Why wait?

I over did it.

With food, not exercise. Unfortunately.

And…fortunately!

This holiday season, I kind of let myself slip a little. Okay, maybe more than a little.

But, you want to know what? I’m okay with it. And you want to know another thing? I think my husband is, too. The last few Christmas seasons, I’ve been, well, let’s just say, a little tense. Okay, maybe a little more than just a little. And truthfully, I think it had to do with food.

Both my husband and I commented this year about how much more calm I’ve been and how much less stressed I’ve been. I didn’t really think anything about it, until this morning – this really, really early morning, like 5 a.m. when I couldn’t sleep because my mind wouldn’t shut off. I came to the realization that the last couple of Christmases, I was so freaked out about gaining weight and not overeating that it kind of made me a little too tense and a little too stressed. And unfortunately, I took it out on my poor husband and my poor son. Sorry, guys!

I realized this year, that I didn’t want to be SO concerned about the food and just enjoy the holiday and you wanna know what? I am so glad I did. So what if I gained a little weight? I thoroughly enjoyed my Christmas Eve dinner. I mean, REALLY enjoyed it. But, who wouldn’t with these super delicious, super cheesy, super creamy, super awesome potatoes that my mom made – at, MY request!

Yummy goodness. (I know the picture isn’t the best and I know it doesn’t really do the potatoes any justice, but rest assured, they were THAT good!)

I also enjoyed the delicious ham, the delicious lettuce salad, the delicious strawberry tapioca pudding salad, the cookies, the caramel marshmallow treats, the chips and dip, the rice Krispie bars, the peanut brittle, the pretzel Rolo treats, the cheese and crackers, the wine and THE EVERYTHING else I am forgetting about.

But here’s the cool part. I don’t have to wait until January 1 to get back on track. I don’t have to wait until the New Year, the new day, the new whatever! I don’t have to wait for anything. I can get back on track TODAY. I get to make that decision. And that makes me happy. That makes me less stressed and able to enjoy the holiday season even more.

But now, here’s the biggest question…will I?

C is for Cookie

I wanted a cookie today. It’s not unusual, really, but my mouth was watering for my favorite kind of cookie – Lofthouse soft frosted sugar cookies. The kind of cookies I used to buy and hide under my seat. Yep, those ones.

So, when I headed for lunch, I stopped by the grocery store and bought some. I really did. And when I got to my car, I set them on the seat next to me, ran a couple more errands and then on my drive home, I ate one. I didn’t hide it. I didn’t even care if anyone saw me buying them or even eating one. That’s the key. It was one. Not four, not three, not even two. ONE!

I did it. I bought a dozen of them and only ate one. And, I didn’t hide the package under my seat when I was done. And you want to know something else? It didn’t even taste that good. Sadly, kind. But happily, really. Wait, did that make sense? Oh, well. Doesn’t matter. There may be a couple of reasons why it didn’t taste that good…one, I still have a cold, which by the way, really stinks, and two, I am thinking the cookies weren’t the freshest. I didn’t look at the date, but they were decorated like Easter eggs. 

See, here’s the deal. When I walked into the store, there weren’t any Lofthouse cookies displayed up front like they usually are. So, I had to walk back to the bakery, which I typically avoid because of well, all the sweet stuff back there that always looks really, really good. Anyway, on the table where the Lofthouse cookies normally are were not the kind of Lofthouse cookies I like. Typically, Lofthouse cookies are soft sugar cookies, almost cake-like cookies, with a real, sugary, almost cake-like frosting on them. This time, the only Lofthouse cookies on the table were chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin and peanut butter…all with no frosting. I didn’t see any of the frosted kind. My kind. EXCEPT, the one package of the Easter Egg shaped ones. 

So I bought ‘em, ate one and then threw the rest of the package in the garbage. Yep, I just threw them away. Luckily, the whole package only cost $1.50. Even if that one cookie didn’t taste that great, I could have easily eaten the whole package. So, by throwing them away, it saved me a ton of calories. If that’s what it takes, I am okay with that. Really, I am.

