Chocolate chip cookies.
MY homemade chocolate chip cookies.
They are my claim to fame among friends and family and my secret arch-nemesis. Oh, how I adore chocolate chip cookies!
I grew up with them. They are a comfort food for me. But, they are anything but healthy. However, being a good mom involves milk and cookies, right? Well, maybe not, but I’m not about to give up my chocolate chip cookies!
My flavored creamer is another can’t-give-up food. My husband chose to begin drinking his coffee black, but coffee is a treat for me and black coffee IS NOT a treat, folks. Black coffee is an alarm clock. You know, that disturbing electric jolt from asleep to awake. Not a treat. I use a creamer that is made with real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup, but I know that doesn’t exactly make it a health food.
Um…kind of like that Pepsi I drink. (*ducking*)
While I have not managed to walk away from soda altogether like Laura from Heavenly Homemakers (although I do intend to get there…someday…tell me I can do it, Laura…), I have learned to bring it into moderation.
How Do You Handle the Foods That Tempt You?
That’s what I want to share with you today. You CAN lose weight, get fit, and still have some of those foods that tempt you. However, you DO need a bit of a mental adjustment to do so. You have to decide how to “moderate” the foods that aren’t necessarily healthy but are things you would like to have.
Learn to live with less
I drink coffee nearly every day. The way I’ve chosen to deal with my creamer is by learning to do with less. I could have chosen to wean myself slowly or get rid of it altogether, but I decided to cut down instead. Creamer probably adds about 60 calories to my day. That feels reasonable to me.
Eliminate the every day and make it special
I have tried to ditch the soda in the past, but something about an all-or-nothing attitude toward soda makes the temptation worse for me. (it’s a character flaw…I’m working on it) Because of this, my game plan for dealing with the soda was to stop buying soda to keep in the house and stop going to Happy Hour at Sonic.
By the way, marketing schemes work REALLY well on me. Sonic says I can have a HUGE drink for the price of a small drink during Happy Hour and I say, “YES, PLEASE!” I am slowly but surely training myself to stop seeing food/drink in terms of “getting my money’s worth.”
I only grab a soda on rare occasions now, so it is something special and not something I think I HAVE to have.
Now, for those glorious chocolate chip cookies…
Find something that works for you
My moderation of these tasty morsels came quite by accident. My 12 year old daughter decided she wanted to learn how to make them. After the initial cooking-making lesson, I ended up never being in the kitchen as she was making them. I notice I eat far less when SHE makes the cookies. Then, she started putting the cookies in a covered container and I ate even less of them! Something about the work and noise of lifting a heavy glass lid off the cookie jar proved to be a most effective cookie-eating deterrent.
Another great deterrent is to have a large family and never double the recipe! No one ever gets more than their fair share. 😉
I have changed a lot of my habits since starting this weight loss journey. Many of the changes I’ve made have actually helped to curb my cravings, including the cravings of the foods that typically tempt me, but that’s another post!
Now, for the update…
That’s right! 36 pounds!!!
I am only 1 pound away from my next goal!
Sometimes it feels painfully slow until I actually look at the progress as a whole. The weight is coming off 1-2 pounds a week now. There have been a couple of weeks where nothing has come off, but the victory is that it isn’t coming back on!
I’m excited to reach my next goal. I sort of feel like that weight goal is where the real weight loss begins. That weight is the lowest I’ve been able to maintain for years. I want to break past that perceived barrier and keep going!