I love M&M’s…there, I said it!
Growing up my Mom always had candy in a dish on the table in the living room – now in my home there is always candy in the dish. At the moment, not just any candy, M&M - my favorite!
Even Fitness Professionals struggle with temptations when it comes to yummy foods. For me, it is M&M’s. I love all varieties… maybe its because of the crunchy shell and chocolaty taste combined with the deliciousness of peanut butter, almonds, pretzels, mint or whatever type I happen to be eating at the time. The last time I went to the market I bought a large bag of regular M&M’s because price wise it made more sense to get the large instead of the medium. I should have known better, little by little I have been grabbing a handful and tossing them in my mouth each time I walk past the dish. Today, as I was putting my sneakers on to go for my run I was munching on a handful. I grabbed another handful as I walked out the door chewing on them during my warm-up preparing for my run. That’s when it hit me, those last two handfuls probably amounted to 1/4cup, or 200 calories. YIKES! The calories I will burn in the first two miles of my run will undo the damage I just did with my spontaneous snacking. To think, as I was eating them I was multi-tasking and not even enjoying the taste or flavor of this treat.
It was at that point that I realized having candy in the dish, available at all times is something that is too tempting for me to resist each time I walk by the table. A long time ago I heard someone say “it is easier to say no once in the market than it is to have to say no over and over once your bring it home”.
Is it reasonable to think I will NEVER buy M&M’s again, absolutely not, however when I do feel the urge I will by a single serving, enjoy them and get on with my day. Limiting yourself entirely of your favorite high calorie treat is unreasonable; allowing yourself your occasional indulgence is fine as long as it is done on occasion and in moderation.