Monday, March 16, 2009

True Confessions...

I was too embarrassed to let you all know what I did last Wednesday, but it's been bothering me so I must 'fess up.

I bought cookies last Wednesday at the store. There it is out in the open. I've been thinking about them for so long and I do love cookies. I'd prefer homemade but I have found out with experience that homemade cookies have a real hold on my willpower. So I decided to try store bought. And before you ask, I did get my favs in the cookie category. The first and second nights I dove in...but...I did stop myself at 4. I just kept telling myself they would still be there tomorrow and that worked. Since then I've "allowed" myself two per day, again telling myself they'd still be there tomorrow. And I have had a day or two without cookies at all. I've put them out of sight so they are not reminding me they are there but in the back of my mind I know I can have one if I want. It's working! And I'm counting them in my daily calorie intake, and enjoying a little treat.

I did this same thing with potato chips and now I don't buy chips often at all. As a matter of fact I haven't bought them in well over a month.

I used the 100 calories snacks in the beginning of this journey and got to the point that I was having several packs a day and decided that wasn't a good way to lose weight much less healthy for me. I broke myself from them by having a piece or two of cinnamon toast as a sweet. Using Splenda instead of sugar and light butter on the toast. It really worked well and the whole wheat bread was so much better for me than the processed stuff. Now I do buy a box of 90 calorie Quaker Oat granola bars about once a month but they don't have the hold on me that they did in the beginning. Maybe it's the fact that I do keep them in the house and know I can have one once in a while if I want but they have lost their hold over me.

Now I'm trying the same thing with the cookies to see if I can get them to release that hold.

We all have to experiment on this journey and find out what works for each of us. I've found that if I am too strict on myself and cut out ALL "treats," I won't stick with this at all.

I also got some strawberries and made my Strawberry Pie last night. Haven't had any yet but am looking forward to a piece tonight after supper. If you're on WW, the pie is only one point per piece!!

In the past I've always said that I wasn't addicted to sweets but I'm beginning to reevaluate myself. I must be addicted to sweets or I wouldn't be wanting them so often.

I still miss my salty snacks but I have found substitutes for them. Mostly I use roasted, lightly salted almonds. When I'm having a craving for salt I grab a very small hand full (about 10) of almonds and eat them slowly one at a time. That does it for me and I'm getting such wonderful nutrients from them. When I started this I did it about 3-4 times a day but now it is down to 1-2 times a day. I can't find almonds locally so when I go to Wal-Mart I do have to stock up. Thank goodness they are sealed and have a good shelf life.

Next I'll have to find a substitute for the cookies. I haven't made my bran muffins in a long while and maybe that will work. After the cookies are gone I will give it a try.

11 comments:

VRaz60 said...

I'm usually not a sweet eater, but when I'm calorie counting, I seem to crave a sweet treat. I, too, have used the 100 cal. packs, but they are a tool of the devil, I think. One is too little, and an entire box it too much. I try and indulge only once a week. But as you know, it ain't easy.

My Big Fat Super Super Obese Blog said...

I'm definitely a sweet a holic. I am SO impressed that you were able to stop at two a day. That is kind of what I'm trying to do, but right now I don't trust myself to have something IN the house. I'm going to relegate it to controlled splurges (within reason) at restaurants for now.

Kudos to you though!

Cammy said...

Ah-HAH! I knew it! I knew there was something shifty-looking about your posts last week!

In all seriousness, kudos for trying it. If it works long-term, that's great. If it doesn't, you get to choose what's next. The only person you have to please is YOU and that pretty lady in the mirror. :)

Fatinah said...

I think it is great that you have found a way to keep something you enjoy in your life - moderation is the key - and it sounds like you've found it!! I'm impressed!!!!

grammy said...

It sounds like you are working out a system that works for you. As long as you don't give up all together and just keep trying to do it the way that will work for you. I think my system has been...eat out and eat to much on the weekends then all week I 'clean up'. I have a set routine during the week and I can eat healthy. It's those weekends that get to me (o:

Dutch said...

I just made tons of sweets for my hubby and daughter. I made peanut butter, peanut butter & chocolate chips and oatmeal cookies. I also made 24 french vanilla cupcakes. I am not really tempted. I had a cookie today. I think slowly my taste buds are changing. I do believe that you shouldn't deprive yourself of sweets every once in awhile. I love salty stuff also. I think I will try roasting some almonds. I do love almonds but haven't bought any in awhile. Keep up the good work.

jinxxxygirl said...

Its healthy i think that you are trying to find a way to live with sweets. Its what 'normal'people do. But i really don't think i'm normal. Or ever will be. I'am definaely addicted to sweets. And i do much better when i remove them entirely from my diet. Whenever i do give in on say a special splurge day i have a terrible 2 - 3 days getting my taste buds and cravings back under control. So i find it best to just leave it alone.
Doing what your doing for me would just be playing with fire. And i would get burned. However saying that i think your way is the healthier way. The more sane way. I just couldn't do it. Jinx!

SeaShore said...

I'm impressed that you can keep an open bag of cookies in the house and you can enjoy them moderately. Really impressed!

VeeGettingHealthy said...

I have no willpower. That said, I've been searching for something I can eat when I get cravings - something instead of a Fuddrucker cheeseburger or ribs from Country Buffet or ice cream or snickers bars. I haven't found anything that I can keep at home and eat at least once a day and that's healthy.

An avocado comes close but I usually add onion and garlic powder to it and have to it with chips. But that doesn't cover my craving for sweets.

When I crave ribs, I put a pot roast in the crockpot with barbque sauce and usually that will satisfy me if the roast is fatty enough. Kinda defeats the purpose.

I just don't know

Vee at www.veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

MaryFran said...

I love your confession. It shows everyone reading your post that this journey is about sometimes giving in to our desires, but at the same time reining those desires back in to a managable level! Good for you!

JC said...

You are so funny with your fessing up. You are absolutely right about figuring out what works. I'm proud of your approach. We can't give up completely the things we love but we can learn to manage them. I want that strawberry pie receipe. Is in on your recipe blog?