Facing Fear (18): HOW MANY CALORIES??!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I've been struggling with my weight loss lately. I'm still following a plan - it has simply become a looser plan. Yesterday, I decided to tighten up things a bit by calculating an exact calorie count for my "Skinny" peanut butter pie, which I've been eating almost every night for the past couple of nights. Because it's made from "diet" ingredients, I felt OK about eating it. I was using the calorie count from a similar - but not exact - recipe on Spark People.

Just for fun, here's the recipe.

1 cup nonfat milk
2 Tbsp reduced fat peanut butter (or Nutella)
2 Tbsp Cocoa
1 4 oz package sugar free fat free jello chocolate pudding
1 tub Cool Whip Lite
1 Oreo pie crust

Whip together milk & spread in mixer (the kitchen aid is perfect for this). Add cocoa & pudding mix. Add softened cool whip. Put mixture in pie crust & freeze for at least 4 hours.

Hubby and I usually eat 1/4 of this pie for dessert. It turns out that 1/4 of the pie has ~ 680 calories!! The culprit seems to be the Cool Whip, which has only 20 calories, but a serving size of 2 TB (25 servings per container).

That's INSANE! What's even more insane is that I created a fiction of it being a diet food and ate a huge serving every night.

LOL! I'm not too smart sometimes. Even though it was frightening to sit down, calculate those calories and admit my mistake, I'm glad I did!

We've discontinued that dessert from our repertoire and I'm hoping to see results soon.
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    Okay, not to be an enabler or anything, but if you ever wanted to have that dessert again (although not 1/4 of the pie, probably) and can stand the cool whip FREE, the calories will be better!
    And can I preface by saying I am laughing WITH you when I say "hahahaha"?... I had to laugh when I read your blog because haven't we ALL done something like this at some point?
    Anyway, you'll be smiling (not laughing) soon as you watch those pounds and inches start to once again melt away...
    I've been "looser" too, and seeing the effcts on the scale, which never, ever budges!
    So here's to wishing you continued success as you leave this dessert behind in pursuit of things that don't "cost" 680 calories!
    3448 days ago
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    I read an article once that was about this very thing--women who could not lose the last 10 pounds even though they 'ate nothing' and ' watched what they ate' etc etc etc.
    The upshot from the article was that they ate WAY more than they thought. Just like you proved....interesting--and thanks for sharing that!
    3448 days ago
    Good for you...but that peanut butter pie sounds DELISH! I think I was salivating after reading about the Cool Whip...it's been SO long since I've even had sugar :( I'm sure you will notice the scale going down soon, which will be more satisfying than that piece of pie : )
    3449 days ago
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    Hey we all have done that. Thinking something was healthy but it wasn't. Maybe you can health it up some. Change up the Cool Whip, but less and eat a smaller portion as a treat. Not all the time of course, but man it does sound good. Keep at it & results will come!
    3449 days ago
    I've done that before! That's why I love the recipe calculator here - I'll get super accurate about measuring things down to the gram to plug in the ingredients and then weigh the final product and each portion I eat. The numbers don't lie.

    Oddly enough, when I do splurge on something like that, I feel much better knowing. I used to fudge numbers all the time to make myself feel better, but accuracy has more of a calming effect on me than seeing a slightly better (but false) number on the food tracker. The other benefit is that once I know exactly how 'bad' a recipe is, I can start to tweak it. It almost becomes a game to see how close I can keep the taste to the original while reducing the damage and boosting up the good stuff. And I'm no cook - I'm strictly a novice at best, but breaking food down this way has taught me a lot more than just following a cookbook would have.
    3449 days ago
  • CAR58OLE
    WOW - Good thing you faced THAT fear! LOL

    Knowledge is our best friend... ignorance is our worst enemy!
    3449 days ago
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