Temptation

I’m on day 23 without sugar.  Did you know that Dr Pepper has sugar in it?  So does bread.  What a crock. And apparently every other food item that I enjoy.  Did you know that you have to stir up natural peanut butter?  It’s discerning to say the least.  I miss Peter.  Peter Pan that is. He was so good to me at one time.

I totally ate red bell peppers last night.  I cut them up and tried to convince myself that they were strawberries.  Did I not mention that I’m off fruit right now too?  Oh yeah.  I’m just a joy to be around.  The peppers weren’t that bad.  I’m trying to expand my vegetable taste buds.  Yes, I still think green beans smell like feet and are disgusting, but edamame is making quite the run for greatest vegetable ever.

I digress.

So I ran by Target the other day to get a stash of sugar-free Jell-O for the office.  As I’m leaving the grocery store part of the establishment, I remembered that I needed toothpaste.  I decided to take a short cut through the pharmacy, turned left expecting to be on the deodorant aisle and found myself in the middle of rows and rows and rows of glorious Halloween candy.

And you know the good stuff was eye level.

I began to slowly creep down the heavenly path taking in deep breaths.  Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups in the shape of pumpkins.  My favorite.  Individually wrapped Milky Ways with official Halloween markings.  I love those.  Bags upon bags of Candy Corn.  A typical desk top staple of mine in October.  And then, there was the pièce de résistance:

Five fun Halloween shapes.  That rich, creamy orange middle.  A single tear slid down my face as I touched the bag and bid them adieu.

I fetched my stupid toothpaste and headed to the checkout, irritated that I was dumb enough to go carb-free during one of the most wonderful candy seasons of the year.  But then, as if a spotlight was beaming down from the good Lord above, I saw and end cap with this:

As a Buble fan, I knew this was coming out.  It’s been on my radar for a while.  As a strong believer that preparing for the Christmas season in OCTOBER is totally annoying, I fought the urge to purchase.  I told Michael I would see him soon.  But he kept looking at me.  With that come hither stare.

Juggling the Jell-O and toothpaste, I reluctantly picked up the CD to scrutinize the track list.  Did you know that if you purchase the actual CD from Target, you get three extra bonus tracks that are NOT available on iTunes?  And there are two songs where the Puppini Sisters are accompanying Michael?  I don’t know who they are but I dare you not to walk around your apartment or workplace announcing, “And now…THE PUPPINI SISTERS!”  Love.  That.

Alas, I put Michael and the Puppini’s back on the shelf.  I promised him that I would return later in November to purchase him.  I put my stupid toothpaste and stupid Jell-O on the conveyer belt and fought the temptation to turn around and take Michael home with me.

Cut to that night.  I’m over at my friend Keri’s house.  And guess what she presented me?

OH HAPPY DAY!  I vowed to not remove the cellophane until mid-November and thanked her for being such a good friend.  That’s when I noticed that the wrapper had already been removed.  She had already downloaded the entire album and Michael was tossing me a package (back cover) as if to say, “OPEN ME!”

So I did.  And I downloaded.  And I listened.  And I loved.  The Puppini Sisters were everything I thought they would be.  And more.

This is Lincee…still carb free…giving Buble’s new Christmas album two enthusiastic toe thumbs up. I implore you to purchase and enjoy!

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saggleo
saggleo

LOL!!! Oh you brave brave soul! Cracking up at your experience down the sugar aisle. I tried that once…really need to try again. LOL You were rewarded anyway for not tempting sugar fate…I think it’s okay that you listened to it now too…since you weren’t alone obviously. =) That’s one mighty nice picture on that cd if I do say so.

Good luck w/ the no sugar!

Katie
Katie

My sister just picked this up for me yesterday at Target! I did a quick preview listen last night and it’s on repeat at work today. Simply fabulous.

Kim
Kim

Lincee, you are my HERO! The whole sugar thing during the holidays…what a sacrifice! I hope you have good luck with that and the temptations end soon.

Kristin
Kristin

Yea! I want that! I liked his “Let it Snow” EP a few years ago. I think it’s the only Christmas cd I really listen to because the songs actually sound like they should. Maybe I will buy it next month! Can’t wait for the Puppini line!

Also, I just noticed your header on your page. I think it’s cute with the popcorn and the Wicked Playbill. I’m not sure how I missed it before, but it’s legit! (in the words of my students).

Ruth Rutherford

You go, girl! I don’t think I could last that long without…BREAD. Ugh! It’s sooo good!

Just kidding. It’s only alright.

Actually… it’s gross. Yucky!

(Stay strong, sista.)

heidi
heidi

1. I tried no sugar once… I became a horrible person. So I started eating the sugar and the carbs and returned to my normal chipper self.
2. I love the Puppini Sisters.
3. I hate that Christmas music tends to come out in October. Remember the Pilgrims! So I will be purchasing Michael Buble, Matt Wertz and possibly even Justin Bieber November 24th after I eat my large Thanksgiving dinner.

Kirsty
Kirsty

I had diabetes when I was pregnant and I found so many awesome low carb things – sugar free chocolate (it’s sweetened with something else so it still tastes good) and Skinny Cow ice cream that tastes amazing but somehow has almost zero fat and no sugar… you can find good stuff if you really put your mind to it! 🙂 But I did eat lots of cheese, eggs and tofu (being a low carb vegetarian is tough!).

Stephanie
Stephanie

I bought the Buble CD when it came out on Monday with the same idea as you – it’s ENTIRELY too early for Christmas music, but it was less than an hour before it was on my iPod and my musical background to doing dishes. Love, Love, LOVE Cold December Night.

old fan
old fan

1. may we ask why you are giving up sugar? and 2. how do you do that? fromjustatehalfabagofcandycornandnowfeelsick

YoJenBabe
YoJenBabe

So – as soon as I read this, I opened Amazon.com to buy it (I LOVE Michael, and somehow didn’t know about this). I asked my coworker/great friend if she knew about it, and she said she had just bought it. I told her I hated her. She then proceeded to tell me that she bought me one too, for my birthday (December 5th). Can’t believe I ruined that one…

Maureen
Maureen

Ooooh, that’s tough!! How much longer for no carbs/sugar at all? Can you ease into the fruits soon at least? Good luck, and great work so far! I probably would’ve ripped open that bag of Oreos like Cookie Monster. Keep up the great work! 🙂

Connie
Connie

Ok… If Lincee can do it then I can try it too! Thanks for motivating me to try. I am normally inhaling candy corn by now. AND, when it goes on sale AFTER Halloween! Oh, the shame of it all…Keep it up and keep us posted!

amya

Lincee…I really like you! I LOVE that you save Christmas for later in the year. And I admire how you stuck to your guns…even against the oreos!

*whisper* I happen to love green beans…BUT I agree…edamame is fantastic!

my parents have been carb-free for a while. one of my last visits with them introduced me to “cauliflower pizza crust” If you have not discovered all that cauliflower can do for you…well, girl, you had better google it!!

sissyintexas
sissyintexas

The Skippy natural peanut butter is the best and requires minimal, if any, stirring. Although stirring the others does give you quite a workout.

Soolidge
Soolidge

STUPID toothpaste and STUPID Jello!!! Loved that.
Nice willpower. It’s a good feeling — much later.

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