To Eat or Not to Eat

I’ve been on a diet now for a week, lost 8 pounds. We don’t want to discuss the fact that I had previously lost 20 pounds but then gained them all back again. It’s the pits. It makes me feel like I do when I go to the casino with 20 bucks, win 40 and then lose it all again. Except in reverse of course. Well you know what I mean, there’s just no winning point there. I guess the lesson learned in  both cases to know when to stop.

My sister-in-law started a “Let’s get fit” page on Facebook for all of us. It’s been a great motivator and actually really fun. It’s kind of like hanging out at the gym with the girls. But the bad part is hearing about everyone else who’s doing so much better than you and you just want to poke them in the cyber eye or something. Kind of like every time I see a really sexy woman around my age the first thought I have is, “I hate you”. Although it always helps when I can follow that thought with, “There’s no way those are real.”

Did you ever notice how when you’re on a diet everything you eat tastes so much better? You finally get to eat your tasteless, baked chicken breast.  You close your eyes. Chew slowly. It’s like a little slice of heaven. Don’t forget the sigh of relief as you savor the moment.

And every meal is an occasion. You keep glancing at your watch. Is it time yet? Is it time yet? Set the table! Somebody set the table! And Lord have mercy if anyone isn’t at the table the second you call out, “Dinners done! Ok, where is everybody? I’m eating without you!!!!”

So today I’m baking cookies. Talk about testing ones will power! The grandkids are coming for the weekend and it’s always a top request.  I am baking Chocolate Chip Cookies from a recipe my mother-in-law gave me many years ago. I assume she got her recipe from her mother who was an extraordinary cook. I thought I’d share the recipe with you all. And by the way, I’ve only had one today. So far.

Mama Patty’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 cups margarine

2 cups brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

4 eggs

3 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking soda

5 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups chocolate chips

Cream together the margarine, sugars, eggs, and vanilla till fluffy. Mix in the baking soda, salt and flour. Stir in the chocolate chips. Place by teaspoonful on an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees for about ten minutes.



1 Comment

  1. Jennifer

    Shelley… just like some are doing so much better than you, there are plenty of people doing so much better than that one too. I would also guess that you are doing so much better than many out there. I would advise not to compare yourself with anybody else as there is really no way to compare one human to the other. Also I would advise to stop dieting if it makes you miserable. Just cut out all soft drinks, and cut back on desert portions. I would bet that if you keep walking and cut back on things that are really fatning that you will notice a difference in the way you feel and look.

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