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Baking, Bruises and Bouncing Back

Today is weigh-in day, but I’m out of town so I won’t officially weigh in until next week.  My scale at home told me that I was down almost two pounds, but I know that I can do more than I’m doing.  That will be my goal for the upcoming week.

My brain has been scattered this week, and I know that I need to get more sleep.  I know that my workouts will be longer and more effective if I’m not exhausted, and I won’t make mistakes like I did yesterday.  I’ve been taking the stairs to get to the roof of my tall building (where the gym is,) and my legs were feeling it yesterday.  I stepped onto the treadmill to do inclined intervals, and as I was stepping off, I twisted my ankle a little.  It’s not so bad that I can’t walk, but there’s a bruise just about my ankle bone that is screaming at me today.  I did manage to do some floor exercises too before heading back downstairs to shower and pack.

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Today will be a rest day which should be okay because I’ve planned out my meals.  I’ve been dodging cupcakes more than usual this week, but that’s over for now.  I baked over 100 red velvet cupcakes Monday for a movie themed party (that I did not attend,) and I didn’t eat them.  I didn’t even taste them, but I did receive compliments on them which made me happy.

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(Photos: Courtesy of Graceful Event Productions)

I whipped up a batch of tie dye cupcakes for game night at a friend’s house Tuesday too.  I tried those so I can tell you that they were good.  I didn’t take any with me when I left because I knew that if I didn’t have them, I wouldn’t eat them.  As long as I can stick to that plan I should be okay.

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Baking allows me to feel artistic, but it’s a complicated practice when you’re addicted to sweets.  I don’t eat them nearly as often as I talk about them, but I know that I have to be careful.  I like them too much.

I’m baking a little more often (and on a larger scale) lately, and I’ve given some serious thought to whether or not it’s something I can do.  I haven’t decided yet.  I thought about whether or not I should mention it here too.  I know that by discussing this I’ll be judged harshly by some, but I’m judged by them anyway so why not?   This blog is about my life, and it’s something that I’ve been doing lately.

I also shopped for dresses this week because I am seeing His Holiness the Dalai Lama speak Saturday, and I want to look my best.  I chose two dresses, and I’ll probably definitely post photos on Facebook and Twitter to ask which one I should wear.

It has been a good week, but it has also been long.  And it’s not over yet.  Is anyone else ready for the weekend?  What do you have planned?

 

Cupcake Question

While we were in New York last week we ate cupcakes from Crumbs, one of my favorite cupcake shops in NYC.  Kelly brought a variety of them to my little birthday dinner, and we all shared them.  Even ‘The Suit’ had a bite or two even though he’s not a fan of cake. (I don’t understand this at all, but I accept it anyway. Hehe…)

Our first night in the city was not without cupcakes either.  We shared three little 50-calorie cupcakes from Baked by Melissa.  Actually, he took a bite of one, and I ate the other 125 calories or so by myself.

I didn’t go as overboard with cupcakes as I have done in the past, but I had three little ones the first day and the equivalent to almost one big one on the second day.  I ate them and enjoyed them so when The Suit learned that I’d probably get one the following day he asked me why.  At first I was aggravated by the question, but I soon became aggravated that I didn’t have an answer.

He did not say “You don’t need another cupcake, Kenlie.”  He did not say “Why would you eat another when you’ve had so much?”  He didn’t ask the question in judgment at all; he asked it out of curiosity.  He seemed surprised, and I felt a little defensive.  The best answer I could come up with was that I just knew that I wouldn’t be able to have one later.

When I realized that I was *not* actually craving one and that my only reason for eating one was that I might want one a month from now, I felt pretty silly.  Around anyone else I probably would have been embarrassed, but I felt relieved that I had found the answer to a question that I’ve always been too afraid to ask.  He makes me feel safe so I can be honest with him and myself, and at that moment I realized I had more thinking to do.

The truth is that I like cupcakes, but I don’t love them as much as I thought I did.  Since January I have expressed to Kelly and on my blog that I’m usually disappointed by cupcakes once I actually eat them, and the same is true now.  They’re good, but they’re hardly life-changing.  And I enjoyed the amazing company and experiences that I had last week more than any cupcake I’ve ever eaten.

