Friday, February 26, 2010
It is again girl scout cookie time. Most people simply have to not make eye contact with the sweet little girls selling cookies at the grocery stores to avoid the calorie laden goodies. That was me... until this year. I am a leader for my daughter's 2nd grade brownie troop and am the cookie mom. That means I am responsible for getting all of the cookies and keeping them at my house until the other girls can pick them up. I currently have 18 cases of the cookies in my hallway. All the tempting goodness just waiting for me to dive in. To support the cause, our family has already purchased 10 boxes. I have put them in the freezer to avoid the temptation. I was then informed that frozen thin mints go great with coffee.....
Before Spark People, I could easily down an entire sleeve of thin mints in one sitting. My biggest downfall is sweets of any kind. To avoid the enticement, I simply don't buy sweets very often. I have found that I cannot control myself. I read in a magazine somewhere that one woman shaved off a small portion of every remaining brownie so that the family didn't notice any had been consumed. I laughed as I read that article, because I have been known to do just that. So having 10 boxes (and 18 more cases in wait) of cookies in my immediate possession was definitely a test.
But this time has been different. Sure, I have eaten cookies. But I stop myself after one serving, maybe a serving and a half if I have leftover calories for the day. OK, it's not the most nutritious food to spend calories on, but they are calories that I am in control of this time. I have the desire to lose the weight and the focus to know when to stop. I know that I eat healthy MOST of the time and that I can reward myself every now and then. Most importantly, I am seeing results! I have lost 6 pounds and feel great. So I will probably have another two caramel delites (or Samoas in some parts of the country) tomorrow and feel good about myself and my accomplishments. And I will feel good that I am supporting my girl scout troop!