The Six Pounds I Gained this Holiday
12/31/2009 10:54 AM
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No matter where I went or what I did this holiday, tasty temptation was everywhere. I joyfully gave in.
It started the weekend before Christmas. My parents came to visit from Rochester, NY and my wife and I took them to Donato’s, a down-home Italian restaurant in our neighborhood. Donato’s, which is a throwback to 1960’s New York City Italian joints, is famous for its chicken parmesan, and rightfully so. The breaded chicken is moist, the marinara sauce bursting with flavor and the mozzarella cheese on top is nice and gooey. It’s enough food for three people, and I’d guess at least a day’s worth of POINTS values. I ate it all, plus some bread to sop up my left-over sauce and a couple glasses of Pinot Grigio to wash it all down.
The next day was Sunday, so we took my parents to the Gospel Brunch at Sylvia’s, a legendary soul food restaurant in Harlem. Sylvia’s specialty is fried chicken and waffles, an inspired combination of salty and sweet. Add some cornbread and biscuits, and you’re basically in soul food heaven (but a POINTS values Purgatory).
For Christmas we went to my in-laws, where I was bombarded with honey soaked baklava, creamy crab dip and chips, cookies, candy, wine and beer. I made no attempts to resist.
By the end of it all, I gained about six pounds! It’s a lot for such a short period of time, and in hindsight I do feel a little guilty about being so indulgent, but that’s part of why Weight Watchers works for me. I’ve learned how to lose weight, so the occasional gain isn’t that distressing. I know I’ll be able to get back on Plan and back to goal.
In fact, I’m already getting back to my healthy habits (fruit for breakfast, salad for lunch and lean meats and vegetables for dinner) and I’m down two pounds.
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