Eating out, Prepared Meals, and New Sport Day
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Today was GREAT!
I pre-planned my meals again ahead of time on SP. Astonishingly, I have noticed that I feel much fuller with the food I am eating compared to what I used to eat.
For my job, I pre-pack my lunches instead of buying while I am at work- this helps me avoid the "I WANT THAT!" and "THAT LOOKS DELICIOUS!" urge to buy. I also recommend packing an "extra" snack in case you get hungry- it helps to avoid buying things you don't need.
Today was my significant other and I's date day. :) We came up with various options for a place to eat dinner and something fun to do. Our ending result was eat dinner at Panera Bread and learn to play tennis.
Thanks to SP, I have been learning to "budget" my calories the way a person should budget their money- only spend what you have to spend. I searched on Panera bread's website for their meal nutrition calculator. To anyone who is in love with Panera bread but wants to watch their weight, I completely recommend it! I normally get the Bacon Turkey Bravo which weighed in at a heavy 800 calories.
Side note: Anthony found out the hard way that his sandwich alone was 1000 calories. He's having a fantastic time supporting me and learning about the tips I have found. He is in the process of body training to build muscles through lifting and throwing for the track team. He started taking creatine and protein to help with muscle repair and rejuvenation. The article I found regarding lifting and workouts as well as taking powdered supplements served as a good quick read for him.
After finding out that my delicious love choice was WELL beyond the calories I could part with, I started narrowing down the choices. I can honestly say thank God I love salads! In the end, I decided to go with the Pick Two Combo: Caesar salad + the Turkey and avocado BLT (with a baguette snack for later - 150 cal). It was something new for me to try and I enjoyed it just as much if not more then my normal sandwich. I even told Anthony how exciting it was to reach out and try new foods. (I'll admit it now- I am a habit former. I find something I love and I just stick with it because it's familiar, it's safe, and I dislike making choices- it takes me forever to make up my mind. )
After our filling meal, we went to Wally world and picked out our rackets and got a pack of 3 tennis balls. Anthony gave me the 101 to playing tennis- terms, history and all. :) Gotta love this man. We played for about two hours - but not INTENSELY! Just light play, so in reality we only played for an hour.
Do you know how much calories you burn when playing tennis?
... Go on.
Take a guess. I dare you!
I bet you'll get it wrong. I DID!
For one hour of playing tennis, I burned 950 calories. And no, that is NOT a typo. Trust me, I thought I had entered "600" instead of "60" to make the large jump, but no.
So, to re-cap:
1.) Pre-planning and packing meals is the greatest lesson learned.
2.) Look at calories the way you look at money- spend only what you can.
3.) Trying new foods can be not only delicious but filling and even more satisfying then your normal foods.
4.) Each day learn a different sport or activity so that you do not get bored with your strength or cardio routine.
It's an adventure. You are on a journey so each day has to be special.
I would trade anything for what I learned or did today.