Can I feed my Sweet Tooth daily and still loose a little weight?
My sister Shelly and I own an all natural bakery in Berlin, Maryland. There’s no denying that we love sweets and in our business, we want you to love Sweets too.
We came by our “Sweet Tooth” naturally when our Dad kindly passed that gene on to us. Actually my Dad has the biggest “Sweet Tooth”of anyone I have ever met. I still have vivid childhood memories of him dieting and performing various methods of sweet deprivation. His most favorite indulgence is ice cream. We all still laugh when we talk about the time he was trying to loose a little weight and my mother thought that he was doing so well. She was proud that he had “tamed his tooth” until one day she had to drive his car to work. For what ever reason, she had to slam on her brakes and an empty container of Breyers Ice Cream rolled out from under the seat. He was “busted”! Reflecting on this story reminded me that my father was “fit as a fiddle” when he was the most active despite what he ate. He played baseball and was an avid runner. The “wheels didn’t fall off” until he had knee issues and became less active. That’s when he began riding the “diet roller coaster”.
I try to work out regularly, but honestly I haven’t made it a priority and often don’t push myself as hard as I should when I do. I don’t usually buy into the whole New Years resolution thing. I try to remember that I have the opportunity to make positive changes every day, but I’m turning 50 in March and I really want to be “fit and 50”. That in mind, I have decided to enter the 6 week “Biggest Loser” challenge at my gym which begins today with the “dreaded” weigh in. There is an entry fee and prize money for the winner, but I am more motivated by the accountability of this whole thing, particularly now that it’s public knowledge. I did ask both my husband and Shelly to join me, but they both declined. I’m going to have to go it alone.
This will be an experiment of sorts. I hope to prove to myself, once and for all, that deprivation isn’t “my” key to weight loss and fitness. I don’t know about other tooths, but my Sweet Tooth has a mind of it’s own and it expects to be cared for. In the past, whenever I have deprived my Sweet Tooth, my “Tooth” has retaliated and it hasn’t been pretty. So instead of starving “it” or myself, I’m simply going to move more, make small changes like drinking more water, eating slowing and mindfully, keeping a log of my meals, activities and progress, all while still indulging in my daily dose of sweets.
If you would like to join me on this quest, I would love to have you along. If you have any helpful tips you would like to share, they are most welcome. Follow my progress with weekly updates via our blog and on the bakery’s facebook page and see if the “Feed Your Sweet Tooth Diet” works! It could go either way.