Sunday, July 11, 2010

Two Pieces of Chocolate

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Today, I had two pieces of Willy Wonka's Scrumdidlyumptious Chocolate.  The bag said a serving was four pieces and each serving was 190 calories.  So 95 calories.  Not good, but not that bad either.  When I went to the gym today, I had it in my mind that I was going to use the elliptical until I had burned off all 95 calories.  It took me 10 minutes and 26 seconds to burn off 95 calories. 

"So what's the big deal?" you might ask.  The big deal is this: I could have not eaten those two pieces off chocolate and had the 10 and a half minutes on the elliptical count toward building a larger calorie deficit.  Two little pieces of chocolate made me exercise for an extra ten minutes today.  The next time I'm about to indulge, I'm going to ask myself, "Do I really want to work this off later?" 

Most of the time, I think the answer is going to be no.  There may be a few times where I do let loose and eat something sinful.  I am human, however.  And chocolate is delicious.  Or should I say, scrumdidlyumptious?


  1. I've never seen that kind of chocolate before! When I feel like something sweet, instead of eating super-sugary chocolate I have a couple of those chocolate vitamin-D/calcium chews. Tasty AND I get in some extra calcium.

  2. I actually think it is okay to indulge now and then, because for most of us, chocolate will always be a part of our lives...but you did an excellent job in moderation!

    Nicely done! Was it tasty?

  3. Personally, I have to stay away from chocolate. It leads me astray every time. I wouldn't be able to eat just one (or two). Good job though for working if off on the elliptical.

  4. I LOVE how you phrased it as thats, in a way, how I do it too and it works for me.


    sometimes the answer is indeed NO and I choose to indulge anyway.

    for me its all about the CHOOSE and not the mindless.


  5. Ok-this is why I love reading your blog. In all honesty, I NEVER ask myself that question before I indulge. Lately, I've been indulging a lot too..

    Thanks for the reminder to always question my cravings!!!!

  6. Yup, exactly what Liza said.

    One day at a time, one eat at a time, one exercise at a time - healthier living through healthier choices.

  7. A snack under 100 calories is a raging success! Especially if it's something you really want and you're satisfied when you're done. And you got your exercise in. That's the balance you've been seeking and will need in the long run. WIN!

  8. I completely agree with JackieD. You could have had an entire serving, but instead you chose to eat half. This sounds like a much healthier way of indulging, rather than completely denying yourself a treat, just to end up eating the entire bag some afternoon.

    AND! You made the decision to work out a little longer to burn off the extra calories.

    This is absolutely a little victory, and you should be very proud of it!

  9. I also am very impressed at your will power.
    It seems that it too has been strengthened over the course of your journey. Also, your dedication to work it off as well, wow!

  10. I like your thinking here, Andrew! I've never thought of it that way, but I think it's right on.

  11. Hey there! Stumbled across your EXCELLENT blog and am totally following!

    You've made some awesome success and I have to agree with most of your comments and say that it's ok to indulge every now and then. It's what keeps you sane. Ha! And being able to keep it under 100 calories, and being able to burn it off later, is a total win.

    Keep up the great work and looking forward to reading more!