I have set a goal for myself for 2009 to get into shape. Why you ask? Because I will be turning 50 in August – how the heck did that happen?!?! At any rate, I have started to think about the lifestyle changes I need to make to meet that goal (and now that I’ve put it out there for everyone to see, hopefully I’ll be motivated to follow through!) I stepped on the scale yesterday and had lost 8 pounds! Woo and Hoo! So I’m all psyched to continue whatever it is I’ve been doing that has netted me an 8 lb. weight loss.
Is it this? Breakfast of champions? Every single day my routine is to eat breakfast as soon as I get to the shop, generally like 7AM. And except for the type of cereal, I always eat the same thing – cereal with low fat milk and a Diet Coke. I never start my day without a Diet Coke!
This is a pretty healthy way to start the day, don’t you think? Well, except for the Diet Coke part. But there are some things I am just not willing to give up and Diet Coke is right up there at the top of the list. It may not be good for me, but at least it’s calorie-free!
So I’ve already had the “talk” with myself about watching what I eat during the holidays, and now that I’ve had a little weight loss, at least maintaining that over the next few weeks. And I had every intention of doing just that – and then it started…
This arrived yesterday afternoon at the shop. A holiday gift from a neighboring business. Ok, I thought, fruit is good and it won’t pack on the pounds like chocolate or cookies. So I ate an apple and a tangerine as a snack. And felt very smug and virtuous, too, I might add.
I can do this! I have plenty of fruit on hand now to get me through the next couple of weeks.
Yeah right! Then this arrived…
(Sorry for the glare – I didn’t dare take the plastic covering off ’cause I knew I’d just dive right into this yummy goodness!) What is it, you ask? Why it’s a box of my favorite Belgian Chocolates, compliments of our accountant. With names like Deliz (milk chocolate with creamy hazelnut praline center), Zanzibar (dark chocolate with ganache filling), and Aramis (white chocolate with truffle and raspberry flavored center). My mouth is watering just typing the words!
Reality check here! I know for a fact that this box of chocolates won’t last 3 days here! Every time I walk by that box is going to call my name, and sooner or later (ok, we all know it’s going to be sooner!) I’m going to cave and have a piece of chocolate – probably that white chocolate truffle with the raspberry center. And next thing you know the box will be empty and there will be 8 pounds packed back on my butt!
I figure January will be soon enough to start working on this goal, right? Christmas only comes once a year, and the temptation is just too strong! And why should I punish my friends and loved ones by forgoing all the treats and goodies I usually make during this season? How’s that for rationalization! At least I’m honest, right?
In the spirit of the season, I wanted to share the bounty with you. I’ll be making these little gems for gift-giving and having a few myself, too. Easy OREO Truffles from Kraft Foods – go here for the recipe. I’ve already made out my grocery list!
So what are some of your favorite holiday goodies? Do you make cookies and candy to give as gifts or just to have during the season? I love to cook, so share your favorite recipes with me.
And after January 1st, you may have to remind me about this goal. It’s pretty obvious I have no willpower so I’ll be counting on all of you to keep me on track!
To make this post somewhat quilty, I’m off to sew! I’ll be whipping up 35 pillowcases for the local nursing home residents and a few for the grandies. They’re all cut out and ready to sew so it will be “pedal to the medal” for me all day long. I’ll share a pic tomorrow when they’re all done! I hope you’re having a quilty day, too.
P.S. Head over to the Greater Atlanta Quilt Shop Hop blog and tell Sarah about your favorite childhood vacation memory – she’s giving away Batik fat quarters! You’ll want to check the Shop Hop blog often, all of the participating shops will be having giveaways as we count down to Shop Hop 2009.