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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cookie dough, Girl Scout cookies and valentine's treats

When I reported my "big" loss yesterday (of 1.4 lbs. - important only because it was the first time since December that I'd lost more than 1 lb. in a week) someone asked if I'd done anything differently during the week that may have contributed to the extra loss.  The answer is YES!

Yes, I made cookies on Saturday and ate a few spoonfuls of uncooked dough.  Yes, I also bought Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies from a friend's daughter and ate EIGHT of them on Sunday.  Yes, because on Monday my mom brought me chocolate covered strawberries for Valentine's Day and I had one on Monday and one on Tuesday.  (She also brought me some Dove chocolates but I haven't gotten into those YET).

So one may assume that this weight loss was an undeserved "fluke", but the reality is that I did my best to log ALL my little extras and adjust my other meals a bit to accommodate the extra calories.  I did have to estimate the spoonfuls of cookie dough (I figured them at equal to two full cookies), but otherwise I was pretty much on target.

The point of all this is that it is possible to fit treats into your meal plan.  When you eat cookies or candy, you don't have to beat yourself up.  You don't have to throw in the towel and figure you might as well keep eating since you screwed up the day anyway.  You need not publicly flog yourself on your blog because it really is okay to have treats from time to time! 

I know that some people have issues with sugar and sweets and consider them trigger foods that are best to be avoided.  I used to believe that too actually.  For me now, however, not eating certain foods makes them much more attractive and desirable.  I guess it is my inner rebellious teenager! 

9 comments:

Bonnie said...

It's great you can fill sweets into your calories. I think it's important to still have some treats.

Amanda said...

I so agree!! It is important to get those treats in. They really aren't trigger foods for me so the worry isn't there! But I did make fondue with angel food cake and strawberries for valentines and boy oh boy was it yummy!

tessierose said...

Excellent! I totally agree except for the raw cookie dough, I like it hot out of the oven!

Chubby McGee said...

"The point of all this is that it is possible to fit treats into your meal plan. When you eat cookies or candy, you don't have to beat yourself up. You don't have to throw in the towel and figure you might as well keep eating since you screwed up the day anyway. You need not publicly flog yourself on your blog because it really is okay to have treats from time to time! "

OMG! YES! THANK YOU FOR SAYING THIS! You can eat whatever you want as long as you figure it into your calories and have it in moderation. Sometimes, I find that little "treats" can miraculously cause a boost in the weight loss. It's like your body is saying, "Thanks...I liked that...here's an extra half-pound gone. Let's do this again, but not too often."

I'm growing kind of tired of reading about people who are starving and/or eating cardboard while longingly looking at cupcakes and chocolate.

~Lisa~ said...

Ohhh my heavens! Cookie dough is exactly the reason I bake chocolate chip cookies once a year!!

I completely love and have adopted your attitude about "allowing" myself to eat things rather than avoid them - it is the avoiding part that has always been my downfall!

Maggie said...

I tried depriving myself of treats, and it backfired WILDLY....so I'm glad to see you still indulge once in awhile.

Thanks for stopping by my space!

Sarah said...

I agree 100%. Nice post.

Ronnie said...

I agree, the farther into this journey I am...the more pointless it seems to try to avoid ALL cravings. Especially when one little cookie isn't gonna hurt, if I work it in! I had one yesterday and I still lost about a pound overnight anyway. People who think tiny indulgences hurt and avoid them are going to be miserable. :(

trisha said...

you're my hero amanda lol