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Cookies Then and Now

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!!

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    Three of you would eat an entire package? Amateurs! I used to do it by myself!
    1499 days ago
    Amazing how our priorities change!
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  • _LINDA
    Love the description of before and after -probably describes most everyone on here! You have come a long way!
    1499 days ago
    Love the comparison of your perspectives! It really is amazing what many of us have come to think of as a normal-sized portion. I used to think nothing of polishing off entire packages of cookies in one sitting and FORGET about fresh-baked ones. Living over in Italy has been really instructive from the point of view of portion control being an important key to overall good health and weight management. Although some of the habits, and subsequently the waistlines, are becoming more Americanized, traditional Italian eating habits include small portions of all kinds of food, even the not-so-healthy stuff. It's what I'm slowly trying to work my way towards as I undo many years of negative habits. It's so great that we can retrain ourselves into better habits and enjoy our treats for what they are--occasional and delicious!
    1500 days ago
    Portion sizes... the downfall of many. You've done really well. I'm enjoying your series on old blogs.
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    As I cannot eat just one cookie, I skip them all together. I can eat just one potato chip though.
    1500 days ago
    Funny about the family habits! We had strict "cookie rules" in my mother's house: two cookies at lunchtime, three for dessert after dinner!

    I'm like you though; I prefer more volume of lower-calorie foods. I'd much rather have a big bowl of mixed fruit than a small piece of pie.
    1500 days ago
  • GABY1948
    emoticon and emoticon as I sit here munching on a cucumber instead of something far more dense and less satisfying to me when I think of it. As for cookies, they are my THING...the one thing I could eat until I pop. BUT...I DID do away with sugar and January 1 was 16 months since I gave up sugar (desserts and sweets) and it was the emoticon thing I ever did because sweets no long call to me no matter who is eating them.

    Now, if I can just get to where you are in maintenance I will truly be ecstatic! Such an inspiration you are, Marsha! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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  • MISSB8604
    It's really awesome that you've figured things out!
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  • HOLLYM48
    I had to look twice since one was dated a few years ago and today. Congrats on learning portion control. It truly is the key to keeping the weight off for good. I never use to look at calorie content and now I will compare and pick the same item with fewer calories. I love cookies too so I really try not to bake them because then the tempation is just to much but on occasion, I will enjoy every calorie laden bite of one.
    Amazing what our minds and bodies can become accustomed to when we decide to get healthy!
    1500 days ago
    What a great blog. Marsha you ARE emotionally an adult, there is no question about it. You live it, every day. And the results show it.
    1500 days ago
    Well if the cookie monster now carries around a banana we can all eat just one cookie.
    1500 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Isn't it wonderful that healthy living doesn't mean we can't have some foods but just learn portion control.
    1500 days ago
    "Pack of lions after a kill" Ha, haaaa, do I ever resemble that remark! My downfall, at least through my hormone-impacted reproductive years, was an attack of the salty-sweets (or sweet-salties, depending on which I started with). I could polish off an entire bag of gum drops and then an entire bag of Doritos. No wonder I got fat! It took a huge amount of willpower to break my sugar addiction, but that drive served me well when I finally found SparkPeople and decided to do something about my weight.
    1500 days ago
    emoticon It's awesome that you've learned to limit treats. You're an inspiration!
    1500 days ago
    Love the insight! In the past, I could easily eat 10-12 Oreos at once, but I've mostly learned to control it and have 150 calories, this is an acceptable treat for me.

    I had to laugh at your description of eating chocolate chips, then dough, then broken pieces, then the actual cookies. That was me as child, and an adult, too!

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