Posts Tagged ‘Chocolate cake’

Life’s Little Pleasures

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Randy (AKA “The Hubs”) is flying home from a week-long business trip and is due in any minute. The laundry is done for the first time all summer. The dog endured his trip to the vet + bordetella shot today and is happily snoozing at my feet. There’s homemade chocolate cake in the house. I have lots of paying writing and editing work to do tomorrow. And Matt, my son, is downstairs playing Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s “Lucky Man” on the piano.

Life’s little pleasures. They mean a lot in the day-to-day scheme of things. (Although Randy returning after being gone for a week is a BIG pleasure.) A phone call from a friend. A great cup of coffee. An unexpected card in the mail. A walk on a gorgeous July morning.

What are the little pleasures in your life right now? Isn’t it amazing how something so small as (temporarily) having the laundry done can make your day?

See Mommy Lose Weight: Week 5

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008


You guys are awesome! This morning I got up and knew I had to head to the bathroom scale because it was WEDNESDAY.

But I decided to procrastinate a bit and check e-mail first. Waiting there for me were two messages from readers wishing me well because it was weigh-in day. That made my day! I love all the comments you're leaving on Wednesdays, too. Lots of great tips. Thanks.

I was dreading this weigh-in because last week was Randy's birthday week, and he had to have chocolate cake with chocolate frosting… And I ask you: What kind of wife would I be if I didn't have some cake on my husband's birthday?

The trouble is, it was a big cake. And that meant cake for dessert for the family fA decorated birthday cakeor a few nights after the big day. I didn't want to feel too deprived, so I cut myself a tiny sliver after dinner a couple of times — and enjoyed every bite. Portion control! 

Who knows… If I hadn't done that, and had my "fix," I might have been down in the kitchen later that night, "evening up" that darned cake. (I hate cakes with crooked edges, don't you?)

I guess the portion control did the trick, because, Randy's birthday and all, I lost a little more this week. Here's the score card:

Week 1: 138.6 (starting weight)
Week 2: 137.2 (total loss: 1.4 lbs)
Week 3: 137.2 (total loss: 1.4 lbs)
Week 4: 136.8 (total loss: 1.8 lbs)
Week 5: 136.0 (total loss: 2.6 lbs)

OK — 2.6 lbs. in four weeks. Not a huge loss, but it's a rate I might have a chance of sustaining for the long haul. My old Weight Watchers instructor used to say that 1/2 to 1 pound per week is a safe and reasonable amount to lose. Works for me.