The Ice Cream Aisle--Making a Choice

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

When I was on my way down to Mom's Friday, I stopped by the store to get food for us for the weekend. One of the things I had on my list was some kind of frozen treat. Mom loves ice cream and I had been getting her a cone at a fast food restaurant after our meal out. Now, I love frozen treats too and her cones tempted me, but after checking out the calorie level on line for Wendy's and Arby's I had decided that wasn't the way I wanted to spend my calories.

My brother had told me she liked the mini drumstick cones you can buy and that is what I was going to get for her but the store didn't have any. I checked the nutrition info on several that looked good to me--the lighter versions but ended up walking away without anything. I just didn't want any of them. Hard to believe right? I decided the light blueberry Greek yogurt I had put in the cart would be more satisfying for my evening snack. No deprivation felt. I knew I could get any of the others and work them in, but on that day, I didn't choose to buy one.

It is a choice. Our choice what we put in our mouths to eat. If I wanted even one of the higher fat and calorie options, I could have bought one and worked one serving into my calories. Sometimes knowing I can have it if I want is all it takes to make a craving go away. Sometimes I choose to have the treat but do keep it at one serving.

I'm in control, not the food. I make the choice. What a great feeling it is to know that.
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    I don't understand. Were you buying them for you mother or for yourself? If you were buying them for your mom, it's nice to look out for the nutritional value, but why would you walk away without buying her anything if that's what you went for? Why deprive her to help yourself?

    Maybe my brain just isn't reading this right.
    2111 days ago
    awesome. You have come a long way and I am proud of you. Pam
    2518 days ago
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    I love the idea that allowing yourself to have a treat makes it easier to choose not to have it. A great way not to regard things as forbidden and therefore doubly tempting! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2529 days ago
    Some dilly bars are lower Made with milk
    2529 days ago
    I'm a big ice cream fan, and that frozen Greek yogurt sounds super yum. It's always nice to find tasty alternatives to keep us from feeling deprived. I know, for me, if I feel like I'm depriving myself, I'll either end up binge eating or very grumpy. Neither are healthy! Better for me to learn control and to be satisfied with my choices.
    2529 days ago
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    I can read your blog and feel the integrity of a program that simply wouldn't work for me. I know that I have a line drawn in concrete! on foods I can and can't have.
    We both have programs that work for us and they are entirely different. Nice!
    2529 days ago
    That's a big milestone to pass!
    2530 days ago
    I love ice cream, but the sat fat in it is crazy! I try to stay within my limits!
    2530 days ago
    I do understand where you are coming from. If I really want something, it is possible to work it in....not always easy, but possible. I still do like the 40 calorie fudgesicles and they are pretty easy to work in!
    2530 days ago
    Doesn't that feel good?
    2530 days ago
    Woo Hoo! It really does make the difference. That is what I have realized on my weight loss journey this time. It is NOT a diet, it is a way of life. I don't want to say "no" all the time in life. Saying, sure, once a while has totally made the difference for me. Am I loosing weight as fast as a probably could be? Probably not, but I am trying to do it in a way this time that will stick with me forever. Always saying "no" was only a short term fix. In the back of my mind I was always saying "when this diet is done I can eat that again". And the weight always comes back and then some. This time I let myself have a treat now and then. When I don't feel like it, I say "no, I don't need to right now."
    You are doing so great! You have been such an inspiration to me!
    2530 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Can't have vs don't want makes a big difference. Way to go.
    2530 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/10/2014 12:11:16 PM
    2530 days ago
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