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22 September 2008 @ 06:54 pm
whinging, as warned, about no sweets  

Today I have had the thought, “I could make a batch of cookies and just eat two!” more than once.

Then I have faced reality. It’s possible I might just eat two today. I might be able to be that good. And I might say I’ll just eat two tomorrow. However, tomorrow–and let’s assume I’m really being good–I will *actually* have two for dessert after lunch, and then after dinner say, “Well, that was two after lunch, but this is dinner, so I can have two now!” And that’s the very best case scenario. The real scenario is that I’d eat fifteen cookies tomorrow. I’d have two or three or five for breakfast. I’d have two or four after lunch. I’d have several for a snack. I’d have several after dinner. I would know that this was not good for me and that it was self-defeating behavior, but when you get right down to it, I really like sweets, and their presence overrides my wisdom.

I did not make cookies. I am fairly whiny about this. I want a treat. I’m tired of being good. And oh look, by George, it turns out that today is day 11 of being good. I actually had to look to find that out, but did I not say that days 1-3 would be very hard, and then days 10-12 would be equally suckful? I did. And they are.

But this morning I got on the scale. Having stopped eating sweets, and with no other change in my behavior, I have lost 4.4 pounds in the past eleven days.

I eat too goddamned many sweets.


(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: hungryhungry
R. Scott Shanks, Jr.mnarra on September 22nd, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain.

I gave up eating sweets once, to accompany Shannon on a carb-free diet. On day five I had a wailing, weeping fit, curled up in a ball on the floor. Shannon has decreed that I may moderate my sweet intake, but may not -- ever -- eliminate it again.
Alix (Tersa): Arnold--SHOES! (tersa)tersa on September 22nd, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
I hate it sometimes when the decisions you know you need to make actually are the decisions you need to make.

But congrats on the weight loss. At least you have that silver lining for having to put with the suckiness of not having cookies.
Bryantbryant on September 22nd, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
Have you considered making cookies, eating two, and sending the rest to kind friends?
kitmizkit on September 22nd, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
...no, I hadn't, really. :)
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on September 23rd, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
You could make dough, form it into a log, slice off enough for two and bake them and put the rest in the freezer. Then, if you wanted cookies, you'd have to preheat the oven, slice off dough, and bake before you could eat them and that might be enough time to go 'enh. Too lazy'! :)

er, or nevermind. I should've read further before replying. :)

Edited at 2008-09-23 01:05 am (UTC)
rhienellethrhienelleth on September 22nd, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
A sweet tooth is a terrible thing, sometimes. I feel your pain, and I had to laugh out loud when I read "The real scenario is that I’d eat fifteen cookies tomorrow." Because, yes, absolutely! And those two cookies today? For me, sure, two cookies would be no problem...if you didn't count the two or three cookies worth of dough I snuck while making them.

In my family, our sweet tooths (sweet teeth?) are well documented. My grandmother loves to tell the story of how her father-in-law used to walk over from his farm to theirs to see them when their first daughter was a baby. He would cuddle and hold the baby, and feed her spoonfuls of sugar to "make her sweeter".

My grandfather always keeps a well stocked candy dish around. My Mom, my sister and I all have terrible cravings for sweets. My husband, on the other hand, could totally go sweet-free and never even think twice about it. He also has a kick ass metabolism, whereas I gain weight if I so much as look at a chocolate bar.

It just isn't fair. :(
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on September 22nd, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
Right. I fear that I'm in the same boat, or am about to be. Namely, I can control what I have for breakfast and lunch, but if I'm hungry when I get home I'll just have a bigger dinner. And, you know, after a few days of salad the soup place across the street will look reaaaally good. (I've come up with a counter to that - I can downstairs and make a *real* salad, with meat and cheese and stuff on it.) Still, that doesn't mean that I won't go home and have a pizza.
rfrancis on September 22nd, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I offer you the gift of smoked almonds!

Well, it works for me. Sort of. Sometimes.

Or a chupaqueso! Bwa ha ha.
desperance: barrydesperance on September 23rd, 2008 03:29 pm (UTC)
My cats have just broken into and consumed a packet of salted almonds. I'm just sayin', because it still rankles. They can't like nuts, they just can't... (Can they...?)
T. Revst_rev on September 22nd, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
The all-bacon diet has worked well for me.
cinnamonbitecinnamonbite on September 22nd, 2008 07:51 pm (UTC)
Obviously, you make the cookies and eat them all today. There. End of problem!
Miss May: me delia evilvalancymay on September 22nd, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
I have this same problem, so I solve it by only making cookies for other people. For my grandfather, for example, or for parties or stocking stuffers or birthday presents. That way I only have two cookies because otherwise I feel like I'm depleting their present.
Mary Annepers1stence on September 22nd, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain. I just decided I need to get back on the food-consciousness plan.

As a rule, there are certain food items that I do not buy more than twice a year, otherwise I will binge on them:

lime-flavored tortilla chips
Pims orange or raspberry flavored cookies
Pepperidge farms soft superchunk chocolate chip cookies (any variety, but esp white choc mac nut)
girl scouts golden samoas cookies.

seriously, i open the package and they're all gone in two days *at most*
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on September 24th, 2008 03:02 pm (UTC)
CrevanFoxcrevanfox on September 22nd, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
cookie dough freezes fairly well(it stays relatively soft and useable).

So why not make the dough, cook a few cookies and keep the rest of the dough in the freezer for the next craving?
kitmizkit on September 22nd, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
Because I would eat the raw frozen cookie dough. :)
Cymru Llewes: profilecymrullewes on September 22nd, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Ah well. That was going to be my suggestion. I tend to keep a quart bag of chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer so unixronin can make a half dozen cookies for the small peoples when they get their homework done.
cinnamonbitecinnamonbite on September 22nd, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
For the visual effects, you could smear it all over your trouble spots and say, "HA! If you're going to go to my hips/butt/thighs/belly/whatevers, you mights as well just go there now!"

Then make someone else lick it off, could lead to exercise.
wednesday childewedschilde on September 22nd, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)
being good is of the suckage.
darilliandarillian on September 23rd, 2008 08:28 am (UTC)
You're doing great! *hugs*

You can do it. And when you feel a need to eat a sweet, drink some OJ. Or, what used to work for me (I don't need to do it now) was to keep the chewable vitamin C on hand. They take care of the sweet tooth and your body flushes any excess of the vitamin away with no harm. Marvelous thing, that. :)

sammywolsammywol on September 23rd, 2008 08:42 am (UTC)
Well done! But solidarity on the HARDNESS. I know the feeling although mine is more along the fat and carb side of the equation. There is still a part of me that thinks if nobody knows that I stole one of DD's sausages or bought a portion of deep fried chicken in Tescos that somehow my body won't count it either. Why are my cravings for such low rent stuff. Your cookies are class and worth craving. Kind of like Myles's cinnamon buns. *whimpers*
kitmizkit on September 23rd, 2008 09:49 am (UTC)
*laughs out loud* Low rent stuff. It doesn't matter, though, does it, whether it's low rent or high end, because it all makes us FAAAAAAAAAAT. Food. Sheesh.
desperancedesperance on September 23rd, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Ah, if I only lived closer: I could bring you a ration of cookies, just a couple a day. Hell, if the making-cookies is a part of the treat, you could come over and make them, and I'd keep them for you; I'd be your cookie-guard.

Alas, that there's a sea between us! Is there anyone you know and trust more local? Who can be strong, when you break down and beg and whimper...?