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Srsly? 4 pounds of fudge? Really?

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Happy new year, SparkFriends! I'm glad to say I'm back home again, planning and tracking and sparking and no longer having to cope with the difficulties of Other People's Food.

Or, as it turns out, Other People's incredibly insensitive gifts.

First, though, the good news: the trip lasted 7 days, and I went to my mother's gym 3 times for excellent workouts. Another day my daughter and I took a beautiful hike with my sister, and on a different day we walked all over town for 2 hours with my brother. We even managed to get my mother and step-father to take some shorter walks with us through some natural landmarks. In terms of staying active and exercising, I'd call this trip a smashing success!

The food situation was infinitely more challenging, however. No matter how hard I tried, I never seemed to fit in more than 5 freggie servings in a single day. That's a massive difference from my home, where veggies take center stage. One night I offered to cook dinner (pasta with chard, onions, white beans, and leftover sausage), but even that didn't seem as chock-full-o-veggies as my usual cuisine. Each day I did the best I could, starting with a greek yogurt and fruit, and making the best of the available options throughout the day. It's just that the available options seemed to be mostly bread and cheese -- 2 things I'd pretty much gotten out of my system.

But the pinnacle was the 4 pounds of fudge. A friend of my mother had sent it to us to open Christmas morning. 4 pounds. Of fudge. That is not an exaggeration. Each pound was in its own box -- 4 boxes total. Now, I know that this friend of my mother's expresses her love by sending excessive amounts of whatever her annual gift is (one year it was tree ornaments, another year it was pralines). One pound just wouldn't say "I love you" in quite the same way as 4 pounds would.

Or would it? Wouldn't 1 pound have been kinder? Or, better yet, 4 bags of fresh fruit?

Clearly I needed a plan, or those 4 boxes were going to end up inside my body, along with all that unwanted bread and cheese. I put the boxes back under the tree, where I wouldn't see them very often.

The next day, one pound went immediately to my brother and his wife. The day after that, another pound went to my sister and her family. Two down, two to go.

At some point, my mother must have eaten a pound, because I found an empty box in the trash can. Better her than me. She's a twig anyway.

Only one pound left. I had a piece. It was just okay. I think I was so upset by the thoughtlessness of the gift that it didn't even taste good to me. In retrospect, that was a very healthy response, one that I might cultivate further. Rather than being tempted by the exorbitant mountain of fudge, I was put off by it. Nothing about it seemed appealing.

Here's the rub: had she given me only 1 pound of the stuff, I probably would have appreciated it and savored it and nibbled on it throughout the week. As a result, I would have ingested far more of it. By giving me an outrageous amount, she actually did me a favor -- I was repelled and pushed it away.

Pushing away fudge? Now that's a first for me!

Needless to say, I'm glad to be back home, where I can limit what comes into the house and I can engage in my weekly planning love with wild abandon. Just today, I made a fresh tomato soup with tomatoes I'd frozen at the peak of the summer harvest. Tonight, butternut squash risotto and gingered carrots with chicken. Breathe, plan, track, eat, clean. Breathe again.

For me, that's the comfort of home.

Wishing all of you success in your goals and dreams for 2013!
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    I work in a Chocolate store were resistance is the name of the game. I found if I fill myself up with healthy choices I am not tempted. Sounds like you found what works for you!
    1839 days ago
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    Glad you're home.
    1842 days ago
    You did a wonderful job of resisting ALL that temptation. You need to be so proud of yourself. I think the whole situation was handled brilliantly. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1842 days ago
    You should feel really proud of yourself. You put alot of effort into staying healthy and you can tell in your attitude that it definitely paid off. Continued good luck to you in your journey. emoticon
    1842 days ago
    It's sound like you have managed over all of your trip. Good for you.
    For me unfortunately, I had only able to got to local gym once I were at my son's and food situation was also terrible. I have to Starved myself couple time and also bunch of bread, white rice and generally junk food. I got back home on the New Year's Day but my stress level was so high and I have not able to start my regular healthy routine yet as of today. I haven't even assessed how much is my damage is yet. I am so discouraged and afraid of the scale. Hopefully, I will feel better tomorrow. Because I really need to get back in the groove again back to my healthy living.


    1842 days ago
    Ha Ha, I can sure relate to the food gifts! People give me yummy treats because they want me to enjoy them, but doing so takes my holiday excesses I already felt guilty about well past the new year. My strategy sounds similar to yours, enjoy a little, give some to others for them to enjoy. Loved the blog! emoticon
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    fudge boy am i glad they donĀ“t seem to sell fudge in germany.coming from wales which is famous for its fudge that really is a goodthing.a couple of times i have been tepted to make my own but have talked myself out of it so i think you did great.time to get back in the swing of things and way to go on the exercis. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1842 days ago
  • KMM1123
    Fudge has become a recent weakness of mine. I used to not like it all but my tastes have changed over the years and I now LOVE it. My grandmother is famous for her peanut butter fudge and this last holiday season had her bringing over fudge on three separate occasions. I would never even think about turning it away though. Her face always lights up when she brings it over.

    At least you got your exercise in over vacation. That's definitely something to be proud of!
    1842 days ago
    Sounds like you are back on the right path. Butternut squash risotto sounds great.
    1842 days ago
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