The Chocolate Drawer

by Jay Hiller, August 11, 2022

My desk at work is never this clean. TMI?
Photo by Chris Adamus on Unsplash

At my worky-work job (as opposed to my fun yoga and fitness job) my friend, Jeanne used to generously provide anybody who walked by full access to a desk drawer in her cubicle that she kept stocked with chocolate. I had absolutely no control with the chocolate drawer, sometimes visiting it multiple times in the same hour. Periodically I would bring Jeanne a full bag of chocolate along with an apology. She would accept both graciously.

During the deep pandemic lockdown, I replaced the chocolate drawer problem with a cinnamon toast problem and a brownie in a mug problem. I have a sweet tooth for sure. Then some blood work came back with levels in the prediabetic range and I heard a podcast where a doctor explained that refined sugar is really bad for your liver. I got downright austere about things for a month or two. Then a friend suggested that I have some chocolate after 30 days. Maybe I wouldn’t like it anymore? So I had this little 1 inch piece of chocolate and….I did still like it. Darn!

Knowing my own tendencies, I knew that if I continued being too restrictive I would eventually end up out of control again. So now I’m doing this. I have one square (okay, some days two squares) of 85% dark chocolate everyday. So far I haven’t had a problem stopping and I’m using an app a friend loaded on my phone to monitor my sugar consumption to make sure I don’t go overboard. I’m also making sure I exercise a little after I eat my chocolate. Getting retested in October and feeling optimistic that I can get those levels down where they need to be.


My friend Susan said that the email for yesterday’s post never got to her inbox. I’m not sure what happened but it’s probably related to a mistake I made. If you didn’t see yesterday’s post, here’s the link: in a new tab)

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