Challenge,  Get To Know Me (g2km)

Stare it Down – Day 29 G2KM Blog Challenge

There’s no denying it, I have a sweet tooth.  For years, my cravings for candy felt like an obsession.  I fell prey especially  to my fondness for chocolate, milk or dark. It made no differences, if it was in the house then it called my name until I crumbled like a rag doll as I tore away the wrapper to silence the little beast.  Then all was good…or was it?

What I discovered about myself was not really a craving so much as a conditioning of my mind.  I told myself, I couldn’t have it because it was bad for my diet.  This made me ‘want’ it more and more and more.

After years of struggling with this issue, I decided to allow myself the simple indulgence of a piece of chocolate every day with no guilt.  I ate a ‘fun size’ piece of candy even if I wasn’t craving it.  Before long I noticed my craving for chocolate had all, but vanished.

Oddly, though when I go to the grocery store I always want to buy something sweet.  I never know what kind of candy I want.  Is this a craving or my mind playing tricks?  I find every time I get this overpowering sense, I go straight to the candy aisle and look across the row of shelves stocked  piled with delicious yummies.  I pace up and down the aisle, stopping to look at a bag of candy or two or three or until my need for something sweet  passes.

The big ole bad chocolate bars don’t intimidate me these days as they once did.  I have a new line of defense, all I have to do is stare it down.  What can I say, it works for me every time!


I born and raised in the Appalachian mountains of southern WV. I was a child bride when I married my high school sweetheart in 1979. We moved to Knoxville, TN to begin our life. Determined to prove nay-Sayers from our community wrong, I completed my education and went on to earn an A.S. in computer programming. From 1983-1987, I worked as a computer system’s manager. That’s a glorified title for someone who trouble shoots and maintains system back-ups. After the birth of our first child in 1988, I took early retirement. What have I been doing for the last 25+ years? I am proud to say, I am a SAHM and for most of those years I home-schooled our three children from K-12. Now, the nest is empty.


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