How is your week going, everyone? I'm excited to enter Week #2 of my challenge today, but first here's a recap of week one, my food find of the week, and a tip about making the most of meals on the go!
PROGRESS: My first week got off to a bit of a slow start. I did wave goodbye to my first pound though. To be honest, my allowance of one "cheat" meal per week turned into an entire cheat (holi)day. Of course you have to grill out on Memorial Day, right? In a celebratory mood I'm afraid I let one cheddar brat turn into two, and then followed that up with a Cookie Jar Blizzard. Oops! ;) My hubby has a birthday coming up and had a bogo for a free blizzard. Unfortunately it didn't actually make the ice cream calorie free for us though! YUM, but yeah...it hindered the progress a bit. Lesson learned. No worries though. Hoping to be able to pick up the slack in week two. Stop back next Thursday to see if I'm successful with that! ;)
Note to self:
We began using the Couch-to-5K program as a family! The girls LOVED it! It was so nice to be outside and exercising together! Glad that we're moving forward in getting fabulously fit as a family!
A salty, crunchy snack for much less than average chips! Yes, please! These are fantastic with Hidden Valley Ranch Dip. I prepared my HVR dip mix with light sour cream which made it only 40 calories/2 TBSP! Snack time delight! I haven't seen these anywhere but Wal-Mart, but there seems to be one of those
places where everyone thinks the dress code is last night's pajamas ... what is up with that, anyway?! stores in just about every city, so look for them the next time you wish you weren't there. ;)
TIP OF THE WEEK:
NEVER assume that something is either too high in calories OR that it must be low! There have been many times that I've been shocked to find out that seemingly healthier options were anything but figure friendly! If you're busy with Summer activities or sports and you have to grab fast food, ALWAYS be sure to check out the nutritional facts to know your options before ordering! You may be very surprised by your findings too!
Say you run through a Burger King drive-thru, hungry for a burger, but that fresh looking salad on the menu must be better for you, right? In some cases that's actually not true!
Let's compare BK's Whopper Jr. to their Garden Fresh Salad Chicken Apple & Cranberry with Tendergrill and dressing:
340 calories, 18g fat, 1g fiber
The aforementioned Salad:
520 calories, 26g fat, 4g fiber
Now, look what the "have it your way" can do..
Whopper Jr. without mayo: 260 calories, 9g fat, 1g fiber
Who can eat just a burger though, right? Adding a side would totally put us over the salad, wouldn't it? Let's see...
Onion Rings, Value Size: 150 calories, 8g fat, 1g fiber
So, you can actually have a Whopper Jr. without mayo and value size Onion Rings for 410 calories, 17g fat, 2g fiber, enjoying BOTH for 110 calories and 9g fat LESS than that salad! I'd venture to guess that most people ordering the salad think they are choosing the healthier option on that menu.
Be wise even when on the go! A quick peek on your phone at a restaurant's nutritional facts can really help you make a smart choice!
*If you don't have a smart phone to look up the info online when out and about, most fast food restaurants now also either have the nutritional facts posted, or available if requested.
Need some new light and delicious recipes?
Check out my Pinboard: Delicious Ways to Shrink.
You'll find oodles of yumminess there to inspire your next week's meal plan!
How are you doing? I'd love to hear about your week too! If you'd like to share your triumphs, struggles, or anything that you've found to be helpful, remember my comments section below is officially a CHEERING SECTION on Thursdays! Let's cheer each other on, friends!
Until next Thursday...
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