I grew up with a stay-at-home mom. She loves to cook and bake and one of the things I remember about my childhood is the goodies that would be waiting for us when we got home from school. It seems that there were always cookies, brownies, cake or some other wonderful dessert in our house. My mom is not overweight and as far as I know, never has been. Even at 60+, she exercises regularly and believes in eating everything in moderation, so having all of these things around never caused a problem for her and my brothers and I were pretty active as kids, so we never had weight issues either.
I'm not a stay-at-home mom (although I play one on tv-lol) and even though I never consciously decided to become my mom, guess what? I'm like her in many ways. One of those ways is that I regularly baked cookies and other goodies for my family. That changed about a month and a half ago when I decided to lose weight. I'm not trying to "test" my will power by having a bunch of things that I shouldn't eat all over the place, so my solution is - if it's something I don't want to eat, I don't have it in the house. It's worked until now, but the natives (my husband and 2 sons) are getting restless. :)
My 15 year old is a 3 sport athlete who is actually trying to gain weight right now, my husband has unbelievable will power (not kidding-he can eat something fattening and still be hungry and instead of eating more of it, he eats a banana!) and my 11 year old has a sweet tooth that won't quit. So when my oldest son asked me the other day if we were ever going to have snacks in our house again (the fruits and veggies don't count apparently), I felt a little guilty. My first thought was to go ahead and bake some cookies and just do my best not to eat any. That was immediately followed by my second thought, which was "yeah right!". So I've decided to find a happy medium. After I finish posting this, I'm going to bake a pumpkin pie which is something I don't like at all, but the 3 of them love. They get their treat and I'm not tempted. It's a win-win situation. I'm hoping to find some more solutions like this one in the next few months. I'll let you know how it goes!
On a side note, as I posted yesterday, walking with a friend is working for me right now. My partner in crime today motivated me to walk for an hour even though it was barely 30 degrees and I have a ton of work to do today. It was well worth it, because I feel great and am looking forward to having the energy to plow through my work today! Thanks G!
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