Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Balanced Fortune

“A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.”
Well, this is funny. Remember, I have my Happiness cup that I keep all my fortunes in, and I pull them out randomly when I get a chance to write about one. What is funny about this?
Guess what I had for dinner?! Two, yes TWO cookies. One was a lemon frosted sugar cookie and the other was basically a death by three chocolates cookie…it was either that or two mini cupcakes.
If my kiddos ever came to me and told me, “Hey, Mom for dinner I had two cookies.” I would flip out. I mean seriously flip out – Pop and Tart I know you check in occasionally, so please remember…Do as I say, not as I do!
Do I really think that “a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand?” NO! I have not worked hard losing 80 pounds to blow it having meals of cookies. It is not something I do on a regular basis; I just failed to plan ahead. It would not have taken much. I could have thrown together a quick meat and cheese plate, a simple salad. I could have, should have, would have – but I got caught up in my day and ran behind.
A friend of mine keeps telling me, “Life is too short.” I don’t know if he ever reads my blog…probably not. But, if he does…I know. Life is too short to get caught up and forget to feed myself. Life is too short to get caught up and lose the little/big things in life that matter. My kiddos, my wonderful hubby, my friends and family…I need them for my balance. But how often do I fill my time with “cookies” and try to balance myself with it.
What are my “cookies?” Television (love me some Food Network!), my jobs, my little tasks that just cannot wait another minute, reading all my friends Facebook posts, playing games…What are yours? What do you use to fill your time instead of balancing your life?
That’s kinda sad…I admit, rather than balancing my life, I fill my time. I need to work hard on finding my balance. I want and need so badly to find it. My heart, my soul, my kiddos, my wonderful hubby, my friends and family need me to be balanced.
Change is hard, choices are hard, and balance is hard. Realistically, we all know “a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand” is not true. A balanced life cannot just be all play, all work or all anything…all cookies.
Live, Laugh, Love ~
Vanilla Mama
PS – there are no lucky numbers on this fortune. Pick your own, and for the love of God and all that’s holy…don’t EVER rely on me for your lucky numbers. For the record…I haven’t played the lottery since Christmas. (Maybe I should!)


  1. It is very hard to keep up with the diet specially after loosing weight. My daughter drives me crazy since she counts her points and does not even want to keep cookies in the house let alone let me eat. I may just do what you did. Balance a cookie in each hand. Hi, this is Munir over here at Focus. I would like to know how to make that lemon frostered sugar cookie.:)

  2. I have a sweet tooth and those look delicious. yumm.

  3. i can so relate. I've been trying to count calories and stuff, but soemtimes the food is just too good to pass up. Drat. It would be okay if i paired my cravings up with exercise but i'm too lazy. But I will try harder for sure!


  4. Hi, I'm dropping in from Alex's blog hop. Nice to meet you. *waves* I'm your newest follower!

  5. I just had the pleasure of seeing a female comedian who claims that...'The Food Network is porn for women!'... I may agree with her. I, too, love watching my cooking shows. I love to cook! I love to eat! Mmmmm-mmmm-hhmmm. :)

    Planning ahead is often difficult. I have dinner 'sneak up on me' at least once a week. Oy! Sometimes, I'm just feeling lazy and don't feel like 'getting-into-all-that'. So, I understand.

    Don't give up! One day of cookies for dinner isn't the end of the world! Quick! Turn on the Food Network and you'll get inspired to make a healthy and fabulous dinner tonight...:)

    Great to meet you. I'm stopping by via the Insecure Writer's Support Group. ~ Nadja


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