Apr 13

Hello, my name is Benita Story, and I have a sweet tooth.

My love for something sweet has gotten me into trouble time and time again, but I have finally found a way to make it work for me.  Two words – Frozen Fruit.

For some reason, unsweetened frozen fruit tastes sweeter than does its unfrozen counterpart.  Frozen grapes, dark cherries, blueberries, strawberries, peach slices, and pineapple chunks are my go-to snacks, with dark cherries and grapes topping the list.  Also, due to their rather solid nature, it takes longer to eat each piece, therefore allowing your tummy to tell your brain that it is no longer hungry before you’d eat as many usual.

Let’s take frozen cherries as an example.  One whole, 12 ounce bag (2 servings) is only 130 calories (at least the ones I buy are), but it has 25% of your RDA of Vitamin A per serving and no fat.  I tend to make 3 servings out of each bag, so I get a great, sweet snack that costs me only 40 calories.  This equals about 1.6 pieces of Hershey’s kisses and they are 60% fat.  So, which would you rather have – 1.6 Hershey’s kisses or about a dozen and a half of frozen cherries?  Give me the cherries!!!

Can you stand one more progress picture of me as I lose weight? 

Back when I was gaining all the weight and was cleaning out my closet of all the clothes I could no longer wear, I came to a turtleneck sweater that I had worn about every week from November through last spring for several years.  To say I loved that sweater would be like saying volcanoes suffer from mild indigestion.  I could not give it up.  So, I put it back on the shelf and there it has remained for the past 13 or 14 years. 

Last Friday morning, I was staring at the clothes in my closet.  It wasn’t warm enough for a T-shirt, but I was so sick of my winter clothes, that I didn’t just grab the first thing I saw as per usual.  Then I saw, on the bottom of a stack of turtlenecks, that old purple and gray striped one from long ago.  Wondering if it would fit me now, I pulled it out, unfolded it and held it up.  Then I tried it on and went to my mirror for a look-see. 

As you can tell by the photo above (this was taken in my office’s restroom), the sweater fit me just fine.  I think I weighed about 10 pounds lighter than I am right now the last time I wore it, but when I was gaining the weight, I was a lot less toned than I am as I’m going back down.  In fact, when I had gained into the 140’s all those years ago, I was wearing 14’s and now I am wearing 12’s.

I think the reason I am plateaued at this moment is the fact that I am gaining muscle as well as burning fat, and since muscle weighs more than fat, I’m making a healthy body trade while the weight is staying balanced.  That’s okay with me for now.  I’ll figure out how to get the weight to continue its downward path soon.