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Today, the most necessary things often turn out to be pretty luxurious!

Take milk, for example, or bread! Basics, aren’t they? You would think that basics are easy to purchase, that you don’t have to think about what to buy.

I, however, constantly find myself standing in front of the bakery section or cooled shelves of some supermarket checking and comparing prices. I don’t even dare think about cold cuts. Let alone cheese!

Now, I am someone who can consider herself to be, let’s say, well-off!

What about those people or families who do not have the choice but must always go for the cheapest, sometimes even expired products just because their financial situation does not allow for more?

Not even for fresh and healthy basics!

Slowly but surely spring is coming up. Beautiful flowers are popping up, singing birds make waking up in the morning a whole lot easier and the sun is no longer afraid of brightening up our days. Heavy winter coats and oversized pullovers finally disappear into the darkness of our closets and we can actually tell the difference between night and day again.

Thinking of spring I inevitably have to think about a few unpleasant realities, as well. Think magazines! More specifically, think magazines for girls and women! What do you see?

RIGHT! Cover pages and plenty of magazine space crammed with “useful” tips and tricks how to lose AAAaalll the weight we have put on over the winter months.

There are stunningly beautiful supermodels, well-known celebrities and perfect strangers smiling at us trying to sell their all-time favorite spring diets or miraculous sports programs.

20 pounds in only 2 days!

There are all kinds of suggestions on how to cut back on all the fat and carbohydrates we love so much, pictures of meals consisting of nothing but vitamins and air, and scrutinizingly detailed explanations of sportive movements only circus artists and aliens seem to be able to perform.

I have not come across a single article yet telling me I should be satisfied with myself because I am as perfect as I can be.

DON’T you think it’s high time those magazines cut us ladies some slack?!

You don’t need no suicidal fitness program or anti-age wonders! What you REALLY need is a great deal of sunny days, time for yourselves, and lots and lots of fun! And I promise, you’ll be all sexy and irresistible by the time your bikini is dying to be put on.

Do you know that feeling? It’s Sunday evening and you are full of Monday’s resolutions. You are pushing millions of thoughts around. If your neural system was a bunch of people a hell of a party would be going on up there. First of all, you swear to quit eating so much late at night. No more sandwiches, no more chips and, of course, no more chocolate. You are 26 years old (in my case, at least ;-) ) and you can already see the traces all that crap is leaving on your body which is definitely not OK. You also tell yourself you’ll be going to the gym first thing in the morning, every single day! Oh, and there is this thing at work you would like to do but usually don’t have time to because a whole lot of other things are constantly crossing your way! Next thing on your list: Get down to do all the “I-finally-have-to-take-care-of-that-at-work-thing” things that have been piling up over a couple of months (years???).

It feels great, doesn’t it? All the motivation and enthusiasm you are filled up with at that very moment. It’s good to fall asleep knowing what is awaiting you the next day! A world of changes!

The alarm is ringing. Of course, you confuse it with some weird noise messing with your dream and you wonder why Mister Right is wearing a clock on his head. Oh, right! Alarm! Wake up! You hit the button to shut that thing up. It’s 5.40 in the morning. The “first-thing-in-the-morning” gym opens up at 6. You should get going if you want to be able to do that before you have to go to work. By the way, why is it so dark outside? Oh, right! It’s winter and the sun won’t come up for another one and a half hours. Your man is snuggling up in this great big blanket, which offers so much more safety than the cold and nasty weather outside. Maybe you should go to the gym right after work, before lunch. So, you sleep in a little. You are five minutes late at work but that’s OK since you stayed a little longer on Friday anyway. There it is! That pile of “hasn’t-been-touched-yet” work. You are all ready but then your colleague tells you to do this and that, your boss comes in and has a thousand questions, and all those phone calls to answer. It’s noon. You have been satisfying other people’s needs all morning long without ever being able to deal with your stuff! Of course, you don’t go to the gym at noon either because you got PMS. The afternoon passes by without anything worth mentioning. At night, your boyfriend makes dinner. Now guess, what are you going to get? Since it’s cold and unfriendly outside a bowl of muesli won’t do for sure. Toast bread, scrambled eggs and a couple of mini sandwiches – that’s what you get! Yummy!, but not even close to Monday’s resolutions. When he goes to get some chocolate (it’s December, no wonder people have got chocolate at home around holiday time) you finally give in!

Maybe it would be better to start tomorrow. So you go to bed with a great deal of Tuesday’s resolutions spinning in your head!

All I can say is Good Luck! Or, don’t take life so seriously! You won’t get out alive anyway! ;-)

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