It’s no secret that I love baking. I can spend hours researching cupcake, dessert, and cookie recipes, and then anxiously await a free day to whip up something new.
When Terri asked me the other day how I manage to stay in shape with all the baking I do, I was a little flippant with my response. “I suppose it’s the running I do, and the good genes….” I told her.
It’s true, my dad and my brother are both small boned and a size medium. My brother could seemingly eat anything and not get fat. My dad bulked up a little as he aged, but has lost the weight and is now not much bigger than I.
But it’s not just the genes that keep me slim. After all, I was 50 pounds heavier at one point, so I obviously can’t eat whatever I want, and I will get fat if I do.
So the real reason I stay in shape is because I work to do so. I run or use my cardio machines at least 4 days a week. I do toning exercises to strengthen my abs, arms, butt, and legs at least 3 days a week.
My meals are all very healthy. I avoid sugars and unhealthy fats, and I make sure I get plenty of protein, complex carbs, veggies, dairy, fruits, etc. I bring my lunch to work, and rarely eat out.
I do all of the above so that I can satisfy my very demanding sweet tooth.
I treat my sweet tooth like a child. If I eat healthy all day long, I can have a bowl of ice cream at night. And that bowl of ice cream is enough to help me avoid all other sweets. I’ve had this agreement with my “tooth” for so long, that it’s not at all difficult to turn down treats throughout the day, whether a co-worker brings them to work, or whether I bake them myself.
If I bake them myself, I’ll have a taste to make sure they are fit to serve others, and then I’m content. I have no desire to eat more.
Of course, there are exceptions. The Margarita Cupcakes I made were so flippin’ good that I HAD to have a whole one. And then there’s the Candy Corn…… *sigh*
I treat myself to a bag of Candy Corn once a year. I chose October because it fits – it has the right colors, the right tastes, and it’s my birthday month. I eat these very sweet treats without guilt until they are all gone. (Usually with peanuts and my caramel pecan ice cream – the flavors go SO well together!) This year, they lasted 2 weeks. Maybe next year, they’ll come out with a supersize bag…..
Anyway….. that is how I stay in shape. I thought it unfair of me to make it seem so easy, when I have many friends out there who are struggling to lose weight and fighting to be healthy. Don’t get me wrong – staying in shape is much easier than getting into shape, but it’s still a focus everyday.
Now, I’m off to make these Brown Butter Toffee Blondies for the second time! It was tough only taking one bite of them, but I managed. Every once in a while I came back for a whiff, which is almost as good as tasting. If you have a fall party to attend, I totally recommend these! And if you’ve never used brown butter while baking, it is well worth the extra effort!