Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hurray for Pumpkin Season!

Every October I look forward to the flavor of pumpkin, and winter vegetables in general!  In previous years, I couldn't wait to have a pumpkin scone at Starbucks.  I would allow myself to have just one (490 calories, thank you very much!)  This year, they did not have the same appeal as previous years, so I did not indulge in my annual pumpkin scone. 

This morning at breakfast, the restaurant was offering hot pumpkin muffins fresh out of the oven.  That got my attention!  Allen and I split one, and boy oh boy was it great!!!  I was so happy!  There is nothing like that pumpkin flavor.  And, yes, I did figure it into my daily nutrition record!

Last night, I roasted a leg of lamb and served it with roasted veges including butternut squash, red and gold beets and onions.  Delicious!  I took the greens from the top of the fresh beets and cooked them up with onion and roasted garlic and a little olive oil - a big hit too!  The roasted butternut squash hits my taste buds in the same way that the pumpkin flavor does!  It is just such a rich yummy delicious flavor! 

Last week I was at a seminar all week.  I was so proud of myself.  I ate clean and healthy the whole week through!  I did not give in to any of the morning donuts, bagels, apple fritters or danish.  I resisted the daily snack offerings of candies, cookies and pretzels.  I did not have wine in the evening when everyone around me was.  I was very fortunate.  One of the people in charge was kind enough to have a fresh vegetable tray for me each afternoon, so I happily munched on celery, sugar snap peas, brocolli and carrots while the others were hoovering up the M&M's.  I also got in my workout each evening.  I was lucky to be at a hotel with a great gym!

Random question - in your workouts, have you ever done the thing where the trainer puts an elastic band around your waist to basically tether you and the makes you "run" away with high knees for 60 seconds at a time?  Sounds easy, but it is a killer!  :-)

Desire to enjoy seasonal flavors.  Dedication to avoid the food trash all around us all the time. Discipline to embrace my veges.


  1. Good for you. I have tried that exercise.

  2. That'd have to be one l.o.n.g. rubberband for me to try...LOL...And I love the description of "hoovering" M&M's! So mindless...Veggies sound much crash later, (following that sugar load!)