Like I said in last week's pep talk post, we all do things differently when we are dieting - what works for one person may not work for another. And that's ok - while we all may have a common goal, how we get there can be as different at night and day. I have to constantly remember what works for me, and why.
For example, I've never tried a Skinny Cow ice cream sandwich - not that I haven't wanted to. I hear they're delicious. But they are sold in a box of six, which is a dangerous thing for me. Same goes for those cute mini-sized ice cream treats. By themselves, they're usually around 100 or 150 calories, which is not bad at all for a nice little treat.
I know me. The me who thinks "well sure, I had one, but one more would taste so good...and it's only 150 calories" - and before you know it, the entire box is empty. I used to do this with Drumsticks - and let me tell you, those dang things had a lot more than 150 calories in them! And forget the mini-sized - to me, one is never enough to satisfy. What's that saying? One is too many, and a thousand is never enough? Holds true in so many instances for me.
This is how I know I'm not, nor is it likely, that I will ever be, "cured" from certain things. Like sugar cravings. I am so much better off not having treat items in my house. Yes, I do go out for frozen yogurt a couple of times a week. Yes, it would be cheaper to have treat items in my freezer at home. But, in order to save me from myself, it's totally worth the extra few dollars to go out for the treat, and have my house be a safe zone. It took me a long time to figure this out, but it works for me.
There is a reason why I've been reluctant to put "out there" exactly what I ate to lose weight. What worked for me may not work for you. Some people are perfectly fine with having a box of ice cream treats in their freezers and can apply portion control admirably. I have an issue with self control. I know, shocking - NOT. It took a while for me to accept that this is a better way to live, and it was only when I stopped trying to copy what other dieters were doing successfully, and started looking at what was unsuccessful for me, that I began to have success. Does that make any sense?