In full disclosure I should tell you I’m not feeling on top of the world, so most foods – including sugar-filled deliciousness – didn’t look appetizing yesterday.

But nonetheless, a full day without sugar during my 45 day sugar fast is a win. The fact it was Valentine’s Day and no pink candy hearts, iced sugar cookies or chocolate-dipped treats hit my lips is a major victory.

There were a few times I was tempted.

I didn’t sweep the house with a big trash bag so everywhere I looked I saw treats trying to lure me back in – ice cream in the freezer. Box of chocolates on the counter.

Mae did come home with a bag full of candy like I suspected.

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But as I went through it with her, we talked more about the classmates who gave the Valentine’s candy verses the candy itself.

It was a nice insight into her world.

And it was a nice feeling – I was fighting the temptation to make the day all about candy.

Hidden inside of her backpack, I found something else:

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“What’s this?” I asked, pulling it out of the folder.

“Who do you think it is – it’s you…” 

My heart exploded.

It was all I needed to get through the rest of the day – because no candy or cookie, chocolate or brownie could have made my heart swell more.