Last Friday was such a day for me. I had a lunch date with my husband at Atlanta Bread Co, and then we were planning to go see Thor that night at the movie theater. One thing I know about myself is that I LOVE movie theater popcorn and snacks. That, to me, is part of the experience. We don't go that often, so when we do, I want the entire package. Knowing this, I knew I had to make room for those calories if I wanted to keep up with my goal.
So I did a little research before hand. I looked up movie theater popcorn. There were a ton of options, but I rounded up and got a general idea (it is really not that bad if you don't add more butter). I also knew I would get something sweet to follow my popcorn, so I planned for that as well. For lunch, I looked up Atlanta Bread Co nutrition information online and there I could see every menu item and how many calories they contained. My favorite sandwich is the Turkey Club Panini and the whole thing was 710 calories. Whoa. I usually try to keep each meal below 600 if I can, so that was not going to work. I decided to get half a sandwich (355 calories), kettle chips (150 calories) and water. I knew I'd want a coke at the movies and I try to limit those as well for multiple reasons.
I'll include my menu below and then share some tips that I think may be useful for weekends and such.
Friday, May 20
- Raisin bran, 1.2 cups - 234 cals
- Skim milk, 1 cup - 90 cals
- Coffee, 2 cups - 4 cals
- Half and half, 4 tbsp - 40 cals
- Sugar, 4 tbsp - 195 cals
- Simply Orange Juice, 5 fl oz - 69 cals
- Cottage cheese, 4 oz - 102 cals
- Grapes, 1 cup - 110 cals
- Peaches, 4 oz - 46 cals
- Strawberries, .4 cup - 19 cals
- Turkey Club Panini, half sandwich - 355 cals
- Honey mustard, 2 tbsp - 20 cals
- Kettle chips, 1 serving - 150 cals
- Movie theater popcorn, 4 tbsp (unpopped) - 320 cals
- Twizzlers, 2 servings - 320 cals
- Lance Van-o-Lunch cookies, 1 package - 230 cals
- Skim milk, 1 cup - 90 cals
Not the most nutritious day, but I was careful where I could be careful, while still enjoying some treats along the way. I think this is important if you want to stick to a plan. You have to eat what you like. I could have settled for a less favorite sandwich at Atlanta Bread, but I knew I wanted my fave. So I ate half of one instead of the whole thing. Even though my popcorn and twizzlers were high calorie, I shared them with Jason, which caused me to eat less than I would have otherwise. Believe me, I could polish off an entire bag of twizzlers and a medium popcorn all on my own.
My calorie intake for Friday ended up being 23 calories over my daily allotment without exercise. Since I burned 665 calories running, however, I had about 642 I could still have and meet my weight loss goal.
So here are my tips for fun weekends and outings:
- Try to fit in a little exercise if you know you might be eating more calories than usual.
- Share - that way you get what you like but you don't eat too much of it.
- Half or lessen the portion size - same rule as #2
- Make a deal with yourself. "I know I will want dessert tonight, so I'm eating a light lunch." "I know I will want wine with dinner, so I will skip a roll." You can still have what you enjoy and watch calories at the same time. You just have to be choosy.
- Do your research. Look online to see how many calories your favorite foods contain and make a plan of what you will eat before you get there.