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Lunchtime Buffalo Wild Wing Adventure

Monday, November 26, 2012

Friday a coworker sent an email inviting a group out to lunch for Monday as it was his birthday. His suggested place was Buffalo Wild Wings. I'd never been before so I toddled off to the website to see what kind of food they had, and to see if they had anything that looked like it would fit into my targets. They actually don't have the information on the website but they'll email it to you if you ask.

(As it turns out a pound of deep fried, breaded chicken wings is a particularly poor choice, when one is attempting to create a caloric deficit. Well, I for one was shocked emoticon )

I did find a couple of menu items that looked promising, however. There is the Grilled Chicken Salad and the Grilled Blackened Chicken Salad (which is what I went for). With dressing on the side they work out well enough - under 500 calories, with ~20g of fat (not great) and ~40g of protein (decent). It's the best available anyway!

Some of the meals that look like they might not be too bad are actually really high in calories - so you really do have to check. Relying on key words is only a good idea in a pinch - "grilled" means nothing if there are a bunch of unmentioned dressings or cheeses involved as well.

So I'm glad I did that pre-planning because by the time lunch rolled around today I was hungry! Everyone else was getting wings or boneless wings... and since I had a really poor weekend, eating wise, it would have been kind of easy to say, "oh well, one more day and I'll start back tomorrow." Having a plan to stick to is much easier than trying to force yourself to pick something healthier when you get there - especially when you won't even know what actually is healthy.

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BABYSOX 12/1/2012 5:22PM

    I try to plan ahead before eating out too. It definitely helps me make better choices. Congrats on your choices.

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MARLINDA5 11/27/2012 11:56AM

    emoticon good job on planning ahead

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RHEYNKLW 11/26/2012 9:27PM

    Way to stick to your guns!

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TOTHEFUTURE1 11/26/2012 7:05PM

    Finding the cal content can be quite a shock. Waiting to be served at McD (they were busy) I was reading the cals and changed my choice and still enjoyed the food. Last week I had a big burger and when I tracked my food was unhappy to find it was 750 cals
Well done on detective work that help you enjoy your food

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NELLJONES 11/26/2012 5:27PM

    Wings are particularly greasy (which is why they are so good!), and it probably took far longer to do the research than than the entire trip took.

But aren't you feeling proud?? You deserve it!

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BARBANNA 11/26/2012 5:00PM

    Thanks for sharing! Now I'm hungry!

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Hubby tried a new recipe tonight for my birthday

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sweet & Sour Pineapple Chicken. Up until now he's only cooked things I've made before, this one was totally new to us. Although he followed the recipe exactly, it needs a bit of tweaking for flavour but health wise it was pretty good:

Including 3/4 cup brown rice, a nice generous portion clocked in at less than 500 calories: 73g carbs, 9g fat & 30g of protein. So the fat and protein are great and the carbs are a bit high but that's the rice. The fibre is a bit low, only 6g. I think adding some more vegetables would help with that.

Anyway, I haven't posted the recipe because it wasn't sour enough. It wasn't too sweet, it was just a bit bland. Could have used a bit more salt, too - I get that this is a healthy recipe and some people watch their sodium intake and I think that's a good idea for a lot of people, but since I have low blood pressure I don't really care about my sodium intake.. and I love savoury food! I'll make it again soon, tweak it to my liking and then post it.

It is nice, though, to make some healthier versions of takeout. I was never a "die without it" chinese takeout fan, but when I saw the pretty rosy sauce (it's not nuclear red like the takeout version) it really made me happy!

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CHRIS3874 11/23/2012 9:16PM


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MARLINDA5 11/23/2012 4:30PM

    How sweet of your husband to cook for you for your birthday - lucky.

Happy Birthday
Hope you had a nice birthday. emoticon emoticon

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LYNNA1968 11/22/2012 9:59PM

    What?!?! A man that cooks? What is that? I only read about them in books lol.
tweak away I'd like to try it

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TOTHEFUTURE1 11/22/2012 9:05PM

    I like sweet and sour but find a whole meal too much. I like it best at a buffet where I can have a small serve. Nice to have a husband who cooks

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LAWANDMUSIC 11/22/2012 8:08PM


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Tomorrow I'll have been fat for 27 years

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I mean, technically I suppose I was a normal toddler. But I think I qualified as at least somewhat overweight every year afterwards. So, that's a bit depressing.

I hope this is my year, though. I hope that by my 28th birthday I'm under 200 lbs. It'd be nice to be well under but I want to be somewhat realistic at the same time.

