A test in self restraint

Today, a tasty cupcake sat on my desk for more than 3 hours before I ate it.

The fact that I was able to see it there, taunting me, for more than 3 hours without eating it is a huge accomplishment.

As you can see, it was a yellow cupcake with marshmallow fluff topping dipped in chocolate, topped off by a conversation heart.

I wanted to see how long I could go without eating the cupcake. So I took pictures and tweeted this morning. My goal was not to resist the cupcake forever… it was to see how long I could resist it. You see, normally I would have eaten something like this in less than 5 bites and I wouldn’t have savored every bite. I wanted to teach myself that just because something is in front of you, doesn’t mean you have to eat it.

  • #1: 9:15am Look at that beauty.
  • #2: 10:15ish I pushed in the heart candy so it wouldn’t look so appetizing.
  • #3: 11:15ish I bumped it (by total accident) and had to lick part of the fluff off my finger. darn.
  • #4: 12:00ish I ate the candy heart and squished that fluff so it would look gross.
  • #5: 12:20ish I licked one side of it.
  • #6: 12:40ish I couldn’t help myself, I licked the fluff and chocolate off the top of the cupcake. And then something magical happened. I didn’t feel like finishing it. So I threw the bottom part away.

Sure the marshmallow fluff wasn’t super healthy, but I don’t want to keep myself from eating the foods I enjoy, but just less of them. Sure, I ate the candy heart, the fluff and the chocolate, but I didn’t eat the cake.

Baby steps.

0 Replies to “A test in self restraint”

  1. Is it just me, or do those pictures make it look like the cupcake is GIGANTIC! haha. Way to go though. I tried self-restraint with a donut at work this morning and it only lasted 5 minutes 🙁

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