Seriously, who walks into an ice cream parlor and gets three scoops of ice cream?  Ok, maybe you do so let me start from the beginning.   As many of you know by now, I’ve dedicated 6 months of my life to helping two people lose weight.  The husband weighs 327 pounds and his wife is about 30 pounds overweight.  And you guessed it!  The 300 pounder is the one I’m referring to when I ask, “Who does that???”  Well, I’ll tell you who.  A guy who has lost 10 pounds and feels really good about it sabotages himself by feeling  justified in having  three scoops of ice cream…. even though he’s still 100 pounds overweight.

Three ScoopsWhy do we do that to ourselves?  Why do we lose a pound and then gain 2 just because we’ve done so well?  Why do we feel we deserve three scoops of ice cream because we haven’t had ice cream in a whole week?  Why is losing weight so damn hard for so damn  many people????  It’s something I’ve studied for years.   I’ve interviewed people of all shapes and sizes and asked the skinny ones how they do it and the plump ones why they can’t do it.  And it usually comes back to this one simple example of the ice cream.  A healthy weight person walks into an ice cream shop and asks for one scoop.  Or sometimes just buys a cone for the kids.  A heavy person walks into that same shop and feels he won’t be satisfied unless he gets three scoops.  But in the end, all any of us needs is just a few licks to feel good about getting a treat.  Ice cream doesn’t fuel your body.  It feeds that part of your brain that sabotages you.  I’m not saying don’t eat ice cream.  I’m just saying eat ONE scoop of ice cream.

About Wendy D

I was born in San Francisco and ended up marrying a rancher in Reno, Nevada. I have a big city job anchoring the 5 o’clock news but come home to the country where my husband’s family has ranched for 5 generations.

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