13 October 2008

Delete Cookies, No Way!

photo of a really scared kittyI am sitting here watching my beloved Packers play. I am also watching my wife bake cookies. She is making a double recipe of chocolate chip cookies. Since we had some left-over semi-sweet bakers chocolate (regular and white), she is using that instead of regular chocolate chips.

Here's my problem, I'm on this Die with a T and I really shouldn't be indulging my sweet tooth on such a delicious treat. You see, my sweet tooth is what got me into this mess in the first place. Before I started this diet, I had been a very bad person. One of the things I just loved to do, would be to have ice cream late at night. I'm not talking about just a few scoops, either. Hey, I'm no wimp I take at least a pint. I figure if I'm going to do something, I'm going to do it big.

This continued for several weeks and I was happy as a clam (a fat clam). The thing was, I started making it a nightly routine. It turned into something that I HAD to do to make my day complete. Sounds stupid, but I am a creature of habit. If I do something more than a few times, it will soon become a routine and from a routine it becomes a habit...good or bad.

After my yearly visit to the doctor and the diabetes warning, I knew that I had some habits to break, one of them being no more cartons of ice cream at night (which, as you know is the worst time to eat anything). I guess I should tell you that its been over a year since I've had any ice cream.

Now, what does this all have to do with chocolate chip cookies? Well, in one word...moderation. There is no reason why I can't have a fresh, hot, just from the oven, chocolate chip cookie and a nice cold glass of milk. I just can't have a bowl-full of them. It does no harm to have something you shouldn't (diet-wise) now and then. You just have to do so in moderation. If you can limit your intake of the "evil" foods, you will no longer have those intense "must have" cravings for those foods.

Diets are hard enough to stick to, we just don't need to make them any harder. Try and vary the foods you eat each day. Eating the same thing each day not only gets boring, but it can actually derail your diet. They say that variety is the spice of life. We all need something to look forward to and having something different to eat each day can help keep that spice in your life. There will be times when you will be tempted with an evil cookie or piece of cake. As long as you can control your portions, the occasional detour into SweetsVille can be achieved.
Now, about that cookie...

Another article of interest...Dieting and Eating:The Battle Rages

13 comments:

  1. Hi! Thanks for the visit.
    I am glad to meet a male blogger like me.
    I really cannot edit the colors.
    Anyways, I would just change it again sometimes.

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  2. I like the way you think about things. And I hope you enjoyed your cookie! :)

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  3. Thanks so much for checking with your wife about this - I really appreciate it!

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  4. Your lucky you got to watch the packers play. I had to watch them on gamecenter. At least we won though. Get Atlanta's taste out of my mouth.

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  5. I hate diets. However, the older I get the more that I think that I might need to find one.

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  6. I agree, all things in moderation is key! Diabetes is really not something you want to mess with. I also agree we shouldn't eat late at night. I try not to eat anything after 7 p.m.

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  7. Everything in moderation they say...good for you!!:-)

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  8. Adam: You may have to do it the old fashioned way and edit the colors in HTML. If you decide you want to do this, let me know and I can help you.

    Lux: Thanks, the cookie was GREAT!! My wife has gotten some research materials and I am in the process of going through them. She is still trying to hunt down one of the docs.

    Joe Somebody: Go Packers!! Number 35, Korey Hall, is from my old university and I got to watch him play as a defensive lineman. I know, what happened to Da Bears??

    Danny Thornton: I hate them too. I am using the diet to lose weight (duh), but then I'll need to switch to a lifestyle change where my eating habits are changed to maintenance mode.

    Karen &Gerard Zemek: I just recently found out that 2 of my brothers-in-law have diabetes. So far, I have been able to avoid it. One scare is enough for me.

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  9. Shinade: Thank you. Now the hard part...practicing it:)

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  10. Thank you much. Mom just got home from work and I ate more tonight than the last 3 days. I was even a little bit perky. That pain medication's pretty good stuff! ;-)

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  11. Lux: That is very good news!! I am currently going through and trying to organize the information my wife got for me. I am hopeful that I will have something to post later tonight. Koko is so happy that you're feeling better, that he is attacking my feet:)

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  12. Life is too short to not enjoy things such as a cookie or a small bowl of ice cream! You are absolutely right about the moderation and that in itself eventually becomes a habit too.

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  13. BeadedTail: I so agree! I just have to learn to practice what I preach:)

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