Operation Skinny Jeans: I'm sorry Girl Scouts

Monday, February 17, 2014

I'm sorry Girl Scouts

As I am sure you are aware, it is Girl Scout Cookie season.

I hate it.

I just made this lol
Before you get mad or call me the grinch of cookies, hear me out.

I was a Girl Scout during one of the hardest times of my childhood. I will spare you the play by play, but my binge eating was born around that time, and something I could hide well enough to binge on was Girl Scout cookies. This continued annually from about age 6 till age 25. I would procure cookies secretly (legally) and sneak them into somewhere private, and eat all of them in one sitting.

It became so bad that I would drive from grocery store to grocery store LOOKING for the scouts so I could buy a box or 4 and eat all of them before I got home.

In years past, I have allowed myself to eat the cookies, feigning "moderation" and every time it would end with me sitting on the bathroom floor with thin mints shoved into my face as I weep silently as to not get caught.

NOT PRETTY.

So this year I decided no. I can't do it yet. So I am not even going to have one. Last week we drove up to the grocery store and into the parking lot, and I saw them there outside the store. I told Andy to keep going, that we would go to a different store. I know that sounds stupid, but as a former scout (and former leader) I literally can not say no to the girls. And before you call me a jerk for not at least donating money, I do donate money, just not to the girls with the cookies accosting me outside the grocery store. Because I will take a box and, well you know how that would end.

So for this year I am just saying no. or walking away without making eye contact.

Are there any foods that are like insta-triggers for you? My husband said that I can't eat just one serving of Girl Scout Cookies because to me a whole box is one serving. #truethat
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19 comments :

  1. Oh no! Glad you recognized your problem and kept going. Knowing is half the battle, right?

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  2. Good for you! my insta..make me feel better is fountain pepsi...ohh I can drink gallons of that stuff!

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  3. Good for you Jess. mine is any type of homemade treat. If I made it I must devour it.

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  4. There are FOUR boxes of Girl Scout cookies in my house. If I lived by myself there would be no way I'd let them in my house...but other people can eat what they want. I'm the exact same way, there is no way I would only eat a serving of cookies so I decided to not eat any this year. I avoided one store where I saw them outside. But just yesterday they were selling them inside the front part of the store! I managed to say no (and feel horrible about it).

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  5. I just bought 3 boxes from a friend today. I can't wait to get them home so my kids can eat them before I eat them all.

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  6. I can't say no to the girls either (for the same reasons...former Girl Guide and Leader) In Canada though, at least we don't have a variety of flavors like you do. We have chocolate and vanilla in the spring and mint in the fall. They also don't accost you at each store you go to either. Do your boy scouts to Apple Day? If so, double up on that and make yourself feel good! :-)

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  7. Girl scout cookies are so dangerous! I could eat a box of thin mints in one sitting. I have to stay away too.

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  8. I can't say no to the girls either, selling cookies gave me a college scholarship and the Girl Scouts have paid for both of my trips to India. I have the hardest time just walking by. But brownies are my major trigger. If I make them, I feel like I have to eat them until they are gone. It's awful.

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  9. Yep, I've been known on more than one occasion to devour a whole box of trefoils. Best just to say no and move on until you know you can handle it!

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  10. i will never buy them. you can buy better for you cookies than girl scout cookies. even though they may be for a cause, i just can't.

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  11. Thin Mints, while I love them, are evil! We will normally buy a box or two cookies if we see girls scouts out somewhere, but I haven't this year. It's probably a good thing. Luckily my nieces don't live in my town nor are they girl scouts. I want my daughter to be involved because I think it's a great thing to be involved in as a kid, but I will admit that I dread cookie season with her...and she's 15 months!

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  12. Ha ha..I agree I'm not ordering any this year. Those things I swear of crack in them. I don't eat one I eat a whole dang sleeve.

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  13. I hear ya! Last year my husband got 10 boxes!!! I wanted to kill him. This year, no way in hell is he getting GS cookies.

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  14. OMG Good for YOU!!! i bought 5 boxes and i have to give them away because I will eat them all… I thought i was off the hook because i didn't have cash, but now they have those card readers for your phone or iPad!… theres no escaping!

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  15. Sadly I just bought 3 boxes that will be here next month. Damn that sweet tooth!!!! :(

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  16. Good for you! One of my triggers is Nutella. Sooooooo good. If its in the house I will make Nutella sandwich after Nuttella sandwich. So I have the wonderful spread plus all the carbs from the bread.

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  17. I am trying to say no to GSC's this year, too. I don't have trouble with them, but my husband does. He tends to consider a box a serving, and then he's left feeling like crap afterwards. It isn't pretty.

    I wish the Girl Scouts would consider being a little more progressive and forward thinking in their fundraising efforts. I don't think the cookies need to go away forever, but I think it would be good if they were a little bit less of a "thing", and some non-food options were presented instead. Between the fall candy sales and the winter/early spring cookie sales, it feels like too much to me.

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  18. Wow, good for you for resisting that temptation! That is incredibly impressive!

    --Kelly from In It To Lose It

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  19. You can have the girls donate a box to the troops! It's a program called treats for troops and I know our council in CO participates :-)

    PS , we are always looking for people to volunteer, whether it's a one time or a reoccurring thing... it is so valuable to our girls, our council and our community! We need more women like you to empower these Girl Scouts. There is this amazing Anti-Bullying Program/Self Esteem Building Program that our council runs, called "Power Up". It would totally be perfect for you! Let me know if you ever want to look into ways to volunteer with our council.

    Much love,

    Samantha Golda
    Girl Scouts of Colorado

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