I rode my bike to work today, as promised. And I stood a few times during my webex meetings, however it was hard to remember to do this so maybe I’ll set a reminder on my calendar for myself.
I had planned to go for a run when I got home from work today, but I got home too late and it was dark already. I don’t like running in the dark, for a variety of reasons, so I had to find something else.
We decided to go to the mall and walk laps there. Walking is better than nothing, so off we went. Now, I suppose, for some the mall might offer temptations that would be counter-productive, but in general I don’t find that to be a problem. I knew that I wouldn’t be tempted by any of the clothing shops because I’m currently on a clothes-buying moratorium until my size stabilizes (however I am pleased to see that jewel tones are big this winter). I knew that the food court wouldn’t be a problem because mall food is barely even food, in my book. Jewelry shops – ha! I’m feeling broke this autumn already so no worries there. And yet…and yet…we were still drawn into Lush.
First let me tell you about my thoughts on enticing smells while I’m on a program like Optifast. They don’t bother me, I actually enjoy them. Even tantalizing food scents. I realize that right now and for the near future I won’t be consuming the food from which they emanate, and so I can extract from the other type of enjoyment they carry – that of olfactory bliss. The internet tells me that 90% of taste is smell – that’s 90% of the enjoyment that I can enjoy! Even if I can’t eat the sizzling steak on the grill, I can still deeply inhale the delicious scent and enjoy that. It doesn’t lure me to try to eat it, either, because I am firmly committed to my goal, but there’s nothing stopping me from gaining what enjoyment I can out of the situation. And this goes for all nice scents. I enjoy them a lot more when I’m not eating because it’s one of the pleasures that doesn’t cost me anything to enjoy. Ok, back to Lush…
Lush is a cosmetics store, according to their sign, but really I think they mostly sell handmade soap and bath products, like bath bombs. I have a weakness for bath bombs…or rather, my husband does. We met when I lived in California and he lived in Indiana, and for our third date I flew out to visit him. Before I arrived he’d stocked up on bath bombs, and one evening during my visit he drew me a bath, threw in a fizzy bath bomb and brought me a glass of wine. He’s always on the lookout for little things he can use to draw me a relaxing bath, like bubble bath, bath salts, fizzy bombs, pretty soap, etc. And we’ve been out of any of those things for a couple of months, so when we saw the Lush shop on our final mall lap he bee-lined right for it.
We spent a few minutes sniffing every bath product, soap, gel, and lotion in the shop, then settled on 6 delicious fizzy bombs to purchase. As we made our way to the mall exit we passed one of those candy shops where you take a bucket and pick a few pieces from different barrels and plastic dispensers. And right then I realized that Lush (and similar shops, like Bath and Body Works, the Body Shop, etc) are candy stores for people on diets! You can sniff all the delicious, amazing scents, working your way through the entire shop and not consume a single calorie! It’s perfect!