Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Help! I'm Drinking Again!

Yesterday, Dustin had the day off and with all of the kids safely off to school we headed out to spend the day in Olympia together. It was such a fabulous day. The kind of day that makes you want to pinch yourself to see if you're dreaming and when you realize that you are in fact awake you begin to dread going home to the "real world" when the kids get off the bus. I absolutely love his days off. I think it's massively important to our marriage to have these times together to just hang out kid free. Simply wandering around shopping and going out to lunch together is so blissful when you do it with the right person. I only have one complaint about yesterday. I'm fairly certain that I fell off the diet bandwagon and drank my entire weeks worth of calories. (Oh, the guilt! Oh, the shame!)

It started out innocently enough (it always does...) As we set out in the foggy, mud-puddley morning Dustin suggested we stop by the espresso stand and get a hot eggnog. I LOVE eggnog and the thought of a warm drink when the moisture in the air makes your bones cold sounded awesome. So, we grabbed our 20 0Z. of eggnog (675 calories chugged by 9:00 AM.) From there, we headed to the mall to do some shopping (Yay!) Only, after a couple of hours of shopping we were kind of thirsty and the smoothie places in the mall were calling our names. I know I should have quenched my thirst with some good old-fashioned H20, but it felt like a special occasion for some reason and so I kind of sort of had a Jamba Juice (to the tune of 470 calories. Yikes!) Lunch was our favorite- Appleby's. Now, in my defense, I did order the soup & salad combo off of the Weight Watchers menu & we didn't order the appetizer like we usually do. Unfortunately, I washed it down with two strawberry lemonades (190 calories PER glass.) We went to Costco after lunch, where I became possessed by Rosie O'Donnell and filled 2 carts full. I didn't do the math exactly, but I think one of the carts was to hold healthy stuff like hummus and boneless skinless chicken breasts and 5 lb. bags of broccoli and the other cart was for Christmas cookies and eggnog. Yes, you read that right. Knowing full well that I had indulged in almost 700 calories of eggnog for breakfast, I threw caution to the wind and bought MORE eggnog in bulk at Costco. I skipped the cookies that I made for the kids' after school snack and I poured generous glasses of eggnog for them (got to get that stuff out of my house somehow!) I was coming down from the sugar high from my drinking binge by dinner time though and as is always the case when I've had too much sugar... I started craving sugar. I obediently ate my 4 oz. of chicken and 1/2 a baked potato w/ a side of steamed zucchini. Then, I called the day a total loss and made everyone (including me) peanut butter milkshakes for dessert. In hindsight, if I was going to feel loss of willpower thanks to my sugar cravings, perhaps I should have just pigged out on more chicken or zucchini rather than make a milkshake... Hmmm- maybe next time.


This is how it happens people! When you look at the actual food I ate for the day- a medium salad w/ spinach, maybe 5 shrimp, and a low cal vinaigrette dressing, a cup of tomato soup, 4 oz. of chicken, half a baked potato, and 3/4 of a cup of zucchini it's not too bad. I could totally be healthy eating that. Then, you add in the fluids... eggnog, an orange power Jamba Juice, 2 strawberry lemonades, and a peanut butter milkshake. Well, I might as well have fed myself pork gravy intravenously. So... yeah. Time to detox today. The diet is on again. Can you believe how bad we can sabotage our bodies just by adding a few drinks in to the mix? Scary stuff.

7 comments:

Lost Half of Me said...

I know exactly what you mean! It's unreal to think that you can easily use your entire days worth of calories on a few drinks! Before I changed my eating habits and began dieting 2 years ago, I was a horrible Coke drinker. I would have it with breakfast, snacks, lunch, and supper. Oh and of course just when I was thirsty in general. I never realized just how many calories I was wasting on sodas!

Lainey said...

Whoa! That's a lot of liquid calories! I'm lucky in that my favorite drinks are water and milk. I do like me some lemonade, but I can take it or leave it.

Do you drink Crystal Light at all? Imagine if you'd replaced at least those two lemonades with a sugarfree version? They kind of give me a headache, but I know a lot of people like them.

Becky said...

Eggnog! That stuff is of the devil!! And oh-so de-lish... It really adds up fast, though. Really fast.

Good luck with de-tox. I'm in the same boat.

Jen said...

I read this article one time on the twenty most calorie/fat laden drinks in existence. The worst offender? Jamba Juice's Peanut Butter creation - which I practically lived on in college. It has over TWO THOUSAND calories, and over 20 grams of fat (according to my memory of the article), so you could have done WAY worse! (And a one day binge never hurt anyone being as careful as you are).

Big Girl said...

I don't think those calories really count since you weren't in the "real world." =)

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Sabs said...

I can totally identify with drinking most of your calorie-intake. BUT once you realise it is a problem, you can implement some steps to ensure it doesn't happen again.

Drinking Crystal light is a great idea.