The desire to pull over and get a sweet treat nearly overwhelms me. I know I'm not alone in this. So, what is my fall back stress cheat these days? Dark chocolate covered almonds. I know I can get them at Starbucks, Publix or Target and one of the 3 is always in reach. Sometimes I feel kinda bad after because I swore I was going to have a great week. But I know that guilt does no good, whatsoever. In fact, it makes things worse. Guilt adds to stress and negativity, the exact opposite of what I'm going for. So, mostly I just enjoy my little treat and move on. Maybe make a note to self to plan better next time I'm on the go.
I do have to say this little reflection has made me think about my current choice of stress treat and how different it is from those in my past. In my late teens and early twenties it was McDonald's milk shake and fries. From my mid-twenties until just earlier this year my taste refined a bit and a Starbucks latte and oatmeal raisin cookie did the trick. At least chocolate covered almonds are a bit closer to real food, right? It's interesting to see how my tastes have changed and how I have changed. In my french fry and milkshake phase I really didn't think much about any of it. I just knew I wanted it, so I had it. I'm my cookie and latte phase, I just wanted comfort...but never really got any. Now, I just want the dang craving to go away the quickest and least damaging way possible. 5-10 chocolate covered almonds, and all is well. Ahhhh. Is it worth it? Sometimes. And sometimes I really wish I could instantly teleport to my kitchen where I could whip up a nice chocolate Shakeology. Because that would work just as well, and with nutritional benefit. But, life isn't neat and perfect. We have to roll with it and...keep moving forward. Progress, not perfection. I'd say I'm making progress and for this I am happy.