Getting Back on Track Is Hard to Do
1/27/2010 1:51 PM
I’m trying to lose the last three pounds of the six I gained over the holidays. It’s turning out to be more difficult than I expected.
Last weekend my wife and I went to a party that our friends Erin and Pablo had. Pablo is from Argentina, so their get-togethers always feature great Argentine cuisine. This time was no exception.
Erin made her irresistibly delicious empanadas. They’re basically little meat pies that can be filled with meats like beef or chicken, or fruits like apples or pears. The only drawback is that each empanada has a POINTS value of 5, so they’re not very Plan-friendly.
Erin filled her empanadas with chicken, corn and cheese (for our vegetarian friends) and my personal favorite, ground beef with raisins. They were hearty and satisfying, but also sweet. I ate at least three, plus one each of the chicken and corn and cheese.
Then there were the alfajores, another staple of Argentine cuisine. An alfajore is basically a shortbread cookie sandwich filled with dulce de leche. When they’re done right, they’re out of this world—a sweet, creamy caramel filling surrounded by buttery cookie. Erin knows how to do them right. I must have had four of them. Then, to top it all off, I slugged back a few bottles of Hoegaarden, one of my favorite beers.
Had Erin and Pablo’s party not come on the heels of my holiday binge, I would have totally been fine. I could have dipped into my weekly POINTS Allowance to cover the food and drink from the party, and then gotten back on track the next day. Instead, I had to rationalize all that eating as my last (no, for real this time) holiday food hoorah. But to my surprise, I lost .6 pounds this past week. I’ll gladly take it.
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