Saturday, August 2, 2014

Losing It and Sweet Indulgence

Hey y'all. I know in my Diva blog I have posted a lot of pictures recently from the vacation Austin and I took in December, but I seldom get to take a real vacation during the summer months. I wish there was a chance we could go somewhere on vacation this summer, but it's not going to happen. I actually had big plans to take Austin back to California; however, my summer I/III semesters started on June  9th and I have been loaded down with assignments all summer. So far, my summer has been spent reading world literature. I started my summer off with a bang by reading "The Epic of Gilgamesh." I then read "The Iliad," followed by "The Odyssey" and I just wrapped up "Ovid Metamorphoses." Next it's on to "Don Quixote!"  Several weeks ago, as I was sitting and reading my first World Literature assignment "The Epic of Gilgamesh," my sister sent me pictures of their belated anniversary trip to Vegas. Regina and Gil were at the newly opened Hershey's Chocolate World at New York-New York.

Newly Opened Hershey's Chocolate World at New York-New York 
Hmmmm....reading ancient world literature or visiting Hershey's World of Chocolate. Which sounds more interesting and/or fun? Although I do love to read, I definitely vote for Hershey's! Chocolate makes everything better, including spending all of my free time reading ancient world literature.

Speaking of my love of chocolate, as you know I am constantly trying to lose weight. Nevertheless, I cannot bear to completely abstain from an indulgence now and again. Over the past few years I have tried various snacks in an attempt to satisfy my chocolate cravings. I have found a couple of things that I absolutely love. One of my favorite treats happens to be something I only recently discovered.

Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom Banana Split Ice Cream
Blue Bunny Sweet Freedom Banana Split Ice Cream has 110 calories in a half cup serving, and it is DELICIOUS! This is one of my all-time favorite treats! The Blue Bunny brand actually has several Sweet Freedom ice cream flavors, but this one is my far! Austin really likes the Bunny Tracks flavor which has 140 calories per half-cup serving.

Another favorite treat of mine is the Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn made by Snackwell's. There is a surprisingly nice amount in each single serving sized bag.

Only 130 calories in each single serving sized bag!

This popcorn is absolutely delicious! 
The Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn is one of my favorite treats. It is worth every calorie of the 130 calories per single size serving bag!

Another favorite chocolate treat that I love is made by Fiber One. I was hesitant to try them at first, but I am so happy that I gave them a chance. I've actually introduced them to several friends and relatives and everyone has loved them. Fiber One makes not only 90 calorie chocolate fudge brownies; they also make lemon bars, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate peanut butter brownies, cinnamon coffee cake bars, and they just came out with a caramel sea salt bar! All of these cookies and bars have only 90 calories. I have tried every flavor with the exception of the Caramel Sea Salt Bars. They are all really good, but so far my favorites are the Chocolate Fudge Bars and the Lemon Bars. I just purchased a box of the Caramel Sea Salt Bars and I will let you know what I think about case you care! ;-)

Fiber One Brownies have only 90 calories!
I love the icing drizzle on top!
People often ask me what the secret to weight loss is; and unfortunately, there is no secret. However, I am a huge proponent of keeping things you enjoy eating in your diet. For instance, I LOVE chocolate, and I'm pretty sure I would be unable to keep my weight down if I didn't allow myself to regularly satisfy my cocoa cravings. I am constantly searching the aisles at the grocery store to find any new or different things to try. Not to be cliché....(That's a warning that I'm about to be cliché for anyone who is not familiar with my writing!)....but variety is the spice of life. Variety helps keep things interesting, and if there's one thing I'm interested in it's food! :)

Keeping things interesting has helped me tremendously in losing and maintaining my weight-loss. Although I am certainly not a diet expert, I know what has worked for me. As a matter-of-fact, it is still working. I am still losing weight; however, I have not made it back down to my original goal. Here's my latest weigh-in results from this past Monday:

07/28/2014 - 145.25

I have lost a total of 7 pounds since my last post. I haven't been this little since August 2012!! I know I'm not losing weight fast, but I am still losing it, and I'm okay with that! I hope to be back down to my original goal of 135 before long! I would love to make it by my 51st birthday in October!

"If you believe that weight loss requires self-deprivation, I'm going to teach you otherwise." 

~ Robert Atkins ~

Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog! By the way, I hope to update my Diva blog soon!