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FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
5/10/13 10:36 P

Because the theater was so crowded, we decided to save our seats and he went to get the popcorn while I stayed behind. However, I really didn't eat all that much today, so even though my menu for the day was rather lacking in nutrition, I'm not going to let that derail me. To be honest, I wasn't all that hungry either, so it evens out, I suppose.

Anyway, I did track that I ate half a large popcorn. However, I also got to a point where I could still eat more- and I certainly WANTED to eat more. However, I didn't need any more. I did cave once or twice after coming to this conclusion, but eventually, I came to a point where I realized that I wanted to minimize the damage done, and I forced myself to stop eating. I even smuggled an apple into the theater to give me something else to eat as a distraction from the popcorn- and it certainly helped, even if to remind myself of my goals and that I still have another potential challenge ahead.

LDHAWKE SparkPoints: (19,069)
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5/10/13 4:52 P

OK, so your friend is going to get the big tub. Let's see what we can do. Where I go, you add your own butter and extra salt/seasonings. So if that is the same for you, then take a bag with you to the movies. It could be paper or plastic. When he gets his tub, take out what you want (keep the portion small). That way he can add his own butter/salt and you can add your own butter/salt.

Keep us updated! Have fun!

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5/10/13 3:48 P

I am not to the point where I can skip the popcorn yet... It just goes hand in hand with a movie for me. So, I usually get a medium bag and sometime after the previews and opening credits, I hand the bag over to my daughter and kind of forget about it for the rest of the movie (usually). She never finishes it either, and we always end up throwing some out. I don't feel like it is something we do often enough for me to worry about it too much.

RIVETPA Posts: 1,177
5/10/13 3:11 P

I don't normally buy it as it's so expensive here... but if I do, I don't have them add butter. I just have it without butter, as it really hurts my stomach beyond the fact that it's not good for ya.

MIRANDAFRM2 Posts: 291
5/10/13 12:18 P

Oh, that movie theater popcorn. I can never resist it. I guess you could try on fill up on good snacks before or even try and bring something with you and try to resist as long as you can. Then, maybe have a little. Good luck this weekend.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
5/10/13 12:30 A

Diane- I'd probably be ok in the theater without popcorn, but regardless, it's going to be there next to me, and I know I'm going to have some. I'll just track that I had 1/2 the bucket- when, in reality, 1/4-1/3 of the popcorn will probably be left at the end.

DIANE7786 Posts: 4,991
5/10/13 12:00 A

I used to think I needed popcorn to watch a movie. One day I went to a movie with a friend who also orders popcorn. She waited until we were in the lobby to tell me she wasn't getting popcorn because she was dieting. What??? It seemed rude to sit next to her eatng popcorn I know she loves. I bought a water and we sat near the door so I could easily get popcorn if I really wanted it. After the movie I realized that after I sat down I didn't have a thought about popcorn or other snacks. I was more engrossed in the movie because I wasn't distracted by mindless eating. Why did I think I couldn't sit for a couple of hours without food? It's habit--an expensive habit! I haven't wanted food in a theatre since.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
5/9/13 11:34 P

You could talk to your friend about it. See if he would consider not adding extra butter or buy two smaller containers so you can have the slightly better version and he can have his the way he wants it.
You could not sit together in the theater if it is so troublesome.
You can eat it and just make sure that whatever you eat the rest of the day/week is healthy.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
5/9/13 9:41 P

My friend is going to buy the large popcorn regardless, and after spending the last $50 I had on BLS certification, I can't afford to buy even a kid's sized popcorn (my friend's aunt is treating).

Truth be told, we don't go the the movies often. I, personally, think it's a waste of time. I'd rather go out and socialize when I'm with friends. However, we do make exceptions for certain movies. We've both been wanting to see The Great Gatsby ever since we first heard it was coming out (although, I am most disappointed with the soundtrack; I feel a movie that takes place in the 1920s should have music from the 1920s).

