Skinny Cow Experiment Bit of a Disaster!

Monday, May 31, 2010

I'm going to have to add the 100 calorie Ice Cream bars to my "not allowed in the house" rule. Damn!

I'm not a saint of food austerity or purity. I still love my junky calories--but I've been careful to limit myself to one or two empty calorie snacks a day, totaling no more than 10% of my recommended calorie intake (and I shoot for about 5%). So, having been experienced no cravings when it came to the 100 calorie popcorn bags, sugar-free hot chocolate, jello pudding cups, etc., I thought the Skinny Cow Bars on sale at my local grocery store would be an excellent addition to my summer repetoire. Alas, I ate the entire box in three days. And, while i managed to limit myself to only 2 bars per day, I can assure you that I heard those bars calling my name from the freezer all day, every day, until they were gone...

You know, a sick part of me wouldn't mind a terminal diagnosis (one that leaves me able to eat), just so that I could eat an entire loaf of hard-dough bread covered with nutella! And then another one toasted with butter. I'd add a smiley face here, but it is true! There is always a part of me that wants to say, "Screw this, eat what you want, when you want it, and as much as you want!"

Which is why I keep going back to the idea that my maintenance will depend on daily consciousness. I hope that there are folks who can reach there goals and then just eat and exercise in a healthy fashion without having to stay vigilant. But I suspect that I am not one of those people. On the other hand, I have the example of my husband and his best friend. Both in their mid-40's, and both with a level of fitness that most men half their age don't have (their annual contest involves doing 75 chinups, 100 pushups, 125 situps and 150 squats in under 20 minutes). And these guys stay conscious and workout every day. So why should I expect it to be any different for me?

If I was one of those people who naturally controlled their portions and naturally enjoyed a healthy level of exercise, I wouldn't have joined Spark weighing in at 348 pounds... If I wanted to be a blonde for the rest of my life, I'd have to keep colouring my hair and using the right shampoos--it would take an effort, in other words.

Anyway, I was kind of maybe taking some things about my spark program for granted and the Skinny Cow experiment showed me that I'm still paddling the canoe upstream and I'd better keep working if I don't want to drift back to my old habits. Pity. Because they tasted goooood!
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    great insights.
    2802 days ago
    I soooo understand this! One of my coworkers and I always joke about hurrying up and getting pregnant so we can eat! haha Of course we're kidding...kinda ;-)
    2839 days ago
    I understand completely. I tried buying those and other "low fat" frozen desserts vowing to limit myself to one a day only to have the entire box gone within a few days. I think knowing they are there is too big of a temptation for me to have them around. Have you tried keeping seedless grapes in the freezer and just popping them for a cool treat? They are low fat and being they're frozen you have to suck on them awhile which makes them last longer and you feel like you're having a treat but without the guilt.
    Don't beat yourself up about the skinny cow thing. You made a mistake and hopefully learned from it. I know how hard it is to resist something that you like to eat. I've seen these little one serving ice cream things at the store maybe if you got some of those it would be a treat but there wouldn't be a lot of temptation. They are a bit pricey so not stocking up wouldn't be a problem. emoticon
    2839 days ago
  • GINA7249
    i love the delmonte all fruit chillers pops and little cups they dont need to be froxen untill u want them. it take 2 hours or so to freeze. 55 cal for the pops they have strawberry artic grape and rasphberry. the cups have all of those plus mango. real fruit the sugar is natrual so its nutritionist approve. rather have that then junk. i have a 10 pm snack because my husnand get a snack after he gets home from work.

    im heavy too.
    2839 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/9/2010 8:59:07 PM
  • GINA7249
    love the skinney cow bars but i take one out and put it back after a full dinner so iam not tempted to do more. who says u cant have 2. my husband has lost 40 - 50 lbs in 4 months he was 3oo lbs with haveing that instead of haveing a whole box. dont restrict urself go for another walk in the day so u have the cals enough to have another. if u stay on cals u can do it.
    2839 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/9/2010 8:53:07 PM
    The idea that people don't have to be diligent is a myth. Granted, there are skinny people out there who don't work exceptionally hard at being thin...but they are not always healthy either. The number one way to be healthy in all areas of our life - weight, relationships, goals, etc. is to be mindful and aware and working on things all the time. Sounds tiring, but it's actually so rewarding to be aware and growing all the time!
    2840 days ago
    Yeah -- "Flamin' Hot Cheetos" are the same for me. I don't crave ice cream/sweets etc but jalapeno potato chips and the cheetos call my name. I need to commit to keeping them out of my house. Lately I've been eating grapes instead. White seedless grapes - mmmmm.
    2844 days ago
    OMG, last night I ventured over to the "baked bread" part of the grocery store (of course they have to put it where you walk right into the store, duh) and I soooooooo wanted to buy some croissants and take them home and eat them with some fine French cheese........but alas I did not!

    I told my self, self get outta here and FAST. You know if you bring it in the house you will eat it ALL. Not just one or a little bit.

    So I bought some lemon sorbet and fresh fruit, and no baked goods.

    I will save my croissant for "eating out" so I won't be tempted to eat more than one.

