Sometimes the holiday season feels like a trip around a giant Candyland game board. Yesterday’s challenge was making it through the homemade molasses sugar cookie trap, then staring down the decadent display of goodies at the Tim Horton’s where I stopped to grab a coffee after a doctor’s appointment. (Why is there a bakery inside a hospital, of all places?)
I was the cookie culprit, stirring up a batch of dough in an attempt to show the girls I was finally getting in the Christmas spirit (and also to use up the last of a bottle of molasses in the cupboard). Usually when I make cookies these days I just mix up the batter and store it in the fridge, so that we only bake what we intend to eat. I baked myself two cookies yesterday afternoon. They were absolutely delicious, and I was not “done” when I finished them. But since there weren’t any more sitting there ready to eat, I ate a couple of apples instead. And those apples were so sweet-tart tasty I quickly forgot about the cookies. Besides, it was time to go pick up Cass for her appointment.
As for Tim Horton’s, I must admit the conquest eater in me has been plotting for a while now to “investigate” the lineup there. This chain is relatively new to Fort Wayne, and I wasn’t even sure what was on the menu. One of these days, I’m going to save up a day’s worth of calories and/or Weight Watchers points and go have my way with whatever catches my eye. But I knew I didn’t have that kind of maneuvering room yesterday, especially after those cookies, so I reminded myself I was on a scouting mission, nothing more.
In a way, there was almost too much to choose from. My eyes didn’t fixate on any one sugar bomb. So I will continue biding my time on that one.
By my calculations, I managed to make it through the day with 1450 calories:
Breakfast: Small homemade whole wheat roll (150) with 12 chocolate chips (35) and 1 T peanut butter (100) — let’s make it 300 in case I lowballed the roll.
Lunch: PB&J (150) with banana (100) on two slices of Healthy Goodness bread (70). 320 for lunch, 620 total.
Meal-sized snack: 2 homemade molasses cookies (100 each) with 2 apples (100 each) and ½ cup plain almond milk (30). 430, 1050.
Dinner: Large bowl of bran flakes (220) with banana (100) and skim milk (80). 400, 1450.
When I run this by my sister on this morning’s run, she’ll say this was way too many carbs. But I’m OK with just going by calories once in a while, especially if it allows me to have a holiday treat and not get off track.