Friday, December 21, 2007

Holidays can be murder

Why does Santa Season beat down your diet and exercise resolutions like a peppermint stick battering ram?

I was doing pretty well until yesterday. That’s when the UPS man delivered his annual installment of Texas treats, sent to me by relatives who have long since left the Lone Star State, but who reach out with the sugary arm of temptation, once a year.

So of course I had to dive into Gus’ Gourmet Pecans, which come in a gorgeous gold tin. The pecans are glazed in yummy flavors such as Cinnamon Toast, Chocolate Fudge, and Praline. (If you would like to spread the temptation, their web site is

The fruit cake also arrived. Don’t laugh—I actually love fruit cake. I usually yield in short order to the fruitcake from the Collin Street Bakery, which has been making them since the 1800s (

Of course, a price must be paid for all this sweet mayhem. For those of you who will continue to forget for another ten days, the Season of Regret kicks off on January first. That's when, as a nation, we will rediscover old friends: Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, Curves, et al.
Out anti-chubby buddies are sitting back right now, biding their time. Waiting for us. Not to be a seasonal spoilsport, but here are their web sites, too:,,

Happy New Year.
What about you? Do you have any holiday diet-busters that trip you up, year after year? Or do you simply ignore the "D" word until January?


Camille Minichino said...

It doesn't take much for me to give in. I'm the other person in the world who loves fruitcake, especially the bite-size ones a friend makes. She also makes peanut butter balls rolled in chocolate and ... oh, it's no use!

Linda O. Johnston said...

It's not a seasonal thing with me, Kathryn. I'm always tripped up by chocolate! but I at least intend to keep up my exercise routine this season. That has to help some.

Kathryn Lilley said...

Ooh, Camille, peanut butter balls rolled in chocolate--good thing I can't mail order those to my house, lol! Keeping up exercise is really important, Linda, you're right. Whenever I'm in a good exercise mode, the diet part seems to follow suit....

Joanna Campbell Slan said...

My husband's dear employee made "Fool's Toffee." Oh, my gosh, it's sooooo good. So I did an hour spinning class today. Probably just managed to break even!