If you’re like most people, it’s a struggle to avoid gaining weight without having to deny yourself when it comes to reaching for quick fix snack when you’re in a hurry or need a quick burst of energy. Here’s how I feed my snack urges and never waiver from my fitness plan.
If you love to eat too, but want to avoid unnecessary weight gain, let me tell you a story… Once upon a time, there was a fat girl who hated mirrors. She hated the mirrors in her house; she hated the mirrors at her office. She hated the endless stream of mirrors and reflective shop windows that seemed to mock her everywhere she went. Whenever this girl saw her reflection, she was reminded of how unhappy she was. She was reminded of how bad she looked in her clothes. And she was reminded how much she wished she could change her life by changing the way she looked. I was that fat girl. And one day I decided to make my wish come true. I’m not going to take you through all the details of how I made the journey from being the fat girl in the mirror to becoming the fit and healthy woman I am today. Instead, I am going to focus on one HUGE mistake I made, so you don’t have to make it too.
For a long time (far too long), I was a “food martyr.” I made the very common mistake of thinking that losing weight (and keeping it off) meant I could never again eat the things I liked. No sweet treats. No snack foods. Nothing that was fun to eat. I missed my old friends Coconut Fudge Bars, Almond Cookies and Caramel Dream Bars. But most of all I missed my best food friend: Fudge! I don’t know about you, but I do not have a will of iron. So when the urge to get together with my old “friends” would strike, I’d struggle between telling myself “NO!” and sneaking some guilty pleasure. I’m sad to say, the guilty pleasure usually won out. There’s a reason they call it “guilty pleasure.” Because every time I would “cheat”, I would feel terrible about it later. I’d beat myself up and vow never to put a good-tasting snack into my mouth again.
One day I was sharing my life of misery story with a friend. She stopped me when I started to tell her how much I loved fudge. “Follow me,” she said as she walked into her kitchen. She opened up her refrigerator and took out a plate piled high with White Chocolate Gogi Fudge! I was in seventh heaven and depressed both at the same time. “How could you do this to me? You KNOW I can’t eat this stuff. I’m DIETING!” She looked at me with a puzzled expression and said: “Don’t you know about this secret recipe? I thought everybody did.” I looked back at her with an equally puzzled expression as my hand, with a mind of its own, snatched a glorious piece of fudge from the plate. “You just grab yourself another bite, because this is healthy fudge you’re eating honey!”
But when she gave me the recipe, I was shocked. It WAS healthy fudge. And while there was no way I could sit down and eat the entire plate full (and I WANTED to eat the entire plate full), I could have a piece or two and not worry about the guilt feelings ruining my day! Once I discovered there was such a thing as… Read more…