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Fun but fattening weekend

Chocolate BenefitsSo … I spent Saturday in Glendale, Arizona, at my first book signing. It was at the Chocolate Affaire, an event celebrating — you guessed it — chocolate. You can read more details of the signing experience on my writer’s blog.

Would you believe I didn’t eat any chocolate at the Chocolate Affaire? There’s something wrong with that.

I did eat plenty of junk, though — a Rueben sandwich, an orange Creamsicle float and a bratwurst with onions and lots of yellow mustard. And that was on top of the iced coffee, donut and salt n vinegar Pringles I consumed on the drive down to the Valley.

Wait. I can’t say I had no chocolate whatsoever. I did eat a lone chocolate-covered strawberry given to me by the mayor of Glendale. He stopped by our table and passed them out to everyone.

Smart man. Give me chocolate and I’ll remember it come election time.

But I did not have the chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick that I wanted … or even a chocolate-covered banana — also on a stick. It was funny to watch grown men stroll by the romance writers’ booth carrying phallic-looking chocolate-dipped bananas. The sight could easily spawn a scene in my next novel.

The Glendale mayor (who looked a bit like Kenny Rogers) wasn’t the only celebrity I brushed elbows with. I also got to meet Cap’n Jack Sparrow.

Cap'n Jack

That was fun.

Not so fun? Looking at the picture and realizing how out of control my weight has gotten again.

What a wake-up call. I really need to re-start Atkins or something.

Too bad I have this lovely 2-pound box of Cerreta’s chocolates to remember the event. The sponsor gave them out to all the romance writers, along with a keepsake tote bag. Writers get some pretty sweet swag, too! 😀

Bloggers aren't the only ones who get swag.
Bloggers aren’t the only ones who get swag.
Mint meltaways rule
French Mint Truffles rule

Maybe I’ll take the box of candy to the office and share. But I’m not giving away the French Mint Truffles. Those things are to die for.

They’re just as good as the Mint Meltaways my grandma used to get from Fannie May.

Anyway … it’s been a long, exhausting weekend. (I pulled over in Munds Park to take a nap on my way back up to Flagstaff Sunday. I couldn’t keep my eyes open to make it the last 20 minutes.

So I’m going to get to bed now. And I’ll try to remember to turn on the FitBit sleep mode. I’ve forgotten for the last several nights.

Grr. I can’t get data on sleep habits if I forget to track my sleep.

WIAW: Hodgepodge edition

I haven’t had much time for meal planning this week. For once, that doesn’t mean I’m making terrible food decisions (thanks, Clean and Lean Project!) — but it does mean my eats for this What I Ate Wednesday are … well, strange is a nice way of describing them.

060413 walkAnd I’m not sure my snacks qualify as “sensible,” which is this month’s WIAW theme.

Ah well, my diet is a work in progress. Always.

I woke up without hitting the snooze alarm (I know, I amazed myself, too!) and headed outside for a walk. Again, it was a struggle to get outside and for about the first 15 of the 22-ish minutes I moved.

Why does that happen? I know I’ll feel better for having done it, but actually doing it seems like the worst kind of torture. Even when I start walking, I’d rather be doing something else. But at some point, I hit my stride and then I feel like I could keep walking.

When I got back home, I whipped up a smoothie. Instead of using flavored yogurt, I broke out the plain nonfat Greek yogurt. Also in the mix were a cup of pineapple and a cup of mango, 1 1/4 cups almond milk, a scoop of Vega protein powder and — since it was already going to be green — a handful of spinach.

I like the flavor of the Vega powder, but I’m not crazy about the greenish tint it gives my smoothies.

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It tasted fantastic. And because I used Tuesday’s Clean and Lean tip, to slow down when eating, I really savored it instead of slurping it down. The tip involved laying down your fork between bites. Since I was drinking, I set down the glass and sipped some water between sips. It worked. It took much longer to finish my meal, and I stayed full longer.

After puttering in the kitchen to prep lunch/dinner, I headed to Starbucks for writing time. A not-clean Frappuccino Light awaited me.

Mocha Frappuccino Light

Note I also had a giant glass of water.

When I got to work, I heated up lunch: Another of Jenn’s Triple Bean Vegetarian Burgers. (I froze half of the batch I made a while back.)

Three-Bean Chili Burger

I was out of tomatoes, so I topped my burger with thinly sliced onion and cucumber instead. Oh, yeah — a wedge of Laughing Cow White Cheddar was also involved. Still tasty. I devoured a handful of cherry tomatoes (unpictured) on the side.

The right word was “devoured.” The “slow down” directive was forgotten as I ate while at my desk. Bad habit, I know. But it happens all the time.

Other snacks included a serving of Emerald Sweet & Salty mixed nuts (unpictured) and a bar from my Blend2013 swag bag.

Part of my Blend2013 swag
Part of my Blend2013 swag

I need to get my hands on more Recharge Dynamic Nutrition Bars. I loved the flavor. Even better, it had just 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus. 

The rest of the day’s eats went unphotographed as my busyness picked up at work: Butternut squash, green beans and a Salmon-Quinoa Cake (from The Lean Green Bean’s recipe) for dinner, followed by a cup of Chobani Bite (coffee/chocolate chip flavor, my favorite). Again, I forgot to put down my eating utensil between bites.

I’ll try to do better today.

Oh yeah … I almost forgot the three Dove dark chocolate squares with sea salt and caramel I ate at about 10 p.m. I think I only have three left in the bag, so they’ll be gone soon. Of course, having a bag of chocolates there, where I can pull out just one or two, beats the heck out of hitting the vending machine for a full-sized candy bar. (The bag says 5 are in a 5-Point serving, so I didn’t even have a full serving.)

Be sure to stop by Peas and Crayons to check out all the great eats everyone else is sharing.

Candy-wrapper wisdom

Saw this message inside the square of Dove Caramel-Sea Salt Dark Chocolate I unwrapped the other day.

Dove Wrapper

If you haven’t tried that flavor yet, hunt it down. I found it at Target.

The saying appealed to the romance writer in me — the one who loves a good bad boy … and to the rebel who likes to eat “naughty” foods.

Do you think naughty can be nice?