Things I Ate

I’m not proud of myself.  

Normally, I eat pretty cleanly.  Lots of fruit & veggies, heavy on the lean proteins.  I avoid refined sugar.  I’m trying like hell to break the ninja grip that nutra sweet has on my soul.  If there’s a whole-grain option, I take it.

Except for this past week.

This past week, I ate everything that landed in front of me.

And it was delicious.  

I feel like crap, of course.  I’m too old to eat like a teenager.  But the sugar-induced smile on my face won’t budge.  

Here, in no particular order, are the things I ate (or drank) this week.

Mimosas–that classic excuse to drink at breakfast.  Nothing says Christmas morning like opening presents under the influence of champagne.  But excusable champagne, since you mixed it with orange juice.

Chocolate Crack–I don’t even know what this is, only that my sister handed me a gift bag full of it on Christmas and said, “Be careful.”  I wasn’t careful.  I ate the whole thing.

Pasta–So.  Much.  Pasta.

Chocolates–My mom got a five pound, three-layered box of chocolates from Uncle Moneybags for Christmas.  (Every family has an Uncle Moneybags, don’t they?)  I think I ate an entire layer by myself.

Cake–I avoided the Christmas cookies but we have two family birthdays the day after Christmas.  Which means two cakes.  And it’s not like you can say, “Yes, I will have a slice of yours.  But not yours.  Because I don’t love you as much as I love him.”  That’s not right.  So you eat two slices.  Because it’s the right thing to do.  And I am all about doing the right thing. I’m just selfless that way.

So, yeah.  I had a delicious week & I do not regret a bite.

But I’m glad I got new running shoes for Christmas.

So how about you?  What did YOU eat this week?  Believe me, I won’t judge.

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  • Diana Huffer says:

    Here’s some of mine that the buzz hasn’t made me forget (conveniently):

    Christmas cookies I bought from a charity bake sale… After all, it WAS for a charity. (Guess I’m just selfless that way, too! ~LOL~)

    Sweet Potato Casserole — marshmallows included! Gotta have marshmallows!

    Countless chocolates. No, really — COUNTLESS! Although I haven’t touched the 5 lb Hershey bar yet! (Hubby gets me one every year and it lasts the entire year! Really! Just finished last year’s a couple of weeks ago!) 😀

    • Susan Sey says:

      Hey, Diana! I’m so glad I’m not alone in my holiday indulgences. And I’m not done yet, either, evidently, because I saw the words “five lb hershey bar” and my heart filled with envy. Feed it to the Golden Rooster, & save me from myself….

      • Diana Huffer says:

        The part I’m amazed about is the fact that it lasts almost an entire year! I do put it outta sight so it isn’t on my mind ALL the time! ~LOL~

  • catslady says:

    I’m usually pretty good except for holidays, celebrations and when I eat out lol. I really don’t usually eat much candy but a friend made this mixture with M&M’s, cereal, pretzels and lots of melted sugar to hold it together in clumps – very addictive! Otherwise we’re still eating left over turkey lol.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Oh, the leftover turkey! I’m still plowing my way through that, too. And cranberry sauce! I’m the only one who eats it, so I’m starting to wonder if it’ll be any good on vanilla ice cream….

      • Kaelee says:

        I like cranberry sauce on my toast instead of jam.

      • Susan, the dh makes cranberry compote, and we’ve been known to have that warm over vanilla ice cream. We think it’s a great way to use up the last cranberry sauce.

        Of course, it does require eating vanilla ice cream….

  • Debbie Oxier says:

    At our house the holidays are all about food, starting with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. From there it is on to the Christmas baking and we do tons of it. I actually miss it when it’s over even though I am sick of sweets! We also go to movies over the holidays so of course there was lots of buttered popcorn! Now it’s back to salads and all things healthy 🙁 but a good time was had by all!

  • Deb says:

    Hmmm, this seems like the first Christmas that our house didn’t go overboard with eating. We didn’t get cookies or candy from the neighbors. People just don’t seem to do that much around here anymore, myself included. I did get homemade candy and banana bread from a couple of students and we did eat those items. We made margaritas one night last week and had those….

    We went to my mother and dad’s yesterday to make Danish cookies called pebbern nodder. They are small and melt in your mouth because they are made with LARD. Fattening to the max. They are nothing like the German peppernut because the Danish version has very little pepper in it, no anise, but lemon and orange peel to give it more of a sweeter taste. Because they are so small, you can take a handful and pop them in your mouth. (Small as in the size of your little fingernail.)

    • Deb, what a great treat! Here in the South, we relied on lard as a staple for centuries. And the best birthday cake icing is basically lard and sugar.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Ooooh, those sound fantastic! And I noticed too that people didn’t go nuts with cookies this year. I wonder if it was because thanksgiving & Christmas were so close together this year?

