Ok, I know it's supposed to be a lifestyle change, not a diet. And I truly believe that it is virtuous to eat small quantities of really good desserts that fit into a calorie limit.
But I've been bouncing between 159 and 161 for 5 weeks now and would like to see a change.
So the challenge is... no dessert between now and April 20 (first Passover seder). Healthy snacks are a-ok -- fruit, nuts, anything that would count as healthy food. Desserts are out - cookies, cake, ice cream, pudding, chocolate. After April 20th, back to the usual "dessert is a virtue" belief and practice.
Anybody want to join?
Heads up to all, this thread will soon be moving to the Games and Challenges forum. The original thread will be locked, and a link will be left to direct folk to the new thread.
Reason: Moved from Weight Loss to Games & Challenges forum, PMed OP
hmmmm.. considering it... seriously considering it, but not sure I would last. Well, I am out to lose 10 lbs by my bday on May 15, so maybe this will help... but I just don't know. I have a bunch of chocolate easter eggs around the house that I ahve been constantly picking at, will have to do something abtou those. And would you count granola bars or something like a special K bar as a dessert? I sometimes tend to grab those in times of weakness.
Ok, yes, I think I will try this! Lets see how long I can go before total breakdown!
Welcome Marnee, Jennlett, Manta and Unknown
Day 1 - There was a lovely chocolate birthday cake for a coworker. There were some slices that I admired from afar. Success.
Day 2 - went to evening event in the city and had enough food before leaving to be ok with some cheese and crackers, without getting candy on the train or a power/luna bar at the bike shop. Success.
That was a good first 2 days - how about you folk?
Manta, do you know anybody else who wants those easter eggs? Would they stay in the freezer if you put them there?
What do others think about granola bars for this challenge? For me they are in a sort of netherworld, not tasty enough to be real dessert, and not healthy enough to be real food. Hmmm... if you think about them as something to have in a moment of weakness, is there anything else that would satisfy that craving? An apple? Some nuts?
It was tempting, we have these hamantash cookies in our house and my dad wants to bring more, but I haven't eaten any. We also have a few oatmeal cookies in the house, still haven't touched them.
Been tempted, but haven't yet but it's early on in the challenge so we'll see.
Ohhh, granola bars are too tasty, haha. I keep a stash in my dorm room drawer when hunger strikes. They are not that healthy, but I like to pretend they are, sometimes I need to a good hard crunch of something. To satisfy my granola craving I'd probably go after something with that *crunch*.
ED: Spoke too soon! I just had one of the pastries. *hehe* Only a day, that's pretty sad of me.
I'd love you join you... although I think I may struggle a lot as I am a real sweet tooth person and I live with my fiance who eats tonnes of sweets and cakes and never puts on any weight!
Do you think yogurt counts? I think I could probably do it if I was allowed yogurt with fruit as an alternative desert. What do you reckon?
No way, yogurt doesn't count. It is way too good for you to count as an off limits dessert.
So my first day went well, the eggs called me tonight, but I resisted and had a banana instead with a tiny bit of peanut butter. My hubby ate one of the chocolate eggs, so hopefully he can finish them off instead of me.
I think I will try to stay away from granola and fruit bars as well since they are one of those things I grab when I just feel I need to eat something.. anything and not necessarily when I am hungry.
Well done on avoiding the eggs Manta - I'm finding it quite a challenge but like you am just feeding them to my fiance instead. Thanks for the support on the yogurt (I know it is healthy it just seems to have a lot of sugar in it which can't be good). I would stick away from the granola and fruit bars (although I love them too!) they are packed with sugar and carbs.
yes on the yogurt is food, and... if you buy sugared yogurt, one thing you could do is buy plain and doctor it yourself with fruit, nuts, and even sugar or honey where you control the amount. I find that that the flavor of plain yogurt varies a lot so you may want to try a few brands.
Mind if I join? I could probably cut out around 1000 calories per week if I didn't eat desserts. Possibly 2000.... they are just so tempting in the dining hall. I realize I'm a week late, but hey, maybe this can be a good start to everything else.
welcome, tyrdrop :-)
cd, I usually find that things from Panera look better than they taste. They look wonderful and the menu descriptions sound yummy but the food itself? eh.
jenlett hope you enjoyed the hamentasch. I grew up with them on Purim, they are part of a gift-giving tradition on the holiday. Some people made wonderful home-made ones. The most traditional ones had poppy seed and prune filling. I liked the American variants with blueberry, peach and apple!
I'm still goin' strong. When Alex offered me a gummy worm yesterday I told him of my new challene. He laughed, he wiggled a worm in my face, and whenever I started poking around that cherry/custard/apple dessert he shoo'd me upstairs.
Maybe I haven't had the right things on the Panera menu (the ones in the area aren't in my house so I've been there when shopping in other neighborhoods). I had a salad that had sugar-encrusted nuts and fruit (the sugar-coating was excessive) and a sandwich with condiments that werent so tasty, I can't remember why.
Haven't been to Panera bread in YEARS. I guess it helps that they don't have them out here in Oz and I have lived here for over 3 years now. I can only ever recall getting bagels there with LOADS of cream cheese. YUM!
I survived last night dessert free! So now onto a new day of temptation.... and a new day of self control!
I am a firm believer that yogurt is DEFINITELY not out, I think in reality, you can make no dessert mean whatever you want it to. I mean, Alevin points out that the obvious things are out i.e. cookies, cakes, ice cream, pudding, candy, chocolate, etc. For me, I tend to treat granola bars and fruit bars as "desserts" so I am cutting them out for this challenge, but I don't think they HAVE to be cut out really, its up to the individual. I am on day 2 no dessert and boy have I had some crazy chocolate cravings. The nice thing is that once I go for a little while without these things, I stop craving them so.... for me this challenge should get easier
good luck all
One month? I've permanently canceled dessert for life. I refuse anything with sugar in it. For me, dessert is an apple. Once you kick the sugar habit, fruit provides all the sweetness you could wish for.
Please do not serve me cake, ever. I am not able to share everyone else's fondness for cake--I loathe the stuff. Yeah, I'm no fun at birthday parties. But my need for healthy diet overcomes everyone else's need to feed me cake. Sure, you can have my piece!