Praying for Renewed Strength

26 Dec

True story. I blew it on Christmas Eve. It was a disaster. I knew I shouldn’t have made my famous peanut butter fudge. The sampling of it was all it took to get me “out of the box” (HMR weight management term). We had all of our adult children over for Christmas Eve, and quite a few delicious foods were being served. It was pretty overwhelming. I gave into the temptation to eat outside of the newly created diet box for the first time in over 13 weeks. Looking back this morning I have figured out what went wrong. We were so busy preparing for the arrival of everyone that I didn’t consider to plan for my meals so by the time the foods were being prepared I was pretty hungry, and gave into eating naughty things. Next time, Lord willing, I plan on being prepared.

My bride had to work on Christmas day so it was a little easier to eat the foods I should be eating. Today I have been praying for renewed strength and self-control, and the Lord has been faithful. I have the day off and got on the treadmill for 35 minutes first thing this morning. After a hot cereal with banana and some cleaning, I made a double protein shake with PB2 and took it and a bottle of water up to the exercise room and worked out my shoulders and triceps for another 30 minutes. I am feeling re-vitalized and strengthened. The Lord is good. Always!

Soli Deo Gloria!!


2 responses to “Praying for Renewed Strength

  1. Amy Deardon

    January 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Barry, goodness sakes, please don’t beat yourself up! Your journey to health is amazing!

    I’m not familiar with your particular program, although I’ve done enough research to be convinced that low-carb eating is healthier. I’m beginning to think excessive body fat is a mal-reaction to insulin release in the body, rather than being a symptom of eating too much per se. (Of course most people who eat too much also have high insulin releases, since they eat a lot of sugar). This is an involved topic I won’t go into here although I’m thinking of writing this stuff up. I did a small blog series already.

    ANYWAY, in that spirit I found a recipe for low-carb peanut butter fudge. This is from Ursula Solom’s book, THE LOW-CARB BAKING AND DESSERT COOKBOOK. It’s not low-calorie, but IS low-carb. I eat low carb myself and never worry about how much I eat, just that I avoid sugars etc. Most experts who write about low-carb agree with this approach. The sweeteners (xylitol, Splenda, Stevia) are best combined but you can use just one or two and adjust for sweetness if you don’t have all of these.

    10 tablespoons heavy cream
    4 ounces cream cheese, softened
    3 tablespoons unsalted butter (3/8 stick), soft
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    dash of salt
    2 tablespoons xylitol
    4 tablespoons Splenda
    1 teaspoon Stevia Plus (or equivalent)
    1/4 cup natural peanut butter
    2 ounces sugar-free milk chocolate or semisweet chocolate

    Reserve 2 tablespoons of the cream. Whip the rest of the cream until firm but not stiff, and chill until ready to use.

    In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, vanilla extract, salt, and sweeteners. Beat these until thick and fluffy and increase in volume. Do not underbeat. Add peanut butter and beat again to increase volume. Add the chilled whipped cream and stir well.

    Melt the reserved cream with the chocolate. Stir until smooth. Cool 3-4 minutes, then carefully add the chocolate mixture to the rest. Stir just enough to create dark ribbons. Ready to eat almost immediately. Refrigerate to store.

    • barrydean

      January 1, 2012 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you Amy. I am not beating myself up. I actually gained over three lbs during that week. I have been working out very hard, and I believe some of that was muscle gain. I am back on track, and have lost those gained lbs already. I found an extreme, and short exercise called Sprint 8. (Google it) I have started doing these in my alternating cardio days. It sure jacks up your metabolism.

      I appreciate the recipe. I will give it a shot sometime. I have read most of what you wrote in your blog series. Good stuff. Keep it up.


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