Once again, I didn’t think about food as much when The Suit was around.  I thought about it, but it didn’t consume me.  I will remember a lot of things about our last day in New York, but I have no regrets about skipping the cupcake.  I could have had it, but not having it became a liberating experience for me.  On second thought, maybe I will remember not having it.  Maybe I’ll remember taking control of something that has tormented me far too long.

Regardless, I’m thankful for the person who asks tough questions with patience and empathy, and I’m thankful that every moment brings a new opportunity for me to make choices that make my life healthier and happier.  Who could ask for more?

 

 

Family, Friends and Cupcakes, Or Kenlie’s Favorite Things

Yesterday I mentioned that it has been a busy week so far, and yesterday was no exception.  I didn’t get to spend much time with my family, but I did have a good conversation with my sister before school.

I’m always thankful for my friends, but I was particularly thankful for ‘the suit’ yesterday because he entertained me from the moment I walked into class.  I didn’t really want to be at school because I wanted to be with the fam, but he made it fun like he always does.  (Seriously, he’s hilarious…Ha!)  Between J and ‘the suit’ I should probably feel guilty for enjoying class as much as I do, but I choose to embrace it instead.  He made me laugh, but he also listened and encouraged me today because he knew I needed that.  And while I don’t plan to elaborate further, I just want the universe to know that I’m thankful for that guy.

When I arrived at home there was a package of cupcakes waiting for me from Georgetown Cupcake in Washington D.C.  Has anyone seen their show on TLC?

Thank you the cupcakes, Friend! =)

I’m leaving New Orleans at the end of June to spend at least a couple of months living in the D.C. area, and someone I know there (who knows of my love of cupcakes) wanted to share a sneak peek of the awesomeness that is DC Cupcakes.  Whoa…

After trying a few bites I can tell you that I’m glad that place is in Georgetown because I’ll have to stay away from it most days.  Damn, the cupcakes are good!

Today is going to be a another good day because I’m spending time at the beach with Steph and Hannah before we head to dinner with Mom and CJ in the evening.  I’m definitely looking forward to the sunshine and sand.  (And I’ll wear stronger sunscreen than I did last week!)

What are your plans today?

 

***Oh, just one more thing!  I’ll tally up this week’s entries for the Calphalon challenge and share the winner on my blog tomorrow.  From what I’ve seen so far, this challenge has been awesome for some of us so far!***

 

Friend Makin’ Mondays: Cooking Habits

Why do the weekends always seem to go by so quickly?  It’s Monday again, and you know what that means, right? It’s time for FMM!

(Update:  I’m not sure why this post didn’t appear on my blog last night.  I thought I clicked publish when I finished. Sorry for the late start!)

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section here at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Cooking Habits

 

1. What is your favorite meal to prepare at home?  Right now my favorites are Caesar salads with chicken and egg white omelets.

2. Do you like to experiment in the kitchen, or do you prefer to stick to the basics?  I like to experiment.  I’m more inclined to bake than cook, but I’m not afraid to throw things together.  Sometimes that works out well.

3. What is your favorite cookbook? Hmmm…Hungry Girl has some great recipes!  I also love SkinnyTaste.com and believe that Gina should publish a cookbook.

4. Do you have any tricks to share that help you reach your fruits and veggies goal for the day?  I eat salads that are filled with veggies and not a lot of other stuff.  My lunch today will consist of 6 cups of romaine, a serving of cucumbers, grape tomatoes and 28g of light Caesar dressing.  I also put one to two cups of spinach or kale in my smoothies when I make them.

5. What’s the most interesting thing you made last week?  I made pretty cupcakes for my friends and classmates.  I’m pretty proud of myself for eating a mini cupcake as opposed to eating more of them.  They were boxed up and sealed as soon as they were made so they weren’t as tempting.  =)

Vanilla tie-dye, Peanut Butter Cup and Oreo...

