Can you still indulge in treats and keep your pounds off? I can't. I want to but I can't.
As little as two years ago I could do it. Not today. My body has changed. It no longer permits the occasional indulgence without a parallel weight gain that is disproportionate to what I eat. If I eat ice cream or cake the food might weigh 16oz (or 32 oz). That's one to two pounds. Yet my body will latch on to passing molecules of other food stuffs and I will gain five plus pounds for a few days and then, maybe, just maybe, go back down to a gain of a pound or two after a few more days. This is even though I might cut back on all other calories for that day, defeating the 'a calorie is a calorie' theory. Repeat the behavior once a month and I will gain 24 pounds in a year.
I was lying to myself that it was okay to go up and down in response to a pint of fat and sugar every now and then but that is not an example of something that is 'working'; that is teaching my body to die in a slow and painful increments because the craving will keep coming back as long as I 'occasionally' feed it.
I would never suggest that having a 1/2 cup of ice cream each week would help anyone get over a craving. (and who the hell can eat a half cup of ice cream and be satisfied, I mean come on - what's the point. I would put a half cup on topping on my ice cream so the ice cream itself better be more substantial that the topping.) Someone shared with me that their husband buys a pint and eats the whole thing over a few days. A pint to last a few days? That is not my experience - although I did once make a pint last several hours. I wonder what I ate the next day? Probably more.
Cry me a river, Jane: get over it and be grateful that you don't have to lose hundred of re-gained pounds. There are more beautiful than things in life than ice cream.
Practicing my gratitude one day at a time during these dog days of summer.