutes I found my 'end of challenge' prize.  Enter The Valrhona Chocolate Brick.  I've talked about this in the past but last week when I went to Whole Foods for my burger ingredients I found out that they didn't supply these chocolate bricks any longer.  I was pissed.  Not anymore.  UPS is going to deliver my $42 brick of chocolate in two days.  Oh yeah.  Knowing that it's on its way is enough for me to stop the sweet cravings and go on with my day.  After I ordered it, I didn't have to think about junk food any longer. (If you didn't notice, I left a link for anyone else who wants to take the shortcut to chocolate bliss)  I sound like a chick don't I???  Ok, enough on that.

So it was jerky for snacking throughout the day.  A handful of beans every once in a while.  Water water water.  Some sauteed bass in butter with salt and pepper for late lunch.  And dinner, well - who's got time for dinner?  Poor planning once again made me miss dinner.  Kids had gymnastics and baseball, I had photography class, got home in time to see who got kicked of Idol and that was it.  I caught the aroma of the taco dinner that Debbie made for the kids when I walked in the door.  I am much more sensitive to smells now.  Interestingly, I am not hungry and I talked about this in a previous post.  I think my body has gotten used to less food on a daily basis and I really don't feel the need or desire to eat too much.  That's good and bad.  Bad because I really don't know what's going to happen when I'm done. 

Just as a side note, here's a pretty cool photo that I took this week for class.

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No, I didn't eat it!  Haven't gone down that road. . .yet.  Gonna try some crabbing tomorrow (maybe).

“Believe me, the reward is not so great without the struggle.”

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