As we approach Easter, I am having memories of filling those Easter baskets with the chocolate Easter bunnies and malt filled eggs. One for the basket, 1 for me, well…maybe 2 or 3. Pretty soon I would lose count on how many eggs I had actually put in my mouth. What started as wanting just a taste, turned into diet disaster.
Did you know that an average person weighing 150 pounds would have to walk a football field to burn off 1 measly 10 calorie M&M? They would have to walk the football field 19 times for a lite beer and 36 times for a regular beer. I don’t even want to think about what it would take to burn off one of those fish bowl margaritas I used to drink every Friday night.
Today, 45 minutes into my spin class, legs burning, drenched in sweat I was thinking to myself, “I wonder how many of those chocolate eggs I burned off in this class?” Too often we think that if we only take a “BLT” – a bite, lick or taste, that it won’t count. But my friends, every BLT counts. Don’t fool yourselves. You may work out hard Monday through Friday, but if you give yourself permission to be over indulgent on the weekend, you may be in for a huge surprise when it comes time to hop back on that scale. All that hard work that you put into eating clean and working out just flew out the window.
If you are going to have a treat, pick a healthy one. Measure it out and make it count!