I don't get it
Monday, October 10, 2011
I have never written a blog before but I don't know where else to talk about this.
Spark has those Food Showdown emails where they compare two foods (mostly that I've never heard of) and tell you which one has the lower calorie count. They never say that neither choice is acceptable.
In some of the quizzes, there are questions like "which Halloween candy is better?" And the answer is supposed to be the lower calorie choice. My answer would be Neither. Or None Of Them.
I noticed a big box of Butterfingers at the grocery checkout this morning. I LOVE Butterfingers, but I haven't had one in years. Not even the teeny tiny one. I absolutely LOVE Reeses, and they are so pretty and enticing in the smaller "snack size" that is all dressed up in holiday colors. I haven't had one in years.
There is some kind of theory out there these days that you don't have to "give up the things you love" in order to lose weight. But it is so much easier to lose the weight if you don't eat them, the question is How? Instead of trying to figure out how to fit a Reeses in, I was taught to figure out what I could have instead and make it. WW cookbooks are full of alternatives (although nowadays they'd probably prefer that we buy their fancy products). I discovered that I could not eat some of the things I loved for years on end, AND SURVIVE!!
Of course, I only don't eat them One Day At A Time. Maybe I'll have one.....tomorrow. And all those tomorrows go by and turn into years. I don't remember what a Butterfinger or a Reeses even taste like, just that I love them. But I'm thin now, and that's why.
Maybe tomorrow. But maybe not. I really really like being thin, and I don't have to cast back in my memory to remember the joys of Thin.
Member Comments About This Blog Post
I can tell you from my experience how some candy tastes after not eating it for so long. To me, it tastes disgusting. It's overly sugary, there's no flavor aside from sugar, and it generally makes me feel sick. Even Reese's peanut butter cups (which I LOVED) now are just too much for me. And I'm talking one cup, not half a bag. However, put some natural peanut butter (no sugar added) on a square of extra dark (85% or more cacao) chocolate, and I love it. Stronger flavor that's NOT sugar. Just pure peanut butter and chocolate bliss.
Aside from that, I've had to cut certain things completely out because their pull is still too strong. That's how I stay in control. I just don't have access to those foods anymore, or pretend they're not there.
1761 days ago
There are people on this site at all different stages in their fitness process. Almost none of the advice on here applies broadly to everyone.
We've got an obesity epidemic on our hands. I see this type of advice as a form of damage control. Maybe if someone eats smaller candies they won't gain weight as quickly as they would otherwise. I toss such drivel into the category of "nonsense / fluff aimed at someone who has never before thought about nutrition." I guess they figure you have to start somewhere.
I suppose hopefully people will eventually become interested enough to actually see that they can't fit such junk into their tracker and still have room for all the nutrients they need.
I don't agree with it either, but it's here so I mostly try to ignore it. LOL
1761 days ago
Comment edited on: 11/3/2011 2:57:10 PM
I totally agree with you Nell, and glad you blogged about
For me it is Paydays, love'em. Have not had one in years,
and don't plan on it either.
I'm not thin yet, and may never be "thin" but I will be at
a healthy weight.
1784 days ago
I am glad you blogged. Those quizzes and emails bug the heck out of me. If I want ice cream I try to once in a while find a good value sugar free/fat free bar. But things that are triggers I know I will just do without. I haven't had a doughnut in 9 months (almost). We haven't ordered Dominos in 9 months. So yeah I agree with you.
1784 days ago
For me denying myself something only makes me want it more. However, it usually isn't the candy, but I do like my carbs.
When I do crave something sweet it is usually a Dark chocolate 99% which most wouldn't touch, and it takes a very small amount. I make my cocoa the same way.
However, you have the best plan, and it is working well for you.
I am glad to know that it is possible to abstain. Your reminder of what you have now, is
Best wishes as day by day you continue your journey.
1785 days ago
Yes I agree! There have been a couple times I wish there was a neither/none option. Not giving up the fattening things I liked is not an option. Like you said I would eat something today, tomorrow and the next day. I just did that with a bag of Halloween candy, it was on sale I had a couple bucks so I figured I would stash it but I knew it was there so I kept picking, so finally a said screw it I ate all the stuff I liked and stashed the rest, started over the next day! I will be thing sooner or later!
1785 days ago
Fortunately for me, I do not really have a sweet tooth, but, when I feel the urge for a candy bar, I usually give in to one of the small snack sized bars. I want to stay thin also so keep up the good work and thoughts.
1785 days ago
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