I fell off the wagon on Valentine’s Day.
I had gone 14 days without chocolate and I might have gone 14 more — if that temptress, Rita Menke, hadn’t handed me a 9.9 ounce bag of Triple Chocolate M&Ms at the YMCA.
Yeah, you read right. The YMCA. The place people go to get healthy.
“You don’t have to eat it all today,” said Rita, an award-winning softball coach who exercises alongside me. “Save it for when you’re off your diet.”
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Like most of my pals, Rita knows I’m a chocoholic and, as such, I cannot be trusted alone with chocolate. But this was Valentine’s Day — the most sacred of all chocolate holidays — so I gave myself special dispensation.
Rita reached into her gym bag and pulled out a Baggie filled with a smooshed-up brown substance.
“It’s the black bean brownie (our fitness instructor) Tammy made for you,” she said. “It looked a lot tastier before Trixie got a hold of it.”
Trixie is Rita’s neighbor’s dog. I looked closer and noticed teeth marks on the Baggie.
“I don’t think she actually got her mouth on it,” Rita said.
This may surprise you but even I have my limits.
After leaving the gym, I headed straight to Chick-Fil-A, where they were handing out free chocolate chip cookies. Later that night, my husband presented me with a box of chocolate-covered strawberries. Then my pal Beverly Voelkel gave me a container of dark chocolate hummus. (Yes, they really do make dark chocolate hummus, and it was absolutely delicious.)
I wish I could say I went back on my diet the next day. But by then I was a hot chocolate mess.
“Your friend Ginger Miller dropped something off for you at my office,” my husband, Mark, texted me a few days ago.
“Well, knowing Ginger, it’s either chocolate or a puppy,” I texted back.
I don’t know which one I wanted more. But I was thrilled when Mark brought home a Ginger-licious chocolate cake topped with the best ganache I’ve ever tasted.
In case you were wondering, I am still on a chocolate high. And if the chocolate chip muffin I had for breakfast is any indication, I won’t be coming down any time soon.