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Lately, I’ve been keeping track of what I eat on the iPod Touch I received for my birthday last November (thanks, Jim!). Keeping track of every crumb that goes into my mouth makes me think twice about my food choices.
The last couple of days have been rainy around here, and instead of going on a nice, long walk while the younger boy is at indoor lacrosse practice (which is almost 30 minutes from my house and too far to run home in between), I’ve been sitting at Starbucks with my laptop, getting some work done on my book. Yesterday I found a Panera Bread location near the practice location and decided to go there instead.
I walked up to the counter to order a lemonade, and scanned the pastry items that were on display. I immediately honed in on my absolute favorite Panera treat, the chocolate croissant. (My mouth is even watering as I type this: THAT’S how much I love them.)
And then I took a pause and thought about how painful it would be when I got home and picked up my iPod Touch, to enter “Panera chocolate croissant” in my calorie-tracking program.
I stood there for a few minutes, trying to find another treat that looked good to me, that might be the lesser of two evils, finally settling on a cookie. The “chocolate duet with walnuts” cookie looked awesome, and it was “regular-sized”, so I figured I’d be safe with that. I asked the girl behind the counter if they were chewy or hard, and she picked one up with the bakery paper and replied, “Chewy.”
I took my cookie (on a plate) and lemonade to a table and enjoyed them over the next hour until it was time to go pick up the younger boy.
When I got home, I had an awakening of the worst kind. I pulled out my iPod, started up my calorie-counting program, and typed in “Panera Chocolate Duet cookie”. What I saw was HORRIFYING, and I had to check the website to be sure that my program wasn’t off.
It wasn’t. Check this out:
Well, now I know. It just goes to show you, you can’t judge a book by its cover.
And by the way, that chocolate croissant? Only 440 calories. I should have treated myself to that, instead. Pfft.
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