Thursday, December 13, 2012

First Big Challenge

Oh, you thought the work cookies were my first big challenge? They were nothing compared to what I'm faced with this weekend:

The weekend.

This traditionally (or at least since I moved to D.C.) has been when I go grocery shopping, buy a million bad things (cookies, pizza) and some good (carrots, bananas) and gorge on the bad until my workweek begins on Sunday, when I try to eat the good -- though I usually end up throwing away the carrots and bananas and other uneaten produce at the end of the week.

Weekends are dangerous for me.

On top of the typical dangers, this weekend I plan on baking pizzelles for the office potluck and to send to some friends. Avoiding eating the pizzelles will be tough. And with a sugar fast, I can't even taste one or I know I'll cave for good.

I remember those glory days of my weight loss when I made Christmas cookies with my friend Jana and was so empowered that I didn't touch one. Not even to make sure the pizzelles tasted OK. How strong I was back then.

I was thinking earlier today that I would put a few pizzelles away for later (like I did with the Christmas cookies) because they only get made once or twice a year and take a lot of effort. But I'm thinking now that maybe I won't. I know what they taste like. Can't use that excuse.

One positive about the past four days: I haven't had a headache, and typically when I give up sugar, I get horrible ones. Knock on wood. (Of course it could be because I ate so much sugar before this week that I still have a stockpile in my body and the headache won't kick in until it's gone. Actually, that really is probably it!)

Another hard thing about this weekend: I have a ton of work to do. This could be a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because I'll be busy and won't be thinking of food. But it's bad because when I sit and proofread for hours on end, I typically start falling asleep and end up needing some kind of snack to keep me awake. (Horrible, right?) But I do have a handy bag of carrots. Sigh. It would be great if I actually ate them this week.


  1. Baby carrots are gross. I hope you will make something ridiculously tasty, like chili, or roasted cauliflower, and snack on that!

  2. I just want to add something else, because I've been thinking about this post all day. You are a kind, sweet person, and if any of your pizzelle recipients knew how much torture it's going to cause you to make them, they would BEG you not to do it. Plus, if it's not good for you, it's not good for them either! Make them something healthier and feel free to nibble away. There is a huge range of food, tastiness wise, between pizza and carrot sticks, so there's no need to torture yourself. I hope you will make about six of the most delicious things you can think of that fit your dietary rules and have a great weekend.

  3. I've stained my teeth orange from baby carrots. But as gross as they might be, they are fiber, they have some good vitamins and minerals, and they are low cal... Most importantly, they provide that super strong crunch to help maintain focus. They are "oral alerting" that is what we call it in my line of profession (slp).