A slightly early Monthly Check In: May 2012
I found this tree on my walk in the woods the other day. It's the kind of tree a kid dreams of, perfect to hide in while reading books and/or plotting the demise of parental overlords. It's got a touch of Enid Blyton Magic Faraway tree about it, don't you reckon? We tended to have scrabbly old gum trees that weren't really made for climbing, let alone housing cake-bearing fairies…
"Silky was pleased. She sat there brushing her beautiful, golden hair and ate sandwiches with them. She brought out a tin of Pop Cakes, which were lovely. As soon as you bit into them they went pop! and you suddenly found your mouth filled with new honey from the middle of the little cakes. Frannie* took seven, one after the other, for she was rather greedy."
– from The Magic Faraway Tree, as spotted on the sadly defunct Literary Food Porn blog
Speaking of cake, I reckon I'm getting back at the place where I can have my cake and not go crazy with it. There was that one tasty wedge of Nutella pizza. Then a visit with the Edinburgh Cake Ladies that didn't result in a week-long a sugar bender. This past weekend there was an outstanding wodge of blueberry and white chocolate cake but I got right back into the healthy groove. Progress at last!
That's how I used to do it back in the day, before I let it all unravel – being really choosy with the treats, taking a sensible portion, then savouring the heck out of 'em. This is what my maintenance heroes seem to do too. I could cut cake out completely and get things moving faster, but I need to learn from the past and be sensible here and remember what works long term. I am done swinging between denial and deprivation. So here at the end of May, I'm down two pounds and rolling along on the trusty old plan with the occasional bit of cake thrown (mindfully) in. Bring on June.
* The LFP blog had "Frannie" in the quote as per the modern editions of the book but she'll always be Fanny to me, dagnabbit.