I De Clare War

December 17th, 2009 | Posted by Alison Spath in Dinner Time

After what seems like the 100th day in a row of packing and hauling toys and household items to the new house, I found myself blanking once again when it was time to figure out what on earth I was going to make for dinner tonight. I think I made 6 trips back and forth between the cupboards and the fridge with one hand glued to my cheek due to pure puzzlement. I finally waved the white flag and made giant salads of green leaf lettuce, the last of the spinach that expired two days ago, grape tomatoes, carrots, red bell pepper slices, hemp seeds and Annie’s Goddess Dressing.

There's Always Salad

After a much needed run on the indoor track first thing this morning, followed by new house related tasks, I had a root canal this afternoon on a tooth that I injured when I was a kid. Oh the timing of these sorts of things. It’s like the tooth knew I needed one more thing on my plate right now (not to mention my debit card) and has been poised and ready, waiting to become infected until just the right moment.

My appointment was with a new dentist so I had to fill out some paperwork, including a brief medical history. One of the questions I had to answer was:

Have you lost more than 10 lbs in the last year?

I was about to check the YES box before hesitating for a moment as I thought about what I weighed last December and realized that no, I haven’t lost more than 10 lbs in the last year! Yes, I lost nearly 40 lbs in 2008 – but I had reached my happy weight by the summer of 2008 and at this time last year I weighed what I do today.

These two stories tie together because of what my fall back, fast, go-to meal is these days. If you were to visit Alison of Decembers past… say December 2006 or even December 2007, my fall back meal would have been a grilled cheese sandwich and baked french fries for my “vegetable”. Not that I’m above eating grilled cheese sandwiches and white potatoes, but I know that I’ve been able to maintain my weight loss because I majorly overhauled my approach to what I once believed was healthy eating. I had to form new habits and get them to stick.

So how do you make these habits stick? We can change just about anything if we truly believe that it’s worth the effort. Knowledge is power and educating yourself is the first step toward understanding why something is worth the effort, or as the case may sometimes be, to clear up a misconception you have that is holding you back from making any progress.

These musings are pretty timely considering I’ve got guest post up on Love Veggies and Yoga today about my journey to reaching my healthy weight. Head over to Averie’s blog if out if you missed reading two posts from me today or if you just want to see some groovy pictures of Mama Averie living large in Aruba!

After I put my salad together, I spent some time with a certain 5 year old girl who relentlessly requested I play War with her until I found my white flag again and begged for mercy!


Uh oh – here we go! Dueling Kings!

Two Kings

This means WAR kiddo.

But awww yeah Mom and The Fallback Salad cleaned up for this round!

Mom and Salad - win!

I was in the mood for something sweet tonight and opted for the healthiest version of a cookie I can come up with. Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Toast topped with almond butter and a little shaved Green and Black 70% Dark Chocolate.

Easy Cookies

Little shavings get melty pretty fast!

Melty Chocolate

Did you know that shaving chocolate can be a great way to save calories?

One might say you save calories because shaving chocolate is a great way to make a little go a long way. But tonight as it turns out I ate the remainder of the 6 small blocks of chocolate I broke off to do the shaving and thus saved NO chocolate calories. It turns out that you save calories shaving chocolate because you only use a little bit and (note to self:) you don’t need to break off 6 squares of chocolate for a few little shavings. Or – for crying out loud woman – put the rest of the 5 blocks of chocolate back in the fridge!

Ah well. It’s water under the bridge now! At least I won War tonight. I’ve got that going for me.

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14 Responses

  • Cindy says:

    I absolutely adore BOTH your posts today…I channelled you and spent my own time at the dentist’s office today too..and while I am trying to payoff my crown replacement (root canal was done a decade ago)…she was trying to schedule my next torture session.

    the airport at 11 pm
    It’s 9 pm and I have to go get purty!
    love your shave the chocolate idea! BRILLIANT!

  • Mama Pea says:

    I’m amazed that you are posting, for one, eating solids, for two, and letting that little tyke beat you!!! I feel your pain these last few days, hon. Well, not literally, because I would NEVER move, get a root canal, blog and go on field trips all in the same few day period…at least not without some help.

    (NOTE: “help” = drugs)

  • Jennifer says:

    Boy, what a day you’ve had. Only a couple of more weeks and you’ll start to get settled. :)

    I’m still amazed that you can eat that entire salad. They are definitely huge!! I could probably eat 1/2 – 3/4 max. It looks delicious, though.

  • You have the smartest tooth I have ever met!

  • Sorry about the root canal!

    Isn’t is wonderful when something makes you really look back and see how you have changed? When you go through it day by day, it’s not noticeable until you actually see it in black and white.

  • What a great guest post!! Loved it. You have such an inspirational story to share. 😀

    Your salads, by the way, always look amazing.

  • Hi Alison! I had no idea you were getting a root canal! Wow…I have never had any dental issues so I have no idea what you’re going thru other than the horror stories that people discuss about root canals and I sincerely hope you’re not in agony! With the move, the kiddos, packing, the holidays, the whole scene…wow my friend, take care of yourself!

    Thanks for the linkage back to the guest post. But thank you again, for the guest post, it’s great and such an inspiring story!!!!


  • I’m heading over to Averie’s blog right now. You are inspiring every day. Honestly. Not only what you eat but also all the fun (learning) opportunities you give the girls. Sometimes when I’m too tired and old to do something with the toddler, I think “Alison would do it.” And then I drag my old, lazy, tired behind out the door… 😉

    The move will be over soon! I know this may not make you feel any better at the moment (in fact it’s probably an unpleasant reminder that you’ll have to have everything packed up all too soon). But honestly, your life will be back to “normal” sooner than later… :)

    Have a great day!

  • Rebecca says:

    You make me laugh. Sorry about your root canal. I just had my wisdom teeth out so we both have mouth issues at the moment! Your salad looks wonderful!

  • Way to go on a 40 lb weight loss in one year! So few people are truly able to overhaul old habits and make a change like that!

  • shaving chocolate on toast is so fancy!

  • Julie says:

    My fallback dinner has become a salad too. It used to be chicken breast, sweet potato and green beans. Every night. How boring!! How that I don’t eat chicken I have to be more creative, but when the creativity is lacking I fall back on a nice big salad :) or bowl of cereal, but whatevs.

    My habits are coming unstuck so I need to really amp it up and relearn some of my old strategies.

  • chrysta says:

    oh gosh, that root canal sounds awful. Im so freaked out by the dentist.=/ But on the flip side the chocolate shavings on the toast looks ssssooo awesome!!! Congrats on your weight loos success by the way. You look absolutely amazing!

  • Liz says:

    I gotta say, the almond butter, cinnamon raisin, chocolate toast idea is genius!! What a great way to quell that sweet tooth without ODing on the sugar.