You’re doing so well. You’ve been eating well. Working out three times a week. And you look good.
I know Halloween is but 24 little hours long, but, it creates a 3-week period of easy access to sooo much delicious candy Before (gotta stock up for the Trick-or-Treaters), During (when you send your children out to panhandle for sugar), and, After (for the first week and a half of November, those bags of foil-wrapped demons disguised as tiny Snickers will be prominently placed in every pharmacy in America, taunting and tempting you with their wickedly, cut-rate prices).
Too easily, what starts as a Halloween backslide can lead directly into a Thanksgiving gorge-fest (“no point in getting back on plan now, Thanksgiving is coming, makes no sense until the Monday after”) that seamlessly segues into an all-Winter food bender/ sloth-fest, “I’ll just wait until January to get back in shape.”Or maybe you don’t feel like you are there this Halloween but your goal for next year is to go as Ariel or Aladdin, and you know, if you keep doing what you’ve been doing with diet and exercise, you can get there.
Or maybe you have no interest in dressing up at all ever under any circumstances, but you’ve been busting your butt and you don’t want your hard ass work to go to waste.
In any case, you don’t want Halloween to (candy) crush your fitness dreams.
I know it’s just one day, but, with easy access to all of that candy around a before, during and, immediately after Halloween (at dangerously cut-rate prices), what starts as a Halloween backslide can lead directly into a Thanksgiving gorge-fest (“no point in getting back on plan now, Thanksgiving is coming, makes no sense until the Monday after”) that seamlessly segues into an all-Winter food bender/ sloth-fest, “I’ll just wait until January to get back in shape.”
Halloween doesn’t have to haunt you for months, especially if you follow these 3 tips on how to avoid the candy crush, so you can keep crushing your exercise and nutrition goals.
1) If you want to remain fun-sized, don’t be fooled by those adorable, itty-bitty candy bars. How bad can they be? I mean what if I just had one? Are you telling me you can have less than 3-fun-sized Musketeers (200 calories) at a time. One fun-sized Butterfinger has 100 calories and it’s about the size of a putt-putt golf pencil. Like a lot of things that are fun in moderation, things can get out of hand quickly. A fun-sized candy bar is like a tequila shot. “Everything was fine. And then someone bought a round of tequila shots. Next thing I remembered was waking up on a bench in Central Park. I lost my cell phone and one of my shoes. But… I think I had fun?”
2) If you’ve got kids, they don’t need a 50-pound pillowcase filled to the top with sugar. And you certainly don’t need tens of thousands of empty calories in your front hall closet. Let your kids pick their favorite 3 or 4 kinds of candy. (There is an important life lesson in this part of the process: don’t waste calories on Good n’ Plenty. Nasty!) Now, using exclusively the candies that make the cut, whittle the bag down to 24 pieces and ration that supply like your kid is Matt Damon stuck on Mars with limited resources. Those 24 candy bars should get you through the next 10 days (2 pieces per night and a few extras on hand for bribery purposes. Your kids will forget Halloween even happened by then.) What do you do with the rest? It’s junk food. Throw it in the trash.
3) DO NOT overstock for Trick-or-Treaters. You had pure intentions when you bought
Halloween candy for the children in your neighborhood. You did it for the kids. This was a purchase made to bring joy to young faces, damn near an act of charity. It never occurred to you as you walked to your car with two dozen bags of miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter cups that each one of those bite-sized wonders contained a scientifically-perfected ratio of peanut butter to chocolate provides a brief respite from the existential struggle of human existence. That thought didn’t occur to you until you finished the first bag on the car ride home. Honestly, if you are working out and eating well, here’s what you should do for Trick-or-Treaters, all you need is a bowl, a piece of paper and a pen. On the big day, put the empty bowl on your front porch with a note that says, “Please, take one.” Then turn off all of the lights in your house and don’t make any noise. Sorry, kids, guess someone beat you to it, and ignored the note, just like you would have done if you got here first. The kids will be alright. You don’t get stuck with 800 mini-Milky Way bars and you don’t have to be the jerk handing out toothbrushes instead of candy.
Also, I’m a guest on Jay Casale’s Lighter Side Podcast Halloween Special. Check it out here: lightersidepodcast.com
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