Saturday, April 14, 2012

Let them eat bread!!

Good afternoon everyone. Just wanted to sit and catch up a bit with all of you. Things over here on the east coast are going well. Gorgeous sunny weather, blooming flowers, trees budding.  I have been going about life as usual, spending a few days a week at my brothers, and trying to keep up with my life on the other days. The next few weeks are going to be so busy. Every weekend is committed....trip to the shore, wedding shower, college mba graduation weekend in Indiana, bachelorette party weekend at the shore, college graduation in Connecticut, Memorial Day weekend at the shore, 2nd wedding couples shower, then a few weekends free before the big wedding day on July 21, 2012. I have been busy helping plan one of the showers, and I have the rehearsal dinner to plan. I finally booked the place where we are having the dinner. It's a beautiful country club, with lovely views from the terrace. I think it will be a perfect place to celebrate the night before the wedding. And my niece is turning 16 at the end of the month, so we are having a family dinner of some sort. She doesn't want anything big. I think it's too tough to think of celebrating without Beth. Maybe next year we will have a big sweet 17 party. But for this year, she just wants a small family get together. So be it.
Blooming crabapples. The rose bushes below are starting to fill out their leaves
My tulips and hyacinths in full bloom.

Creeping mazus blooming too!
I am stuggling as usual. I am not one of them most successful BFC followers. But I keep trying, and believe that following a low sugar and limited high quality carb eating plan is the best way to eat.And I know that this is how I can and want to eat for the rest of my life. So I stumble, I get up and I continue on. All of you keep me going, and the connection is what makes me know I can be successful in reaching my goal. While I was reading the posts today, I sensed there is an underlying feeling of struggle among some of us, and also a problem limiting the carbs or overeating the bad carbs. That's my problem too. I've got the sugar thing pretty much down, but that bread basket keeps calling my name. This week I came up with a little breakfast idea, that let me feel like I was eating a chewy, dense bagel, without all those white, doughy carbs found in the real thing.

Laughing cow recently came out with their little wedges in cream cheese form. The store I went to had a sale, so I bought one of each. I've tried them all but the cinnamo,n and they are really good, portion controlled, sugar free and less than 1 carb per wedge, except for the cinnamon which has 2 carbs.There is a  lower fat plain flavor and a regular plain flavor.  The only difference is 10 calories and 1 fat gram. I have been enjoying these on the whole wheat Arnold sandwich thins. I do not break it apart, but toasted it with the halves together. Spread with one of the cream cheese wedges, and with my eyes closed, it seemed almost like a bagel. Not quite, but satsifying and very good. So try it and let me know if it helps with those carb cravings!

Almost like a toasted bagel!!

Thought for the day:    "Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread." --Richard Wright


  1. You're surrounded by Spring time beauty. I know when the schedule it crazy full it's easy to get side tracked. I've done that a lot the last (3) months, but I'm trying, and so are you.
    p.s. love that cheese :)

  2. Your garden is beautiful. Thank you for sharing those pictures with us.

  3. Your trees and flowers are beautiful. I can't wait for our trees to bloom, it makes me happy:) We have actually had a couple of nice days too, that also makes me happy!
    You have a really busy life ahead of you. I hope you take time for Pattie. So many exciting and proud moments to enjoy. I pray that your niece can find joy in what she shared for 15 years with your sis in law. So hard. So sad.
    I am a bread fiend too. Honestly I do OK when I eat the Healthful English muffins. They are thick and chewy and yummy. They do have some sucralose, so eat at your own caution. I know when I did not have them, I went way off track. I think I had 3 white rolls when we went to the Texas Roadhouse on my birthday...and peanuts! OMG, I love white bread! Dang...we just have to shoulder on!
    Onward and downward:)
    Here's a HUGE hug from a friend far away. Do you want to come visit:)

  4. Good luck Pattie! And I think the bread sounds great! I love anything that will help tame the bread craving. I haven't seen the cinnamon lc cheese. I bet they are yumm-o!!

  5. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures. I am so happy the weather is starting to get better and the trees are starting to bloom. I love the new laughing cow cinnamon cream cheese it taste really good on apples....I know you can't have them with the BFC but it does taste good. Have a great weekend.

  6. Your flowers look beautiful. You sound so busy, don't forget to take a few minutes for yourself. I love the laughing cow thing. Sounds good.
    Have a great rest of the weekend :-)