I went to the pool today. I only did 550m because of horrible toe cramps. They seem to be getting worse - even though I had a banana this afternoon. I suppose I could have had a bit more water.

I think I'll try going skating at lunch hour tomorrow - there is a Fun Skate near work every weekday from 12 to 1:30. I could definitely do a leisurely skate without breaking a sweat. So I'll try doing that when I can as well :)

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RAMSAYRL1 11/22/2012 1:36PM


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NEVERORNOW 11/22/2012 9:11AM

    Don't "hope" it! DO it! :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NELLJONES 11/22/2012 8:01AM

    Interested way to put it. One day you'll be 27 years thin, but you'll also be 27 years older.

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HIKING-4-ME 11/22/2012 7:51AM

    emoticon emoticon

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ANDRIANA11 11/22/2012 5:53AM

    emoticon the first step is that decision! Deciding for yourself that it is your time emoticon

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MARLINDA5 11/22/2012 3:26AM


Good job on continuing to do the swimming & the skating.

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/22/2012 3:04AM

    Ooh I love skating! SDorry about your toe cramps, that sucks.

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JIBBIE49 11/22/2012 12:07AM

    emoticon I tell my DD that no young woman should waste the best years of her life being fat. Read "THE SUGAR FIX" by Richard Johnson M.D. and listen to his lecture on YouTUbe. Also, the series on YouTube "THE SKINNY ON OBESITY." with Robert Lustig M.D. is worth listening to as well.

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Mum's birthday cake - picture!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

So we had dinner at The Keg... it was DELICIOUS. aaaah! no regrets!

And then we had my cake, which was RIDICULOUSLY chocolatey - three layers of Martha Stewart's Ultimate Chocolate Cake (which was a teeny bit dry imo but that might be from baking it the night before?) filled with dark chocolate ganache and frosted with ombre peach roses in vanilla buttercream.

It was pretty awesome, if I do say so myself.

Taking the rest of the cake to work with me since my parents didn't think they could eat the rest of it between them (I think they're probably right) so we'll let the 50 people in the office take that bullet for us.

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MARLINDA5 11/22/2012 3:24AM

    Your cake looks so good and sounds so yummy. emoticon

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BABYSOX 11/19/2012 10:14AM

    That is a beautiful cake. You did a fabulous job. Great idea to share it at work and therefore it is less tempting!

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SKEPCHICK 11/18/2012 8:33PM

  Beautifully done, what an elaborate frosting treatment!

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NEVERORNOW 11/18/2012 3:12PM

    Oh, my...just looking at that is making my mouth water. emoticon

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GAYLEP67 11/18/2012 11:37AM

    Pretty awesome indeed! What a beautiful cake! Good call on the leftovers...

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DRASADAF 11/18/2012 8:57AM

    wow thats a beautiful cake

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NYARAMULA 11/18/2012 4:44AM


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MIRFA71 11/18/2012 2:41AM

    emoticon to your mum!!

Beautiful and yummy emoticon

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BRACEYM1 11/17/2012 11:45PM

    It is beautiful!

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spark tracking for cake batter licked off spoon?

Friday, November 16, 2012

No idea. Calories for the rest of the day were low so I'm not going to worry!

So far the cake looks good - Martha Stewart's Ultimate Chocolate cake. It has a 3/4 of a cup of strong coffee in there (and the batter was delicious!)

I made it in three layers instead of two. I'm going to make a chocolate ganache filling, and I'm going to decorate with buttercream. It's going to be EPIC.

Because birthday cakes should be amazing emoticon

(I'll post a picture tomorrow when I'm done... if it all works of course. If there's no picture we'll never speak of it again)

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RHEYNKLW 11/17/2012 2:21PM

    Why not say you burned that many calories MAKING the cake, and call it a wash?

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MILPAM3 11/17/2012 12:13AM

  If you're under your limit anyway, just add 25 and be done with it! Don't even bother trying to figure out the caloric analysis. Who cares? Especially if it is as good as you say. Thank you, Martha!

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DOUGLYE 11/16/2012 10:33PM

  Let's see, . . I used to know the formula for determining the caloric count of cake dough liked off a spoon . . . . take a white cake recipe and add the calories for 1/2 of the chocolate used in twice the size of cake that you are making. Subtract the coffee and add 3/4 of the . . . no . . . that's not right. Take 1/8 of the chocolate cake calories and then . . .
How big was the spoon? . . , cause if it was a salad spoon, that's like 1/60 of a cupcake . . . emoticon

Can't wait to see the cake

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LYNNA1968 11/16/2012 10:31PM

    hahahaha I have my pitchfork where do you live?

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