No arguing over no sugar, no guilt ice cream…


A recent argument after a work out resulted in sweet, guilt free compromise.

I stepped on the scale for my weekly weigh in and saw the same 155 pounds from last week and I felt discouraged and wanted to quit. My to-do list has eaten my workout time this last week, and the results glared up at me from the scale. Time for a pep talk. I stared my reflection in the eye sternly.

“I want it all off. You are so close. The to-do list needs to back off while you vanquish these last 20 pounds. You can do this. Seriously, get with the program here. I have a lot riding on this.” My reflection listened to my scolding without enthusiasm.

“I’m tired of you being so mean to me all the time. I feel like I don’t even know you anymore. I really want some chocolate ice cream,” said Mirror Me. The tone was whiny and pathetic. When a house this close is divided, the only way to peace is through compromise. I made Mirror Me some chocolate ice cream and ate two bowls.


Nothing but bananas, cocoa powder and unsweetened soy milk made this delicious dessert. No sugar.

Now we both feel better. Mirror Me had a treat and no longer feels deprived. I have no guilt because the recipe I used only has bananas, unsweetened soy milk and Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa powder. The result? A rich, chocolately frozen treat that I have absolutely no guilt over.

The trick is frozen bananas. I cut them in chunks and froze them overnight. I tossed the chunks into a blender with some soy milk and a tablespoon of cocoa powder and blended. The result is sweet and creamy with a rich, soft serve texture. Freeze it for a firmer, more scoop-able texture. I can eat this all day long.

I’m excited to try this different ways. Recently I’ve discovered the amazing-ness of afregatto where I work at Cafe Bienville. This involves a scoop of handmade gelato in a coffee cup in a bath of steaming espresso.

I haven’t indulged much because of the whole losing weight thing, but I have thought about this gelato/espresso combination probably every day with longing. Now I will try my guilt free ice cream in a bath of espresso. Probably for breakfast. Every day. For the rest of my life.

I also want to try making it with my 310 meal replacement shake instead of soy milk. I think the natural sweetness of the shake will go perfectly with the bananas. A dusting of cocoa powder across the top and I suspect I will have discovered guilt free perfection.

I think the bottom line here is that I have had to make concessions. I’m not immune to being discouraged. It doesn’t matter if I trip up and stumble as long as I get back up again and keep going. If I keep going without quitting, I will eventually get there, no matter how many arguments I have in the bathroom mirror.

Having little indulgences, especially harmless ones, just helps get Mirror Me to shut up and fall back in line. Helps when her mouth is full.

You can follow my weight loss journey…

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit or
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