Let me paint a picture for you…
You walk into the grocery store with a confidence you haven’t felt in a long time. You’re officially on the weight loss train and want to keep it moving! As you’ve created a meal plan for the week, you know exactly what you need to buy at the grocery store. You start out in the produce isle and then make your way up and down the ascending isles. When you make it to isle 6 you pass your favorite nut butter. As you haven’t had it in a while you think to yourself, “this nut butter’s got nothing on me! I can totally buy it, measure out my portions, and still lose weight!”. So what do you do? You buy that nut butter.
You get home, put away your groceries, and call it a day… but then the nut butter starts calling your name. You measure out a serving size and enjoy it. “See! I knew I could do it”, you tell yourself. A few hours later all you can think about is that nut butter. Old feelings start to come back and before you know it, you no longer feel in control. You want another
portion spoonful of that nut butter!
Can you relate? Well this was me on Friday, except it wasn’t nut butter, it was break apart cookie dough. After seeing a few people post about the new Toll House Frozen Cookie Dough on Instagram I thought to myself, I can totally do what they’re doing. I’ll buy the cookie dough, store it in my freezer, and then enjoy ONE cookie when I want a treat. I bought the dough and began to struggle with self control almost immediately.
The truth is, I’ve been doing great on the Weight Watchers program BUT I haven’t allowed overly tempting foods in my house these past 6 weeks. Our cheese drawer is practically empty, there’s no nut butter to be found, and I haven’t had a bowl of ice cream in what seems like months. While the Weight Watchers program allows you to literally eat anything you want within your Points Plus allowance, I know that I do not have the healthy habits (yet) that allow me to buy tempting foods.
While I’m all about learning to enjoy everything in moderation, this weekend reminded me that I shouldn’t buy these tempting foods just yet. Will I never buy nut butter, cheese, and/or ice cream again? No way! But at this point I have to face my struggles straight on. The reality is, I love peanut butter and can incorporate it into just about every meal if I had to. In the same way, who eats just 1 oz of cheese? or even knows what 1 oz of cheese looks like? And do you really eat just 1/2 a cup of ice cream? Yeah, me either.
The goal is to not allow any foods to have control over me, to use portion control in all situations, and to just eat intuitively. While I’m encouraged to see people on my Instagram feed buy cookie butter, cookie dough, and nut butters and stay on track, I have to be ok with not being where they’re at. If I were to buy a jar of Trader Joe’s cookie butter at this point, you’d probably find me on the couch with a spoon in it. Not exactly what I want to be doing at this point in my life.
Yes my goal is to lose weight, but my ultimate goal is to reach a place where I can buy ANYTHING and not allow it to derail me. For now though, I’m going to remind myself why I choose not buy those tempting foods. I know I won’t regret it! Will you?