What a Surprise!
Monday, April 08, 2013
I am, quite frankly, amazed that I have somehow stayed more-or-less within my diet limits over the past few days. I have been so busy that I didn't even have time to log into Spark People and create menus to match my goals. Daddy Bear, as I call my father, is recover from surgery (and doing extremely well!) so last weekend, because he was preparing for surgery on Monday morning, my family chose to postpone our Easter/Ostra celebrations. (I'm Pagan, my parents are Baptist, but we respect each others' beliefs and make the holidays work.) :)
Any way, this weekend my boyfriend suggested that we should cook Easter Dinner, like Mama Bear (my mother) usually does, and take a picnic to my father in the hospital. I thought that was an excellent idea, so that is what we did. We told Mama Bear our plans and she joined us at the hospital. I tried to be at least slightly more health-friendly with my choices, but I wanted Daddy Bear to have the sort of Easter/Ostra meal I know he looks forward to. So we made honey and brown sugar ham, spicy turnip greens, steamed corn, and apple and onion brown rice. As you can tell by the relatively simple menu (remember that we're talking about a Southern girl cooking a holiday meal) we were rather short on time. Because of that I am afraid I cheated and bought the dinner rolls. That's alright, though... My best friend, who was visiting, baked Daddy Bear a special miniature cake. I think the nurses were a little jealous. LOL!
We had a nice visit with Daddy Bear which lasted for a few hours, and we stayed at my parents' house. The next morning my boyfriend and I bought ingredients and I made a surprisingly low cal breakfast casserole for brunch. (Seriously, I don't mean to brag, but it was so delicious that when I created the recipe on Spark People I was absolutely shocked to see that it was only about 400 calories per serving. It tasted like it should be 600 or 700.)
It's a good thing it was so low cal. My best friend decided to buy groceries and make casseroles so that Mama Bear didn't have to come home and cook every night after spending the day at the hospital. I washed dishes as she cooked, and we also made the cake for another friend's bridal shower. (Make hay while the sun is shining, as they say.) Afterward my boyfriend said: "You two have been in the kitchen all day. You shouldn't have to cook dinner too. How about I take you both out to eat?" He took us to a hibachi grill and sushi house that had recently opened nearby. As you can imagine, it was decidedly not a low calorie meal. I at least had a diet drink, and chose fresh fruit for dessert rather than one of their tempting and exotic looking treats. My meal itself, however, was deliciously fattening. Bad, I know... I tried to be reasonable, but I figured that if my Love was going to spend his money on me, I was going to make it worthwhile. LOL!
So, when I entered all of the foods I ate into my nutrition tracker, I fully expected to be far, far beyond my daily limit. Some how, miraculously, I wasn't-- at least on calories. I was barely, and I mean BARELY, below the maximum. I did, however, eat more fat than I was supposed to. Oh, well... I don't need to make a habit out of it, but sometimes you can't win them all.