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The First Story Of The Year Is About… Dessert!

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014

Welcome to the first post of 2014. I know it’s going to seem strange having the first post come one day after the last post of 2013, and yet I felt I had to create this particular article because, even though it doesn’t have anything to do with blogging or writing or SEO or anything else regarding social media, it does have a little bit to do with the article I wrote about focus some days ago. Truthfully this is a story, a true story that probably took less than 10 minutes of my life, but I thought it was a tale worth telling because you either identify with me, laugh at me, or sit there scratching your head wondering why the heck I wrote it to begin with. With that as the preamble let’s begin.

Rice Krispies Treats

As I was leaving Barnes & Noble, where I had gone to buy the DVD of Despicable Me 2, I decided that I wanted some fudge. I wanted fudge because the last video I watched before I left home was one of my online friends Tomeka Haywood making some homemade fudge. Part of me thought about trying that, and another part of me said it would be better if I could just buy some.

One of the problems I have is that, oddly enough, where I live you can’t just find fudge anywhere. Sure, there are a couple of the large candy companies that have fudge, but in my mind that stuff never quite qualifies as fudge. If it was a Saturday I would go to what we call the Farmers Market around here, but it’s Wednesday, New Year’s Day. I decided to check out my favorite grocery store, Wegmans, to see if maybe they had some fudge.

Truth be told, I knew they wouldn’t have fudge because it’s not something they normally carry. However, somewhere in the recesses of my mind I thought that maybe because it was a holiday they would have some on hand. They didn’t, but it wasn’t going to be a wasted trip because I needed more soda anyway.

As I got close to the soda area, I noticed Rice Krispies were on sale, and I thought about making some rice krispy treats. I really love these things, and they’re very easy to make, but I usually don’t have enough discretion to know how to space them out over the course of a couple of days. As a matter of fact, if I start in the morning you can pretty much be sure they’re going to be gone by the end of the day. I decided to wait for a couple of minutes and go get the soda, walk around to see what else there might be, and if I found nothing else then I might go back and get it.

As I walked around, at some point I found myself near the cookies. I took a quick look and found that they had coconut chocolate chip cookies from Keebler. I don’t eat a lot of these cookies, but it sparked a memory in my mind of how much I used to always love making a big cup of hot chocolate, and then taking my bag of cookies and seeing how many of them I could dunk and eat in one sitting. I love the flavor drastically, and you can imagine the smell of the hot chocolate and coconut cookie together, and my mouth was salivating again.

Now I had a mental dilemma. I think I’ve mentioned on this blog before that I have sugar cravings, and they were very strong at this moment. I knew that I needed some time to think about things, so I went into the frozen section where they have a bench, sat down on the bench and started to think. I had planned on calling one of two people, neither one of which was my wife, but the deep recesses of my mind said that would be pretty stupid.

Why did this take so much thought? Because I knew that either direction I went was going to cause some grief to my body. There is no secret that I’m diabetic, but I’m thinking the load of sugar that either one of these would’ve pumped into my body would probably bother anyone my age, or within 20 years of my age. Yet my mind didn’t really care for a while. And often, when I shop by myself, I just grabbed the first thing that comes to my mind, come home and eat it, and then feel both guilty and occasionally sick. I’m not one of those people who only eats two or three cookies and then puts it away, I eat as many as I want to until my body says please stop.

My wife thinks I’m crazy and that this shouldn’t be a big deal, but I’m pretty much of the opinion that anybody who goes through any kind of addiction and is trying not to do something probably goes through the same process, only probably not as long as I did. Knowing that one of the focus points for this year is to be more cautious with my health, I thought through the ramifications of the decision I was trying to make against what I felt was my immediate need for satisfaction. It sounds funny comparing suites to drugs or alcohol or cigarettes, but in my mind the decision I made was going to be very important.

