It’s about 11:30 on this chilly, Sunday afternoon and my children have decided to bake cupcakes. I don’t mind, it keeps them happy and they enjoy eating the yummy treats. I am not tempted by sugary treats so I’m ok. However, they smell really good today. The smell of fresh baked cupcakes fills my house. The cupcakes smell delicious and they look even more delicious. They are decorated with pink frosting and sprinkles and they are calling to me now!
What do I do!? This is never a problem for me! I think the combination of the weather and homemade baking is too much for me to bear. Ordinarily a competitor just keeps these treats out of the house but when you are a mom it is nearly impossible. I can’t deny my children the experience of baking and eating pretty pink frosted cupcakes.
I grabbed my digital camera and headed up to my bedroom. I put on the tiniest bikini I could find and took progress pictures of myself. OH WOW! Ok, I suddenly lost my craving for the cupcakes! Instead I was craving a high intensity cardio session. Amazing what a little reality check like this can do. Competition season will be here soon and I do not want to hold my results back. No, I didn’t look terrible, but it wasn’t nearly stage ready. My abs were starting to come in nicely and nothing, let alone a cupcake, could stop me now.
I always think about the girls that will stand on stage with me in my class. I imagine them staying on track with their diets and training hard. I imagine them looking amazing as they raise the bar of competition. It is here that my competitive mindset takes over. Here is where it really matters what decision I make.
Well, I can happily report that I stayed away from the cupcakes. I turned my nose up as I passed them by and went for a nice hot cup of herbal tea instead. It was just what I needed to feel cozy and warm on this freezing cold day. A cupcake doesn’t seem like much but it could make the difference between first and last place. Remember, it only takes a single grain of rice to tip a scale.