    Keep up the good work. Acknowledging this is a step.
    2846 days ago
    All carbs are a weakness for me. I am pretty sure I could live off bread and cheese and be content for life. So I have to watch what comes in the house. At least I do the grocery shopping so I can be a little better!
    2846 days ago
    mine is sun chips! i will totally eat the entire bag of those delicious little buggers in like 2 days. i love them! so we all have those things that we can't have around...

    now i am dreaming about sun chips LOL

    nice blog!
    2846 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/2/2010 1:44:07 PM
  • JJPJ4242
    I have a list of things not allowed in my house. Really, I think most people have to be vigilant forever, but we are human too. Lessons learned and moving on..... emoticon
    2847 days ago
  • DAVEW175
    Ice Cream, Pizza and Buttered Toast are my weaknesses. I had some ice cream last night for the first time in a while. After carefully dishing out a small portion I went back and got a second dish.

    The good news is that I didn't let it throw me off track. I chalked it up to the holiday and got back on track. In the past it might have triggered a wave of overeating but the thought of telling all my SparkFriends kept me on track.

    2847 days ago
    I love ice cream and can take or leave the Skinny Cows (but they do taste good). I plan for ice cream (in very small quantities - I used to consider the Ben & Jerry's pints to be single serving size), but I try to get really GOOD ice cream because I don't want to waste the calories on junk -

    I find that I can resist almost anything for a certain amount of time, and then I have to have it...I still crave chocolate at times - at others I can take or leave it - same with ice cream and other treats - I don't know if it has more to do with nutritional needs or with habits...
    2847 days ago
    oh my God - bread, butter and skinny cows! i'd be in pig heaven forever! you're not alone - so, don't feel bad. a bunch of us will have to be conscious forever ......... i think not being conscious is what got me here to begin with :) my years of not realizing what went down my gullet until it was already gone paved the way to my 300 lbs waddling its way to the freezer!

    stay conscious and keep up the good work! you're doing AWESOME!

    2848 days ago
    It is funny, Gramie Leanna and I were both single parents before we met. Neither of us had issue with Alcohol, but each of us decided to not keep Alcohol in the house unless we bought it for a specific occasion, and they always in a small quantity so as to not have it around. I guess we each figured that being on our own, having some restrictions do to you children, why put something there that might be a problem.

    A plan be might be to go out to buy a bar, we have a convenience store two big blocks away that carries such things (a bit more expensive). Another options is to find a sympathetic friend or neighbour who would let you store them at his/her house. Again the advantage is you have to go out to get them, you also have to face your friend each time you want one.

    2848 days ago
  • ANNE7X7
    I think I'm going to be one of those people who have to be careful forever. Of course, it will be a little bit less strict than right now because I am maintaining and not losing, but I will need to continue exercising and watching my portions. Like you said, I didn't gain weight by being good at controlling my portions.

    Skinny cow ice cream is delicious!! But like you, if it's in the house, I am more tempted to eat it. I think the 100-calorie packs are very deceiving... they are not very satisfying, so you still want some when you are done. A bug bowl of strawberries with some plain yogourt, however, is about the same number of calories and it makes me feel full, and great too!! More and more, I am seeing that quality food is SOOO worth it!!
    2848 days ago
  • CRIS76
    Yup - I'm in the "lifetime watchers" group as well. Sucks, but at least we know now, right?
    2848 days ago
    I love this blog!! :) I totally agree, the Skinny Cow ice cream is delicious. And fresh bakery breads with butter or peanut butter. Oh my, that's my downfall. So, like you, I'll just (try to) keep them out of the house.
    2848 days ago
    emoticon Three Days!!!! emoticon Those delicious bars kept calling to me and I was only able to hold out for two days. So much for 1 a day until they were gone! Like you, I have one more thing to add to my "Not Allowed" in my house list.
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    2848 days ago
    I am totally with you on the Skinny Cows -- I love the chocolate truffle ones and cannot have them in the house because I end up eating the entire box in short order. Some day I might have the fortitude to have just one a day. Unfortunately, today is not that day.

    2848 days ago
  • -FEMALE-
    I know exactly how you feel. I bought those drumsticks that were like 1/2 price and I eat them all in 3 days. (There was 8) They were so good, but I definitely won't be buying them again. They aren't worth it!
    2848 days ago
    ice cream seems to be my Kryptonite too.
    2848 days ago
    I am going to be working at this for the rest of my life too. I LOVE Skinny Cow and NO they are not allowed in the house. You and I are made of the same fabric, my friend. Give me bread and lots of butter thank you. Maybe not Nutella, I don't know, never had it. BUT peanut butter, Whoo Hoo!!! LOL We'll just keep skipping that isle at the grocery store.
    I don't know if you have noticed this but I only go up 1 or 2 aisles now . My list has maybe 3 items that are not around the perimeter of the store. Interesting, no?

    Keep plugging away. We are headed for greatness,

    2848 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/31/2010 8:50:55 PM
  • KITT52
    I think most of us will have to be on constant alert in order to keep our weight down, and exercise most days....
    You are not a lone with the Skinny Cow bars, I have read this on several blogs.
    Have a healthy week

    2848 days ago
  • DIANE2868
    Thanks for this, I know now to never buy skinny cow icecream!

