oh so tempting…

Welcome to 2017, now get on the bandwagon and change it up.  My thoughts on that, not very original; I need to change my diet and make some progress removing the weight that menopause thought it would be fun to gain.  Actually, for several years now, I have had a doctor tell me that I need to get my cholesterol levels down below 200 and keep them there.  Not an easy task if your job is to bake and develop recipes.  Constant tasting + constant temptation = consistent failure to some extent.  The process of moving did nothing to help this quest at first, but a month after moving into the new place, I may have a new strategy.

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When we began the process of moving, we packed everything we wanted, unloaded what we didn’t and after the sale of the house, our belongings went into storage.  With no real kitchen to cook in, we ate out a lot and it quickly caught up with us.  Then when we moved into the new house, it was holiday baking season and it just slid down hill from there; cookies, cake, wine, candy… In the past, I would walk nearly every day and it was easy to go 4 or 5 miles on the trails near our home in Williamsburg.  In a pinch, I could walk laps in our neighborhood because even though there were no sidewalks, we lived in a development made of two dead end streets and I never had to worry about the traffic.  Walking the streets is not an option here at our Nashville home because not only is there a complete lack of sidewalks, meaning I must walk on the narrow shoulder, the traffic whizzes by at 30-40 miles per hour and if I need to jump out of the way, chances are I will be laying at the bottom of a drainage ditch.  Even so, I am hoping to find a route nearby on some of the less traveled streets until I can find a trail system close to the house.

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As to that new strategy, if I do not buy it, I cannot eat it.  We purged so heavily for the move that I am having to restock completely.  As I shop, I think twice about the things I buy and now that the holidays have come to a close, there is no need for some of the ingredients I have always kept on hand in the past.  Simply put; out of sight, out of mind.  If I keep the temptations off the shopping list, I think I can do this.  Now if I could just get winter to go away…

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8 thoughts on “oh so tempting…

  1. Beautiful desserts! It’s frustrating how much suburban design assumes that you’re always going to hop into a car whenever you leave the house. There are many districts like that across our region, too. It’s so much better for health and wellbeing if neighbourhoods are made as walkable as possible, even if it’s trails between housing developments.

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    1. You are so right Teresa! We had such beautiful trails all around Williamsburg that were so accessible-of course with a car to get you to the trailhead. Nashville is building more trails and greenways but when it comes to sidewalks, not so much!!!

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