The funny thing about time, when you have enough so that you can think things through quite often you will end up making a better decision than you were ready to make. I decided that I did not want to spend New Year’s Day feeling sick, so I immediately through out the coconut chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate idea. I then decided that even though I would be starting the treats later than early morning, the process of making them and then eating them while having to clean more things in the kitchen wasn’t quite as appealing as it had initially been. So, instead of either one of those two things, I decided to buy a bag of M&M’s. True, it’s still chocolate, but it doesn’t come close to the hurt I would put on myself with the other two options, and I’m not one to sit and eat an entire bag of that in one sitting.

chocolate cake

After I made my decision, my mind felt light and free. I went to the candy section and picked up the bag of M&Ms I wanted, this time the milk chocolate instead of the peanut butter. As I go to put it in my basket, my eyes got wide as I realized that I had picked up a 6 inch chocolate fudge cake and put it in my basket at some point; I wonder when the heck I did that? 😀 This means I would’ve had a lot of dessert and felt like I had to eat it all before I left town again on Sunday.

Here’s the rub. I’m of the opinion that if one of my goals wasn’t focus for 2014, as well as a goal of trying to be healthier, I would have bought one of those things without a moment’s notice, including the cake, brought it home and ate it without a second thought until I didn’t feel well. That wouldn’t have brought me any type of benefit, although my taste buds would’ve probably loved me.

The decisions we make and the reasons behind the decisions we make can be interesting. In a way, I could make this a topic about blogging because so many people start blogging without thinking all that much about what their intentions are for their blog. Heck, I certainly did it with this blog back in 2007. And our buddy Jeevan is starting his new blog today called Daring Blogger, and he seems focused on what his goals are as he tells us in the first post which I just linked to.

I hope you enjoyed this story, and in a weird way hope you learned something from it, not about me but about yourselves. One of the best things about stories is that often we can see something of ourselves in a story, and stories are sometimes enough to help us decide to make even the smallest of changes.

To close this post I’m going to add a video below that I created talking about how little changes can bring great growth in so many ways; I didn’t know I was going to do this, but I think it’s a good time to unveil it here on the blog. To everyone, let’s have a great 2014, and I hope to have good stuff for you throughout the year.
 


 

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21 Comments »

Loved it!

I can relate back to you on this experience (not so much on sugar…I do eat sugary treats, but I prefer to eat things that are not sugary – well, salty :D).

I love to get snacks – from chicken nuggets to veggie chips. I do try to limit it these days (Some of them healthy, but I should also try and not spend too much of my parents’ money. Heck, if I do that, what would happen when I start managing all of my finances?).

Anyways, thank you for sharing the awesome experience (and linking to my blog). Appreciate your support!

Happy New Year 🙂
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January 1st, 2014 | 5:20 PM

No problem Jeevan; you just be successful so I can claim credit for it. lol And strangely enough, I don’t have salt cravings like that, but there is something special about salt and sugar together. 🙂

January 2nd, 2014 | 1:14 AM

Enjoyed your story!

I’m proud of you for choosing the M & M’s over the other sugary treats that would have made your feel bad. It is the small steps to change that lead to big change.

Good points made in your video. After watching, I got all my change and put $20 along with dollars in a jar. I’m glad you mentioned it. I’m on that. 🙂

All the best to you in 2014 and may you achieve all that you desire.

Take care,

Evelyn

P.S. Yes, I’m up late. Shopping online, but ended up not buying anything. I did good.

January 2nd, 2014 | 2:53 AM

See, we’re both making progress already in 2014. lol Thanks for being proud; what was amazing was not eating any of the M&M’s when I got home, and not craving anything else either. That’s a big lesson; try to make it through the cravings.

January 3rd, 2014 | 1:23 AM

Nice story. The best fudge in the world is from Scotland. Whenever the mood takes her, my niece in law sends me some and she is in for a big surprise when my will is read.

