Informed Chocolate Consumption
Thursday, December 10, 2009
I remember reading in some SP article along the way that "failure" is not "failure" when the action is done as a matter of choice. Something like that. Anyway, I thought the whole thing was filled with wisdom and I stored it away for later use. Yesterday I went major Christmas shopping at out of town malls with my friend, Patty. Did great all day and then, upon leaving the mall, Patty decided to stop in a chocolate shoppe and pick up a pound for the road.....for herself. I had been craving chocolate all day and my eyes fell upon a big, fat, milk chocolate coconut confection of perfection. There were a hundred of them in the bin. I CHOSE one. It was not impulse, but rather, choice. I had no idea how many calories was in it but I devoured it on the way home.....slowly......happily..
...removing chocolate crumbs with my fingertips as they fell about me. Afterward I felt a bit piggish....I COULD have saved half for later. But I forgave myself this one small transgression.
When I arrived home, I logged in my calories for the day.....including the chocolate. As it turns out, the chocolate....that one fairly small mound, was 445 calories!!!! According to my calculations, that came out to about 100 calories more than I burned off walking all day. It is equal to the calories in a smallish but well balanced meal. That chocolate cost a big chunk of my daily calorie bank. I cringed, then had a simple salad for dinner. In the end, I stayed within my daily calorie range. And I learned some things. It's okay to treat yourself, but it should be a choice.....I get that now, first hand. I "traded" a fuller, funner dinner for the chocolate, but it really was worth it, just for that one day. I'm okay with my choice; I just wouldn't choose to do it on a regular basis!