Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thanks to what I've learned here and the 15 pounds I've lost since January, I am limiting my annual cookie baking to only a few batches. (Yes, my husband is pouting.) Tonite is our annual Christmas party so last night I baked a batch of oatmeal scotchies. During the course of my baking I ate at least 4. You know, the ones that break as you take them off the sheet. Or the ones that are a little too crisp around the edges. You can't very well serve those to guests.
At least that's what I tell myself.
I don't know how professional bakers don't end up weighing about 500 pounds, though from the looks of things, most of them do have weight issues. If I possessed a stronger character, I might not pinch a bite of dough off the edge of the bowl with every sheet that goes into the oven. Or I would throw away the broken ones or feed them to the dogs.
Do people actually do that?
If anyone has any advice about how not to eat a half dozen cookies during a baking session, I would appreciate hearing about it. Please don't suggest low-cal alternatives. I tried the Spark eggnog recipe. What a disappointment. Wasn't even worth the 80 calories. I'd rather have one honest-to-goodness Christmas cookie than 5 bland ones.
The key is stopping myself at one.
I've spoiled my husband's coworkers. They are already asking about the tray of cookies I've sent in every year before I joined SparkPeople. I love to bake, and I don't want to disappoint. Nor do I want one of you standing over my shoulder with a wooden spoon, ready to crack my knuckles if I sneak a taste. I do live in the "real" world.
What's a woman to do? It's that time of year, so I guess I'm just going to have to deal with it. Like my sister, the Weight Watchers advocate chants, "Food isn't your enemy, Teresa. It's all about moderation."
Yeah, yeah, yeah. That's hard to do with the scent of baking cookies filling the kitchen.
Peace and love to all, and a blessed and beautiful Christmas season.