Oh, and by the way, I did exercise this morning and I did log that one, single, solitary cookie on my Weight Watchers food log. Three points. And even if it didn’t taste that good, it was still worth it. 

Yep, I am still here!

Yes, I am still here…alive and well. I just haven’t blogged for a little while, that’s all. Did you miss me?

I have really started concentrating on my running lately, as the Fargo 5K is coming up quickly. I have decided to change up my workout schedule, which is now as follows: Mondays and Fridays I will do my strength training program that my student trainer designed for me (on a side note, she is now officially a real certified trainer and working at Racquetball Plus…how cool is that?), on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, I will run – hopefully outside. I think I am going to take Sundays off…just for fun. Although if the weather is nice out, it may be hard for me to stay inside.

The weather lately has been so gorgeous that I feel I have to get outside because it might not last. You know, this is Minnesota.

The eating has been going, well, umm, errr….okay, I guess. It’s not like I have pigged out or anything and I haven’t gained weight. Actually, I lost somehow and am now at my all-time low since probably 10th grade. On Wednesday, I hit 147.2. Whew. I can’t believe it.

But the thing is, I can’t seem to shake the God-awful cravings I get sometimes. OMG, I get these all-out sugar cravings, which lately have been for these dark chocolate chip cookies found at a little restaurant in our mall, Bayfields, that are out-of-this-world good…especially if they are warmed up in the microwave right I when I buy them. I typically buy two at a time as they are on the small side…really, truly, they are. 

My mouth literally waters just thinking about them and I kind of get an almost lightheadedness feeling. So, after I try to talk myself out of going to get them, I usually end up caving and drive, maybe somewhat fast, to the mall so I can get a couple of 69 cent cookies. But here’s the thing, almost every time I eat them, I get an almost sick feeling, you know, because they are so rich and really, my body probably isn’t used to. They are ooey-gooey good. And the sick feeling happens even if I eat just one. And it’s not like I get them every day, not even every week for that matter. It’s just once in awhile. 

What I don’t get, though, is why can’t my brain remember the icky feeling I have when I am done noshing on them instead of the super-dee-duper-dee delicious, melt-in-your-mouth, goodness taste? It just doesn’t make any sense to me. Really, it doesn’t.

It’s kind of like when you stuff yourself silly at a buffet and feel miserable for the next four hours and then a month later you’re back at the same buffet, doing it all over again. Actually, fortunately, I haven’t done that in a really, really, REALLY, long time. I think the last time was at Granite City in Maple Grove last year and after that, I think I swore off buffets. Thank Goodness!

Anyway, someday, I hope I can learn about those darn cookies and just stay away from them. Someday, I say, someday. Just like I have learned to LOVE veggies and nearly LOVE exercising! Right?

Ya gotta love Girl Scout Cookies, right?

This morning, as I was perusing the WebMD website (which I do frequently…not sure ask why…I just do!), and I came across an article about Girl Scout cookies. First off, this is the first year I didn’t buy any. Not that I did that on purpose, it just happened that way. I had the opportunity, as a co-worker’s daughter was selling them, but I kind of forgot. Maybe, subconsciously, I forgot. Nevertheless, I didn’t order any.

And honestly, that’s okay.

Anyway, so I was reading this article (www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/surviving-girl-scout-cookie-season), which was written by Elaine Magee, MPH, RD (whatever that means!) and found it to be very interesting. The article was titled, "Surviving Girl Scout cookie season: Can you enjoy Girl Scout cookies without blowing your diet?" First off, as many of you know, I despise the word diet, but I read most of the article because at the end, the author ranked the cookies. She ranked them from most figure-friendly to least, of popular Girl Scout cookie options.

