Lessons Learned

by Christine on September 22nd, 2010

filed under Christine's Life Updates

Yesterday I had dinner with an old friend and colleague of mine. It was great to see him.  While I was out, I ordered the salmon (cooked “dry” with no butter), but with some mayo and mustard on the side. I mixed the mayo and mustard (2 parts mustard to 1 part mayo) and used just a little dab on my fork with each bite. It was absolutely delicious! 4 oz of salmon plus the mustard + mayo combination rang in at the most at 240 calories. Not bad at all!  The fish was served with a side of risotto with corn and asparagus in it. It looked delicious, but I didn’t even touch it.

Despite the great food choice, the calories for my day topped 1500! Considering my calorie goal is 800 a day, I actually almost doubled that! Dear heavens!  I was actually right on target with my food throughout the day and with dinner. So where did I go astray?  Apparently 2 beers, 2 glasses of wine (we were at the restaurant chatting for five hours!) followed by two small bites of cookie dough at home adds up to a ridiculous 600 calories!  I know, you’re sitting there thinking, “DUH,” but honestly, this calorie amount really snuck up on me yesterday.  However, I learned a lesson from it:

  1. Count up your calories prior to a dinner out, so the number is fresh in your mind.  Hell, write that number on the back of your hand school-girl style if you need to.
  2. If you’re going to drink, drink water in between each drink.  It hydrates you AND slows you down.
  3. The evening out is about catching up with friends, NOT about the food, NOT about drinking.

This morning my scale was up to 138.0, and there’s little surprise as to why.

Last night I woke up at 3 a.m. with terrible menstrual cramps, really bad dehydration, and painful constipation. I was lucky that I was able to fall back asleep, but ugh, owch.  The remedy is to drink some diluted prune juice throughout the day, lots of water, and an apple. And a bucket full of Aleve.

Tonight after work I have another evening out with friends. I will do a much better job keeping my calories in check.  Unfortunately I won’t have time to go the gym, which is maybe just as well because my cramps would definitely prevent me from running today anyway!

Picture of my colleague friend I met yesterday, John (left) with me at a work event. What a fun “before” picture! I remember that suit I was wearing: it was a size 16.

John and Tom

Recent pictures of me (size 6):

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  • Allanmklein

    Glad the fish worked out !! Constipation and cramps..Bad juju… Enjoy the day

  • Allanmklein

    Glad the fish worked out !! Constipation and cramps..Bad juju… Enjoy the day

  • Sarah G

    Hope you feel better soon!

  • Claynlesia

    reminds me of my lesson and the popcorn at the movies. Even without butter it was WAY high in calories. So now I make my own and sneak it in…LOL

  • spunkysuzi

    Yep those glasses of wine sneak up on you!

  • Bonnie

    Those damn liquid calories. They are my downfall.

  • Maggie @ Looking For My Feet

    Oh yeah…those calories DO sneak up! The great thing is that you recognize it and own it! That’s the important thing. Have fun at the next get together…watch those calories!

  • Patrick

    Glad you had fun and enjoyed the meal. Yep, booze, oh so good. Oh so high in calories. Just doesn’t seem right. Hope the pains you’ve had pass fast. Diluted prune juice, oh I hope it is a remedy you can enjoy. Not sounding like I want to share a glass. Can I get a shot in mine?