A Twitter buddy of mine – @abiwrightonit – happened to put something out there today that made me do a bit of a mental double-take.
It was about the calories that we consume on Christmas Day – and a third of people polled said that they had a total ‘blowout’ and ate over 8500 calories!
Now, I wasn’t sure about this – then I remembered that it was nothing for me to start my Christmas Day off with a plate of four warm croissants…which, based on the ones I eat, would have been 1284 calories. I would then crack open the tin of chocolates, shortly followed by some smoked cheese…
So I decided to have a closer look.
The article, on Huffington Post, was a bit of an eye-opener. I won’t harp on too much about it all but, to be honest, I am really struggling this year. The past couple of years have seen a steely determination from me – I did not waver at all…I managed to lose 7.5lbs over the festive period last year, and 13.5lbs the year before.
This year feels so much harder. Maybe it’s because I am out and about more, and facing more temptation. Maybe it’s because I have lost so much, and my quality of life is so much better…
I don’t know. All I know is that it feels harder. I want to eat all of the tempting things on offer and am a bit frustrated that I can’t – or rather frustrated that I know that if I want to reach my goal, then I should try and steer clear.
Reminding myself of the calories in all of the festive food offerings – and syns – has helped.
So here is what the article listed for that one day of the year…
Full English breakfast (two bacon rashers, two sausages, fried egg, beans, fried mushrooms): 813 calories
Orange juice: 88 calories
Two slices of buttered toast: 178 calories
Two slices of ham, coleslaw, baked potato with butter: 530 calories
Portion of trifle: 235 calories
Bag of crisps – standard size: 133 calories
A portion of mixed nuts: 243 calories
10 chocolates such as Quality Street: 393 calories
Two small sausage rolls: 100 calories
Slice of Christmas cake: 249 calories
Smoked salmon with buttered toast and horseradish: 366 calories
Turkey roast dinner with roast potatoes, vegetables, stuffing, cranberry sauce, bread sauce, gravy: 1,450 calories
5 pigs in blankets (sausages wrapped in bacon): 400 calories
Two mince pies: 354 calories
A portion of Christmas pudding, custard & brandy butter: 587 calories
A slice of Christmas cake: 249 calories
One portions of cheeses and buttered cracker: 394 calories
Three pints of lager: 540 calories
A bottle of red wine: 510 calories
A glass of port: 165 calories
2 glasses of champagne or Prosecco: 178 calories
A glass of baileys: 130 calories
A glass of mulled wine: 245 calories
Total: 8530 little calories…8530 – bloody hell!
Now there is a fair bit on that list that wouldn’t feature on my menu of old – the drink wouldn’t…but extra sweets would…as would extra crisps…extra cheese and biscuits…pâté…croissants…a Toblerone…a big mug of hot chocolate (proper hot chocolate, not the Options shite!)…probably even more cheese…even more crisps…and a couple of additional ‘just before bed’ chocolates.
I reckon I would easily have polished off 8500 calories. I know I did that daily with my binge-eating and so I know that it’s entirely doable. Don’t look at that list and think, ‘Never – not me, I could never eat that!’ You bloody well could!
In fact, looking back at that drink list, I reckon that would have killed me – not the cheese I would usually polish off!
Anyway – as I said, I don’t want to harp on about it. I want to enjoy this time of year. However I really do want to reach my goal. It might seem that a day or two off-track wouldn’t hurt…and weight-wise it probably wouldn’t. I just know that with each off-plan meal I eat, my head wants more and more and more.
So you have to make the choice that is right for you. You might be able to enjoy a few days off plan and get straight back to it. I know I will find this hard. I have planned a nice off plan meal on Christmas Eve, and have my mini break in January which will be off plan…and might add an off plan meal from the local Lebanese restaurant to celebrate my new job. I think putting these dates in the diary has helped a little bit – I have literally added them to my iPad calendar so that I can plan around them.
2015 is a New Year and all that…I just want to go into in as good a frame of mind as I can!
Today has been interesting. It was pantomime day! Mr WLB and I headed off to see Aladdin with my niece, nephew, sister, and brother in law. It was quite good fun and just lovely to be able to go out there and do this kind of thing. It’s been fairly quiet and sedate this evening…I am looking forward to watching Homeland tonight.
Today’s food looked like this…
Breakfast: Smoked salmon scrambled eggs, wilted spinach, and cherry tomatoes.
Lunch: Sweet potato and butternut squash soup.
Dinner: Bacon, mushrooms, onion, sprouts, leeks, and cabbage.
Snacks: Clementine and a banana.
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx
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