I thought I would share with you guys a few minor victories along the Road to Reducing. Two things that always trip me up: habit and opportunity. So I'm trying to take steps to fortify myself against both of these, and here are some of my early victories.
You see in the photo above my habit: a cranberry tea biscuit. Normally, I have one of these everyday around 10.30, just from habit. I like it that the staff at my local know my standing order and bring it to me at the right time without my having to ask for it. It's rich and yummy. But no more. I've stopped having them. And I'm just about at the point where I don't miss them anymore.
Opportunity is also a problem. If there's something yummy around, I'll eat it! My family tends to complain when I go all draconian on them and stop stocking all deliciousness entirely. So my challenge is to buy the ones I don't like, and not feel tempted. As far as sweets go, both my husband and daughter seem to have the moderation gene. Lucky them! My daughter has a friend visiting from Montreal for a few days and she had certain expectations for the cupboard supplies. I bought these faux Peak Freans cookies that I don't like very much and so far I've not been tempted.
It turns out that it is really hard to find ice cream that I don't like. I spent ten minutes at the grocery store scrutinizing all the ice cream varieties before I decided on cookie dough. I never eat cookie dough unless it's cooked - and then it doesn't qualify as dough. I never understood why they made ice cream out of it.
So, yay! Every little step counts. Mind you, I have no photos of all the latkes I ate during Chanukah. Our local supermarket stopped carrying the frozen ones we usually buy, so someone brought us a whole whack of latkes from Montreal. Not frozen. Delicious. I indulged with gusto and sour cream! But all that's behind me now (no kidding on the "behind")! Bring on 2010!