My last post was about carrots. Not the vegetable, but the concept. This week I want to celebrate finishing something: labels in the studio!
And while I was at it, I put sealer on these new drawers from Ikea
and put label holders on those too. Then I installed them. Major completion here.
What I wanted next was chocolate.
Since I’ve successfully given up refined sugar, not out of virtuosity, but out of the recognition of how it makes me feel, and I was quite pleased to find a chocolate bar sweetened with Stevia. It tasted really good. So I ate a lot of it… and then some more… and then daily NEEDED to have it.
I know myself well enough to recognize when I have gone over the edge. When a celebratory decadence has become an addiction. And I noticed that my digestion was suffering.
So I made my own chocolate. Just three ingredients: chocolate powder, coconut butter and a small amount of honey… rich and delicious…enough so that I didn’t want much of it. But even that small amount of sweetener affected me unpleasantly. Forced me to confront the real issue at hand: I grew up with sweets after every meal, sweets as snacks in between and sweets before bedtime. My day doesn’t feel complete without dessert.
And when I want to celebrate? Sweets please.
The more I feed the sweet monster, the more that monster wants. So what is the healthy habit to cultivate? Maybe it’s like the finishing motivator…I need to find a new way to treat myself. Something that is sweet in concept. Something that might even be a healthy thing to repeat. I don’t have the answer yet, but I’m paying attention.
How about you? How do you reward yourself?