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4th of July Abroad

Friday, July 05, 2013

As an American living in Europe, it's always interesting to celebrate the 4th of July because it's just a completely ordinary day here. However, this year was the first time I actually have American friends here, and we decided to celebrate by going out for some amazing burgers at a very well-known gourmet burger restaurant here.

I had been anticipating this all day, and so I had a light breakfast of egg whites scrambled with some roasted veggies from the night before, a small apple for a snack, a salad for lunch along with another very small apple, and a couple strawberries. I was absolutely starving by the time 8:30 pm rolled around.

I had looked up calorie counts on these big, gourmet style burgers and was surprised that they can range in the neighborhood of 900-1050 calories! Not to mention the mountain of fries that comes with it. So I made a resolution: I would eat half the burger, half the fries, and enjoy it.

Note: on previous visits to said restaurant I have definitely scarfed down an entire burger, all the fries, and a beer to boot.

Now, to give new readers a bit of background: I have never been overweight. Not even close. I' built pretty slender, but I've never been toned. I'm about 5'9" and the most I've ever weighed was probably 145 lbs, and usually hover around 135-137. At the beginning of 2013, I made a promise to myself to be healthier. The number on the scale wasn't making me happy because I never felt the way I wanted to: toned, strong, fit. So I'm not 'on a diet' really... just trying to make the small changes in my life to get where I want to be. I don't need an entire giant burger and fries, even though I 'could' eat them if I wanted to.

Back to yesterday.

So I get a menu, and it's absolutely making my mouth water. Burger, plain. Burger with Swiss. Burger with Cheddar. Burger with a fried egg. Burger with bacon. Burger with guacamole and salsa verde. Burger with cheddar and chile con carne....

I finally decided on a burger with a fried egg and bacon. I felt the bacon was a bit of a cheat but I wanted it, and had decided I could have whatever burger I wanted - as long as I ate half.

Well, after a ridiculous wait time of over 40 minutes, I got my meal. My friends all finished their burgers and then there was me, with my half of everything left over to be doggy-bagged. I got some good natured jokes tossed my way - the skinny girl's always the one on the diet, right? - but I was prepared for that. And the thing was - I was actually full! I was proud of myself for being disciplined and sticking to my plan. I think that's how it goes - one day at a time.

My legs are really, really sore so I didn't go running this morning and enjoyed a leisurely morning routine. I was still craving more food after my egg white omelette, but didn't reach for the white bread to make toast. Rather, I bought some pears and peaches for snacking if I really want/need them.

I hope that I continue to make good choices and to progress towards my goal!!
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