Sunday, 7 January 2007

chocolate dilemma

It's January, and the time of year when folk tend to think about weight issues. Both himself and I said, many a time before Christmas, that after the festive season, we'd both like to lose a bit... Not a resolution, mind you, just a guideline as Capt. Jack Sparrow would say... I should have started to trim back on fattening stuff now, but it's v. difficult when there are still loads of luscious goodies in the house. Not having had a total blow out over Christmas, and having indulged fairly modestly, there are still boxes of chocolates and biscuits and whatnot lying around the house... and some with 'eat by' dates that mean I'll have to partake of them fairly soon. All of which isn't all that conducive to healthy eating and the reduction of inches around my blubberous tum, hips, bum and thighs. This morning, I freely admit that I've just opened a rather large box of Hotel Chocolat's sublime Christmas Collecion... sigh... and gosh, are they yummy! I've only eaten two so far, and I'm going to try and only eat them in twos, but the fillings sound utterly heavenly! Champagne Sparkle, Plum Truffle, Praline Feast and Warming Rum Truffle to name but a few... mmmm.....

Oh, and on top of all this, we went out for fish and chips last night too. My waistline is doomed, I tell you, doomed!

I'm not very focused writingwise at the moment either... Still haven't edited Watching the Detective and am in 'oh, no, I can't look at it!' mode... Now this is all bollocks, because it might be okay once I open the file [or at least tolerable] but I'm just frozen with it for now... I suppose, mainly, that's because I'm stressed by various writing-related issues... promo, 'waiting', etc etc... all things that the true professional author takes in her/his stride, but which do my head in and provoke endless moaning and bellyaching... If I spent all the time that I spend stressing and complaining in actually doing something about these issues, I'd probably be a much more successful writer... but I yam wot I yam... and things ain't likely to change without a brain transplant.

Telly: Blue Planet
Chocolate: Hotel Chocolat Christmas Collection
Mood: irritated with self and stuff
Writing: **** all
Reading: Thunderball - Ian Fleming
RSI: so so


Merlin said...

Hi Wendy,

Just called in to say "Hi" as I'm originally from Yorkshire myself.

I live in Cardiff now though and I have long since aquired the coveted status of "honorary Welshman" : this is considered to be a greater honour than a Knighthood around here.

Best Wishes,


jax said...

Don't kill me but I've lost 5 lbs being sick and all that. Now, the trick is to keep it off! Not that I was heavy to begin with but how I measure being overweight is when my cheeks starts making me look like I've swelled up like a chipmunk with acorns stuffed in them. I'm petite so any additional weight makes me look like an Oompa lLoompa!

Janie said...

I am losing weight myself, but tonight I had one of those giant snickers! It was so good. I deserve a little chocolate. After all, the rest of the day it was two scrambled eggs, and two pieces of dry wheat toast. That's what I ate today.

I will never give up chocolate. It's a great pleasure in life and we cannot lose all pleasures.

Val said...

Every Christmas and birthday my best friend buys me rose creams and violet creams from a small independent chocolatier in Sevenoaks. They occasionally last a few minutes, but not often. I really recommend giving them a try.

Portia Da Costa said...

I'm still on the Christmas Collection chocs, girls... mmm... they are lovely! But I'm managing to contain myself to two per sitting...

What part of Yorkshire, Merlin? I'm in the West of...

Merlin said...

Birkenshaw - about 3 or 4 miles south of Bradford in the general direction of Wakefield.

My Uncle Tom (yes - he does have a cabin ) still lives there and runs a Market Garden where he is - apparently - a tomato producer of some note.

My Uncle Peter is still there too although long since retired.