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Weight Loss Celebration

Posted August 5, 2009

Nine pounds down. One to go! The Ten Pounds Down Weight Loss Challenge is in the home stretch. My bathroom scales read 175 early this morning when I plopped my sleepy feet on them. I began this campaign at 184 lbs. So, I'm almost there. How is everyone else doing?

I tried grilled tuna medallions this week on the recommendation of registered dietitian Tara Wind. My wife Cindy likes to take a break from salmon so tuna made a nice substitute. Gotta have those omega three fatty acids!
I also found Greek yogurt to be more filling than the regular Harris-Teeter brand light yogurt I had been eating but it also contains more sugar.

I indulged in a couple of desserts last weekend. Morganton's Laura E. Smith, the daughter of the late Senator Sam Ervin, had a group of us over to her beautiful home prior to a book signing at Grace Ridge. Laura served a delicious chocolate cake with ice cream. I also had a nice chocolate treat at my sister's home in Blowing Rock. For the most part I have been steering clear of desserts and most bread in my quest to shed ten pounds. However, I do plan to celebrate with a rich dessert when I reach my final goal of 174 pounds next week.

Today's question: what decadent dessert would you recommend for my weight loss celebration? Feel free to suggest a specific restaurant, ice cream shop or personal recipe. Thanks for making me salivate.


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  • smithc7 Aug 5, 2009

    Way to go Bill....Death by Chocolate!!! What diet have you been on? Just cutting back or an actual diet??

  • carolinamissy Aug 5, 2009

    Peter Paul Mound Cake

    1 c. buttermilk
    1 tbsp. baking powder
    2 tsp. vanilla
    2 c. sugar
    1 tsp. soda
    1/4 tsp. salt
    1 c. butter 5 eggs 3 sqs. unsweetened chocolate, melted

    Mix and bake at 350 degrees. Makes 3 layers. Coconut filling for Peter Paul Mounds Cake:

    1 c. milk 1 c. sugar 14 oz. bag coconut 24 lg. marshmallows

    Cook milk, sugar and marshmallows until melted. Add coconut, spread between layers. Topping for Peter Paul Mounds Cake:

    1 stick butter 2 sqs. chocolate 16 marshmallows 1 box powdered sugar 1 tsp. vanilla Milk

    Melt butter, chocolate and marshmallows. Mix with sugar, and vanilla. Add enough milk to spread.

  • HappyGirl08 Aug 5, 2009

    Cheesecake Factory has a large selection of items I recommend. :-)

  • thissucks Aug 5, 2009

    iamyeary is really the only one close to the right track here. Looking at a decadent dessert as a celebration or like it is "deserved" is setting up for gaining what has been lost. Food should be enjoyed, but should not be viewed as a reward. Something with natural, organic ingredients that you can understand or something homemade would be the best option if a dessert reward is truly what you want to do. Really, it would be best to reward yourself with something that is not food related - a day of golfing, tickets to a concert, or a weekend at the beach are a few good examples.

  • LMRA Aug 5, 2009

    Several (dozens??) cannollis!!! The kind with the chocolate chips - not the jellied fruit. My favorite dessert ever! Fresh Market has the best around unless you know of a secret Italian bakery somewhere in the Triangle (and if you do, you have GOT to tell me where it is!)

  • MaplesMom Aug 5, 2009

    I would suggest making a reservation at the Melting Pot for a chocolate foundue dessert. We like to there for just dessert sometimes. Creamy, decident, lushious chocolate.... Of course, you could always search out a Shoney's for a hot fudge ice cream cake!!! Yummers!

  • slisa522 Aug 5, 2009

    Bill, congrats on the weight loss. I tried sonething at the Farmers Market a few weeks back and have been hooked ever since. It's Blueberry Crisp. Mix 1 cup brown sugar, 1 cup flour, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 cup of melted butter. Mix until Crumbly. Layer 2 cups of blueberries, then 1/2 of the crumb mixture, then another 2 cups of blueberries and then rest of the mixture. Cover with foil and bake at 375 for 30-45 minutes. This does have some sugar in it, but I still look at it as being a healthy treat since blueberries are so good for us. Enjoy!!!

  • iamyeary Aug 5, 2009

    Angel Food Cake with fresh strawberries. No whipped cream since you are doing so well. :-)

  • uncgirl_2010 Aug 5, 2009

    I have to suggest Homemade Ice Cream. Brownie Batter mixed with Cake Batter from Sunni Sky's on Hwy 55 in Fuquay Varina. Just outside of Angier. All flavors are wonderful. Best Ice Cream around. You can sit on the porch in a old rocker and enjoy, Watch the kids run around, and just visit.

  • murdock Aug 5, 2009

    key lime cheesecake from cheesecake factory -- or better yet, get a sampler




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