Soooooo tell me how your Thanksgiving went?! I hope it was filled with love, laughter, and lots of food–mine was! Admittedly, I probably did eat more than I should have… let’s take a look!
Here’s what I estimate that I ate for the Thanksgiving meal:
|Thanksgiving Feast||Chips and queso||113|
|Mac n’ Cheese||80|
|Mashed potatoes and gravy||79|
|Broccoli cheese casserole||50|
|Red Hot Salad||60|
Wow. For one meal. And it doesn’t look like very much does it?!
I want to note that I didn’t eat everything on my plate so luckily I didn’t completely consume all 725 calories. There was some mac n- cheese left which is hiding under the chips in the picture, and a little pink salad, mashed potatoes, turkey, and broccoli cheese casserole left. Everything else was consumed.
Now here’s my estimation on how many calories the meal would have been if I had eaten a full scoop of everything:
|Thanksgiving Feast||Chips and queso||130|
|Mac n’ Cheese||110|
|Mashed potatoes and gravy||110|
|Broccoli cheese casserole||80|
|Red Hot Salad||100|
Over 1000 calories for ONE meal! Craziness. You’ll notice it’s not twice as much as before just because I felt like for some items I had a pretty decent portion of it. By putting a little less on my plate I shaved off 325 calories! And I still felt full. I don’t know about you but I usually feel inclined to clean my plate (I can’t stop eating if it’s in front of me) so if there is more on there initially then that’s more I have to eat (or overeat). So by starting out with less, I didn’t feel as bad cleaning my plate, and actually felt so full by then end that I couldn’t eat everything. If you’re good at stopping when you’re full then this isn’t a problem for you. But if I had put more on my plate I would have definitely ate more before stopping.
Unfortunately I don’t have a photo of my dessert plate. You don’t want to see it. I split it with Daniel but I’m pretty sure I ate most of it. On our plate we had a slice of pumpkin and pecan pie, and two types of brownies. Both brownies weren’t very big but pretty sure I devoured them without leaving Daniel more than a nibble. One brownie had a layer of cookie dough at the bottom, then an Oreo layer, then brownie mix on top. It was amazing!
I’m gonna guess it’s safe to say it was over 500 calories for that dessert plate.
I feel like a hypocrite because I didn’t have the chance to follow my own advice from last week on how to indulge wisely. I was at Daniel’s family’s Thanksgiving and no salad was provided (I’ll have to offer to bring that next time instead of pie, but my pecan pie turned out so good!), then we had to watch the KU game (though I did do some running around with his nieces so that was my exercise instead of a walk), and then the men played Risk while I ate most of the dessert plate and watched Daniel play. It was a fun day but I could have been more strict with calories, especially the dessert plate. But it was the Holiday so I’m not going to let it get me down!
After spending time with Daniel’s family we came back to Manhattan to have dessert with mine. I thought maybe we’d have dinner but it ended up being just dessert with another slice of pecan pie and apple pie split between Daniel and I and some more board games. Whoops. But I had lots of fun!
So now I have 25 days to stay on track before I pig out again at Christmas dinner. If I can do that, I may not even worry about restricting myself that day. I hope to workout at least 3 times a week with at least one day of strength training. I will probably mix up my strength training regime but for now I like this basic one from Health Magazine:
It suggests doing 12-15 reps of each exercise twice a week but I plan to do 2-3 sets each time. Let’s see if it really does shave of 4 pounds of fat and add 2 pounds of muscle!
This week off was much needed but now it’s back to the real world tomorrow! Work, school, and hopefully some working out!