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Nights Out


Saturday, January 10, 2009

Last night was my first night with drinks since I got serious about the weight loss. I think I did mediocre. During the day, I really kept my calories to a minimum (though I did still eat! I had grilled chicken salad for lunch and a lean pocket for brunch), so that I would have as much padding as possible for the drinks. I think that this is really critical for me, and I did a good job on that part at least.

I did a not so great job on eating after the socializing began- hubby wanted pizza for dinner, but I had only 2 slices of it (frozen thin crust, so not that bad, actually less than a full serving). But the real problem (other than the actual drinks themselves) is the food when I get home.

There are two main reasons for this. First, I just eat whatever seems good, without really caring if it's healthy or not. This lead me to snack on some leftover pasta and some Cheerios, instead of something like carrots. Secondly, I don't measure what I'm eating. So I really have no idea how much I ate. I don't think there was that much leftover pasta to begin with, so that couldn't have been more than 1/2 cup I think, so that's not too bad. But when you eat the cheerios right out of the box, who knows what you're eating!

This leads me to my new going out goals- when I get home, only eat at least medium healthy snacks like carrots or even a bowl of cereal with milk, and to try to make sure I am aware of the serving size of what I'm doing. That's why cereal with milk might be a good idea- it's not terribly unhealthy, and the serving size is limited to the bowl!

Anyone else have any good eating-drinking night out tips? (I'm much more likely to limit total nights out than drinks on those nights!)
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KGPOSSIBLE 1/22/2009 12:29AM

    I call it the just add alcohol affect! lol!

Don't know if this will help, but what I do when I get home from my night out with alcohol is make sure I have my laptop ready with SparkPeople and the nutritional tracker open and log everything.....I do weigh and measure everything when I'm at home. Once you start logging it you will stop.....it is that internal shut off valve that seems to go by the wayside with Alcohol. It has worked for 7 months now. Even if you go way over on your calories that's fine but it will give you more incentive to get back on the train the next day. You won't completely derail!!! I have found for some strange reason it is good to go over on your calories sometimes. It's not getting back to your program that hurts.

did you have fun????? That is the important part. Life should not stop because you are trying to lose weight. Just work it into your life. Aim for about 4 to 6 lbs a month and time will fly and you will lose weight and still have a life.....well with Law School that might be a challenge though.....;-))

I'm so happy that you are doing so well and using Spark. I hope you are finding it as helpful as I have.

Take care,
Kim emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/22/2009 12:31:00 AM

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MRSGOFARR 1/11/2009 12:19AM

    There are actually several articles on spark about alcohal and weight loss including one that has a breakdown of the best beer and liquor to get in terms of bang for your buck or drunk for you but. i live by that. i am not going to stop drinking when i want to but i do keep it to one day a week and drink miller light. ran 6.5 miles today and felt awesome.

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TALSHIAR 1/10/2009 2:32PM

    What I did in the beginning was limit the times I actually went out. Once I was more in control of my eating what I did was limit my drinking by having a bottle of water between drinks. Then I made sure there was healthy food I could grab when I got home. I sometimes still overate, but it was at least healthy. Deb

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