Ship’s Log–December 20th


It’s nothing but temptation from here on until New Year’s Day. Cookies, Starbucks stupid sugar drinks, salty fatty yummy everything, and more cookies. The holidays have always involved a lot of food for me, and it is hard to feel the Christmas Spirit without our traditional holiday cookies.

I know this is absolutely counter to my goals and not great for my health, but my emotional well-being is important, too. And at Christmas, there must be cookies. I used to bake nearly 20 different kinds. I would start right after Thanksgiving and slowly fill the freezer, then about a week before Christmas we would divide them up into boxes and give them away…but nowhere near all of them left the house to new homes. I ate A LOT of them myself.

The past few years we have been trying to scale back that tradition. As we did last year, this year each person gets to pick the one kind of cookie that they “need.” We’ll bake those, plus the family sugar cookies, for a total of 5 small batches. All of them will be whole wheat, though that doesn’t mean that they aren’t full of sugar and fat. I will eat a lot of cookies, no doubt, but fewer than I used to, and I’ll balance them out somewhat with runs and other workouts. We started today, with Thing 1 choosing to make Snickerdoodles.

One down, four more batches to go.

Today’s Fitness:

3.3 mile run at a moderate pace. I had to take advantage of the near 60 degree weather.


  • Smoothie: banana, frozen blueberries, spinach, flax and chia seeds, unsweetened soy milk, and water
  • Cinnamon raisin mochi with maple syrup
  • Coffee


  • Red cabbage cooked with shiitake, red onions, and chickpeas in red chili paste and blackberry ginger balsamic, topped with a little avocado
  • Coffee
  • Cookies

Afternoon Snack:

  • Cookies
  • A few carrots and hummus to try to stem the tide of the cookies
  • More cookies anyway


  • Tempeh avocado wrap from Dean’s Natural Market
  • Pico de gallo chips

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