Monday, May 28, 2012
Yesterday I ended up having to eat out and because I wasn't able to eat lunch, I decided to go all out on my dinner last night. I rarely get to eat at Wendy's and since I was near one, I went there and got that Spicy Chicken I love so much. I could have gotten it in the wrap form and saved a lot of calories, but at that point of the day I needed to make up for having not eaten since breakfast. (Yes, I know it's bad to skip meals, I didn't stop anywhere on the way to the ER.)
I got a sandwich, a baked potato and, as a impulse purchase, I got their seasonal berry chicken salad. Those 3 items cost $15. Really? $15 for one meal for one person? I suppose they had some things on some dollar menu, but who really eats off that as often as they might claim? The $15 I spent on that one meal I could have bought lunch and dinner at home for the entire family of 4 that I have.
I wonder how people think that fast food is cheaper than eating at home? When we go out to cheaper places like McDonald's, I still spend over $20 for the four of us. Once again, 2 full meals plus dessert at home, possibly even breakfast.
The one meal I bought yesterday not only cost a lot in money, it was high in calories also. I had only had 120 calories for breakfast yesterday. I did eat the salad later, so it ended up being two different meals, but those three items I ate ended up being my calories for the day. One meal, all my calories! 450 in the sandwich, another 350 in the potato and another 400 in the salad! This is why it's a once in a while meal. This is why I usually pick other options.
Usually if I really want a particular item, I'll go for it, but only that one item. If I seriously want the spicy chicken taste, I'll get the wrap. (Even that gets modified, cheese and ranch dressing? The sandwich doesn't get ranch dressing, I don't know who thought wraps need ranch on every one?) There are plenty of calorie saving options when dining out, it's just so much easier to control at home.
Fortunately yesterday that one meal was needed. I had skipped lunch and hate doing it. If I had eaten all my meals on a proper schedule, that one meal would have put me over for the day.
Just one meal can be really expensive in more ways than one. Remember to bring lunches with you, it's cheaper and easier to control those calories!