So…it begins. The weekly potlucks at work, corporate gifts that always include baked goods or chocolates, holiday parties at friends houses, company Christmas parties, Christmas, New Years…a seemingly never ending stream of sugar and carb over-load.
For me, it started last Friday when the annual tin of Almond Roca showed up in our break room. Every year one of the companies that my department works closely with gives us a huge tin of Almond Roca.
Here is the kicker…I don’t even really like Almond Roca. Toffee isn’t my thing. BUT, in the past, I’ve eaten it. Because it’s sugar and each afternoon after lunch I would go through my “I . NEED. SUGAR. NOW” phase.
I am an co- advisor for a teen group at work, and last night was our yearly holiday party/ treat binge. I had already decided that I was going to allow myself a treat at this party, assuming that there was something worth eating. (I realize that “worth it” is defined differently by everyone). And…there was. One of the kids brought in a home made chocolate chocolate chip bundt cake. It was still warm from the oven, and the chocolate chips were gooey. So I had a piece, and to be honest…it was delicious. I’m glad that I didn’t waste a splurge on something gross like store bought chips ahoy cookies. But, I instantly felt ick as soon as I put my fork down. Lesson learned.
I walked into work this morning and this brownie was sitting next to the Almond Roca in the break room
There are a bunch more below this brownie in the Tupperware it is placed in.
And then I sit down at my computer and open my email and there is an email announcing “Free Donuts in the All-Department Break Room.”
These are the Holiday get-togethers on my plate this year:
-Teen Holiday Party-December 13th
-Dinner out with a friend (when you eat as I am now…this is a challenge and can quite possibly count as splurge)-December 15th
-All Staff Christmas Party-December 16th.
-White Elephant Pot-Luck at a friends house-December 18th (uh, this is going to be a rough week).
-Department Christmas Party-December 22nd.
-Christmas Eve with the Inlaws-December 24th.
A word about Christmas Eve, this isn’t a turkey dinner where I can eat turkey and veggies. No. My in-laws tradition for Christmas even pretty much revolves around WAY WAY WAY too much food, and “snack” food at that. Little Smokies, sandwiches on rolls, dips, crackers, cookies, and probably brownies and pie. Nary a vegetable to be found.
So what’s a gal to do? Look for a post tomorrow on my Holiday eating plan of attack, and some links to some great bloggers that have already addressed this topic.