6. How often do you watch cooking shows on TV?  I don’t really do that.  It usually just gives me cravings so why bother?

7. When you’re hungry, where are you most likely to look first? The refrigerator, or the pantry? The fridge…

8. List a few healthy staples that can always be found in your kitchen.  I always have chicken breast in the freezer.  I usually have frozen strawberries, fresh spinach and romaine and skim milk.  I usually always have bananas, peanut butter and eggs too.

9. Are you motivated to cook at home even when you’re eating alone?  Not as much as if I’m cooking for two, but I’m single so it has to happen anyway.  I’m going to make cooking and eating at home my goal for the month of May.

10.  How often do you try new recipes? I can go without doing it for weeks then suddenly feel inspired to do it three nights in a row.  I can safely say that I try several new recipes per year.  I’d like to try more.

 

What I Didn’t Eat Today and Some Other Random Thoughts

We all know that I love cupcakes…baking them and eating them.  And if you’ve been around for a while you might also know that I like to decorate cookies too.  I’m hardly a pro, but I enjoy it.  And I can honestly say that when it comes to sugar cookies, I like decorating them more than eating them. Whew!

I’m attending three parties over the next several days, and the first is tomorrow so I baked cupcakes and cookies.

I avoided eating them by baking a flavor that I don't like.

I also did some test baking for my niece’s third birthday in Colorado next week so please excuse the random placement of giraffes among the Easter cookies.  I wish I would have taken better pictures!

Giraffes celebrate Easter too...at least in my house.

It's supposed to be an Easter egg.

And I did a test run for the zoo party cupcakes recently, and this is what they look like.  Keep in mind, I don’t know what the heck I’m doing.  I just think it’s fun to try.

Pretend you can tell their zoo animals.

My niece’s party will be at a mountain zoo next week, and if anyone has decorating ideas I’d love to hear them.  My entire family loves the zoo, and it will be nice to make some new memories with them.

I love giraffes. Just saying.

I got through the day without eating much of the junk I made, and I’m pleased.  And now I’m beat and need to rest before relatives arrive.  My Friday plans include spending time with the family, hitting the gym and reading.

And speaking of the gym, I hope that the well-meaning guy who now offers unsolicited and unwanted advice works out before or after me tomorrow.  Earlier this week he told me that I should be drinking 230 oz of water a day after first telling me that I should multiply my body weight times eight and drink that much per day. Um…that would be over 15 gallons per day.   My response “Not going to happen, bro.  I drink a gallon a day, and most days that’s enough.  Thanks. ”

I had just wiped my face, but check out my chest. I like to sweat.

Have you ever run into that guy at the gym?  You know…the one who keeps talking and talking and talking while you’re just trying to do your workout?  If so, how do you handle it?

And do you have plans for the holiday weekend?  What will you do to celebrate?

 

Bittersweet: Calorie Counting Hell

Does anyone remember the party that I went to at this time last year?  I must have mentioned it.  But in case you didn’t hear about it, here some pictures from the event.

I forgot to take pictures of the food, opting only to take pictures of the dessert,  but you get the idea.  The cupcakes were equally distributed on both sides of the tower between the brownies and the tables of cookies, pound cake, ice cream and other sweets.

It's as if they looked into my dreams and constructed them for me.

There was a fruit table too, and it was my saving grace even though I enjoy fresh fruit so much more when an endless supply of cupcakes is not a realistic option.

I like fruit, but it wasn't easy to choose last year while the cupcakes were staring me down.

And it’s that time of year again.  The party is tomorrow, and the menu is the same as last year – ribs, burgers, hot dogs, beans, Cajun specialties and a list of other things including but not limited to ice cream and movie popcorn.  There will be live music and games, and the food will be served fresh all day.  I’ll be there with my family from 10am until 4pm, and I’m determined to enjoy the day without letting the food (not even the cupcakes) control me.

Wish me luck with that.

