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ELLGEEBEE SparkPoints: (1,038)
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3/24/13 2:49 P

Thanks for the feedback, everyone! We ended up going to Chili's for dinner so I was able to get something from the guiltless grill, and then I stuck to a skinny margarita and then a bud light at the soccer game afterwards. Didn't feel so bad about those choices. :)

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,314
3/24/13 10:39 A

Go ahead and go out just make good choices...shrimp scampi, 4 ounce filet Mignon, Fish...salmon, crab cakes, mussels in Marina sauce, Vinegar and oil salad so there's no hidden sodium or sugar in the salad dressing, skip the breads, have veggies and a sweet potato....a pork chop has a 200 calories, or a broiled chicken breast, and if the fries are not baked skip those too. Baked or broiled are good choices. Skip the pastas. Maybe a walk to a frozen yogurt place for dessert...Champagne, mimosa, wine coolers are good and beer is healthy for you as it can help create good cholesterol when drinking it is done in moderation

Remember anything with "loin" in the name is less fatty...pork loin, sirloin...just eat the amount that could fit into the palm of your hand...about 4 ounces.

Enjoy the conversation and your time out with freinds.

Edited by: SUNSHINE6442 at: 3/24/2013 (10:50)
SEAGIRL545 Posts: 88
3/24/13 9:54 A

It doesn't sound like you are planning to go above your calorie limit, so it should be fine. You'll figure out over a few weeks if it starts to slow your weight loss.

i like to go out with my friends, too. My strategies are: only eat one meal at the bar even if we are going out more than once per weekend, other times I make sure to eat sufficient dinner before we go out. I limit my drinks to 2, usually vodka with seltzer and lime.

I usually find that salty or carb heavy meals will up my weight the next day or 2, but go down after that.

3/24/13 9:52 A

Many restaurants have online menus and nutrition sites available. IF it is possible, preplan your night out, then you can do your counting ahead and know what you are going to eat and drink. It makes me feel like I am in control when I preplan, even when I change it upon getting to the restaurant and ordering, information is everything! Enjoy your nights out, we all need good mental health breaks too.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,302
3/24/13 9:10 A

3-4 times a month is basically once a week. which is on the often side. so you should probably have a better plan in place than 600 cal workouts every week. it is possible for some people to keep that kind of thing up in addition to what they are already doing [your calories burned for the week is already figured in to your ranges so you would have be exercising 600 cals above what you already were going to do in order to be able to eat those extra 600 cals], but most people tend to not be able to reliably do the exercise while they do maintain the extra food intake.
first of all, figure out from your loss ranges where your maintenance ranges are. if you're set to lose a pound a week, your maintenance ranges will be 500 cals above your loss ranges [1000 for 2lbs per week, 750 for 1.5lbs per week and 250 for .5lb per week]. if you eat in your loss range 6 days a week and your maintenance 1 day a week you're looking at losing about 6/7 of the weight you had planned [1 and 5/7 lbs for 2lbs a week, 6/7lb instead of a full pound and 6/7 of a half pound instead of a full half pound. if you can live with that it's an easy way to make sure you're getting the fuel and nutrients your body needs and having a little breathing room to go out to eat.
the second option you have is putting a ceiling on 6 days a week and using the extra to be in balance for the week. in other words, if your ranges are 1300-1650 cals a day, put a mental top on your ranges of 1550 cals. so you'd be eating in the 1300-1550 range six days a week. by doing that you'll have saved up 600 cals that you can play with on that day 7, or up to 2250 that day.

SWHITEHOU SparkPoints: (0)
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3/23/13 9:18 P

Having one splurge day a week where you can rest and eat whatever you want is a good thing. Alcohol in general can slow down weight loss because of the way it is metabolized in your body; however, this is probably only going to affect you personally if you drink on a more regular basis (i.e. 1-2 beers or glasses of wine a day) on top of the one day a week you go out drinking. Definitely would not panic about it! :)

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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3/23/13 8:13 P

One night of less-than-perfect choices is not going to sabotage your efforts, no. The sodium from the stuff you eat out may mask weight loss for a few days, or even cause temporary weight gain from water retention, but that's not the same thing.

It's fine. Keep tracking, and you'll be fine.

3/23/13 7:28 P

It's fine once in awhile. I can't imagine living a life where I can't let my hair down and enjoy myself from time to time. As long as you aren't letting it become an every day thing, don't worry about it.

ELLGEEBEE SparkPoints: (1,038)
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3/23/13 6:59 P

I've started tracking my calories again and have been doing great whenever I eat food from home and don't have to go out to restaurants. I'm planning on going out to dinner tonight and a soccer game afterwards and will most likely have a couple of beers. Luckily I worked out hard today and made wise food choices for breakfast, lunch and my snack and have about 1000 cals left to consume (I burned well over 600 during exercise). What I am wondering is if I use up the rest of my 1000 cals with not so healthy foods and alcohol, but still stay under my calorie limit, will this slow my weight loss?

This isn't something I do often, honestly it probably only happens 3-4 times a month. I just get so anxious about going out with the boyfriend or friends and being stuck in situations where it's hard to eat healthy. If I budget my calories so I have more flexibility here I feel better but I don't know how eating "lower" quality foods will impact my weight loss efforts.

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