As most of you know, I'm a definite foodie.
My family is never allowed to take a bite of dinner until I take a photo of it.
My sweetie is constantly acting as guinea pig for my many kitchen experiments.
I don't think he minds.
My camera is my constant companion in the kitchen as I'm whipping up a meal, to photograph the steps involved, so that I may share the recipes with my wonderful readers.
Our getaways revolve around our favorite restaurants, and reservations are secured before we ever hit the road.
We went to Saratoga Springs this past weekend, one of my favorite towns to visit.
My sweetie booked us a table at one of the most fabulous restaurants in the state of NY - Prime at Saratoga National Golf Course.
What an amazing treat - we shared the Porterhouse for Two and oh my gosh was it delectable!
We basically planned our whole getaway around food. We really wanted to eat at Prime again, so we booked an overnight stay just so we could relax and enjoy the evening.
No, we're not crazy. We just really love
good great food.
In the town of Saratoga Springs, one of my other favorite destinations is a gourmet food market called The Putnam Market.
They have an entire refrigerated room full of cheese, where an attendant will slice off chunks of cheese so you may sample before buying.
We always visit the Putnam Market right before we head home....and Sweetie always brings a cooler to bring home all the cheese!
I could happily spend all day in the cheese room. Seriously. And every cent I have.
The problem is, I struggle with the challenge of being a serious foodie....yet wanting to drop a few pounds.
Thus the mix of both healthy foods and a giant pile of cheese that came home with me from Saratoga Springs.
My sweetie shows remarkable patience when we visit these food stores, sitting quietly while I spend ages looking at every little thing.
I guess he knows it will be worth it when he enjoys yet another home cooked meal.
The only thing that I have found through the years that works for me to lose weight is Weight Watchers.
I am still allowed to eat my cheese....but the fact that I have to track every bite that goes into my mouth helps hold me accountable.
It keeps the cheese monster at bay.
I've been doing well, focusing on lots of fruits and veggies with only a smidgen of cheese here and there to keep me sane.
But then yesterday Sweetie showed up with this.
The biggest box of chocolates I've ever seen. From my favorite chocolatier, Christopher Elbow.
You can't even imagine how delectable these chocolates are, if you haven't sampled them.
My sweetie knows how much I love them, so this was his anniversary gift to me. Well, really for both of us....because I'll share with him, of course!
This gift box even contained some drinking chocolate. Naturally, my mind immediately started thinking of what cocktails I could create with this!
Last night before bed I had a little of the Pecan Toffee.
I ate one piece and it was so incredibly amazing I went back for a second piece.
And I tracked it. Yes, really.
This morning I hid the box, so it would stop calling my name.
I will enjoy these amazing decadent treats a little at a time, over the next couple of months.
Because life is for living.
And I will continue to fight the battle of the bulge, one pound at a time.
The food fight continues.