Treats Day Aftermath

Okay, this is the week I’ve been looking forward to and dreading all season. It began Monday with the Chex Mix. It ended today with cookies. It peaked on Friday with Treats Day. And at this point, there really isn’t much point in focusing on anything but that.

Behold the initial Treats Day spread, around 10:30 Friday morning. You might think that as the day wore on, the amount of food would shrink. It did not. We must have created some sort of rift in the space/time continuum, because the more we ate, the more food we seemed to have:

I brought soft drinks, primarily of the Diet Vernor’s Ginger Ale variety. The Vernor’s compliments treats quite like no other beverage can.

The following pictures show a few more close-ups of the various food items present. The wide variety of edibles, the very hallmark of Treats Day, is evidenced in these photographs.

Salt and pepper kettle chips next to the cuttlefish and mo chi:

The breakfast tacos:

The sanitized chocolate chip cookies:

John’s pork and crab meatballs:

Xebethclu’s mince meat pies:

Back in 2001, I had a sick idea. Stick a Hostess Twinkie on the end of a large Slim Jim. The result? A cattail. After seven years of theorizing about this, we decided this was the year to give it a try.

The raw ingredients:


Given the G-rated nature of this blog, that’s all I’ll show. I leave the rest to your imagination. Or I’m sure it’ll all be up on The Alcoholian later today.

I was about to eat this entire cake myself until I found out it was coffee flavored. And that’s probably a good thing, considering my blood sugar levels by now were 11,573.

I heard the cake was good. Even eaten with chopsticks:

The constant grazing nature of Treats Day makes it very difficult to track. Still, first thing next morning, I hopped on The Daily Plate and decided to give it a shot. Using the photographs to jog my memory, I did a pretty good job of recreating the day. Of course, it was a lot of estimating. But I tried to be as accurate as possible. If you remember from last week, my BMR says I should have 2500 calories per day. My current weight loss target dictates around 2000 per day. Today turned out to be around 4400.

But it was just one day, right? And I’d planned for it all year. So it shouldn’t be a big deal. The morning of Treats Day I was 201.5 (once again tying that new low point). The morning after I was 203.5. Hmmm… not bad. I decided to hop right back on the wagon. Due to all the running around I did on Saturday, all I had to eat that day was more Chex Mix and a big Schlotzky’s sandwich (it still added up to about 1800 calories though, if you can believe it). So I figured on Sunday I’d probably still be at 203.5, or maybe even back down a half pound.

Day 147
Starting Weight 224.0
Current Weight 206.0
Change from Last Week +2.0
Lost So Far 18.0
Pounds To Go 7.0

But no, I hopped on the scale and saw a jaw-dropping 206. Zoinks! I haven’t weighed that much for a month. Is there a two day delayed reaction for Treats Day? Am I retaining sandwiches? Am I about to blow my best End of Year to date? Tune in next week for details.

At this point, I’m just as curious (and in the dark) as you are.

11 Responses to “Treats Day Aftermath”

Helen said
December 22, 2008 at 6:47 am

Charlie, I often have a couple days delay on the scale from overdoing. I think it has something to do with water retention due to the extra salt in junk. I can’t imagine how you passed up the Buche. I totally would have eaten it.

Charlie said
December 22, 2008 at 7:16 am

It’s easy to imagine: the mocha. I’ve just never, ever gotten into anything coffee-related at all.

Brandi said
December 22, 2008 at 7:26 am

Ah treat day…it looks like it was amazing! Good luck this week, and I’m sure the scale will balance itself out eventually ๐Ÿ™‚

Tom Rooney said
December 22, 2008 at 7:38 am

Love the Twinkie cattails and it’s nice to know that you sanitize all cookies before eating.

Megan said
December 22, 2008 at 7:40 am

I think Treat Day looks like fun. I wouldn’t worry about the weight. It will all balance out!

Emily said
December 22, 2008 at 8:02 am

Hey Charlie, I found you through MizFit or Cranky Fitness. Either way, I know what you’re talking about. Friday was a “bad” diet day for me- too much fried food & beer. However on Saturday I showed a loss. I was “good” all day Saturday but then yesterday I showed a bigger gain than the previous days loss. WTF? I think our bodies do this kinda crap just to mess with us! Keep the faith man, you’re doing GREAT!

TruthSerum said
December 22, 2008 at 9:53 am

I think the cattail is very creative. It reminds me of the Larry Craig recipe for Idaho potato stuffed with a hot dog. A potato that gets cored with an apple corer, and a hot dog gets stuffed in.
It is treats day in my work place today. So far I have had a homemade sticky bun, half a bagel with cream cheese and smoked salmon, two delicious cookies, several cookies that were not calorie worthy and ended up after the tasting bite in the trash. And it isn’t even noon.

Tom Rooney said
December 22, 2008 at 10:59 am

Hey TruthSerum, Do you order the Larry Craig โ€œweenie in a spudโ€ in a restroom at the Minnesota airport?

Jennifer said
December 22, 2008 at 11:05 am

I liked when you said “Am I retaining sandwiches?” That cracked me up! Even so Charlie, you are doing fantastic! Keep going in the right direction, I bet by next Monday, it will be back down!

runjess said
December 22, 2008 at 1:27 pm

I would have been all over that cake. Probably would have tipped the 5000 calorie mark.

johngl said
December 22, 2008 at 1:49 pm

I’ll get that R-rated pictures on Alcoholian this evening. Sadly, I haven’t even off-loaded the camera yet.

Thanks for the nudge!