I've started a weekly habit of taking the kids to McDonald's after dropping my oldest off at her choir practice at 4:30 on Tuesdays. I could make tons of excuses, but it's really just because I'm too lazy to get something ready quick and the fast food is so quick and convenient.
We usually order 2 mighty kids meals for the 3 younger kids to share, while we get our oldest something on her way home as well. This week, I picked her up and give her the ice cream option. We tell her that if she orders two things off the $1 menu she can have an ice cream sundae too. She has usually passed on this deal because she likes getting the junky toys that just add to the clutter at home. But, this week, she took the ice cream since I told her what the toys were and she wasn't much interested in another beanie baby.
She was so excited when we got the ice cream and the guy at the window asked if we wanted nuts with that. She thought that was awesome. "You mean they give you free nuts!" "Wow that's way better than a toy!!"
I've having a good week staying away from snacks. That has definitely proved to be a key to success along with the tracking. Seems if I'm "selectively tracking," I snack much more, but when I'm honest about what I eat to myself, I'm stearing clear of the extra snacks.