Sunday, May 16, 2010

Two Cupcakes Away and No Regrets


Hello Everyone,

Well, here I am back home from Cape Cod. It was a wonderful trip. I really enjoyed spending time with my friends from Make Mine Pink. One of the highlights of the trip was Cupcake Charlie's. Once you click the link, just roll your mouse over the flavor names for a picture of each of these little confections. The one pictured here is the Hot Fudge Sundae Cupcake. This wonderful little shop sells cupcakes that are truly memorable. I did not want to believe it, but I kept testing, and yes, they are truly awesome. Not just something sweet to look at, the cupcake is more than the sum of its parts. The cake is moist and flavorful. The icing is swirled on top to creamy perfection. The surprise fillings are rich and delectible. That is why I am no longer just one cupcake away. I am now 2 cupcakes away. I have gained 5 pounds.

Can you see what we were all up against? It was the cupcake counter. This photo is courtesy of Gail Friend of Gail Friend Designs.

And I even have the nerve to say , "No regrets." Yes, that is right. For me regrets provide opportunities for insight and lessons learned. I saw myself for what I really am: a sugar addict. It was like a drug. I did not stop. Besides everyone else was doing it. It was my vacation. So easy to rationalize what started as a treat, then became one poor decision after another.

Now I am starting over. Back to my plan. Hard to do? Maybe, maybe not. I will certainly find out. But one thing I know is how awful leaving my plan made me feel. How even though there were more cupcakes to be had, I got to the point where I did not want them anymore. They were no longer a treat. I learned that it is so much more enjoyable when things like that are a once a week treat. I savor them and really taste them, instead of inhaling them which is what I did last week.

 I would like to add that the cupcakes are not entirely to blame. There were days I did not drink my water. My lips felt rough and chapped as a result. I ate more restaurant food than usual. The salt content was noticeable to me. I recently discovered that I am so out of touch when it comes to food. I may be the only person in my circle of friends who actually cooks most of the time. I eat out maybe once every two months. I never have fast food. That may be why I noticed the salt content. I am hoping that accounts for some of the pounds. Even 1 pound would help.

 I am not going to beat myself up over this. Instead, I will take my lesson and move on. Every time I feel like eating junk, I will try to remind myself how much better I feel not eating it, how much better the quality of my life will be in the long run. How much healthier I can be. Make that WILL be.


gail said...

Hi Marie,,, my cupcake cohort!!! :) Like you, I have no regrets, just thankful Cupcake Charlies is across the country. LOL (REally, if you get the chance, you should try one. They are the best ever.) I enjoyed my trip so much. Food and all, but I am ready to get back to sensible eating for sure.
I have to say, I had an AHA moment, of all places the JFK airport. I was struggling with my 50 pound suitcase and 20 pound carryon bag. I drug them around for hours. It hit me that I need to loose 65 pounds. Thats my goal. After dragging around that much weight all day long I was in pain and exhausted and just plain bitchy. The thought that weight I was physically dragging around is the extra weight on my small frame was a slap in the face. Now more than every I really need to become serious about this. It was so liberating to be home and dump those bags never to be lifted again. I can only imagine how wonderful it would feel to not drag around an extra 65 pounds every minute of my life. My heart will be much happier too. Geesh! I am telling you,, try this experiment. Carry around the amount of weight you want to loose with you for several hours. You will get it and really fast. :)
I hope we all have a very successful and healthy week!

lisa said...


I'm glad you had a great time and I'm also glad that you have no regrets.

I love your posts, they are truly inspirational.

I've finished my coffee and am now drinking water.

Take care and have a wonderful day.

Susie said...

Hi Marie! I am so proud of you for all your awarenesses you had from your vacation. Salt and sugar are what I fall into and immediately feel the results of. Heck, I would have filled an ice chest full of those cupcakes "to bring home for everyone here" knowing full well that not one person in NY would even taste them. They would be for ME, ME, ME! Stay away from the cupcakes and no one gets hurt!!! Luckiy you all enjoyed them together, kind of like a science project, or baking tasting test. What fun! Thanks for all your sharing. (words, that crumbs left???)

Donna said...

Welcome home, Marie! Okay, dangit, so maybe it's an excuse, but I do think it's really hard when on vacation. I think it's part of the fun to try new treats. And when you're out & about visiting new places, seeing new things, having fun with friends...well...those cupcakes would certainly tempt me! But, I do get how quickly it can spiral out of control. At least you've come home with a new resolve which is always a good thing! Here's to a great week! Donna :)

Roxie said...

I'm so proud of you Marie. You came back to reality after enjoying those sweet confections and did not beat yourself up. I love to hear that we can have our cake and eat it long as it's only once a week!!
You make me smile and you also make me feel like we are doing such a good thing here.
I, for one, can't wait until we can meet each other again, as much smaller and healthier women.
Let's keep on truckin' Marie, we've already started and need not turn back now.
Love you!!!

Patricia said...

Marie, I'm glad you had a good time on Cape Cod. I would have been right there at Good time cupcake Charlie's with you! I'm definitely a sugar junkie as well. A bit is not enough, for me it's all or nothing. I think I will take your hint and get myself a decadent cupcake, but only one and only once a week. It's a start. As I said on the forum, I've been avoiding the convo over there and the blogs like the plague. As I am hobbling on my bad knee, I think it's time to wake up.
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