Monday workout with Sarah and I’m told I can “own the gym” and get some tone in my body from our workouts and it will only require that I work hard AND give up chocolate. I never used to be a fan of sweets at all but over this long cold winter I’ve embraced a couple of bad sugar- related habits involving chocolate and ice cream. And wouldn’t you know it, the care package of British Cadbuy’s Caramel chocolates I asked my cousin to post for Dave’s Christmas stocking finally arrived on the weekend – today’s feature picture. Just in the nick of time, I say, as the previous stash brought overseas by cousin Darren last month is now gone.
Yes you do need a treat or two in your life but it doesn’t have to be food related, you know that bad habit is a very slippery slope – especially if you are not moving around as much as you used to. (As an aside: I think I will get another Fitbit –my original is long lost at this point–and I do like tracking steps and other activity to keep myself honest.) As I am learning in my introductory psychology course we humans are not good, honest recounters of our experiences and tend to ascribe to ourselves/remember better behaviour, feats and accomplishments than we actually achieved. the Fitbit will keep me honest.
And I also know from experience that small dietary tweaks are usually all I need to make a difference. So wavin’ goodbye to my new friends Cadbury caramel and DQ Skor blizzard and sayin’ a great big Hello again to my old friend water. Water is the key to weight loss – lots of it — like a litre a day or more should so the trick. Green tea counts as water, FYI. Squeeze a bit of lemon into your water every morning as a great way to start the day. That’s how I’m starting today, to be quickly followed by a cup of strong coffee with a smaller splash of cream than usual when I’m done writing this post. So I better get going. (As another aside: Sometimes I make a thermos of green tea and bring it with me as I move about over the course of the day and I keep a pretty ceramic jug full of water in my fridge – replenished daily – in total it works out to over a litre)
I’m also making a seafood broth this morning, using the final frozen leftover shellfish from New Years supper – I added a couple of teaspoons of Old Bay and some rock salt – and leave it to simmer a few hours until I’m ready for lunch later today. More on this tomorrow – I will be focused on good eats for the next few weeks – and that means I’ll be doing a wee bit more cooking than I have been this last year.