And the chances of us going to the movies the same weekend I may go to a Chinese buffet is pretty low, and I figure if I get in a bit of extra exercise and drink a ton of water, I'll be able to minimize the damage done by the time I weigh in next week. I plan on doing a lot of walking during the week, and for all I know, I might not be going to the buffet after all (I tend to go to a Chinese buffet once every two years on average)/

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5/8/13 9:08 P

LDHAWKE, We do the same thing. I like to order the child's size popcorn. It really helps with portion control and it serves it's purpose of giving me a treat (something I love) while at the movies. I always smuggle in my own water also.
I have also attempted to bring in my own snacks (roasted chickpeas, kale chips) but they never satisfy as much as the popcorn does. Now I just treat myself to the kids size and not feel guilty about it.

With the buffet, fill your plate up with the veggies first and then fill in with the non-breaded meat and you should be okay. Most chinese buffets have a nice assortment of low fat proteins and there is usually white rice over the fried rice.

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5/8/13 4:58 P

I too love theater popcorn, as does my hubby, but he likes his salty with extra butter and I like mine with just a little butter. So we always get separate bags, the smallest available, and eat slowly. I get halfway down my bag and then I'm done. Can't eat anymore. We don't go to the movies that often so I don't worry about extra calories.

Honestly, you don't need that huge tub of popcorn. Popcorn does not need to last through the whole movie.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
5/8/13 4:48 P

Honestly, I'm not too worried about the popcorn. It's the combination of popcorn and possibly going to a buffet during the same weekend. However, I suppose even if I overeat, all I can do is try to get a bit more exercise during the rest of the week, drink even more water than usual, and try to stay within my daily points for the rest of the week. Hopefully that will negate most of the damage.

Besides, I may have a paycheck to pick up on the 15th if all goes well. It's 3 miles away, so maybe I'll strap on my Camelbak and walk there and back. That should help with the damage.

ELENGIL Posts: 957
5/8/13 4:30 P

Here's my take: you didn't gain weight because you went to the movies and had popcorn once in a while. Gaining weight, like losing, is about the long term.

Sure, you may blow the day. But you won't blow that day so bad that it ruins all your efforts. You can't possibly eat *that* much over that you pack on the pounds because of a single day of fun.

Now, especially with salt, the scale may go up several pounds, but that will be due to the salt content, not a sudden increase in body fat.

So hey, if this is your best friend and it's an occasional indulgence, go for it. Let yourself have a hair-down movie fun night. Eat the popcorn. Drink the water. Enjoy yourself. And don't feel guilty one bit. And the next day, go right back to eating within your range and making healthy choices.

One day won't derail you if you don't let it.

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
5/8/13 4:25 P

At this point, I am not confident in my abilities to resist the theater popcorn even if I have my own.

CHESAPEAKE60 SparkPoints: (7,725)
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5/8/13 4:17 P

I take/smuggle my own air popped popcorn misted with EVOO and lightly sprinkled with fine sea salt. Takes care of all temptation and tastes DELICIOUS! And I just buy my bottle water at the concession. That way I am buying something from them. I also have my MIO in my purse to add to my water.

Lets me really enjoy a movie date......

FTSOLK Posts: 1,395
5/8/13 4:11 P

This Friday, my best friend and I are going to the movies. Our usual tradition involves splitting a large popcorn with EXTRA butter which is a scary, scary thing when someone is trying to lose weight.

The problem is, whether I want it or not, my friend is going to buy the popcorn because HE wants it, and theater popcorn is one of my weaknesses. I honestly do not feel I can sit next to him for 2.5+ hours and NOT eat the popcorn- no matter what healthy snacks I try to smuggle in (which is hard because we already smuggle in water, but we don't want to draw attention to ourselves and give them reason to check my purse).

I've pretty much resolved that the theater popcorn will be my big treat of the week (I like having a splurge over the weekend), but I still want to minimize the damage done.

I have no idea what we are doing for lunch either, and I am also considering the fact that Sunday will not only involve an assortment of snacks and pastries before and after church (I am going with my family rather than attending my usual church), but a possible trip to a Chinese buffet as well, so I'm feeling a little stressed.

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