sometimes, you just need to eat a little dessert.

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It was 80+ degrees in Central Florida on Tuesday. Today it’s in the 40s and spitting a particularly irritating cold and misty rain.

Double-you-tee-eff, Florida?

It seems we haven’t experienced a legit winter in some time, as all of my cold weather attire is two sizes too small. See: Fat Guy In A Little Coat.

Between the bipolar weather, my lack of appropriate outerwear, and the Chick-fil-A DTs, I’m a grumpy girl. And maybe it’s all the ‘Bucks venti iced green teas (sans syrup) I’m swilling in the name of antioxidants and all that jazz, but I’m jittery as all get out! High anxiety! What’s my deal?!

So. When C snuck me out of the shop for lunch at our favorite new BBQ spot this afternoon, and the server kindly brought us each an itty-bitty cherry cobbler after our meal, I hesitated…

Can I eat it? I shouldn’t. But it would be rude not to. I’m eating it.”

I did. It was warm therapy in a ramekin, and I savored its sweet crunchy comfort like it was the last quarter cup of cherry cobbler on earth.

I finished it in four tiny rationed bites, then eyed C’s untouched portion — he hates dessert, isn’t he weird? — but quickly realized I was perfectly content without it.

I almost let myself feel guilty for caving in to baked temptation, like I’d erased all my previous success in that moment of weakness. I even asked C on our way back to the shop, “are you judging me for eating that cherry cobbler?” He wasn’t, of course. {Fortunately, he also doesn’t judge me for asking stupid, self-absorbed questions.} So why was I judging myself?

Taking care of your body doesn’t have to be black and white; sometimes you need a little indulgence to get you through a crappy day, and that’s cool. Necessary, even.  #treatyoself, YOLO, life is short, etc.

Like most things, I think good health is all about balance and moderation. And today, that little bit of cherry cobbler went a long way. Tomorrow’s a new day.



About Keira Lennox

I'm a small town girl from the sunshine state with an affinity for bookstores, beauty counters and unfussy style. I spend my days running my flower shop, and my nights blogging about what I love and what I wear. (Or watching Netflix and drinking wine.)

17 thoughts on “sometimes, you just need to eat a little dessert.

  1. That’s true: I don’t think you must cut out everything unhealthy from your diet, you just eat it less often and take smaller portions of it. I I do eat very healthy food and work out several times a week, so I think I can eat something sweet every now and then, without ruining my health or gaining weight. I need to enjoy life and that covers having some desserts! I wouldn’t wanna eat it because I feel sad, though, because that might bring back my bulimia which luckily has been gone for four years. However, I do occasionally eat something sweet when I feel sad. So far, it hasn’t caused me any problems. I hope it stays that way!

  2. Oh boy! I think it must be the weather that’s making us crave these un-needful things. I caved and gave in to the temptation of my sweet tooth earlier today too. Oh well. Sighs. :-)

  3. Same here on the treasure coast…rainy n nothing appropriate to wear…it IS Florida…I only have sandals and various outerwear, ie yoga pants n tanks with built in bras. I do not have any cherry cobbler or dessert to enjoy this dreary day (meaning the sky is not clear blue) but I did make dinner and I ate it, too. This means I can go to sleep by 7 pm tonite and start tomorrow off anew!

What do you think?