Posted by: the delish | March 18, 2012

That is a diet?

So I just finished entering all of my food in for the weekend. I was entering some as I went on Saturday, but not all. Even with exercise all weekend, I went way over my calorie goals. What surprised me is how far I went over on Saturday when I was actually still trying to diet.

We started off with scrambled eggs with spinach, turkey polish sausage, fruit salad, granola, and Greek yogurt. I kept all of my portions moderate.

For lunch, we went to Don Pablo’s where I knowingly gorged on chips, salsa, and dips. I loved every minute of it too. 🙂 I did decide to forgo a regular meal and just went with a cup of tortilla soup to save room for chips. I have a weakness for chips and salsa. I also skipped the margarita I would normally have gotten and went for a Corona instead.

For dinner, we were celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday and I let her choose the style of meal. She chose Italian, which I saw as a great opportunity to modify my prior recipes and methods. 6 months ago, I would have (and did, actually) made lasagna loaded with cheese, bread – also loaded with cheese, and probably some uber fattening dessert. Instead, I made a healthy salad with only lemon and lime juice for dressing, ricotta and spinach stuffed chicken breasts served on a bed of angel hair pasta with fresh made marinara, and ok, some bread with cheese on it.

For her “birthday cake,” I also tried to go with a healthier recipe. I made a dark chocolate espresso cake which I was actually quite pleased with. I substituted honey for sugar, yogurt for sour cream, and some other tweaks and it was quite delicious. I will share that recipe tomorrow. I did cut the pieces rather large and now that I put the recipe in, I realized those pieces were about 400 calories each, plus 200 calories worth of ice cream. So, yes, I indulged a little.

Despite the fact that I only ate about a third of my main dish, I was still almost 2000 calories over for the day. I am totally ok with this – I am not going to get crazy over doing this once in awhile. But I am kind of reflecting back and thinking – jeeze, if I was going to go that far over, why did I even try to make diet food? And then I kick myself and remind myself that it is not a diet, it is a healthy
Iifestyle. But I still feel like I got a little ripped off. That many calories and it was supposedly healthy? Ugh. I know, I know, I should be proud because old eating habits probably would have been a 5000 calorie day. I just have to grasp that concept, I suppose.

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