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Here is a list of the foods I miss the most now that I’ve changed my ways:

1.  Beer – I’ll admit, I haven’t completely given this up but I used to have more of it and I miss that.

2.  Cupcakes, Whoopie Pies, Cookies, Cake – basically any baked good.  I love cake more than any other dessert so it’s been tough not having an occasional cookie here and there.  I even made cookies the other day for a coworker and it took everything I had will power-wise to not eat one.

3.  Ice Cream & Fro Yo – Nothing can take the place of peanut butter chocolate chip ice cream or a big bowl of fro yo covered in almonds and strawberries.  Sigh.  Also, Pinkberry is my favorite fro yo but it’s only in NYC and Japan.

4.  Mac & Cheese – I love everything about macaroni and cheese, especially with lots of pepper.

5.  Slushies – These are low in fat but 100% sugar and ice.  I miss them so much, especially when the temperatures seem to be stuck around 100 degrees every day.

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Friends, I would love to report that I have so far achieved great and promising success at my challenge to lose 25 pounds by Heedfest (an annual festival held in July) but, alas, I have not really lost any weight at all.  It’s not all doom and gloom, however.  In the process of trying to lose weight, I’ve managed to get about 100% more in shape than I was when I started this whole endeavor.  I’m calling that a midterm win for the time being because it’s such a promising lifestyle change.

There are a lot of benefits to being more in shape.  For instance, you can take a flight or two of stairs at a jaunty pace and have enough breath left over to giggle at the people huffing and puffing around you.  Another boon is that I shaved some time off my 5K walk/run.  My muscles are more toned, I’m getting back into yoga, and I’m looking forward to going to the gym – even on a bad day – which is a HUGE difference from wanting to bury all of my emotions under a pile of ice cream. (Although, if you’re buying, Homemade Peanut Butter n’ Chip, please!)

My current favorite piece of equipment (because it kicks my butt) is the elliptical stepper thing.  I’ve included a picture because I’m finding out not a lot of people know what I’m talking about.  It must not be a common machine.

We balance our exercise time really well by utilizing the “anytime” in Anytime Fitness and spending nice, sunshiney days off outside walking on the trails with Julia!  You can read about our adventures in nature here.

One of my husband and my first dates was this run down ice cream stand in Dayton called N’Ice N’ Sweet.  He wanted us to go there because it’s a place he and his brother used to walk to when they were little living in Linden Heights.  I thought it was in bad shape then but on my third or fourth visit, I have to say it looks much worse now.  I live in Linden Heights now and I love it.  One aspect of this love I have for my corner of Dayton is trying and re-trying some of the local establishments, which put this ice cream stand back on my list.  We walked here a few weeks ago and I took some pictures to try and capture the unique essence of this business.

To be honest, the ice cream is very good.  It’s really just a straight forward, old fashioned ice cream stand reminiscent of the 1950s.  It could use a coat of paint and some new (non-single pane) windows so their homemade signs would stop losing their ink and then it could be in top shape again.  If it ever was…


Oh, and apparently they have wi-fi!  Very neat.

N’ice N’ Sweet
1235 Linden Avenue
Dayton, Ohio  45410

On May 1, DPO held their final concert in the Symphony Sundaes series at the Masonic Center in downtown Dayton.  The performance was lively and entertaining, albeit brief, with a featured violinist performing halfway through.  The crowd was mostly composed of seniors with only a handful of people under 65 therefore the trudge downstairs to the dining area for ice cream was slow and crowded.  We stood in a long line for what seemed like an eternity for a pre-packaged cup of Graeter’s ice cream, which was available in 4 flavors:  Strawberry Chip, Black Raspberry Chip, Chocolate, and Vanilla (all delicious).  Knowing how many tickets were sold for this event, I was expecting it to have been planned accordingly with possibly more than one table from which to select ice cream. 

All in all, the music was wonderful, the venue was beautiful, and the ice cream was delicious but hard to get (my sister even sustained a death-stare from a woman in front of her in line).  As always, the saving grace of this ill-planned event and all others was the fact that I was there with my family, who can make me laugh through anything; even a concert in an un-air conditioned historical venue with sewer gas leaking into the women’s restroom and an unbelievably long wait for ice cream among a sea of rude seniors. 

Delicious Graeter's Black Raspberry Chip Ice Cream