Today I Gave My Lunch Away

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Today, again, I did not plan my meals in advance. I had some shrimp and crab pasta salad left over from Memorial Day, so I brought that for lunch thinking it could not possibly be that unhealthy. Well, boy was I wrong! You see, it is hard to accurately track a recipe that is someone else's, so I decided to list all the ingredients and allot for a serving of each which would give me a good approximation of how much I'd be consuming. Well, I was both shocked and appalled at the amount of calories and carbs in the recipe. Eating just 1/2 cup for lunch would leave me starving until I could get home and make dinner. Not a wise move!!! So, I gave my lunch away to one of my dear co-workers. She was at my Memorial Day celebration and raved about how good it was, so I brought the left-overs for us to enjoy for lunch. Well, it is all hers. She and her husband will enjoy it of dinner. I really want to win this weight-loss war, so I can not set myself up for failure.

I know that if I had eaten the smaller portion. I would have been hungry in a hour or so. Then I would have started grazing or possibly binging. I know me. So I went to a nearby café and bought roasted chicken and steamed squash. I also bought a watermelon wedge from the produce market downstairs. I removed the skin from the chicken and made a sandwich on wheat bread. There was not the usual "party" in my mouth from the flavors, but it was not dreadful. The watermelon was juicy and sweet, which made for a nice dessert. It looks like taking this thing one day at a time, one meal at a time may be the way to go for me. I can sit back and laugh (now) at the way I was freaking out when I added the salad to the tracker and saw the numbers. I'm sure I will be in for more shocks. Today's lesson though is that I must do some sort of planning ahead to be sure I am within my acceptable ranges. Oh yeah, and no more Shrimp and Crab Pasta until I figure out how to make a healthier version.
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  • JCL129
    ...and when you make that pasta, please pass me the recipe! LOL

    3348 days ago
    I like that sentiment - "one day at a time.. one meal at a time". I'm a firm believer that small changes make big differences. Way to go for thinking through your lunch before eating it and realizing there was a better alternative.

    3359 days ago
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