    The part where you say " screw this, eat what you want, when you want, and as much as you want!" Well I have a voice in my head that says that to me every damn day. Most of the time I fight it and win, it is a battle everyday for life.

    2848 days ago
  • BECKYB73
    I made the SAME mistake when I picked up some of those truffle bars yesterday. I still some left, but there's just no way to ration those suckers appropriately. *sign*
    2848 days ago
    Oh I so know what you mean! Heh, I thought I could have a bag of Mini Peppermint patties in the house and I would just eat one a day or something. Huh! That SO did not happen. You and I are in the same boat. Keep on keeping on.
    2848 days ago
    Oh dear. Live and learn I guess! I've got foods I can't trust myself around yet too, and it's interesting figuring out what they are!

    Your tastebuds will likely change over time... but that might be a loooong time!

    Understand you're in a heat wave - we're in week 3 of cloud and rain. I was going to suggest walking to a corner store to buy one popsicle and eat on the way home, but suffering the heat might be too high a price.
    2848 days ago
    Don't necessarily say that you can't every have a Skinny Cow again...just put it in your "not right now" file! I know that two months ago, I would have had the same exact issues (in fact, I DID have the same issue, just with a different form of frozen treat). But now I don't even think about it - I actually went to the freezer this morning and said "Oh, yeah, I forgot I bought these."...and still didn't feel any overwhelming craving to indulge.

    Your tastes - and your body's reactions to certain foods - will change as your health level changes. You can count on it!
    2849 days ago
  • NWFL59
    Ditto all the other's comments. I have confidence in you and feel you've enough self awareness to monitor yourself as you have demonstrated in this post that you'll continue to succeed in this endeavor. emoticon
    2849 days ago
    OMG.... I know exactly what you're talking about!!! From the terminal illness to eating the bread to hearing those 'healthy' snacks calling my name! I am so addicted to food that even after a year of change and 100 lbs lost I'm still struggling. Now with baseball season (we have season seats for our Triple A team) I'm gaining weight when they are in town and losing it when they are away and then the cycle begins again... I get to the ballpark and even if I sneak in a homemade meal I still can't resist all of the food around me! emoticon
    I think that I too am going to have to be vigilant for the rest of my life (after I get these last 75 lbs off)! But it has been worth it so far and we just need to remain strong.... we'll both do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2849 days ago
    I feel your pain. And, honestly, I don't think there ARE any folks who are fit who can stay that way without some food and exercise mindfulness about maintenance. Especially if they're adults. I just think that it gets easier and more automatic, with fewer cravings, over time.

    I am having a terrible time not having "sticky fingers" when grocery shopping. I find that if I'm not VERY careful, I end up with no-no junk in my shopping cart... Dang, I wish there were an easier way!

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    2849 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/31/2010 12:55:00 PM
  • GETFIT9591
    I agree totally with your comment on maintenance depending on daily consciousness. I have lost weight many times before and as soon as I get to where I want to be and stop the daily efforts it all comes back. This time I'm working on permanently changing my lifestyle. It's easier now because I keep all those tempting treats out of the house - the difficult part will be having them around are resisting the urge to over indulge. emoticon

    Keep up the great effort!
    2849 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/31/2010 12:55:32 PM
    I hear you, frozen treats are hard to resist. Lucky for me there enough people in my household that they disappear very quickly.
    2849 days ago
    Sorry the experiment went so bad for you with the skinny cow bars. I also hope for you that you can find a friend like your husband has that you can do the fitness challenge with to keep each other health and have fun at the same time. emoticon
    2849 days ago
    This is a tough one! I am myself a big fan of Skinny Cow everything (from bars to sandwiches to those individual ice-cream cups) and I have also been known to consume 2-3 a night!

    Unfortunately, unless you're able to buy them one at a time (which you now can -- the ice-cream cups are sold separately), you need new routines to break the habit. A couple things that helped me:
    -- I take that fudge bar, cut it up and put it in a fancy bowl with bunch of berries on top. It looks like a big dessert that really satisfies
    -- establish a mental ritual that signals end of dinner meal: such as big cup of green tea or brushing your teeth.
    -- when the munchie strikes really badly, get up and do something else for just 5 minutes. Go start a load of laundry. Water your plants. Check for expiration dates in your medicine cabinet. Just physically remove yourself from kitchen/dining room. Once you're back ask yourself if you still want the dessert -- maybe it went away :)

    Good luck! We're not perfect but we can get a little better every day!
    2849 days ago
  • SOCKS117
    o.O Uh-oh. I was thinking about getting some as they look good and it is HOT. But my hubby is not a master of portioned eating, like you, and will probably eat the whole box on me...*sigh* Well, good luck with eating right. And a suggestion that helps me...

    I cut off one serving of the bread, add a little bit of butter and eat. If I feel the need to devour the rest of the loaf I first go to the computer...log the bread as 2 servings (the one I really ate and the one I want to eat) most times it isn't worth it...and I drop it down to one and stay on the computer 'til the urge passes.
    2849 days ago
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