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Anxiety to Perfection

So, there I am…standing in a virtual sea of chocolate, marshmallow, candy coating, cookie bits, and more.  I can feel my anxiety rising and I begin the whole internal discussion:

“Why am I feeling *so* much anxiety right now?  This is *so* much more stressful than Halloween was – and I hadn’t made this much progress then.  It should be easier now, right?”

“Hello!  We didn’t have to *buy* candy for Halloween, remember?  So, we never had to *stand* in the candy aisle and stare at all the yummy, delicious, gooey, caramel-filled…”

“Hey!  Wait!  Aren’t you supposed to be talking me *out* of this anxiety?!”

“Nope.  I’m just here so you don’t have to be alone when you’re anxious.”

“Great.”

So, I am pacing the aisle and feeling absolutely ridiculous.  Then what happens?  A woman walks by and leans into my shoulder with a simple whisper:

“None of this is on your diet, girl.”

I look up to find another of Denise’s clients standing there with a giant smile on her face.  What a way to bring me out of that funk, right?!  I thanked her (sincerely) and told her what crazy madness my head had cooking when she rescued me.  The whole situation reminded me a *lot* of Andie’s waitress rescue story.  Thank goodness for small pushes right when you need them, right?

Let me clear…I was *not* going to “cheat” with some cheap, funky Hershey chocolate.  I was starting to rationalize buying some more expensive, upper tier dark chocolate, though.  That, my friends, is a slippery slope.  I am *so* very thankful for that little pick-me-up when I least expected it!

This is such a rare occurance for me that I felt compelled to share with you all.  I rarely feel temptation knocking so hard.  I rarely find it difficult to say, “No thanks,” when sweets make an appearance somehow.  I am far too focused to waver every single time something creeps into my sight.  I would have failed long ago if that were the case.  However, every so often I do find weakness.  Luckily enough I often have someone (or something) to break through it without regret or shame waiting at the end.  For this I am also thankful.

After all, I am 4.8 pounds away from 100 pounds lost, folks.  No chocolate could possibly taste *that* good, right?  😉

How are you coping with Easter?  Are you going to allow yourself some wiggle room or stay firm in your resolve?

-Erica

Caramel Pecan Candy

In light of posting about cravings I figured I would post something sweet (for all those out there cravings something “naughty”).  These are not too bad that you cannot indulge in one for dessert.

CARAMEL PECAN CANDY

1/3 c. plus 1/2 c. butter, divided
20 cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies (Oreos), crushed
1 package (14 oz) caramels
3 c. chopped pecans, toasted

TOPPING:
3/4 c. semisweet chocolate chips
3 Tbsp. butter
3 Tbsp. heavy whipping cream
3 Tbsp. light corn syrup
3/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1. In a large saucepan, melt 1/3 c. butter over medium heat; stir in cookie crumbs.  Press into an ungreased 9-in square baking dish.  Bake at 325 F for 10 to 12 minutes or until set.  Cool on a wire rack.  Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt caramels and remaining butter over low heat.  Stir in the pecans.  Pour over crust.  Cool.

2. For topping, in a small saucepan, combine chocolate chips, butter, cream, and corn syrup.  Cook and stir over low heat until smooth.  Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla.  Pour over caramel layer.  Cool on a wire rack.  Refrigerate until chocolate hardens.  Let candy stand at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into 1-inch squares.  Store in the refrigerator.

Here’s the dirt on this recipe:
6-1/2 dozen (1-inch pieces)

94 calories
7 g. fat (3 g. saturated)
7 mg. cholesterol
55 mg. sodium
8 g. carbs
1 g. fiber
1 g. protein

-Erica