Saturday, August 22, 2009

What's For Dinner?

I ran into another unexpected food issue today. I went to a friend's place to visit for a while and ended up there much longer than I had anticipated. When dinner time rolled around I was asked if I was hungry and I responded that I was, and then I was offered chimichangas. What was I to say? Okay, the obvious answer here is, "no," but I guess I'm being rhetorical.

My point is that it is really hard to turn down food that someone offers for an actual meal when you are in their home. Snacks are different; I'm getting better at declining treats. But I think it's kind of rude to say something like, "actually do you have something healthier since I'm trying to improve my food choices," when they are ready to put a whole supper in front of you. I especially didn't feel comfortable saying anything because the person offering isn't the sveltest person around either, and I didn't want to hurt her feelings on that level as well as just being picky about what was offered.

I don't know. Maybe I made the wrong decision, but I accepted the chimichangas. On the plus side, she presented my plate with nearly a cup each of salsa and sour cream and I made the conscious effort to use only a very small portion of each one. A small victory, but I'll take it.

As an attempt to pay penance for consuming the deep fried burritos, I walked home from my friend's house. Over an hour of walking to try and burn off some of what took under ten minutes to eat. Also on the exercise front, I tried ice skating for the first time in probably almost twenty years. That was a laugh! I doubt that I burned many calories as I carefully wobbled my way around the rink trying to be nonchalant about the way my hand was hovering an inch above the rail ready to grab it if I went down. I recorded the effort anyhow since I figure I must have used a lot of muscles that probably haven't been utilized since mullets were still in style.

- 7 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 1/2 cups of grapes
- 1 wrap on a soft tortilla shell with honey ham, grated cheese, 1 cup of Seven Day Salad, calorie wise Miracle Whip, mustard, and pepper
- 1 peach
- 1 mug of vanilla nut decaffeinated tea with milk
- 2 chimichangas with 1 Tb sour cream and 1 Tb salsa
- 1 cup of blueberries with 1 tsp splenda
- 1 1/2 cups broccoli and cauliflower with light ranch dressing

- 1/2 hour of ice skating
- 1 hour and 10 minute walk


  1. I think you did the best you could under the circumstances! We won't always have healthy choices available but portion control is always a good thing.

  2. I haven't been ice skating in years! Was never a graceful skater by any means, LoL.

    I love that you walked home from your friend's house to make up for eating the chimichangas. Situations like that can be tough! And kudos for not over indulging in the yummy deep fried goodness! LoL. I don't think I would have been able to stop myself at just two.


  3. Congratulations on getting through your first "non controllable" meal.

    One thing I've learned in this journey is that we can't always be in control - life happens - and it isn't always about us. So when someone I love offers me food that they want to share with me and its not the best food for ME to eat. I try and control the portion size as best as I can and adjust the rest of my day/week around it. More importantly, I am grateful that there are people in my life who love me enough to share their meals with me.

  4. This was a tough situation. Lke Enz, I would just try to control the situation--which you did, not eating the sour cream, etc., and walking home after the fact.

  5. Once again, all of your treasured advice and words of wisdom leave me feeling all charged up to keep walking this path!