Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Welcome to ICAA - Ice Cream Addicts Anonymous!!!





I've had it for breakfast, I've craved it in the middle of the afternoon, I've stood in the supermarket and thought, just don't buy it.  If it's not in the house, I can't eat it.  I'm okay if I don't take that first scoop. But I know beating this monkey on my back takes just one day at a time - and I am proud to announce that yesterday I DIDN'T HAVE ANY ICE CREAM!



I can now admit it at last - Hi, I'm Terry, and I'm an ice cream addict! 



Just because Bradley Cooper does it, it's not okay!  Thank goodness for ICAA ~ if you're an addict too, or think you might be, just take a look at the twelve step recovery plan, borrowed from Alcoholics Anoymous but made relevant to ice cream fiends everywhere.....



ICAA - The Twelve Steps

(We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable

We admitted we were powerless over ice cream - that our lives had become unmanageable when faced with a tub of Carte D'or salted caramel.




(We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity)

We came to believe that a Power greater than our fridge freezer could restore us to a size 12.


(We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him) 

We made a decision to turn our sweet tooth and helpless desire for Eton Mess at 3 in the morning over to the care of our loved ones, who agreed to padlock the freezer during night time hours.


(We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves) 

We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of how much we'd spent on Haagen Dazs in the last twelve months.


(We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs) 

We admitted to our best pal, to ourselves and to another human being (or the cat) the exact nature of our gluttony.


(We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character) 

We were entirely ready to have our loved ones remove all half eaten tubs of Rum and Raisin.


(We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings)

We humbly asked them to remove the Weightwatchers Toffee Caramel Sundaes, too.


(We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.)

We made a list of all persons whose share of Raspberry Ripple we had eaten, and became willing to make amends to them all.


(We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others)

We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would encourage them to be total ice cream monsters, too.


(We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it)

We continued to take personal inventory and when we were caught buying a White Chocolate Magnum, promptly admitted it.




(We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out)

We sought through prayer and willpower to improve our conscious contact with the fruit section in the supermarket as we understood it, praying only for knowledge of its nutritional value for us and the power to make tempting fruit salads.


(Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs)

Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps (cross fingers), we tried to carry this message to other Cornetto worshippers and to practice these principles at night time when we're having a film binge.




Do what I did - if you think it's becoming a problem, beyond your control, seek help with ICAA - or, a year from now, this could be you!!




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Good luck - don't end up like Britney...


or Ozzy....



17 comments:

  1. Oh Terry!! How awful!! I'm torn between laughing out loud and feeling your despair! But I sort of know where you are…I was there once, oh yes I was, but then….well let's just say they make really really amazing ice cream in Croatia, but it's really really rich too. And if you've been a total glutton (as I was) and eaten six one after the other…erm...I'll leave it to your fertile imagination, but putting it nicely, I was not a well vallypee. Never again. Good luck dear heart!

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  2. I gave in again last night - but at least it was only the Weightwatchers Toffee Sundae!!!! I don;'t have loads and loads all at once but it's just kinda... well, every day.....!

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  3. I feel your pain, although my demon is chocolate. I am partial to a tasty ice-cream though, and when it comes to Haagen Dazs or Ben & Jerry's it's impossible to start without finishing.

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    1. Hi Yvonne - seriously, the weightwatchers toffee sundaes are lovely, and only 110 calories - but they come in packs of two....!!!

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  4. Ah yes, ice cream. There's nothing quite like it and the fact it comes in so many amazing flavours...

    When in Greece a couple of years ago there was the most amazing ice cream shop within a stone's throw of our hotel. I was so spoilt for choice but settled on a honeydew melon ice cream. It was amazing. I was hooked. I need to find somewhere over here that sells it.

    We do have an amazing ice cream parlour nearby. It's been there for donkey's years but I haven't been since the kids were little. This blog has reminded me I need to go there...soon!

    http://www.notarianniicecreamblackpool.co.uk/

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    1. Oh wow, honeydew melon....! If you haven't tried the salted caramel, DO!!!!

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  5. Kelly's Clotted Cream Ice Cream. Nuff said and plenty eaten.

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    1. CORRRRRR!!!!! Sounds like the stuff of..... whole tubs eaten whilst watching a film. MY idea of heaven.....

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  6. Ice Cream was a way of life growing up in Wisconsin! All those fancy flavors are probably what does a person in. Stick to Vanilla :)

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    1. I dunno, I daresay vanilla is still as fattening..... !!!

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  7. "half-eaten tubs of Rum and Raisin" ??? Please, explain to me what is this "half-eaten" you talk of ? "padlock the freezer during night time hours" - ALL my white goods are in the pawn shop! It's not just my waistline that ice cream has taken away from me. I hate my life. I wish i had 50p for a milk maid.

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    1. Ha ha ha!!! Thank you for making me laugh!

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  8. I discovered salted caramel ice-cream at a restaurant recently, and it's AWESOME!!

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  9. Now I'm an original chocolate Magnum girl, I nibble all the chocolate off first (and always drop it on my clothes), when I'm out there's nothing more satisfying than a Mr Whippy 99 cone with a flake, the largest amount of Mr Whippy the better. (I have to force myself to ignore the possible lack of hygiene of a Mr Whippy seller - just to get my fix) Or if I'm too hot an Orange Maid lolly.

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    1. Actually, since I wrote this I've got over my total addiction! A Weightwatchers toffee sundae (110 calories) per evening and I'm okay - it helped when Him Indoors broke the ice cream maker!!! I LOVE Mr Whippy too - yeah, never mind the hygiene!

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