My beautiful and talented friend, Stephanie, makes the most delectable hand-dipped chocolate covered pretzels ever. And her new website (designed by yours truly) will launch later this week.
Stay tuned for the details.
So, working on this website “requires” me to taste her chocolate covered treats. Okay, not really…but how can I not?! They’re so tasty and beautiful. They seem to call my name as I photograph them, think of them and post them online.
And earlier this week, Stephanie and I decided to figure out the WW point values, and that obviously required measuring the melted chocolate, dipping, etc. The good news is that we’re close to figuring out the point values for various varieties.
But I’ve been asking myself this question all week:
Is it possible for me to enjoy a chocolate covered pretzel or two without sabotaging the work I’m doing to lose weight?
And the answer is: Yes!
I don’t consider my weight-loss journey to be a “diet.” Some like to call it a lifestyle change, and I’m inclined to agree with them. What I’m doing now (in the way of healthy eating and exercise) is no different than what I’ll do the rest of my life.
I eat cake at birthday parties; I drink an apple martini when it’s appropriate, and I go out regularly with friends. I’ll never understand why people deny themselves everything they love to lose weight. It just doesn’t make sense.
For me, it is much more realistic to enjoy the balance of foods I love and foods that are good for me.
We can all have both. My trick is just to limit my intake of the unhealthy foods and eat them after I’ve (mostly) filled up on the healthier ones.
And when I want that extra bite of chocolate, I just remind myself that “Nothing tastes as good as losing weight feels.”