  • Helen says:


    We are still eating ham and I have Christmas cake and Christmas pudding which we are slowly making our way through and the chocolate I got this year is massive so everyday I am eating chocolate. I think the chocolate will last for months I am eating it slowly this year LOL
    We all over eat at Christmas 🙂

    Have Fun

  • Amy Conley says:

    I really didn’t eat much, more than normal but still not much. I’d say my biggest indulgence was this garlic spreadable cheese I found on toasted herb bread…w4hich- reminds me I need t

    • Amy Conley says:

      Sorry. Posting from my phone and it froze up. As I was saying I need to get that cheese from the in-laws’house.

      We have 2 birthdays this week,the first (daughter) and the 2nd (me), so this week will be the time for all the sugar. 🙂

    • Ooh, cheese. We got a gourmet cheese set for Christmas and have enjoyed it tremendously.

      I hope everyone’s birthday this week is happy!

  • Pissenlit says:

    Lots and lots of apple pie with ice cream. And ice cream floats. And cookies. Among other things. If this was tomorrow’s question, my answer would be worse. The annual big extended family Christmas eve potluck was rescheduled for tonight because of the really bad ice storm and power outages. I’m bringing an apple pie. LOL

    • Pissenlit, I hope tonight’s gathering means your power is back on! Pot lucks are so fun. Especially when people bring things that have become favorites.

      Can’t go wrong with apple pie and ice cream. It’s a classic, as the saying goes, for a reason. My grandfather liked cheese on his apple pie. Does anyone at your table do that?

      • Pissenlit says:

        Oh ya, our house got our power back after 9-10 hours, last Sunday. We were pretty lucky in that respect. Some people’s power outage lasted 2 or 3 days.

        Ya, I’ve got another potluck with friends on New Year’s Eve. I thought about bringing an apple pie again but there might actually be such a thing as too much apple pie(yes, quite shocking) so I think I might bring some chow mein instead. I don’t personally know anyone who eats apple pie with cheese but I’ve tried it and it was quite tasty…but not quite as tasty as with a huge scoop of french vanilla ice cream. 😀

  • Shannon says:

    Yeah, food has been a big hit around here. There was the office party, the left over food from the office party, the pumpkin ravoli, the Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve and then for breakfast the next morning, then Christmas dinner, leftovers, the candy bar from my stocking, and today that second biscuit this morning at brunch. It’s all been delicious, but I am going to have to return to normal here. Today? New Year’s Day?

    Worst of all, I had saved some cookies for friends that I was going to give them today, but they are hiding at home with a tummy bug. Since these morsels’re in plastic baggies, I’ll hold on to them. Perhaps a sick call tomorrow rather than temptation today.

  • Barbara Elness says:

    I haven’t done too bad, but I did have a whole pumpkin pie to myself. I made it last over most of the week though. And I received some chocolate that I’m trying to ration out so it’s not so bad on my diet. 😀

    • Barbara, I’m trying to ration chocolate, too. Once, when I was much younger and had a faster metabolism, I ate an entire Sara Lee cheesecake in an evening. So a pumpkin pie rationed over a week sounds pretty good to me. 🙂

    • Susan Sey says:

      Pumpkin pie would not last a week in my house. Pecan would go even faster. Just saying.

  • Susan, I’ve eaten a fair amount of chocolate, but less than last year, so I count that a win. We had red wine with Christmas dinner and the leftovers, and Swedish pancakes (crepes made with white flour and rolled around boysenberry jam–should be lingonberry, but we couldn’t find that).

    Santa brought me truffles and peppermint bark, and I’m trying to be judicious about that, too. But I have consumed a lot of white bread, which I generally avoid.

    • Deb says:

      Mmmm, Swedish pancakes. I haven’t had those for a very long time. Lingonberry jam is hard to find or lingonberry wine, for that matter. Does your DH have a special pan to make the pancakes, Nancy, like a lefse pan (even though that’s Norwegian)?

      • No, Deb, he just uses a crepe pan. I don’t think he knew there were special pans available. I’ll have to mention it.

        World Market sometimes has lingonberry, but there isn’t one near us anymore, alas.

    • Susan Sey says:

      Let me know if you ever need lingonberry jam, nancy! I live in the heart of all things Scandinavian. I can hook you up, no problem.

