I have three children that turn a year older within a few weeks surrounding Valentines Day. One of those kids is a red velvet cake fan, just like mama. Another of those kids is a baker, like Pioneer Woman. I am not joking when I tell you that we’ve been eating sweets around here since Sunday.
Even my diabetic mother brought us a truck load of candy. She has a serious problem with spoiling my children… and I suppose being the grandmother gives her that right… but really? An ice-cooler full of chocolate?
Today was especially hard to manage the temptations, but I avoided the cake and had a little chocolate and a couple of cookies instead. Today was the first day I haven’t had a cupcake since Sunday. That hurts to say out loud. Some dieter I am.
Shoot, I even wore a red velvet jacket today. Must be subliminal – or my brain is now tuned to the red velvet channel… we may never know.
To make matters worse, my daughter wanted a fancy tea party to honor her rite of turning 14. So I suppose there will be yet another cake Saturday. And I just finished taking over half a dozen leftover cupcakes to their once-a-day school to get rid of them (if you follow me on MyFitnessPal.com, you’ll already know why).
And so, instead of worrying over weight not lost or calories consumed, I’m choosing to celebrate without guilt. Responsibly. A handful of chocolate instead of a cup. One cupcake a day instead of two (OK, so maybe there were a couple days there where I did have two – but I’m a changed woman now).
I’ll let you know how it goes in the next 11 days when dietbet.com asks me to get on the scale. Until then, I’m just going to keep giving away candy and sweets to anyone who stops by (thank you, Paula!) so I won’t have to eat it all myself!
And I’m going to enjoy these sweet blessings that are worthy of a celebratory cake. Their buttercream smiles are worth every temptation on my counter tops.
Happy Valentines! And Happy Birthdays for my sweeties!