Tuesday, January 18, 2011
So, I have a monthly Pot Luck lunch for my staff of about 50 people. It's a very nice event, where we can relax and enjoy eachother's company for an hour in our hectic schedules.
They tend to NOT be low-calorie affairs. I've certainly never been one to limit my portions or the heavy hors d'oeuvre dishes. This is my first since Spark-living.
So I need to go in with a plan, need to go in well fed beforehand, and need to still be nice. There'll be the inevitable, "You've got to try the bacon wrapped fried cheese sticks" and "Have another piece of double-chocolate cream cake"
These days I'm not as attracted to the gooey, salty, fatty dishes you scoop on to your plate with an over-sized spoon. The price I pay in the calorie tracker is very much a dis-incentive. But while I've been doing good on my own and with family, even while dining out, I haven't faced the big social affair yet, and I've got more to go to over the coming weeks and months.
Good news is it's 10:00 PM the night before and I'm thinking about it, planning for it, and actively weighing the choices (and calories) ahead of time. Much better than in the past where I'd go blind and hungry into the serving line and scoop up everything good until there was no white space left on my plate.
Portion control, smart choices picking what it is I really want to eat, and planning might be the way to keep my good luck streak going at the pot luck luncheon.
Maybe I'll get behind the skinny people and eat what they eat.............
Monday, January 17, 2011
Well it's always tough to come out of the movies onto a busy avenue or mall full of eateries and the smell of sweets, and meats, and all things dipped in boiling oil, so I had to do some quick thinking and deep deciding.
I took my son to see Tron this afternoon (pretty lame, but he liked it). It was 5:30PM and he wanted to make a night of it going out to eat. Not a lot of great choices; Johnny Rockets, Panera Bread, some pizza joint. We walked by a place called Zoe's Kitchen which promised, "simple, tasty, fresh food--eat smart!"
So I told my boy, that if we eat out, I pick where we go and we walked in to Zoe's. The menu had all sorts of sandwiches & wraps and mediterranean salads, but of course no nutrition flyer to help me sort it all out He got a ham and cheese (ahh to be thin and 16 again). Me, I ordered a bowl of chicken and orzo soup (16 oz, I had to have some bulk)
All in all, not bad at all. 400 calories that took me 15 minutes to sip down. A little high in salt, but are there really any good choices for sodium when dining out?
Anyway, a few weeks ago, I'd have had my way with a beefy, cheesy mess with fries over at Johnny Rockets without blinking an eye, so this was progress.
Thanks to the Sparkers for keeping me honest!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I've spent a lot of time these past 7 days on the Spark boards, the teams, tracking calories and points, reading articles, planning the days' food intake, and exercise burn-off.
I feel like a geek....which I sometimes am.
But it has focused my mind and made me look real hard at what it is I do on a daily basis when hungry or just craving a snack. When the truth of the day's calorie count is staring you in the face, you can't pretend you don't know what you're doing. You can ignore it, you can hate it, you can adapt it, but, like the psychiatrist told Carmella Soprano, "One thing you can never say is that you haven't been told" (season 3, episode 7)
In eating, in working out, in overall awareness, consistency is the key for me. I'm still on a pink cloud as I start out Sparking. The real challenge will be to be here a year from now and to keep the weight off once at goal. I suspect that's where the real work will start.
Anyway, a phrase that used to bug me for years was a quote by Emerson that I only half quoted. I thought it said, "consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." In reality it's, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."
I've had foolish consistencies before; it's what got me to 200+ lbs. Time for wise consistency.
Saturday, January 15, 2011
I wonder if it's really worth the cost to eat out....and I don't mean $$$$$$!
Our son, God bless him, is very good in school. One of our family traditions has been an all A & B report card gets the lucky student his choice of a restaurant for lunch or dinner. Our 16-year old has had a lifelong fascination with Hibachi grills and Teppanyaki cooks.
So today was his reward day. The best I could was persuade him to settle for was lunch (I'm thinking smaller portions) vice dinner.
I geared up for it physically with a light breakfast and emotionally with the fortitude that even though I'd take a hit for my total days' calories, I'd be able smooth out my total calorie count for this 3-day weekend by eating lighter Sunday & Monday.
At the restaurant, I settled for some Udon noodle soup, a few pieces of sushi and some tempura, avoiding the hibachi stir-fry mess chock full of oils, butter, and soy sauce.
Totals: 978 calories with about 38 grams of fat! Not as bad as it could have been, but I've got to tell you, it wasn't a lot of food. I was glad to have left some soup in the bowl and had only about 3 pieces of sushi. So it's after 1:00PM and I'm at 1130 calories for the day......really not as bad as my crazy brain thinks it is.....I've done worse than that with brownies and a few scoops of ice cream in less than 10 minutes!
So where to from here? I'll take a walk outside on the crutches down to the waterfront (yes it's 55 degrees here in Destin) for about 30 minutes, light snacks later today (fruit, cottage cheese, Fage yogurt), lots of water, and some brothy soup and veggies for dinner.
That way I can get an all A & B report card too!
Friday, January 14, 2011
It's been pretty cool going to the gym this week. I'm the only guy on crutches, but as I weave and dodge between the gym rats and stake out my spots, I've found great physical, mental, and spiritual pleasure in exerting my back, chest, and shoulders. 3 weeks after hip surgery, I can't do too much aerobics or cardio, but I can sit or lay down and do upper body work.
I've still got to keep the calorie intake to less than 2000 a day. I've fooled myself for years thinking that if I work out hard I can eat more without gaining weight.
It's time to fess up; I can't lose weight by working out harder and eating more.....I've got to moderate the food intake if I hope to lose weight, just that simple
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