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I woke up and ate a happily healthy breakfast!


My basic bowl of oatmeal contained:


  • 1/2 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Topping: Grape Nuts


It felt nice to be back to normal.


Our house is in a flurry right now because Future Husband and five of his groomsmen are packing up the rental RV for a road trip to Key West. 


I made them snacks for the trip down (its about a 9 hour drive):


The Tollhouse Chocolate Chip cookie recipe (on the pack of the back of chocolate morsels) is the best in the world, in my opinion.


I’ve been baking these cookies for about 15 years!


BUT – ALL the cookies are going with the guys.  I’m happy to be free of sugar and butter for the next week.


7 DAYS UNTIL I AM MRS. FUTURE HUSBAND!! :)  And the weather forecast is looking good for the wedding day!


How do you recover from holiday treats?  Do you prefer to up your exercise or clean up your eating?  Remember, it’s never healthy to restrict your eating in response to a splurge! Just go back to healthy livin’!



  • Katie December 26, 2008, 8:16 am

    I ALWAYS bake those cookies! My aunt has been baking them for 30 years; she subs half vegetable shortening for half the butter and they turn out a little crisper.

    It was VERY important to get back to “normal” eating this morning, and I’m headed out to the gym in a few. That way I won’t end up feeling GUILTY about celebrating!

  • VeggieGirl December 26, 2008, 8:17 am

    Mmm, FAAAABULOUS oatmeal and cookies!! Delish.

    Sooo exciting that you and FH will be married SO SOON!!!!!! 😀

    Happy Friday!!

  • Julie December 26, 2008, 8:19 am

    I just go back to my normal eating and exercising. When I over indulge I think it’s best to just get back to the normal swing of things and my body will de-bloat in it’s own time! I stay off the scale for a few days too…if I see the number that’s on there (even though I know it’s not real weight gain) it will depress me!

  • jenngirl December 26, 2008, 8:33 am

    Those tollhouse people sure do know what they’re doin!

    I prefer the “get back on schedule” method. If I over do something the day before, just sticking to my regular routine feels the best. No overexercising, no restricting, just acting like it’s a normal day and getting back on track I think is the healthiest, smartest approach 🙂

  • Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) December 26, 2008, 8:45 am

    Wow your wedding is coming soon! That’s awesome.

    As for getting back to normal, I always try to drinks lots and lots of water. And I avoid some carbs because too many carbs always make me feel bad! I ate too many cookies last night and my body is not recovering well. I have a carb-sugar hangover.

    Nothing a bunch of water can’t fix.

  • Jasmine December 26, 2008, 9:13 am

    congrats on you wedding!

    I def. agree with you that you shouldnt restrict the day after a splurge because that only leads to a binge, but on the otherhand I am not as hungry today since I had such an enormous dinner last night – but Im not consiously trying to limit my calories… of course drinking more water will help, but mostly i just eat normally the next day. Oh and I def. agree with you about the toll house recipe, I admire your strength in giving them ALL away!

  • Laura December 26, 2008, 10:08 am

    I agree. That is the best chocolate chip recipe!

    I usually don’t have a problem returning to normal eating. The sweets start to get to me after a while, so I actually want to eat things that will make me feel better.

  • Lida December 26, 2008, 10:50 am

    *lighter, not later

  • Laughing Lindsay December 26, 2008, 10:57 am

    Hey girl…

    I love your tip about not restricting after falling off the wagon a little. Good call.

    I have a random question. Do you take any natural energy suppliments before you work out? I talked to the dude at Whole Foods and he seems to think it’s ok but I don’t want to artificially push myself when my body needs to slow down. Tough call. What do you think?

  • K December 26, 2008, 11:04 am

    I LOVE that recipe! It’s tried and true for a reason!! The guys will love ’em 🙂

    Post holiday eating: I just go back to normal – nothing more, nothing less!

    7 DAYS!! How exciting 😀

  • Caitlin (see bride run) December 26, 2008, 11:16 am

    lindsay – one of the BEST natural energy supplements is caffeine! i have read several studies that proved people work out harder if they drink a coffee beforehand. so i usually have a cup of coffee before a long run.

    however, i reallllly don’t trust anything besides coffee that artifically boosts my energy level. i think you should work out as much or as hard as you want to/feel like.

    also, im not sure what credentials a dude at WF would have where he felt comfortable dispensing medical advice LOL.

  • eatingbender December 26, 2008, 11:58 am

    Ah yes, I had a big bowl of banana oatmeal this morning :o) I definitely go back to clean eating and my normal exercise routine. And I’ll probably still eat a little treat every night until everything is gone. Restriction would only lead me back to the chocolate box!

    Those cookies look great! You are getting married SO soon – I am so excited for you!

  • Victoria December 26, 2008, 12:09 pm

    Anytime I really feel like I over do it in the eating department, I always just up my exercise a little more. I’m way to hungry to restrict food.

  • Elina December 26, 2008, 12:48 pm

    Wow only 7 days! Congrats!!!
    I am restarting cleaner eating and increasing some exercise time (just for a bit). It’s not about restricting… I already feel like I can conquer the world. It’s funny how healthy eating + exercise make you feel just so much better!

  • imadedinner December 26, 2008, 1:17 pm

    OMG A WEEK?! You must be SO EXCITED!!

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