To say that this year’s Easter weekend was the best in recent memory would be a huge understatement. While Sara and I certainly missed our families back in NC, this Easter was a great reminder that Sara and I have the unique opportunity to create our own traditions, building on what our families have passed down to us.
It was a long work week for both Sara and I. After a few long work days, achy bodies, some big Easter events (apiece) and seeing only glimpses of each other throughout the week, Sara and I were definitely ready for Easter Sunday. We were ready to go to church together (something unfortunately rare given our jobs right now), cook our first big holiday meal together, and to see Heaven is for Real.
Only there was one problem. The now-present reality of a gluten-free, Weight Watchers friendly holiday meal. If you happen to be gluten-free or doing Weight Watchers, you know that cooking a holiday meal is no small task. Combine those, and you have potentially an impossible task before you.
Fortunately, there are fewer stubborn people in this world than the Littlejohn family, and especially the two in Colorado. After a couple of hours doing my research, I finally narrowed down our Easter menu to: raspberry-mustard glazed ham, smashed sweet potatoes, apple carrot salad and dark chocolate espresso pound cake with sugar-free caramel sauce. Bring it on, gluten-free Weight Watchers holiday meal.
Aside from the seemingly endless minutes it took to finely shred apples and carrots (I know, they sell shredded carrots in a bag, but we already had baby carrots so I was trying to save money), this meal was a freakin’ hit. I’ve included some photos of our Easter Sunday for your viewing pleasure. If you’d like the recipes, just let me know. The ham, I humbly admit, was probably the best I’d ever had. The apple carrot salad was surprisingly fresh and crisp. The mashed sweet potatoes took some getting used to, but in the end won me over. And the chocolate cake? Well…can you ever go wrong with chocolate, coffee and caramel?
Other than the full belly, I’m taking two things away with me from this past week of Weight Watchers:
1. It works. Two weeks in, and the fact that I’m still committed to this thing is really saying something. If you’ve ever thought about doing Weight Watchers, just do it. Its easy and it works. I do it mostly because its easy. My iPhone App tells me when to weigh in, when to track my meals, offers easy and tasty recipes and makes counting points a breeze with its vast food and restaurant dictionary and barcode scanner.
2. This Easter at Church I was humbled by something. For the past two weeks, I’ve fretted and been unwaveringly committed to Weight Watchers and to pulling off huge Easter events. Yet, my commitment and dedication to Jesus has been put on the back burner for now. While I am proud of the weight lost and the way my events came together, I am not proud of what they have cost me so far. Simply put, if I do not marvel at the foot of the cross and the presence of a resurrected Savior on a daily basis, then my work, my weight loss, my time and my money are all for nothing. This coming week, it’s my hope and prayer that I’ll carry the weight of the cross with me each day as I shed the weight of my beach-bangin’ bod.
Oh…and there’s 4.2 things I’m leaving behind from this past week of Weight Watchers: pounds, baby! Total weight loss: 8.7 pounds!