A Guest Post About Cupcakes? Yes, Please…

Well, what can I say?  Spilling my guts in  yesterday’s post and your comments on that post led me to workout harder than I have in weeks, and brought the reason that I blog (now) front and center – support and accountability from people here who genuinely care about my well-being.  I appreciate that more than I could ever convey in words.  And it also spurred a big change that I’ll share more about tomorrow.

I need a little time to start practicing what I’m about to preach (to myself, anyway) so I’m thankful for this guest post by my pal, Alyssa from DoubeChinDiary.com!  If you know me at all then you know I love cupcakes (too much.)   And you may also know that I love featuring awesome bloggers on my own blog so this post is a win-win.

When Alyssa share the subject of her guest post with me, you can probably guess that I couldn’t wait to see the recipe.  Now here it is for all of us to try. I do have to mention that I do not drink sodas – diet or regular – ever.  I’m going to think about what I’m willing to do or what else could work for me, but that’s the beauty of trial and error.  I wonder if mine will be as pretty as hers!   Take a few minutes to check out the post, and say hi to Alyssa if you don’t know her.  She’s awesome so welcome her, okay?

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Hi everybody! I’m Alyssa from the Double Chin Diary. I’m on a quest to lose 50 pounds without losing my sense of humor, which is hard given my fondness of baking, movie theatre popcorn, and lying on the couch in my pajamas. I started reading Kenlie’s inspiring posts in 2011 and have even had the honor of meeting her in person! I’m thrilled to be here today.

 

As someone who’s perpetually on and off Weight Watchers or some other “plan”, I know there are times when you’d do something crazy for a cupcake – but you don’t, because a yummy, normal cupcake is at least 8 points, and if you’re like me, 8 points is like a MEAL! My grandmother used to follow Weight Watchers way back in the day, and she’s had this recipe in her toolkit for a long time. The best part is that it’s completely customizable, meaning you can use any type of cake mix or any flavor of diet soda. My ultimate favor combination is diet orange soda with sugar free orange jello because it’s like a creamsicle cake. I used lemon lime soda and jello this time, since I was making these for a St. Patrick’s Day Party and wanted to make something green. Oh yeah – and did I mention that they’re only FOUR POINTS EACH?!

 

Ingredients you need: (A measly four things! FOUR things!!! And you don’t even need to measure! This is easier than nuking a LeanCuisine – no peeling back the corner of the film here!)

 

For the cupcakes:

1 Box of Cake Mix, any flavor except “Butter Golden” or “Golden Butter”

1 Can of Diet Soda (12 ounces, any flavor)

 

For the topping:

1 Box of Sugar Free Jello Powder, any flavor (generic is fine)

1 Tub of Defrosted Light or Fat Free Cool Whip (generic is fine – I’m a frugalista, too!)

 

Steps to take:

 

1)      Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Do a little booty dance, cuz you’re makin’ cupcakes!

2)      Dump the cupcake mix into a large bowl. Pour in the soda, slowly. Don’t panic – foaming is normal.

 

3)      Mix with a whisk until it’s mostly lump free.

4)      Pour the batter into a lined muffin pan. You want to fill the liner about ¾ full.

 

5)      Bake for 18 – 22 minutes, depending on your oven. My oven is snarky and likes to challenge me, so mine baked for 22 minutes and were still a little underdone.

6)      Test the cupcakes for doneness by touching them with your finger. The cupcake will be done when it springs back. Don’t worry if they’re a little sticky – the texture of these is slightly more moist and spongy than normal cake.

 

7)      Let the cupcakes cool.

8)      The next part is like MAGIC! If you’re like me and hate doing dishes, you’ll be happy to know you can do this next part in the tub the cool whip came in. Just take off the lid and dump the packet of jello powder into the tub. (If you want a milder taste, use ½ the packet. I like intense flavors so I use the whole thing.) Stir gently until all crystals are dissolved. The texture will be like normal cool whip at first, but in about 5 minutes, the gelatin will really thicken it up.

 

9)      Once the cool whip has thickened (it should look like the photo below) and your cupcakes are cool, use a butter knife or piping bag to ice two tablespoons of topping onto the cupcake.

