Weighing In

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People always say it because it’s true…your wedding day is a blur. No matter how much you try and slow it down, take it in, bask in the moment…it’s a blur all the same. A totally awesome fun blur, but a blur nonetheless.

The thing that I remember most from my first wedding was worrying the whole time how I looked in my dress. Were my arms looking fat at that angle? Was my double chin showing? Do I have the dreaded back fat? That’s what I thought about because that was all I thought about going in to the wedding. Months before the picky eater and my ceremonial wedding (we eloped 2 years before that) my thyroid went out of whack and I gained a bunch of weight due to that. I freaked. I went on South Beach and worked out twice a day and three times a week with a personal trainer. I dropped 30 pounds in three months. All so I could look good on my wedding day. I did. But the whole wedding day was wasted to thinking about how I looked…not why I was there.

A lot has changed over the years. April 23rd was my 1 year anniversary of giving up the scale. It was the smartest decision I ever made. Oh I won’t lie there have been a few times where I thought oh just step on the scale, what could it hurt? Me. It could hurt me. I thought about it a lot before the wedding. And I realized that if I break my year of no scale that all I would do is feel bad no matter what that number said. If it was larger than I thought I would be bummed (which is dumb because I am happy with where I am at). If it was smaller than I thought I would be bummed that I broke my no scale rule. So I didn’t weigh in.

Since I wasn’t obsessing about my weight before the wedding, I didn’t obsess about my weight during the wedding. I was determined that even though I knew it would be a blur to try and enjoy the moment and remember later when I looked back at photos.

This is one of my favorite wedding photos from the day. What I notice about it is pure joy. Pure happiness. MDP and I laughing (at what I don’t remember) like we often do. My hyper critical “friend” pointed out that how could this be one of my favorite photos of the wedding because I have a double chin. Really, that’s what you get from that photo is that I had a double chin!?! If that’s what you take from this photo then I have nothing but sadness for you.

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I know not everyone can give up the scale. It’s a hard thing to do. I won’t be getting on a scale any time soon. I don’t even at the doctor’s office and they have learned to deal with it. I allow them to do blood work…a far better indicator of health than a number on a scale. I know so many fear that if they don’t step on the scale every day their weight will skyrocket. All I have is my experience. In my experience sweatpants and yoga pants are what make my weight skyrocket. :) Elastic waistbands are mighty comfy and before you know it you can’t fit into your jeans. My weight fluctuates I know that. I’m still somewhat of an emotional eater, especially when I don’t get to play hockey. I definitely have stress eaten this week with CCS big time. So I’ll probably gain. But each day that she gets better I can get back to my regular routine and that gain will go away. The important thing is that I don’t worry about it. I know it will all even out over time. And this time, I got to enjoy my wedding, double chin and all.

Now let’s talk these bars…that I have totally stress eaten a ton of. :) These are shortbread based so the best thing you can do for this recipe is use good butter. As you know I use Plugra. And like the saying goes…once you go Plugra you never go back ;) . Or something like that. The other thing that makes these bars awesome is that the jam I used was my mother’s strawberry rhubarb jam that she made for the wedding. We had some left overs and I’m putting them to good use.

You could use just about any jam flavor here but I’m very partial to my mom’s jam. If you are interested I could give the recipe on here?

Anybody willing to join my crusade and give up your scale? Maybe not for a whole year…maybe just start for a week (if you weigh every day), then a month, two months, and so on? I can’t tell you how freeing it is.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Jam Shortbread Bars

Ingredients

  • For the base:
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (I used Plugra), at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 tsp. vanilla bean paste (or extract)
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup strawberry rhubarb jam (or jam of your choice)
  • For the topping:
  • 3 TBSP all-purpose flour
  • 3 TBSP granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 TBSP unsalted butter, chilled and diced
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds

Instructions

  1. For the base:
  2. Preheat oven to 350F.
  3. Spray a 9-x-13-inch baking pan with baking spray.
  4. Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add the vanilla bean paste and almond flour and beat until incorporated.
  6. Add the salt and flour and mix until it comes together with some crumbs. I prefer it being more crumb-like because it’s easier to sprinkle.
  7. Spread the dough and crumbs into the prepared pan and press the dough evenly over the bottom of the prepared pan.
  8. Evenly spread the jam over the dough.
  9. For the topping:
  10. In a small bowl add all the ingredients and then rub with your fingers until you get it to be crumbly.
  11. Sprinkle over jam.
  12. Bake for 50-60 minutes (mine took 52 minutes). You can top with foil if it starts to get too brown on top.
  13. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack (you definitely don’t want to eat these hot…you will burn your mouth).
  14. Cut into squares. I got 24.
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Comments

  1. Erin M. says:

    I absolutely love that picture of you and your husband!!

  2. You are amazing. I’m so happy to see you so happy :) Oh, and the bars… I’d stress-eat these too!

  3. Peabody says:

    Thanks @Erin I love it too!

  4. Peabody says:

    Thanks @Lori I am happy!

  5. Debbie says:

    Peabody- thank you! I have been in a funk about that darn scale. Hubby and i started working out and eating better. It’s been a couple of months with hardly a budge on the scale. So hard mentally. Trying to focus on feeling stronger. Feeling proud of work I didn’t think I could do. Thank you for encouraging us to let the numbers go! Glad to see CCS is on the mend. And- the pic is fabulous! My favorite wedding pic from my wedding is kind of blurry but I can see that my hubby and I are beaming at each other. Perfect.

  6. All I can think of about your wedding photos is what a fun time! I just see everyone smiling.

  7. I looked at the wedding photo your “friend” commented on and I couldn’t stop myself from grinning because the joy in that shot is so contagious! Not to mention the fact that I’m unfortunately underweight and if I laugh and have my head at a certain angle when I do it, I get a double chin too, so phooey on her. :P

    I applaud you for giving up the scale. Once my doctor is happy with things, I’m going to work on getting up the bravery to give mine up too.

  8. I love that picture, and this recipe.

  9. I gave up the scales 7 years ago!!!! I agree with you….it is the best and most freeing thing I have ever done! I used to wiegh myself first thing each day, and that number was the determining factor for whether my day would be good or bad! I can honestly say that though I am sure my weigh fluctuates, I am around the same wt. as the day I gave it up….and EVERY day is now a good day!!! Congradulations on your wedding…you are a beautiful bride and a great inspiration to us all!!! Thanks for what you do!

  10. I don’t weigh anymore; it does no good. It just depresses me. When I make up my mind to lose weight I will, and then I can tell in my clothes. It’s just too easy to obsess using a scale!

  11. I love that picture of you! And really a friend that would make a comment like that… Is well not very confident in them self! (Ohhh didn’t I take the high road there) I am amazed by being anyone who can give up the scale even for a day. I kid you not when I tell you that I weighed myself post surgery (like day of) this week and hubs had to remind me I was on IV for hours and that explains the gain… I’m ridiculous

  12. You look gorgeous! That smile is so beautiful – thank you for sharing!

    I’m getting married (again) in 58 days (but who’s counting) and the scale has ruled my life for the past few months. Not that it made a damn bit of difference – I dropped the 10 pounds I usually drop, reverted to old eating habits, and guess what? I’m still healthy, a little overweight, and (mostly) comfortable in my own skin. I’m going to try to give up the scale too … but maybe after the wedding (insert embarrassed smiley here!)

  13. PS – Can you share the strawberry rhubarb jam recipe?

  14. Peabody says:

    @Sophia Congrats on your upcoming nuptials! And don’t worry I know its hard not to worry about the weight before the wedding.

  15. I think the photo is very sweet! I can honestly say I had to look at the photo again closely to see any double chin. I just saw the joy:) Friends like that can do a number on you.

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