So I had a great dinner – a bison burger with some roasted cauliflower. Very lean, very healthy – totally on plan. Then I was putting away the leftovers and made the mistake of opening the freezer. Why did I do that? I wasn’t hungry. There wasn’t anything that needed to be put away. But there was Cherry Garcia ice cream in there and even if I didn’t remember it consciously, my sub-conscious was screaming for ice cream.
So I just had ONE spoonful.
If it was a heaping, huge overflowing spoonful, does it still count at one spoonful?
I don’t think so. It was probably more like 1/4 cup of ice cream.
Which made me think of all the ways that I used to deceive myself with inaccurate measurements when I was morbidly obese. The times that I would calculate my WW Points based on these faulty measurements:
1 bag of chips = 1 serving (it is really 10 chips, not the whole bag)
1 pint of ice cream = 1 serving (it is really 1/4 cup)
1 package of popcorn = 1 serving (it is really 1 cup)
1 Tall Starbucks mocha = 1 serving (there are three servings in there — all covered with whip cream)
1 super size serving of french fries = 1 serving (a serving is 10 small individual fries)
I would count 1 heaping serving spoon of anything = 1 teaspoon (when it might be 10 or more)
1 plate of pasta = 1 serving (turned out to be 4 servings when I finally measured)
1 can or bottle of coke = 1 serving (depending on the size, it was really at least 2, sometimes 3)
1 bag of almonds (any size) = 1 serving (which is only 16 nuts – not the whole bag)
1 cooked steak (any size) = 1 serving (a serving is 4 ounces UNCOOKED)
1 baked potato, the size of the plate = 1 serving (some of those suckers are 5 servings no wonder I needed 1/2 a pound of butter).
So – there you have it. Another road to morbid obesity closed off forever because I’ve actually learned to measure my food. I can even eye-ball it pretty accurately now. But every once in a while I’m going to go back and measure for a while just to make sure my eyes haven’t gotten bigger than my stomach.
And next time I dig into the ice cream, I’m going to measure it out and count it properly so I stick to my rule “If it’s not on plan, measure it, track it and be accountable for it!”
Have a great day!