Here is her rankings, which, to be honest, didn’t really surprise me:

1. *Reduced Fat Daisy Go Rounds (1 100-calorie pack; 24 grams).
*Lowest in fat; lowest in saturated fat; lowest in calories
Fat grams: 2
Saturated fat grams: 1
Calories:100
Sugar grams: 8
Total carbohydrate grams:19
Fiber grams: less than 1
I tried these last year – and really, really liked them! Would definitely order them again. 2 WW pts.      

2. *Shortbread (4 cookies; 26 grams)
*Lowest in sugar; second-lowest in fat
Fat grams: 4.5
Saturated fat grams: 2
Calories: 120
Sugar grams: 4
Total carbohydrate grams: 19
Fiber grams: less than 1
I have never had these. 3 WW pts. 

3. Do-si-dos (2 cookies; 24 grams)
Fat grams: 5
Saturated fat grams: 1.5
Calories: 110
Sugar grams: 7
Total carbohydrate grams: 16
Fiber grams: less than 1
These are okay, but wouldn’t necessarily order them again. 3 WW pts.     

4. Thank U Berry Munch (2 cookies; 25 grams)
Fat grams: 5
Saturated fat grams: 2
Calories: 120
Sugar grams: 7
Total carbohydrate grams: 18
Fiber grams: less than 1
I have never tried these, nor have I had of these. 3 WW pts.      

5. *Peanut Butter Sandwich (3 cookies, 35 grams)
* Tied with Lemon Chalet for highest in carbohydrate grams
Fat grams: 6
Saturated fat grams: 2.5
Calories: 160
Sugar grams: 8
Total carbohydrate grams: 26
Fiber grams: less than 1
Um, yeah, love these. Go figure. I am a peanut butter lover! 4 WW pts.     

6. Thanks-A-Lot (2 cookies, 31 grams)
Fat grams: 6
Saturated fat grams: 3.5
Calories:150
Sugar grams: 9
Total carbohydrate grams: 22
Fiber grams: less than 1
I think I have tried these but don’t remember so they must not have been that memorable. 4 WW pts.     

7. Trefoils (5 cookies, 33 grams)
Fat grams = 8
Saturated fat grams = 2.5
Calories = 160
Sugar grams = 7
Total carbohydrate grams = 22
Fiber grams = less than 1
I have never heard of these. 4 WW pts.      

8. *Lemon Chalet Cremes (2 cookies; 32 grams)
* Highest in calories; Tied for highest in sugar with Caramel deLites; Tied with Peanut Butter Sandwiches for highest in carbohydrates
Fat grams: 7
Saturated fat grams: 2.5
Calories: 170
Sugar grams: 13
Total carbohydrate grams: 26
Fiber grams: less than 1 gram
Um, yeah, once again, love these. They are so delectable! A true delight! Of course I love ‘em, they are high in calories and fat! 4 WW pts.

9. Lemonades (2 cookies, 31 grams)
Fat grams: 7
Saturated fat grams: 4
Calories: 150
Sugar grams: 9
Total carbohydrate grams: 22
Fiber grams: 0
Yep, love these, too! I would probably actually order these again and just try to eat two per day. 4 WW pts.      

10. Thin Mints from Little Brownie Bakers (4 cookies, 32 grams)
Fat grams: 8
Saturated fat grams: 5
Calories: 160
Sugar grams: 10
Total carbohydrate grams: 22
Fiber grams: less than 1 gram
Hello, can you say delicious? These are my FAVORITE! And no, I would not and have not ordered these in a couple of years because I have no control with these. If I have one, I eat the whole sleeve….and yes, in one sitting! 4 WW pts.    

11. *Caramel deLites (2 cookies, 28 grams)
*Highest in sugar; Tied with Thin Mints by ABC and Samoas for the highest in saturated fat
Fat grams: 7
Saturated fat grams: 6
Calories: 140
Sugar grams: 13
Total carbohydrate grams: 19
Fiber grams: 1
Just okay. Definitely not my favorite and probably wouldn’t ever order them again. 3 WW pts.      

