Friday, May 13, 2011

Prepare For Battle!

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Sometimes its okay to eat a chocolate chip cookie. Why? Because it will help you feel satisfied when faced with a bigger temptation. Let me explain.

Today we had a Corn Hole Tournament at work, its to earn money for our families in need. Of course, food was involved don't be silly. Insert {grin} here. Anyways, I heard they were having hot dogs, hamburgers, potato chips and desert. I contemplated on just eating a few things or go to Subways and get my low-fat Turkey/Ham combination sandwich. Subways won!
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Well I knew I didn't want the Baked chips, I still don't feel any chip is worth its calories. Pretzels on the other hand is another story, I digress. Everyday I have a Dark Chocolate Vitatop at lunch with a Coke Zero. This helps me throughout the afternoon and it makes me happy because its yummy! So today I thought “oh no I need my chocolate Vitatop”, but I wasn't going home for lunch this time. I decided to buy 1 chocolate chip cookie from Subways and have it with my 6” sandwich. I was okay with this decision.
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It was good, but not as good and satisfying as my Vitatop. It did its job though, I didn't look at the food while I was playing Corn Hole, nor did I look at it 2 hours later in the lunch room. I was satisfied.

I have to say this was enlightening today. Usually I would consider this a cheat, but it wasn't.  I used this chocolate chip cookie as a tool.  This girl is finally getting it!

That is part of maintenance you have to choose your battles and you have to choose your tools to make it through those battles.

Have you ever used one of your biggest sweet tooth temptations as a tool to aide you in prevention of eating later?

Excerpts from The Motivational Girl are protected by copyright and used here by permission of The Motivational Girl, 2011.

20 comments:

  1. I'm still drooling over that picture of all those chocolate chip cookies . . . . I have a chocolate brownie Cliff Z-Bar as an afternoon snack at work almost every day. When I am in a lunch meeting with cookies, I know that my Z-Bar will be more satisfying and guilt-free.

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  2. @got2run4me sorry Coco, I know their hard to look at.

    I never tried a z-bar but I eat Cliff bars before running to keep my blood sugar stable. They, of course, are way to high in calories to eat for a snack. I'll have to check your kind out!

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  3. I haven't but maybe I should have. In the past I have avoided eating some tempting stuff so eaten tons of other stuff instead! Good for you and that cookie:)

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  4. @Karen So did I Karen, I never thought eating that lovely sweet cookie would be a help, but it was. Choose your battles Karen and it will work out!

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  5. I don't know if I've left a comment before, but I found you through another blogger (I can't remember who, maybe Karen of Waisting Time) and subscribed a few weeks ago. I totally agree with the idea that it's OK to eat a cookie as a tool to keep yourself from going overboard. I've heard many times, from friends and from mag articles, that if you really want something, get the best quality version of it and enjoy every bite, rather than deciding not to have it, replacing it with something you really don't want, because that usually leads to overeating as you try to find satisfaction ins something you didn't want to begin with. The problem is, I've never tried it! It's time. Great tip, thanks! P.S. I think I remember reading that you're a diabetic and wanted to let you know I am too! type 1 insulin dependent.

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  6. Great post Sheri & good call! I love that you thought about it & made a choice that worked for you & no worries afterwards! This is what it is all about.. making right choices & not letting other things get the best of us or eating crap just because it is there. Proud of you!

    Yes, I sure have made a choice like yours. It works!

    BTW, I might be one of the few that does not like Vitatops. I always wanted to try them cause I love muffins & especially the tops but these were kind of expensive to buy & I do like my healthy bread which gets me thru. I won some Vitatops in a contest - and honestly, I did not like them.. so at least I know now! ;-)

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  7. I have a cup of cocoa everyday, because I can't be happy without some daily chocolate. It's 110 calories and has 30% RDA of calcium. Once in a while, I have a 1 oz. bar of dark chocolate--just the right size to be yummy and not feel guilty. But choc. chip cookies would cause a binge for me. I can only stop at 5 of them. Gotta know yourself, I guess. :-) Marion

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  8. @Veronica Thanks for subscribing and commenting Veronica! It worked well for me, the key is to not let it start a big snow ball affect, so make sure you do it on a day that you know temptation will be lurking. :)

    I am a Insulin dependent as well using a pump.

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  9. @Jody - Fit at 53 Thanks Jody!

    I only like the Dark Chocolate Vitatops, none of the others do it for me. :)

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  10. @affectionforfitness Yes, you've got to know yourself. What works for me might not work for you.

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  11. When I could have cookies I always made sure that my one cookie was the best possible quality cookie money could buy. Do you find that it is more satisfying to have a high quality item instead of an over-processed cookie?

    Some people can eat a cookie and some can't. I cannot. I am happy that you can enjoy a single cookie today. I have tried it and failed so many times I finally needed to let go of my illusion that I could be a person who can eat cookies without negative results. I react just like the alcoholic who thinks they can have just one drink. Each cookie is a risk for me. I do not feel deprived when I remember all the numerous cookies I've eaten in my life. I just remind myself that I have already consumed my quota.

    Jane~
    Keepingthepoundsoff.com

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  12. @Jane Cartelli Its not for everyone, you have to do what is best for you. I don't think this is something I can do regularly just on certain occasions.

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  13. You are a GENIUS!! Sweet foods as a tool? I totally get it. I like what you're saying, woman. ka-BOOM!

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  14. Hi I just came across your blog here recently. That is an interesting concept you have come up with but when it comes to certain kinds of cookies I have a hard time eating just one. I need to try those vitatops. I am diabetic as well and recently had to go on insulin. It is a pain. But I get it, I need to eat healthier. I do good for a while and then crash. One day I'll get it hopefully.

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  15. @DONNA Welcome Donna! It is a pain, I have a insulin pump which helps a lot. Keep on top of it because it is such a deadly disease!

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  16. Hi Sheri, I have read many of your posts and do enjoy them and have been informational.

    i found out that I had diabetes about 3 years ago when I ended up in the hospital with chest pain. It was a shock and at the time I knew next to nothing about diabetes. For a long time I had been having problems with my legs and just recently been told that I have neuropathy and it has gotten worse since then. i have read that your blood sugar has had to of been high for a long time in order to get neuropathy so there is no telling how long I have actually had neuropathy. Do you take any meds for it? If so what do you take? The doctor prescribed me Lyrica which has made me extremely tired and fatigued and I have had problems getting it from the insurance company I believe from the new schedule that they put me on with it. I am on so many meds and have so many health problems to be 32 years old and it is just ridiculous. Sometimes I get depressed about it and I just quit taking it all but I know I need the meds but its difficult. How do you manage all this? I just can't see handling this for a long period of time.

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  17. @DONNA I am so sorry you now have neuropathy, I have it and autonomic neuropathy. I was on so many meds and nothing "really" helped. I had terrible pain in my feet, vibrations, electric striking pain and couldn't walk for more than 5 minutes.

    Donna, you can change all of this! I did through weight loss and controlling my blood sugar. Feel free to email me and we can talk. Make sure you read My Story above in the My Story tab.

    My email is TMGirl60@gmail.com

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  18. Hi Sheri,

    I'm a new follower here and I'm looking forward to peaking through your past archives and your new ones. Now I'm craving a chocolate chip cookie. :-)

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  19. @Dancing with the Scales Welcome to my blog! Gosh sorry for tempting you! Wasn't my intention. :)

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