I had a little more trouble getting rid of my baby weight this third time. I certainly did go back to work after my six week maternity leave wearing maternity clothes and hating it. But once April rolled around and the weight still wasn’t dropping off magically with no effort on my part (and I may even have started gaining again), I decided I had to do something about it. So I went back to the same diet I tried before I got pregnant –Beverly HillsWeightLossCenter. I liked it. And it worked for me to have to go weigh in and log all of my food. I rapidly lost more of the weight and got back into my regular clothes.
But then I decided I didn’t want to continue paying for the supplements and that I ought to be able to have enough willpower to continue just eating better and tracking my weight on my own. I require a little external motivation due to my noticeable lack of willpower, so I asked Lee if he would help me out by having me report my weight to him every morning. It makes me feel accountable, and he logs it into a spreadsheet (because we’re cool like that – we have a spreadsheet for meals, too!) and keeps track of my 5 day running average so we can ignore fluky days where I have a sudden drop or increase that’s probably due to water weight.
Anyway…we started this tracking in June. And I’ve done pretty well, losing all of what could be considered baby weight, though it’s done nothing for the ring of baby flab I’m still keeping. Some might say I should exercise, and I’m sure I’ll get to that. But the last couple months I started creeping back up a little bit, probably about 4 or 5 pounds. Just enough to make my clothes tighter and remind me that I need to get back on track and focus on trying to lose the other non-baby weight I still want to lose. So it’s the new year and I’m focused, right?
Then last night happened. We went to bed – and we go to bed pretty early, generally by about 9:00 on school nights. The baby gets up at 5:00, so it’s necessary, okay? Anyway, we got in bed. The girls went to bed. Brinky had been asleep for a couple hours. I assume the girls went to sleep. Lee fell asleep. What about me? Well, I was busy playing Angry Birds on my Kindle Fire for awhile because I was on a roll. I obviously had to keep playing the way I was moving through levels.
And then I still couldn’t get to sleep. You know why? Because I saw a pin on pinterest last week for peanut butter hot chocolate, LIKE A HOT LIQUIDY REESE’S CUP!
And I hadn’t been able to get it out of my mind since that time. So what did I do? Well, I got out of bed to make that hot chocolate. What else could I do?
I brought my laptop into the kitchen and gathered all the ingredients.
And I opened up the calculator on my conversion and website that would convert the decimals into fractions so I could figure out how to make a single serving out of what seemed to be about a four serving recipe. I’m seriously cool, right?
So I got to work making this deliciousness.
I got impatient at the end when I was supposed to simmer it for 4 or 5 minutes and just went ahead and took it off and poured it into my mug.
Shhh…it’s Lee’s awesome mug, made for him by Jenny. Don’t tell. I needed a big mug to fit all the yumminess though.
And just in case it wasn’t healthy enough, I decided to add some cool whip (after eating some directly out of the container – it’s light!) and some chocolate chips.
Doesn’t it look SO GOOD?
And it was. It was a little chunky, probably because I didn’t simmer it quite long enough. But it did in fact taste like a hot liquid Reese’s cup. And I really enjoyed it for a late night (if you consider 10:00 late night, and I do) treat while watching TV and reading blogs.
So now circling back to the beginning and the title of this post? I was a little concerned about this morning’s weigh in after what was certainly not a low-fat treat. So how’d I do? Down 1 ½ pounds since yesterday. It may be a fluke. But I’m choosing to believe that it’s the peanut butter hot chocolate, and not the fact that we’ve stuck with our no fast food for the month of January resolution for 11 whole days now, that caused that weight loss. I may just have to make it again.
The first picture of the pin links through to pinterest and the recipe if you, too, want to make this delicious hot chocolate.