12. Peanut Butter Patties (2 cookies, 28 grams)
Fat grams = 8
Saturated fat grams = 5
Calories = 150
Sugar grams = 10
Total carbohydrate grams = 17
Fiber grams = less than 1
Hmm, peanut butter? Yep, you guessed it….I love ‘em. Haven’t had any in a couple of years. 4 WW pts.      

13. *Tagalongs (2 cookies, 25 grams)
* Highest in fat: Lowest in carbohydrate grams
Fat grams = 9
Saturated fat grams = 5
Calories = 140
Sugar grams = 8
Total carbohydrate grams = 13
Fiber grams = less than 1 gram
Yep, love these, too. Wow, I guess I love a lot of the Girl Scout cookies. Maybe it was a good idea I missed out on ordering them! 4 WW pts.

14. Dulce de Leche (4 cookies, 30 grams)
Fat grams = 8 grams
Saturated fat grams = 3.5
Calories = 160
Sugar grams = 9
Total carbohydrate grams = 19
Fiber grams = less than 1
Never heard of these. 4 WW pts.

15. * Samoas (2 cookies, 29 grams)
* Tied with Thin Mints (ABC) and Caramel deLites for highest in saturated fat
Fat grams: 8
Saturated fat grams: 6
Calories: 150
Sugar grams: 11
Total carbohydrate grams: 19
Fiber grams: less than 1
Just okay. I loved them when they first came out, but I think I may have eaten too many! Can definitely live without them. 4 WW pts.

16. *Thin Mints from ABC Bakers (4 cookies, 32 grams)
*Tied with Caramel deLites and Samoas for highest in saturated fat
Fat grams = 8
Saturated fat grams = 6
Calories = 160
Sugar grams = 10
Total carbohydrate grams = 21
Fiber grams = less than 1
Read my previous entry for Thin Mints. My ultimate favorite Girl Scout cookie…EVER! 4 WW pts.

So, now you know the scoop on Girl Scout cookies. Do you think it will change you mind about eating them? Or does it not really matter? Let me know your thoughts.

I know why I hate baking

Yesterday, after a crazy day, I ended up having to bake cookies for our Christmas cookie bake sale at work. First, I realized I don’t particularly care for baking. Second, I didn’t get home until after 8 p.m. Third, I was tired and crabby. Go figure, right.

But, it was my choice to bake. We decided to have a cookie bake sale at work to raise money for our local United Way. Even though I really, truly don’t like baking (it’s almost at hate status), I thought this was a great way to raise money for a wonderful cause. Plus, baking cookies for someone else meant that I wouldn’t have to have the cookies in the house and not have to worry about eating them. Good thinking, right? Not necessarily.

I found out the reason I hate baking. I love to eat the batter. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to eat batter. It doesn’t matter what I am whipping up – cake, cookies, doughnuts, bars, brownies – I love to eat the mix. Most often, I actually prefer the batter over the finished product. 

Last night I tried a new recipe, a fairly simple one at that. They were called Lemon Snowflakes. You take a lemon cake mix, one that has pudding in the mix, and mix it with two and a fourth (2 1/4) cups of Cool Whip (you realize these are two of my favorite things – cake and Cool Whip), one egg and some powdered sugar. You mix the dry cake mix with the Cool Whip and egg until they are mixed together really well. The mix is going to be extremely sticky. You then take a small teaspoonful of mix and drop it in the powdered sugar. Roll it around a little and then put it on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes at 350º or until the cookies are slightly golden brown or the powdered sugar looks cracked.

I don’t think I even tried the cookies when they were done, but I probably ate enough batter to make at least a half dozen cookies!

One, I don’t think I will be baking anymore cookies anytime soon because, two, I felt really sick to my stomach and three, I had one heck of a toothache. Maybe now, my sweet tooth will be cured.

Doubtful!