I missed the goal.
Next year, I can plan better....maybe have a nice platter of lox, red onion, thinly sliced tomato, lemon wedges, whipped tofu or regular cream cheese....to have on healthy Ezekiel bread, with some sliced hard-cooked eggs for good measure.
Not Easter bread from the bakery, with butter, and too much coffee. No sir.
I'd say I was able to steer clear until maybe 11:15, when I ate the small bag of Cadbury eggs I put in Dan's rather meagerly filled basket. That started the egg rolling. I thought I could stop, that the 1.5 oz. pouch would be the end.
But I later reached for jelly beans, then into Punchy's stash for some new Lindt Mini Hardshell Eggs, below--pretty pastels that crunched pleasantly, with a good chocolate center. P. had a 4.4 oz. bag. The night ended with me eating that last milk chocolate bunny ear Dan left unguarded on the table.
It was not pretty--the feeling of not taking care of myself in beauty ways and in unhealthful eating ways.
I had tried to get things that wouldn't tempt me. Not one Reese's Peanut Butter Cup in sight. The "bunny" [of course just a beloved myth in our house now, but a benevolent idea just the same] had put nonedibles in the girls' baskets, too--small Starbucks card, pretty jeweled bobby pins, ponytail holders, fluffy little wind-up chicks. Gummy Savers--Punchy's one request--jelly beans, a couple individual packs of Cadbury eggs, a single Kit Kat bar instead of a whole sack of mini Kit Kats.
|These were hard to stop eating.|
Lindt does make fine chocolate.
Here is the LINK.
The trigger was feeling exhausted, defeated--not pretty. Like a kitchen worker, rinsing Yukon Gold potatoes, loading dishes.... alone....Dan would have done it later but his lateness stresses me out and instead of saying that calmly, I did it then, while he was at Mass....
so, what the hell, maybe a little candy could help.....
I felt sloppy--no blowout, didn't put pretty dress on, got up at 5:10 a.m. and, bleary-eyed, didn't dot on concealer, comb on black mascara. I felt sloppy and I made sloppy choices. I want to remember that for next Easter [and Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's Day, whenever].
I could have put on my apron over my Lilly Pulitzer dress. Even if my belly looked big. I distinctly remember an Easter a few years ago up in Maine. I took time to pull on pantyhose, wriggle into dress, slip on heels, jewelry, do makeup and my hair. But I was a house guest and though offered to help a lot, my help wasn't really needed.....so I had time to pamper myself.
Lesson not lost.
I did get to the sunrise worship service in the garden at Union Congregational Church on Cooper Avenue.....I liked starting the day like that, and Dan was right....it was 12 adults, counting me, and the minister, David, who led a lovely service...it wasn't for children. Dan and P went to 10:30 Mass at our home parish...Sis and Buttercup came for dinner, she bearing a very good spiral-cut ham.....Fig made some tofu and we all had steamed asparagus and mashed potatoes [some regular, with sour cream, butter, milk and a small pour of cream] and some vegan [none of that].
Anyway, I have work deadlines today and have to move on. But I wanted to get this off my chest so I can remember that I am weak in the face of sugar. If I start, it is very hard for me to stop. P's basket is out of my sight now. Fig's and Dan's are around, but I again say--do not take the first bite. It makes me cranky, tired, groggy. It is not good. So: shipwreck, island, rescue, heading home to safety.
Have a good day.
- Punch and I walked Sug and Buttercup around the block.
- Planted some nasturtium seeds.
- I walked Buttercup again.
- Had some vegs, and more ice water.
- Kings, for lox, whole-wheat English muffins, half-gallon milk, sliced baby Swiss cheese, small pack Lindt Easter chocolate marked down 75 percent [not for me], $27.77.
MONTHLY SPEND AS OF APRIL 21: $2,524.16.
AVERAGE DAILY SPEND SO FAR THIS MONTH: $114.73.
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