The “Katrina Fifteen.” That’s what New Orleanians call the fifteen pounds many people gained after the federal levees broke and flooded the city.
My plan for today, the day after Christmas, was to start snacking less and increase my daily time on the elliptical machine to 45 minutes, in hopes of getting rid of my Katrina Fifteen by next Christmas and fitting into my pre-Katrina clothes again.
I should have told others my goal.
My friends and family know what I love most in the world, and they gave it to me for Christmas . . . lots of it.
- a Godiva gift certificate
- a 17-ounce canister of chocolate truffles
- four Dagoba chocolate bars (2 ounces each)
- three Chocolove dark chocolate bars (3.2 ounces each)
- two Endangered Species dark chocolate bars (3 ounces each)
- one Rapunzel dark chocolate bar (3 ounces)
- one Ghiradelli dark chocolate bar (3.5 ounces)
- one box Ghiradelli dark chocolate squares (1 ounce)
- assorted Godiva chocolate bars (12 ounces total)
- a canister of hot cocoa mix
- homemade chocolate fudge
- one box of Lindt chocolate Fioretto (1.6 ounces)
- one box of Capolavori chocolates (0.6 ounces)
Some of these gifts were nominally for both my husband and me.
My husband doesn’t care for chocolate. I get it all.
If I don’t write like a dervish for the next several weeks, it won’t be my the fault of my wonderful friends. They’ve provided me with plenty of writing fuel and lots of phytochemicals to keep me healthy. Now my task is to produce prose worthy of all that chocolate.
Oh, and to set the alarm early so I can get up and on the elliptical machine before work. Wonder if an hour a day will be enough to counter my friends' generosity?
Some quotations from the Website of the Chocolate Manufacturers Association:
"Chocolate doesn't make the world go around, but it sure does make the trip worthwhile."
"Man cannot live on chocolate alone; but woman sure can."
"I could give up chocolate but I'm not a quitter."
"Chocolate flows in deep dark, sweet waves, a river to ignite my mind and alert my senses."
"Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. It is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits."
—Baron Justus von Liebig (1803–1873), German chemist