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Sometimes a Burger is Better

Sunday, April 28, 2013

So I woke up to a beautiful morning in Southwest Ohio and immediately felt motivated to run. I've found that if I start the day on a healthy note I usually stay on track for the remainder of the day. Exercise and good food choices make me feel energetic and positive!
I had a nice run. I had to stop and walk a couple of times because I haven't been running as regularly as I should. I was also interrupted by some very scary geese! So, I'm only partially joking! I really was ready to turn around and run home! Fortunately, two very nice women showed up on bicycles and protected me as I ran past the hissing geese. I can run pretty fast when I'm scared!
I had lunch plans with my favorite Aunt and 3 of my 4 kids (the 4th is in Okinawa). We went to a chain style diner/restaurant. I had eaten 2 healthy small meals earlier in the day and I had been contemplating what might be a good choice from the menu before I arrived at the restaurant. Unfortunately, I had not researched nutrition information before we got to the restaurant. I ordered something that sounded appealing and not too terrible on the calories, especially if I only ate 1/2 and took the rest home. After we ordered, the kids were busy entertaining their Great Aunt, so I quickly use my handy dandy smart phone to do some research. I was quickly gasping out loud. I was shocked; mortified. I ordered the chili spaghetti and it had over 1000 calories. A cheeseburger only had around 400. The chicken strips were under 400. I know pasta is high in calories but this was horrible!
So, my lesson of the day, week, year...NEVER assume when it comes to calories!
If I do assume, I should probably always assume the worst! I think I've been underestimating calories and portion sizes for a long time. I think this is the biggest reason I'm not seeing more success on the scales.
I feel like I've been tricked and I really don't like being tricked. I will take the time to research and plan and even develop a back-up plan! I will succeed.

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    It can be terribly frustrating. Even more frustrating when different sites don't have comparable information!

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OWL_20 4/28/2013 4:16AM

    These are wise words! I have a hard time guesstimating food items--will need to do research before going out. Thanks for the great post.

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