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Vacation Calorie Oblivion

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Today I want to post a blog to record for my future reference what I can think about and do to myself both negatively and positively. I think I've come up with a happy conclusion. If so, then perhaps you may recognize yourself in my actions and/or perhaps you will discover a tool or two to help turn around a situation that you previously may have considered unsalvageable. "Unsalvageable," yep, that's exactly what I thought and felt last night. Today as I honestly but painfully tracked my nutrition from yesterday, I changed my mind...

Background Info: Yesterday I ate breakfast in the car(!) on the way to a morning with my DS and DD at a local Racino (one of those addicting slot machine quasi-casino things that my state seems to have approved without the vote of the majority). Don't ask me; I don't know how they did it! And yes, I like to play the slot machines.

After losing my DH's hard earned cash while he was at work trying to make more, my "party" went to lunch at a diner that DBIL (did I just make that one up? Translation in case I did is Dear Brother-In-Law) claimed has wonderful food. Please notice I lost money, all the money I took, so already my emotions were running wild and I gave them free-rein to make my food choices...

Fast forward to two hours later when I decide I want chocolate, I want dessert, I deserve dessert, I need dessert. It is just this one piece of the puzzle that I really want to document and share.

My Nutrition Tracker and Nutrition Notes seem to lay it all out best. So let's cut and paste the good, the bad, and the ugly. Hoping Word and my questionable computer skills help me out so I can do this with some efficiency. Here goes...


Old Fashioned Quaker Oatmeal- Plain (1/2 cup dry), 1 serving 150
Milk, nonfat, 1 cup 83
Cranberries, dried, sweetened (craisins), 10 grams 31
BREAKFAST TOTALS: 264 calories

Lunch: (OMGosh… the Potato Pancake Rueben Special! BTW it wasn’t that good, but I ate it, all of it)
Vegetable Soup, 1 cup 145
Potato Pancakes, 2 pancake 413
Corned beef, brisket, 4 oz 284
Swiss Cheese, 2 slice (1 oz) 213
Sauerkraut, 0.25 cup 7
Thousand Island Salad Dressing, 2 tbsp 115

Romaine Lettuce (salad), 2 cup, shredded 16
Beef, tenderloin, 4 oz 282
Potato, raw, 1 cup diced 104
Bolthouse Blue Cheese Yogurt Dressing, 1 tbsp 35
Tomatoes, red, ripe, raw, year round average, 5 cherry 18
Cucumber (with peel), 0.25 cup slices 3

Snack (Both my dessert and an evening snack)
Oreo Oblivion Winking Lizard, 1 serving 1,550
Almonds, 1 oz (24 whole kernels) 163
Grapefruit, fresh, pink and red, California and Arizona, 1 fruit (3-3/4" dia) 91

Daily Totals: 3,704
Your Daily Goal: 1,200 - 1,550

Took myself "out to dessert" at the Winking Lizard today. Ate an entire Oreo Oblivion, feeling oh so smug, so special like I was on vacation, sitting outside, even smelling suntan lotion.

I was craving chocolate...PMS!

So is this what I think of vacation? Do I think that I can eat ridiculously high calorie meals and treats while I am on vacation this Summer?

Aha! Caught myself in self sabotage, but too late for today's episode.
Redo... I go to the Winking Lizard with my book like I did, I sit outside, smell the suntan lotion, feel like I'm on vacation, and order a refreshing iced tea with lemon!

WooHoo! Now that's the SparkSpirit! I knew I had it in me somewhere! Yeah, progress is begun with the "sculpting" of my brain via my thoughts. My mind is sculpting my brain to be a masterpiece of healthy success!

Back to the present… I know that my nutrition notes address only part of my challenges from yesterday (casino, lost money, frustration, guilt, hormones, blah, blah, blah... and that there is much more that I can redo about my day to make for progress. However I am taking baby steps… vacation is nearing… this is what I can do at this place and at this time where I find myself. Continuous improvement… baby steps taken lead to big improvement over time…

And my Spark continues... May your Spark continue as well...


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SPARKFRAN514 5/13/2013 5:04PM

    sounds like you were just getting your self ready to start the 2 week challenge. off we go

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HAWTGRANNY2014 5/5/2013 2:56PM

    We all have our days LOL. Have a great Sunday.

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LE7_1234 5/5/2013 2:47PM


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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 5/4/2013 6:09AM


Bravo for blogging it all out. Now how do you want TODAY to go? Do a pre-do.

Focus. You can do this! And I still love you Spark Sister!

(¯`♥´¯) .♥.•*¨`*♫.♥
.´*.¸.•´♥ We CAN do it one day at a time!!

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DRB13_1 5/3/2013 2:23AM

    never heard of Oreo Oblivion before, but I did ask the Wendy's take out what was the difference in calorie count between the strawberry fresh salad and the apple pecan salad (they didn't know).
Oh, for those menus that tell us how long it will take to burn off the calories emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/2/2013 8:43PM

    New day, new opportunity to get it sparked! HUGS

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KDLANDERS 5/2/2013 4:38PM

    Don't feel bad, we all have had bad days before. I just try to make up for it over the next few days, maybe exercise a few more minutes........

What I have learned is that you cannot deprive yourself of what you want to eat. All it does is lead to binging. So, treat yourself every now and then. You have been doing well so far, one day of excess will not hurt in the long run.


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BRAVELUTE 5/2/2013 3:07PM

    Good for you!! It's all about choices.

PS: I choose to fill out my tracker ahead of time, sometimes for the current day, sometimes for the week. That way I'm planning those things I'm WANTiNG, I'm making sure I get the nutrition I set for myself, and I know if I have some holes anywhere in that plan where I can add in a desired fruit, or veg, or snack or just more dinner calories. And if I choose to go over calories, ok. But it is so much easier to fix any problems ahead of time than to have the best intentions but have it be too late to fix the problem after I eat it.

Example: I never get enough fiber if I go out to eat in a restaurant, so I try to make good fiber choices for the other meals.

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MANDELOVICH 5/2/2013 1:58PM

    Sounds like you had a decadent day. As Renee says, use it as a learning experience without any guilt. Blogging is a great way to do that! Bravo!

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