Wednesday, January 15, 2014
When I looked at today's meal plan I broke out in laughter. Listed is one chocolate chip cookie at lunch time. Why would that be funny? The picture of me eating just one cookie on first thought just seemed unthinkable -- yes, downright funny. I mean, when I was a child my mom would bring out the cookies at the end of the meal and the four of us - mom, dad, me, and sister Deb - would finish off the three rows packaged in crunchy plastic. Like a pack of lions after a kill we'd all stay right at it to make sure we got our share. I thought 10-12 was the normal serving. And on those joyous times when my mom baked chocolate chip cookies, I ate chips out of the bag, dough out of the bowl, and enough broken ones that by the time they came to the table I might only eat 6 more.
Relearning portion sizes will be key for my permanent weight loss. I'm still a little ambivalent on whether it is better now for me to just leave out those sweet, fat tempting treats or try to learn to eat just one.
I was right. Relearning portion sizes has been key to keeping the 80 pounds off. Now most of the time I can eat one cookie if I want to. Often I'd rather have more volume of food - more fruits, veggies, whole grain, nonfat dairy - than to spend my calories on things that are so dense. I just like to eat a lot more than I like treats!
Occasionally, I must be careful. When I am tired, hungry, and stressed I must be careful. If I must bake cookies at such a time I would want someone to keep me company and help me pack them up for where they are going!
And occasionally I do really want a treat. I know I can have it and that is a great feeling!!