Bad Penny, Good Penny

It’s a good thing I’m not being paid to blog, or I’d be broke by now. This is turning out to be one of those months years where one thing after another keeps popping up. That’s just life, I suppose, but I’d be grateful for a bit of calm.

penny-2023_640 via pixabay.comThe good news–at least, I hope it’s good news–is that, like the proverbial bad penny, I always turn up again! In addition to allowing me to interact with great people and exchange information, blogging helps me stay focused on the healthy tasks at hand. Thanks to my new(ish) healthy habits, I’m usually pretty good with focus, but there are times…

Bad habits, like bad pennies, have a way of sneaking back in when I’m distracted. Nothing disastrous–I haven’t packed on 20 pounds or anything–but enough that my inner warrior, the one who doesn’t want to buy new clothes, has jumped in and declared that I get myself back in gear. High gear, to be specific. Exercise is going fine, but the nutrition? Not so much. Too much nighttime snacking going on around here.

It didn’t help that the neighborhood dessert social was last week. I had planned to skip it, but some folks from the local animal shelter were doing a presentation, and I wanted to hear what they had to say. Plus, you know, dessert!

My contribution this year was something called Caramel Heavenlies:

caramel heavenlies

I chose this one because I had all the ingredients on hand except for the graham crackers, and they were a zippy walk to the grocery store away. Homemade caramel, coconut, slivered almonds, marshmallows, and a quickie chocolate glaze made of chocolate chips and coconut oil–tasty stuff! But dry. I didn’t think to read the reviews in which several commenters mentioned that the recipe needed more caramel. Oops.

Anyway, I didn’t win a prize (again!), but only because there were no prizes. In fact, only four people actually brought desserts at all. And, of course, only two of those were homemade. We had a lot of new people there (a good thing), and I don’t think they knew what the dessert social was really all about. Just as well, because the other homemade dessert was some sort of chocolate lava turtle brownie thing that was scrumptious. Thank goodness I was in public, because I’m pretty sure I could have scooped my way through at least half of that. Okay, not really, but as a fantasy, it’s not bad at all. :)

But back to the pennies. I was thinking last night that my newer, good habits are like new pennies, their bright, shiny faces beckoning me to pick them up. I can’t resist picking up any penny, but I’ll admit, the shiny ones are much more attractive. :)


So if you’re looking for me today, I’ll be sorting my stash of pennies. Shiny ones will get used. The dull ones will go into the coin jar to be saved for some future splurge.

13 thoughts on “Bad Penny, Good Penny

  1. How funny – I love the shiny pennies and save them, while I spend (get rid of) the dull ones.

    Your dessert sounds yummy. Last year GU came out with a salted caramel flavor, and boy howdy, did it make those loooong runs more fun, knowing that every few miles, I could have one. :)

    • I tried one of those GU things quite a few years ago and didn’t care for it at all. In fact, it made me a little queasy. But salted caramel? I might have to try one of those on my next big yard work day. :)

  2. So glad that you always turn up, Cammy! I think that for those of us who have battled weight, the pounds are always right around the corner, waiting to run right into us again. At least, that’s always been the case for me. I think you’ve done awfully well in maintenance, and fluctuations can be somewhat normal. I know naturally thin people who have to do the same thing–gain a few and then get in gear and lose a few.

    • When I first started this “project”, I told someone that I didn’t care if I gained a few pounds here and there, as long as I lost them. I don’t mind losing the last 3-5 pounds over and over if it means I’m out enjoying life. I just don’t want to have to re-lose the other 95. :)

  3. Speaking of old pennies, when John was working on his piano he found some coins in there (kids, probably) and one dime was old enough that it doesn’t have FDR on it!

    I have to get kicked back into gear. I wasn’t snacking for a while, but this last week has been terrible. Work didn’t help that any, but I really can’t be using that as an excuse, you know?

    • I hear you. Some weeks are just easier than others, that’s for sure. Not to give us an easy out, but it is a very good thing that we recognize what’s going on before it gets out of control. In “the olden days”, I wouldn’t have even noticed the pattern.

  4. I like this analogy – because I’m anal in many ways I rarely pick up pennies unless they are shiny!!!
    Your carmel dessert looks delicious – I would have had a hard time resisting!!

  5. It sure is hard to stay hyper focused when life interferes isn’t it? I totally empathize too because exercise is never my issue – it’s my bright shiny penny actually. It’s always, always the darn food. Always. Maybe because I want to participate in things and I don’t always want to be the person hanging back not having a bit of something. But like I said on Shelley’s blog yesterday, one of the things I’ve been doing is to just say no to store bought food!

  6. Ah yes.. I am usually pretty good with the whole stress & emotional eating but with it worse than norm, I have eaten too much healthy stuff adding on a couple pounds I need to get off. I guess a good thing I am short cause a couple pounds matter sin clothes for short people! :)

    I watch how excited the child is when she finds a penny on the ground—I need to appropriate that joy TODAY in all things.

  8. Interesting that you’re going thru a nutrition lapse. My slow but steady losing has been too slow and not so steady recently. I thought the lovely weather would be a help, could it be the reverse? Gonna picture my inner warrior and your inner warrior (who looks remarkably more fit than mine) kick boxing snacks and oversized portions in the you know where.

  9. It must be the phase of the moon. I”ve noticed that my nighttime snacking has increased lately.

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