I am not a narcissist and doubt that I will ever come up with that kind of a video but the five points are worth keeping in mind. I now really have to worry about not growing Mitch. Any more weight and I will have to spend a fortune getting myself re kitted.
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January 2nd, 2014 | 10:17 AM

Rummuser you kill me. Not all growth is width, thank goodness. lol I still don’t have any fudge so I’ll have to wait until I go back down south because I know of a place that sells it.

January 3rd, 2014 | 1:25 AM

For some drooling you might like to check this out – http://www.weefudge.co.uk/
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January 2nd, 2014 | 10:17 AM

Happy New Year!
Fudge is one of those things that I never take for granted. I have a pleasant memory of some really good home-made fudge that a co-worker always brought in for office parties…

Onward and upward!

Cheers,

Mitch
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January 3rd, 2014 | 12:36 AM

Mitch, I know a couple of folks who know how to make it as well but I’m just not the guy to do it. We have to keep me from making things, if you know what I mean. lol

January 3rd, 2014 | 1:28 AM

Not much on the baking side here in Thailand. Back home, everybody in my family used to be able to prepare some nice cakes. Actually my uncle is on the top charts regarding sugary things to make. Thanks for the article, Mitch. I think the new year will be much sweater than the previous one.

January 3rd, 2014 | 6:25 AM

I have to hope that I’m under better control this year Carl. Course, you don’t bake fudge. lol

January 3rd, 2014 | 3:50 PM
Sai Krishna:

In the starting I liked the sugar sweets very much, but later I stopped eating them after noticing some people who are struggling cause of sugar disease. If it effected, they should not eat sugar items. I think its better to eat sugar items limited to avoid never eating it at all in future.
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January 4th, 2014 | 8:43 AM

If it was only that easy for me Sai. My cravings will almost always win out… at least I’m going to work on that part this year.

January 4th, 2014 | 11:30 PM

Happy New Year Mitch. Hopefully it will be a good one for all of us.

I’m glad you went for the lesser evil out of all your options. It must be awful being a diabetic and having such a sweet tooth.

Check out your tenth paragraph, I think I found a typo there 😉
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January 5th, 2014 | 3:23 AM

Thanks Sire; we’ll be big in 2014. And that wasn’t a typo, that was Dragon misinterpreting what I said and me not hearing it when I was listening to it for errors. lol

January 6th, 2014 | 12:32 AM

Hello Mitch,

Great post in new year, and I can’t wait to taste that milk chocolate lol

And yes I agree that little things will surely get lot of changes in life or even in blogging.

Have a great weekend!
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January 5th, 2014 | 9:13 AM

Good luck to you in 2014 Samir; mmmmmm, chocolate milk….. lol

January 6th, 2014 | 12:34 AM

Hey Mitch, a very belated and happy new year to you. I can relate to the post quite conveniently. I think this is how our minds work. When we think of doing something but can’t get to do it instantly, it gets saved in our unconscious mind and whenever there comes a chance to do it; our mind drags us to it even if we had forgotten it completely. It happens quite regularly with me.

January 8th, 2014 | 4:16 AM

Jack, luckily I didn’t succumb to it, and I’m trying to listen to the other side of my head a bit more this year, although I still see some bad stuff in the mirror where things are closer than they appear. lol

January 8th, 2014 | 7:57 PM
Troy:

“I wanted fudge because…” Do we REALLY need a reason? Fudge is one of the most delicious foods ever right?
They have benches in the frozen section of your market? Why on earth?
As an aside, true addiction can be rough and I found to beat mine I had to take one breath at a time.
Much love and success to you Mitch. You can do anything.
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January 9th, 2014 | 12:54 PM

LOL! Troy, you ask a good question about the bench. I don’t know why because it’s the only bench in that particular store, and it’s just a wooden bench. The chain usually has some kind of large bench near the front of the store, designed and painted, but this store, the one that I share a backyard with so to speak, has this one; go figure! You’re right, when we want fudge (and the wife’s not around) we deserve to have fudge. But it is going to be a hard year overcoming my general “I want it now” cravings. lol

January 9th, 2014 | 11:14 PM
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