      • Deb says:

        Great minds, Susan. I went online today to see if the Amana Colonies (German settlement) near me sold lingonberry jams and they do. I was thinking to get some for Nancy as well when I can pop over there some time to buy it. 🙂

  • Connie Fischer says:

    I ate two Lindt’s, one Ghiradelli, one peanut butter cookie and one sugar cookie. I really didn’t eat things I don’t usually eat. However, my butt is still here. I was hoping Santa would take it and give it to some skinny person. Sigh…

  • Kaelee says:

    Well last year the Italian store didn’t have any of my favorite chocolates but this year they had them. I ate almost all of them myself. My husband had a couple and my brother got a handful. I’m not sure how big the bag was but it was more than I needed to indulge in. Also I had a Lindor chocolate advent calendar. The lady who had my name in the ornament exchange also sent along a lot of food goodies from Hawaii but I haven’t eaten them all and did share them with my husband, sister and brother.

    I had a piece of both of the cheesecakes I made, one pumpkin and one apple. I made two batches of cookies but didn’t eat many of them and left the rest at my sister’s so her grand kids could eat them up. Ate quite a bit of the squares my niece made. Ate some of the Christmas pudding with hard sauce on it.

    Had seconds of everything at our boxing day meal ~ turkey, stuffing, yams, turnips, potatoes gravy, avocado salad, cranberry sauce and gravy. Ate quite a bit of the snack food later that evening as well.

    However , the thing that is going to be hard to resist is some gorgonzola cheese crackers we bought. I ate almost the whole box and they are so addictive. I will not buy anymore but I will want them.

  • Susan, I’m laughing at your Uncle Moneybags! I’m going to institute a present from UM under our trees. I think that’s a fabulous idea!

    I’ve been enjoying my holiday – I try to take the days between Christmas and New Year off to do nothing but read and loll about and float in the pool (definitely doesn’t count as swimming) and watch bad TV (Judge Judy, anyone?) and…eat! This year for various reasons, I’ve been able to really enjoy my sloth. And man, have I been slothful and greedy. Like you, if it didn’t run away fast enough to escape (and we’re talking an ambling walk to reach that speed), it got eaten. And I don’t regret a thing! God put lycra into swimming costumes for a reason!

    Happy Holidays, everyone!

  • Dianna aka Hrdwrkdmom says:

    My biggest downfall was way too many potatoes. Fixed so many way and each one more delicious than the last. There were no complex carbohydrates for me this past week and it isn’t looking real good for the coming week either. My sugar has been whacked since the 9th to be brutally honest. I will be good after the new year, I have promised my poor old body I won’t abuse it again, at least for a while.

  • Jane says:

    Hello Susan,
    We ate dim sum before the big dinner on Christmas and I had some fried dishes. I also ate a lot of dessert like tiramisu and chocolate cake.

  • Joan Kayse says:

    I ate a house.

    No…you heard that right. I did NOT say I feel as BIG as a house (though I do) I ate a house.

    Gingerbread of course. My friend’s daughter and husband were fooling around with a kit, they gave up and I dove in. I seriously made a pig of myself though I did leave one wall standing 😀

    Oh, and white chocolate covered Cheerios. Cheerios do lower cholesterol, so I’m good, right?

    • Cheerios have fiber. Seriously. So all is good there. *g*

      I love gingerbread. I’m the only one here who does, so it isn’t worth making it, but my parents used to have it with lemon sauce. Totally delicious!

      • Susan Sey says:

        For me, it’s ginger snaps. My auntie pat’s recipe–thick & chewy–sandwiched with vanilla ice cream. Bliss!
        But I’d totally eat a gingerbread house if given the chance.

  • Not only do we still have cookies, leftover pie, and chocolates in the house from the Christmas feast (most we took down to my sister after Christmas – but we had to leave some for us, right?) but my agent sent me a tin of Scotch-laced fudge, and the agency sent a box of luscious gourmet brownies. So not only did we create a gluttonous amount of white sugar & white flour creations – they’re shipping it in!!!! Did I mention that my willpower to resist such delicacies has faded to oblivion? I’ll be going through withdrawal in a couple of days.

  • I’m indulging through the rest of this week and then starting the diet thing on January 4th.

    BUT, for Christmas and my birthday (Dec 29) I have eaten anything that didn’t move out of the way!

    Homemade from scratch chicken and dumplings, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole, field peas (from the garden,) apple rings, turkey, boston butt. Followed by Lane Cake and Orange Chiffon Cake.

    Then one of my decorators gave me Salt Caramel Turtles for my birthday! YUM !!

    Oh and I am finishing off a bag of those Reese’s Christmas trees.

    And my donut lady gave me a Zaxby’s gift card. I have to use it, right? Can’t be ungrateful !!

    And the new casino opened December 17th so Mom and I are going to eat at the buffet there on January 3rd. I’ve heard it is incredible.

    Okay, I think I need to lie down. I overwhelmed myself with a foodgasm!