My mouth drools at the sight and smell of chocolate and cake. Starting a diet that excludes my favourite foods or radically curtails their consumption is going to be a nightmare. I can see tantrums on the horizon especially if someone tells me to eat a pickled onion instead! How can a pickled onion give me that same warm, sensational hug that I desire? Give me a break!
To be or not to be weighed
As some of you know, I am now attending Slimming World. Today that all important weigh in after a two-week gap due to celebrating my Silver Wedding Anniversary. Did I lose anything apart from my shoes? You will have to scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out. If you scoot to the end, you will miss an entertaining post – even if I do say so myself!
Oh chocolate, my life long friend
Ummm chocolate. My son of around two found my stash of forbidden delights. Thinking that all was too quiet, I hunted him down only to find a 500g bar of chocolate protruding from his mouth.
His eyes were wide with delight (it was his first taste!), saliva and confectionery dribbled down his arms and semi naked body. Trying to prize my guilty pleasure from him required superhuman strength.
By the time it was in my grasp, the melted form decorated my face, hair, hands and blouse. Meanwhile, my son did a war dance and plastered his sticky hands on my carpet, door and walls! Suffice to say I had to find another hiding place for my goodies. Perhaps I ought to have curtailed my addiction to chocolate from then on; it might have saved me from having to go on a diet!
Life changing decision
So four weeks into this life changing decision and chocolate has its unique place once again in my house. The stash no longer hides in the ice box concealed in the garage. A pack of five curly wurly’s sit in the cupboard along side Lettuce with a pain of death threat written on a post-it-note if anyone so much as looks at them. They are my Sunday treat, not all of them, that would be piggy! Each time I look at them, Lettuce stares back – she now has a black belt in Karate. Her kick is more deadly than my curry power!
Let’s face it no diet would be complete without chocolate!
Cooking for the family
I had to come to a compromise – if I have to make cakes for my family who refuses to give in to Lettuce’s alluring aroma, I need some encouragement.
Yesterday my lovely daughter begged me to make her my special chocolate cakes. Talk about testing my stamina. Everything went well until I reached for the cocoa powder – unleashing the lid a cloud of tempting brown powder exploded all over me! Its scent filled my lungs and stuck to my blouse. (Talk about Deja vous)
Quickly brushing it off and leaving dark streaks I rescued what was left and added it to the mixture. I watch transfixed as the whisker blended the ingredients. When all was light and creamy, my immediate reaction led me to stick my finger into the bowl. Just as I was about to plunge it into my mouth, I noticed Lettuce!
A naughty moment!
She scowled and tutted. So I turned away from her and sucked my finger anyway! Oh the delight, I rolled the flavour around my mouth to savour its wicked luxurious taste. Then I stopped, what was I doing? Having brought myself to heal and accepted control again, my dear daughter requested that I melt chocolate over the finished cakes!
Uh ho, tantrum time
Now, my dear friends, I would love to say that I smiled sweetly and stoically carried on, but the thought and smell of melted chocolate produced a hysterical reaction. Like my two-year-old son so many years ago, I did a war dance and plastered the chocolate mixture on the kitchen floor, door and walls!
Meanwhile, Lettuce looked on and waited until I had had my tantrum and suggested that I comfort myself with a pickled onion!
Did I clear up the mess…..?
Anyway, back to the all important weigh in. Today’s the day and I knocked off 4lbs bringing my total to date to 1/2 stone!! I am well chuffed and have a certificate to prove it. Get in there girl. 🙂