Saturday, February 6, 2010

Bigger isn't always better

Who knew?

Certainly not me.

We recently found out with our cruise on the Carnival Dream that the ship was too big. Too many people, not enough facilities to accommodate them. It's the same with food and our bodies.

Ya, if I were 7 foot tall, and a man, I could eat the food I eat and not gain weight. My body just isn't big enough to allow me to eat the food I want! No, that's not really what I am saying here.

Hot fudge sundaes. Yum right? I've been wanting one for weeks now. Yes, really. Weeks! Went in to town last week to McDonald's. They're OK for a hot fudge sundae. Their ice cream machine was broken. Assholes. Ya, both Mc'D's in town and both say their machines were broken. Um, OK, I just fell off the turnip truck yesterday so I believe that. Almost as much as I believe that an old man really did have my stolen back pack on the ship! Crap, I digressed as usual. I suggested we go to Bob Evan's as they have a good hot fudge sundae too. My friend didn't want to go there so I was left still craving this damn ice cream. I said screw it two days later and got ice cream and hot fudge at the store. Not the same of course, but better than nothing.

Fixed myself a gorgeous creation. Four scoops of ice cream, copious amounts of hot fudge, fat free reddi whip (gotta make it healthy you know?), and whole almonds. Got my favorite long, slender spoon to eat it with and dug in. Ohhhhhh my was it good. I've been so hungry for it and it was heaven. Well, the first few bites were. About half way through, I was actually pretty tired of eating it. Wasn't as good anymore. Did I quit? No...I'm no quitter! It was later that day that I realized bigger isn't better. Wouldn't it have been better to make a smaller sundae and savor each bite? End with licking the bowl as it was so good? Make the WHOLE experience good? Hmmm a thought to ponder. Pixies are good at pondering.

Day 2 I made a smaller sundae. Two BIG scoops of ice cream and all the other fixins. Better, still too big. I did leave some in the bowl this time. What a waste right? Thought some more....almost hurt myself!

Day 3. Made a one scoop ice cream hot fudge sundae. Yep, 1 scoop of ice cream. Finished off the can of fat free reddi whip and used only 7 almonds. Bingo we have a winner!

It was good. No, it was awesome! Just enough. Left me wanting more instead of thinking ugh, there's still some in my bowl. Yep, I licked the bowl!

This is what I need to learn about all foods. More isn't always better. Oh I think it is, but it shouldn't be. I should be able to eat a small amount of something and be satisfied. Thin people do this. If I want to be healthy I need to learn to do this too. I mean it's not like I'm eating something that is going extinct. If I'm eating potato chips, you bet your ass Lay's is going to make more. I don't need to eat the whole damn family sized bag in one sitting! Candy bars come in small sizes and cookies can be eaten singly. Who the hell knew????

Wow, maybe I'm not too old to learn!

PS:I'm back under 200 pounds now and I plan to move my body today! Yep, it's written so I must do it.



  1. lol pixies are good at pondering would make an awesome tshirt slogan!

    i love the example if the sundae i love that your always learning!

    *high fives* to being under 200! go do!

  2. Ah, Pix, I too am guilty of eating for my mouth without consideration of the rest of my body. Damned mouth gets me into trouble all the time and in more ways than one. Hang in there, you can do this.

  3. Well done on being back in the 1's :)

    That's the problem with buying the ice cream & hot fudge instead of getting just a sundae: multiple servings of any size!

    Sometimes I also remind myself that it's not the last cake/cookie/chip in the world. Just because it's in front of me, I don't have to eat it, or at least not all of it ;)

  4. Unfortunately Debby, I tend to learn from these kinds of lessons too, but after I am miserable, as you were. Why is it we know these things, but something inside us make us do these things? Might as well blame something else right? Haha, I know better!

    Thanks for the insight! Again, we are so much alike!! LOL

  5. Welcome back from your cruise!! Glad to know that you lost although the cruise wasn't as good as you expected hehe.
    I am still learning moderation too! I can stick to moderation most of the time now, but once in a while I go overboard and end up regretting. Mm but as long as I stick with positivity things tend to work out, I think!

    .. and now you got me craving ice cream sundaes..!!

  6. What a great point of view! Thanks for sharing... Portion control and being satisfied with less food is one of the biggest challenges for me in my everyday life...