 

10)  Voila! Rock on with your bad self. You just made 4 point cupcakes! (3 points if you don’t want topping!) Feel free to brag, and more importantly, share this recipe with your friends. (Or bring them to a party! This recipe makes 18 cupcakes!)

 

My Kind of Cupcake

If you know me, you know that I love New York.  It’s the only place that has ever truly felt like home, and I’m glad to be here.  I could tell you about the TV shows I’ve attended so far- today it’s Dr. Oz, or I could tell you about my shenanigans with friends which I’ll likely do later.  Or….I could show you pictures of the amazing 50 calorie cupcakes that I’ve mentioned here a few times before.  Yeah, let’s talk about cupcakes.

 Last year as I was walking to Grand Central Station, I noticed Baked by Melissa.  A friend had mentioned it to me months before I tried it, and when I did, I was hooked. There are multiple locations in NYC, and I find myself drawn to them whenever I walk by one.  In fact, there’s one on the way to Times Square from Penn Station so I may or may not have eaten a few (3) today.

Red Velvet, Peanut Butter and Chocolate and Confetti Vanilla

They’re tiny and cute and decadent, and they’re all 50 calories or less.  And I love them.   You’re reading this which means you undoubtedly know that I like cupcakes, but you may also know that I no longer crave them in the way that I used to. (Thank you, universe.)  A cupcake from Crumbs still hits the spot, but most often, I don’t eat an entire one because it’s loaded with fat and calories.  You know how it is… But these are guilt free (as long as I don’t eat a dozen!)  So it’s easy to satisfy the craving without over indulging.

I’d love to tell you that they have locations all over the nation, but they’re only located in New York.  I think you can order them, but my guess is that you’d pay a pretty penny.  And hey, I like my cupcakes fresh.

Is there a similar place near you? If so, let me know so I can visit soon.  I’m kidding (or am I?)

For Love and Cupcakes

Living in New York and traveling regularly has allowed me to sample some of the best cupcakes on earth!  Cupcakes and I have a long, complicated (well, not really so complicated) past that has usually involved me indulging in too many calories.

But during my last trip to NY I realized that my love for cupcakes has taken a serious turn.  I’d be lying if I said that these photos didn’t make me smile, but they no longer perpetuate cravings that feel nearly impossible to control, and that is so cool!

You can click on the picture to make it bigger if you feel like torturing yourself....

I think it’s okay to love cupcakes, and I think it’s okay that my heart flutters at the thought of having a 44 calorie red velvet from Baked by Melissa next week.   But it’s nice to feel like I can take it or leave it.

Has your taste changed over time?  Have you had any life-long cravings that subsided over time?  If so, will you tell me about them?

Will Run for Cupcakes

It is no secret that I love cupcakes, but what you may not know is that my new neighborhood is home to some of my favorite cupcake shops.  In New York, I discovered Crumbs Bake Shop – where the oversized cupcakes are beautifully decorated and decadent!  And a few days ago, I realized that I’d be living close to one again.  (Don’t worry..I have a plan.)

And earlier this week, as I was walking around and checking things out, I discovered Sprinkles which is even closer to me than Crumbs.  (Uh oh…I know!)  So I’ve come up with a plan to keep myself in check.  First, I’m going to stay away most of the time which makes the most sense.  I mean, I talk about cupcakes…dream about them, but I rarely eat them.  But at certain times, I think it’s okay to indulge.  And on those days, I will force myself to run to the bakery and back then enjoy half of a cupcake.

This is what 497 calories looks like....

After a little research, I learned that a red velvet cupcake from Sprinkles is worth 497 calories!  Yikes!  But eating half (which will be totally satisfying) will only be about 250 calories.  I can live with that…sometimes.  The bakery isn’t far so I’ll run the long way which will allow me to burn a few hundred calories according to Nike+.  I’ll do that run in addition to my regular daily workout so I can enjoy a bit of yumminess without guilt.

I’m not saying that we should all run and eat cupcakes daily, but sometimes, for me, an extra workout is worth it.  Would you run for cupcakes? Wine?  Do you count calories/points even when you’re eating unhealthy foods?