Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Goal

First of all, it's very very hard to keep up with all the home stuff (this is the time of year when we have what seems like weekly meetings preparing for Kindergarten, plus all of our usual activities and therapy stuff, plus I'm doing this officer training thing at church) while doing NaNoWriMo and exercising nearly an hour a night. Very very very hard. I'm a little behind on my word count.

But the exercise and all that is going very well. Yesterday I had a funny little set-back. I ate well all day, no snacking or binging, and had a great workout. But my weigh-in was flat. Very frustrating. Ditto today. Weird.

It turns out that there was a bit of a biological cause. But also - and, I believe, mainly - there was something I was consuming that had a few more calories than I expected.

You know I love love love my lattes, right? Well, if there's anything in the world that tastes better than a latte, it's a Starbucks Egg Nog Latte, available only from mid-November through the end of the year. Paul got me one as a special treat yesterday, and it was even better than I remembered from last year. Heavenly! Delightful!

"Do you have a sugar free version?" my wonderful husband asked the barista.

"No, but it shouldn't be a problem," she replied. "The egg nog lattes have no extra sugar."

Whew, was she ever wrong.

I figured it was just a syrup, like Starbucks' other flavored lattes.

I was wrong, too.

It's not a syrup, and it's not sugar free. It's espresso and egg nog, with a little bit of 2% milk. Gulp. No wonder it's so good!

Serving Size 16 fl. oz.

Amt Per Serving
Calories 470
Fat Calories 190
Total Fat (g) 21
Saturated Fat (g) 13
Trans Fat (g) 0
Cholesterol (mg) 140
Sodium (mg) 230
Total Carbohydrates (g) 53
Fiber (g) 0
Sugars (g) 48
Protein (g) 16
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 50%
Iron 2%
Caffeine (mg) 150


  1. Bummer! It's a shame that in our day and age we can put a person on the moon but we still haven't figured out how to take the calories out of good food! Good luck on NaNoWriMo!

  2. Thank you! (And I think it's just lucky that I'm not diabetic. The barista could have really caused someone a serious problem with her ignorance.)

  3. Life isn't fair!

    If you use nonfat milk and get a "short" size, maybe you can justify the extra calories. I know I'd walk a couple of extra laps!

  4. I think I've convinced my wonderful husband to try at home with Starbucks espresso beans, sugar free egg nog syrup, and skim milk. (He's the one who knows how to use the espresso machine, so I must prevail upon him to be my barista.) We'll see how it goes.

    Otherwise, I'm sure I'll binge again in December. I just love egg nog SO MUCH. And a taste is never enough, for me. I want more and more and more and more.