I saw a sign for Dunkin Donuts promoting a two dozen for 11.99 as a Fall Deal. One dozen is 8.99 (I looked it up online… hehehe) which means the second dozen is $3. The average person waking in doesn’t have any intention of buying two dozen donuts, but you’d have to be foolish not to, right? And they’ve got orange frosting! It all starts off so innocently in October.

Huge bags of ‘fun sized’ Halloween candy were piled high at the grocery store. Everywhere we went today had a big dose of candy mania. I don’t care a thing about Halloween candy but felt swept up and bought a small bag of sugar free Werther’s Originals.

Halloween is JUST the Beginning

Rule Number One

DO NOT EAT CANDY CORN. Not a single piece. You already know what it tastes like. You can think about it and conjure up that exact taste in your mouth. You can taste it now, can’t you? We all have eaten a thousand little cone shaped pieces. One. Color. At. A. Time. You don’t need to know how many sugar grams there are in five pieces. You don’t need to know the sugar grams in a mini Snickers bar. Halloween Candy is none of your business. It’s not a food for people who have had obesity surgery. (Dr. Nowzaradan says that and I love it!)

Break glass in case of emergency

Buying the bag of Sugar Free Werther’s allows for an alternative so no one feels punished. Which statement sounds more reasonable even though the voices are in our heads? “You cant have candy corn! You can’t have anything.” OR “You could have the candy corn but why not have a Sugar Free Werther’s instead.” Boom.

Find joy elsewhere

Happiness can be found in a slice of crisp peeled apple you nibble while wearing smaller jeans. It can be found while running around the Pumpkin Patch with your children because you can move and even run. It’s found in not taking diabetes medicine. True solace can be found in the colored leaves while walking on a Fall day. Get high on life instead of a candy rush!

Big Eye Roll

If you are rolling your eyes right now, this message is to you: please understand that a significant portion of weight lost comes back if you continue to cheat around your surgery with foods you know are bad to eat. Who says so? Hundreds of thousands of bariatric post ops just like you, who all say ‘100 pounds gone forever!’ just like you do. It’s not forever unless you change. Calculating the number of mini Snickers you can eat before potentially getting sick is a very bad thing and if this is you, please get some help.

Poor us!

Some of you give our support team a hard time about not ‘depriving yourself’ because you want to have your cake and eat it too, ‘in moderation’ of course. Since when does not eating donuts, candy, popcorn, bagels, soda, pizza, fried chicken and ice cream mean you are deprived? Most of the world has never tasted these foods and do not appear to be worse off for it. Maybe a little deprivation will do us good.

Forced compliance

After years of not being able to moderate ourselves, we left the hospital with a surgically created pouch that holds four ounces. If you rely on food to fill you with joy, you’ll come up short after surgery too. Take control and refuse to be a victim. Take responsibility for your pre op state and figure out where your old way of eating and lifestyle went wrong. Come up with a new new path with new foods to love. No one dies without candy corn.

Naturally slim people keep their mitts out of the Halloween Candy. They’re the ones who take it to the office so slugs like us will eat it. Don’t be the post op who asks ‘WHEN CAN I EAT PIZZA AGAIN?” “Can I have chocolate?” “No judgment, but I ate four Reese’s Cups yesterday.” Groan…

Many of those who have had bariatric surgery just don’t seem to get that in order for things to change, we have to change because the world remains the same. Surgery is easy, we have to make the hard part happen.

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4 thoughts on “Halloween is JUST the Beginning

  1. Elaine says:

    5 Days until Halloween — first year to break the “Candy Cycle” that starts with Halloween and continues thru Easter. It’s a wonderful feeling to not have eaten bags (yes, bags) of candy by this point. Looking forward to working out at the Fitness Center after work today!!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this message. This has been me for the past month – frustrated with a stall and giving in to my old ways instead of sticking to what I’ve been doing successfully for 10 months. That stops today!!! Doing the reset to reframe my attitude and decision making and get myself back on track!

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