I’m a firm believer in dieting moderation. I have more or less managed to lose 63 pounds eating foods I enjoy…in moderation. Weight Watchers taught me to balance the good foods with the fun foods and to even appreciate the good foods as fun foods. I get lots of exercise too, something I hadn’t done while dieting before and even when there are some over the top days or over the top weeks, I’ve maintained my weight loss.
I still have 15-20 pounds I’d like to lose, but I’m thrilled with how far I’ve come. I have changed my lifestyle enough that I can maintain a healthy weight and still enjoy the foods I like. Lately though, more and more sugar has been slipping through. I have sugar issues; this I know. Once I get started with sweet stuff, it’s all I want. And for whatever reason (maybe because I’m getting so comfortable in my new habits), I’ve been letting more and more sweets in. Little tastes here and there. More indulgences than before. Ice cream, Halloween candy, baked goods. I’ve kept careful control of my sugar intake until very recently. Suddenly though, it seems as though the sugar has regained the control. My daughter made chocolate cupcakes last night with cappuccino icing. I had one. It was yummy, and very sweet. And fine. I’d planned for the cupcake in my day because I knew she was making them. And I figured one would do the trick because cappuccino is not my favorite icing flavor and should have been easy to resist.
Wrong. I ended up taking tastes of the leftover icing later in the evening. And I was finding it hard to stay away from the bowl. And this morning? I had a cupcake for breakfast. I hadn’t planned to. Was just going to take a nibble. Ate the whole thing. Oh no.
Thank goodness there was only one. A cupcake for breakfast? That was clearly old behaviors that I let go of a long time ago. And tt was a warning.
Time to stop. It’s time to rein in the sweet tooth for a while. So for this week at least (and maybe a little longer), I’m swearing off sugar. I can do anything for a week. I’ll let it back in when I am back in control of it again. Until then, the sweetest thing crossing my lips will be fruit.
What’s your danger zone food? And how do you control it?