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Baked Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream Ruffles

Saturday, October 26, 2013

In the gym vending machine last Saturday, I noticed bags of potato chips. And griped to a fitness instructor, "What are these things doing here?" Potato chips are my kryptonite, for sure. And the gym has always been a source of healthy-only snacks: bottled water, protein bars, fresh fruit: that sort of stuff.

"Well," she told me, "They're the baked kind. So they're pretty healthy. And only 120 calories."

OK, you guessed it. I caved. I've never really liked baked potato chips, but these are DELICIOUS! Had them all crunched up in no time.

And about half an hour later, I was in a convenience store buying my newspapers -- just checking out the chip rack. Wondering if maybe I should have another bag. Only 120 calories, right?

Only 120 calories completely empty of nutrition, lots of chemical additives with a whole whack 'o sodium too. It takes me more than 10 minutes of hard work on the elliptical to burn off 120 calories.

Nevertheless, I have thought about those baked Ruffles potato chips at least three times a day every day this week. Wandered over to the vending machine after my gym workout today. Yup, they still have 'em. And kept walking out the door. Well done. But then I checked out the chips aisle at the grocery store. The grocery store probably has BIG bags, right? I could scarf down a big bag in the time it would take me to drive home and hide the evidence . . . but my body's tracking whether "I" track or not. Didn't actually see them. Managed to get myself out of there before I succumbed to temptation.

Nope. Haven't bought any more baked cheddar cheese and sour cream Ruffles.

And I'm not going to buy any more.

More difficult: to stop thinking about 'em. When I really believe that I'm not going to buy them, I'll stop thinking about whether I'm going to buy 'em, and they'll stop tormenting me.

No choice, no choice, no choice.

Grrrrr. Please, get them out of my gym!!
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    maybe get up a petition to remove them from the gym vending machine.compose it so they see how nutritionally empty they are the damage too much sodium can do and how them having them in their vending machine is a bad reflection on they healthy image etc. you might find you are not the only one who they speak to and not the only one unhappy with them being there.when all else fails.give yourself a pat on the back everytime you resist the temptation and above all make sure you donĀ“t have money to use in the vending machine for the days that your willpower is weak. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1670 days ago
    My philosophy is "don't buy 'em, can't eat 'em". Glad you resisted. I can pretty well avoid them by not walking down the chip aisle, which is huge and overflowing with the stuff. But went to a party on Sat. and ate a couple of handfulls (not my hands, more like the jolly green giant hands) for which I am not proud. That stuff is like smack - highly addictive without any socially redeeming value.

    Now emoticon is another animal entirely.
    I have the 4 bars of Cadbury in the drawer to prove it. My kryptonite.
    1670 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/28/2013 11:10:23 AM
    NO CHOICE, because you have already made your choice. You have chosen a healthy life at a great weight. You have chosen feeling good and looking good. You have chosen much lower risk for serious disease.

    You are right. Once you have realized that those chips are not what you have chosen for yourself, you will go right past them and not give them another thought. You can do it! You choose wisely. -Marsha
    1671 days ago
    You've got great "won't power."

    My kryptonite is Hershey's kisses. I know the power of their weight on my mind if they are in the house or if I'm even considering whether to buy some. Thanks for the good example and the reminder that the temptation goes away when I've definitely decided I won't be getting them... until the next time I consider it.
    1671 days ago
  • NANCY-
    You did great in realizing that those chips are empty calories. You have great strength. You have the power!
    emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Yes, chips do not belong in a gym... what are they thinking? Oh yes more business, not your health.
    1671 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/27/2013 9:37:45 AM
  • KANOE10
    Great job on stopping yourself from buying more! Fie on the gym for adding them to the food machine. I have to keep myself out of a french pastry shop because if I stay in too long, I will start thinking about eating what I do not need.

    You are showing great strength!

    1671 days ago
    This is how I feel about Skittles ads on Sparkpeople. Some places should be safe havens from all the marketing din. PERIOD.
    1671 days ago
    It's funny about those "voices in our head" that kick in and start plotting and planning "the next time" as soon as we start with a trigger food. This is a dangerous time of year.

    I find I do better with a plan than without one, though. But the resistance mental muscles just HAVE to be exercised to get stronger.
    1671 days ago
  • _LINDA
    Strange stuff to have at a gym indeed. Wonder how they arrive at the decision on what to put in their machines. Sorry you fell to temptation. Making sure they don't find their way into your home is the only solution.
    Maybe suggest an alternative to the gym for the chips..
    emoticon emoticon
    1671 days ago
    At work we have morphed into a new "program" called "Health Home"...a newfangled way to make our social services more "cost-effective"...ugh! In any case we've been going through lots of hoops to get our "Health Home" up to snuff and along with meeting mental health needs we're taking on physical health as well. We've been stressing to our clients the importance of taking care of our bodies, etc.

    So in celebration of passing our first inspection what does the director order to treat or reward us all for our hard work?

    A kitchen table filled with pizza...!

    Last time it was Dunkin' Donuts!

    I was calling everyone out on the irony of such choices...lol, and managed to stick with my freggies, avoiding the pizza which disappeared in record time.


    btw this past week I scored my highest calorie burn yet for 30 mins. on the elliptical: 455! Now I know I can't regard this as accurate in a caloric sense, but I use the number as a marker for how hard I push myself on the elliptical. I only use the elliptical once a week and it's on a night when I only have 30 mins. to spare so I want to make it as worthwhile as possible! :-)
    1671 days ago
    Very good. You resisted temptaion, and I 'm proud of you.
    1672 days ago
    How ridiculous for a gym to peddle that crap.
    I would speak to the manager.
    My gym only has a water/ gatorade- type vending machine.

    1672 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    emoticon for catching the potential potato chip binge.

    At a cardiology testing office, a new machine had been added next to the bottled water machine in the waiting area. Yep, candy bars and chips, plus juices added to water machine. Technician running my scans offered me a huge slab of carrot cake with cream cheese icing that someone had brought in because I was the last patient of the day before a long weekend. He kind of laughed when I pointed out the irony.

    Constant diligence needed!
    1672 days ago
    Keep reminding yourself - it isn't real cheese. It isn't real sour cream. It's weird powdered fake crapola that probably causes all kinds of horrible reactions inside your body. (And the chips aren't even all potato, either.)

    I have to add, I truly don't understand flavoured chips. I personally hate the taste of the stuff they add on, I haven't found a flavoured chip I like. But in NZ, we saw lamb and mint jelly flavoured potato chips. Why on earth would someone eat those? Why not just eat some lovely lamb and mind jelly??????

    And maybe you could make some a nice baked potato, skin on, with some low-fat Greek yogurt and a smidge of cheddar cheese, and get more nutrients and about the same calories? And feel virtuous, plus full longer.
    1672 days ago
  • DALID414
    I love those chips so much I hate them! I haven't bought any either, because: if you're in the house I'll eat you uncontrollably (me talking to the bags at the store).
    I competely agree that the gym shouldn't have them.
    1672 days ago
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