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Post-Work Binge Blues

Friday, April 05, 2013

I went out to drinks with coworkers on Thursday evening. I actually drank less than I planned to. I did have some french fries at the bar, but the portion size was around 300 calories. No biggie -- if I didn't eat anything for dinner, I would still stay in range for the day.

But I binged when I got home. First, I ate the 300-calorie portion of the pistachios that I planned on skipping since I had those fries for dinner. Then I had some dried apricots. Then I munched on some Tofurky sausage. Then I had a string cheese. Then I ate three Skinny Cow chocolate bars. For a grand total about 1,000 calories in excess.

My mistake started early on that day. I've realized the importance of eating most of my daily carbs by lunch. I usually bring my lunch from home, but on Thursday, I ran low on muffins, and only had one left. (I planned for two.) I also forgot to bring a couple of string cheeses that I planned to snack on. So for the rest of the workday, I felt lethargic and a bit hungry. Perhaps if I ate my planned meal, I would've avoided those french fries and saved those calories for my pistachio dinner as I planned.

Lesson learned. When it comes to weight loss, carbs is a do-or-don't factor. I need them, period. The next time I make daily calorie range before I get home, I will brush my teeth within the first 15 minutes of getting in the door. If I have a serious craving, I'll eat 150 calories worth of protein and produce. I'm serious about reaching my goal by Wednesday August 14. Nutrition is 80 percent of the struggle.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRAVELGRRL 4/7/2013 4:31PM

    You have a good plan. Sometimes I find that being "good" when I'm out just sets the stage for a binge when I am home. Don't know why, just can't stand resisting too much temptation?

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PLATINUM755 4/5/2013 8:32PM

    Love the lesson and thank you for sharing with your SP family...every little bit helps us too. emoticon

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MYTHMYTH 4/5/2013 4:34PM

    That's good advice!

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CDCSMITH2013 4/5/2013 8:27AM

    You learned something from it, so it still isn't all bad.

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PATRICIAAK 4/5/2013 5:55AM

    good realization and plan

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