Pumpkins, cinnamon, apple cider and colorful autumn leaves… ahh the wonderful sounds of “tis the season to put on 12 extra pounds.” Hello?!? What in the world was I thinking when I went into that Dunkin Donuts anyway? Okay, I know I am getting ahead of myself but there is just something oh so right but oh so definitely wrong with this time of year. I love it and I hate it at the same time. I love it because the air is so fresh and crisp. I hate it because this is when all that bad food comes out to taunt me and we are still over a month away from Thanksgiving. Yikes!
So there I was, as I innocently walked into the convenience store to cash in my winning lottery tickets. Sure, no big deal. EEHHH ~Wrong answer. Guess again Greek Girl. The convenience store just so happened to be ever so conveniently located next to a Dunkin Donuts. Anyone who knows anything about me knows that of course I couldn’t defy my Greek genes and avoid getting a hot-cup-o-happiness. That my friends, is when it all started. I walk in and I was over taken by the warm fresh smell of the greatest tasting coffee and before I know it I see a display the size of a Mr. Brick’s that is screaming,
“It’s Here! The new Pumpkin Muffin!” (This is so not cool I’m thinking to myself)…
Now, in case you haven’t been keeping up with Ava lately you might’ve missed that I was in an extreme fitness program (but then again when am I not doing some sort of extreme fitness program) lol. No, I don’t technically ‘need’ to lose weight, I weigh and maintain my weight around 126… It’s just that I grew up a little on the chubby side, and it may have left me with a defect in my noggin that could land me on a shrinks couch one of these days… but that’s a story for another day. Anyway, there I am adding in my calories from my coffee w/ light cream into a mobile app I downloaded for my iPhone… and I see this horendously amazing and oh so evil sign of what is one of my favorite guilty pleausres, a pumpkin donut. That is one thing most people don’t know about me. If it’s got pumpkin in it, chances are I am going to want a bite. Yes I do have restraint and will never eat a whole one, but I sure as heck will partake in a few heavenly bites of anything with pumpkin in it. Pumpkin roll, pumpkin muffin, pumpkin pie, pumpkin cookie and even roasted pumpkin. Oy Vey! What was I thinking?!?
So, imagine me standing there with a line forming behind me as I am trying to get my iPhone app to open up (and it is of course going ridiculously slow because of the little gremlins that live inside of my iPhone) and get the guy behind the counter to simultaneously tell me how many calories were in that tasty morsel only feet from my grubby little fingers. There I am counting out all I have eaten and how much this donut and coffee will add to my calorie count and try to find out how I can justify that I still haven’t eaten dinner yet. Oh, man! I began to feel like Mr. Bricks and his need for a McRib sandwich and Green Milkshake but only with a conciounse because we all know he doesn’t care about his waistline. Nor does he even have a phone that uses apps since Mr. Bricks cellphone is circa 1989.
So what did I do? I bought it. Yep, I broke down and bought the stinking Pumpkin Donut. I got my medium hot-cup-o-happiness in one hand and my guilty pleasure in the other. Like a little kid with a smile ear to ear I broke the rules that I’m sure would have landed me into Jillian Michael’s jail. I ate half of that donut and gave the other half to my sweetie. Yes, I did do about 50 extra sit-ups later that night but it was worth it.
I even named one of my four little doggies “Punkin” not only because she is the same color as one of my favorite things a pumpkin, but because it rhymes with her mommy’s favorite coffee in the whole wide world… Dunkins.
Hope you have a beautiful blessed day!
Blessings, Love & Music,