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Rollercoasters! (and staying on track while on vacation)

Sunday, May 01, 2011

This past weekend, we went on a mini vacation to Florida! We originally went to see Space Shuttle Endeavor's final launch, but it was canceled. We missed probably our only opportunity to see a shuttle launch. :( The timing doesn't work out for us for the remaining launches - sniff. One guy said he drove 1,500 miles from Michigan to Cape Canaveral. We met another guy at our hotel who came from Toronto.

Staying on track while on the road is tough. When we got to Daytona Beach on the way to Titusville (where the Shuttle Launch viewing area is), we stopped at a pub for dinner. I took a look at the menu, and nearly got sidetracked. However, I opted for the Southwest grilled steak salad. This was a good choice. I asked for the dressing on the side. It was a large salad with the right size portion of steak strips on top. Perfect!

The following morning, we stopped at a Bob Evans for breakfast. After the previous night's success, I didn't do so well at breakfast. I ordered the fry up breakfast of eggs, sausage, potato hash, and biscuit. We shared the pancakes that came with the fiance's order, split into 8ths.

This is a test. Using your training from Spark, tell me, how many calories is this? Don't cheat!! Don't look it up! I challenge you to do it off the top of your head!

1 over easy egg: ?
1 large buttermilk biscuit: ?
2 large pancakes: ?
2 sausage links: ?
1 serving home fries: ?

Answer at the end of the blog!

As disappointed as we were about not getting to see a launch, that wasn't the only thing we had planned. We had tickets for Universal Studios in Orlando that we've been waiting to use. We were on our way to Universal Studios Island Adventures - my favorite theme park!

While on the drive to Orlando, we opted for a healthy lunch at a local grocery store. We bought 6" sub sandwiches and shared a fruit bowl.

After checking into our hotel, we went out for dinner. We went to a Brazilian steakhouse for a "rodizio". If you aren't familiar with a rodizio, it's a restaurant where servers come to your tables with meat on skewers. They typically have beef, lamb, chicken, pork, and sausages. The servers slice off a piece for you. You have a card on your table that you can flip "green" when you want more meat, or flip "red" when you want to take a break.

Normally, this can be quite a problem for me. However, I filled up on the salad bar and veggies. I skipped the bread portion. I ate probably about 6-8 oz of meat in total, which is on the high side. However, believe me, this is an improvement. There was a time when I used to stuff myself with 12-16oz at a rodizio. Maybe more.

The next day, we were going for rollercoasters! We didn't know what to do for breakfast, and ended up going to a Chik-fil-a. I looked briefly at the menu, but I couldn't find a healthy option. I didn't really want the chicken biscuit sandwich, but ended up getting it anyway.

We had a great time at the theme park. We went on the new Harry Potter ride, which was AWESOME! Definitely one of the most unique rollercoaster experiences I've ever had. It's part rollercoaster ride, part interactive movie. The premise of the theme is Hermine makes us muggles able to fly in our rollercoaster cart, and we go off with Harry on a Quaddich stick, dodging dragons and other baddies.

Here I am at "Hogwarts".

I had a "Butterbeer". It's like a strawberry cream soda. I strongly recommend sharing with someone. It is very sweet, and a total calorie bomb. We shared half, then decided we had enough.

After hanging with Harry, we visit Jurassic Park!

Oh no!! T-Rex!! Help! Help!

Whew! After running away from dinosaurs, it's time for a snack. While theme parks are loaded with tons of bad food, there are healthy options. We found a few places that had rotisserie chickens. Still have to watch out for portion sizes. The fiance and I opted for a smoked turkey leg, french fries, a corn on the cob, and shared it between us. They also had a fresh fruit salad cup.

Here I am polishing off the turkey leg.

After lunch, we continued on our rollercoaster adventure. Here I am overlooking the Incredible Hulk ride - which is still one of my favorites.

After a full day at the park, we headed to a Whole Foods that was in the area for dinner. Going to the salad bar, I put together a healthy salad plate. Pasta, veggies, and 1/4lb grilled steak. I also had fresh olives, you can see a little in the corner.

This morning, we went back to Whole Foods where I had a whole wheat bagel, cream cheese and coffee. About 470 calories. For lunch, we shared a Chipotle steak bowl with guacamole. About 640 calories total, but 320 shared.

Now, back to the quiz. How many calories were in my breakfast on Friday?

1 over easy egg: 95
1 large buttermilk biscuit: 380
2 large pancakes: 2x150 = 300
2 sausage links: 230
1 serving home fries: 160
Total: 1174

Wow. A whole day's calories!

So...how much did I eat?

Half the home fries were left. I took a nibble off the biscuit. I ate only 1/8 of the pancake.

A total of 570 calories. Definitely on the high side. I'm glad I didn't eat all of it.

As far as meals away from home, this was one of my better attempts.
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    I mentioned this to my husband, who's healthy and slim via genes (okay, okay, he bikes/hikes/skis/etc). I mentioned the plate of food, and he guessed 1100 cals. I guessed 800. Guess I'd better keep tracking. ;-)
    2607 days ago
    you really showed restraint with the breakfast...GOOD JOB
    2607 days ago
    This is why I count calories. Knowing how many calories were in that plate made me not want to order it again. I will definitely think twice next time we go to a diner for breakfast.
    2607 days ago
    Awesome trip--nice details and pix! Sounds like you had fun! Total WHOA on the breakfast. Wow wow wow. Sounds like you were generally careful and made good decisions, though!
    2607 days ago
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