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Monday, Feb. 27, 2017

Time to cut back

Posted Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at 8:44 AM

I did not make a New Year's Resolution to eat better (or eat less) but the time has come to cut back. It seems I started eating everything I saw the week of Christmas and I am still at it.

I had been watching my carbs from March to December taking off 25 of the 35 pounds I gained over the last few years. Foods on the low carbohydrate list are foods I like so the low carb diet is my choice when I want to take off a few pounds.

At my age, dieting is not so much for appearance as health. As I get older, I would like to continue to be able to breathe and tie my own shoes.

I cannot understand how we can diet for a week and lose one to two pounds, eat for a day or two and gain three. It is a mystery. It is a bit unbalanced but I do admit the things I have been eating include hot rolls, homemade candies, pies and cookies.

I don't spend a lot of time in the kitchen throughout the year but when Christmas draws near I seem to take up residence at the stove. This year my mother and I made peanut butter fudge, chocolate fudge, candy balls, chocolate covered pretzels, date balls, pecan pies, pumpkin pies, pumpkin rolls, and a variety of cookies. Then for the Christmas Eve feast with as many family members as can gather we enjoyed turkey, dressing, ham, barbecue, sweet potato pie, green bean casserole, banana pudding, potato salad, tossed salad, macaroni salad, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy, rolls, ham rolls, meat balls and more.

Mom makes the turkey and dressing and everyone brings a favorite dish and it is all good.

This year we had 37 family members at our home. Usually we have over 40 but we had a few who could not make it this year. We really missed them.

That was my eating habits through Christmas. Then we went right into the new year and we had a New Year's eve gathering at church with lots of goodies to eat and our traditional blacked eyed peas and smoked jowl on New Year's Day, and again, it was all good.

In between Christmas and New Year's, we celebrated our oldest granddaughter's 21st birthday at a steak house and I didn't even think of the word "carb" when I ate two and a half rolls and a large portion of a fried onions before the meal arrived.

It is time to get back on the plan of eating less. I am sure a little exercise would also be good for me. That's my plan and it may or it may not come to pass, but I am going to try and do better.

I am also going to try to do better in 2017 in good deeds. I have good thoughts but too many times I don't carry out the plans. The more we do for others, the less time we have to fret about ourselves.

My grandmother often quoted a scripture from Proverbs about idle hands being the devil's workshop. At the time I just thought she was calling us lazy, but now I understand it means much more. We need to keep our hands and our minds busy doing what needs to be done.

My last "I'm gonna" is I am going to try to use my time more wisely. We have the same amount of time we have always had (as our pastor pointed out in his sermon on New Year's Day).

Here's the plan -- if I put more into the care of others, use my time wisely, give up delicious (fattening) foods, and keep my opinions to myself, I should be a nicer and a slimmer person at the end of 2017. Time will tell.

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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.
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