Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hovering pattern again....

Well, it's back..... that weird little hover pattern. I gained back the 0.2 I lost last week.

To be fair, this week was far from ordinary, and I'm grateful that the "damage" was that small. Monday wasn't bad until the evening. I got off the plane with a horrid headache -- not quite a migraine, but enough to make me nap first and THEN think food. So it was about 8:00 CT (9:00 home time) and I still hadn't eaten. I looked at a "Takeout Taxi" guide in the hotel room and I swear, reading THAT made me nauseous. There was a Friday's across the road and I honestly didn't even feel like I could make it over there. So I ate a protein meal bar in my room and felt a little better. Tuesday was a little more toward normal, and I even had time to research dinner options; we picked Friday's and I had the Key Lime Shrimp, because info that I found online -- not from Friday's, mind you -- indicated that it was 4 points.

Slight detour: I have a whole rant about companies who don't provide information for you, and yet offer things like "Healthy Fare" or "Right Portion, Right Price" (but right nutrition?). Are they that afraid that if they post it and people SEE how much they're shoveling in, it will scare them senseless? I'd much rather a corporation be honest with me and provide accurate data to help me make the best choices -- even if it means I can't eat a thing off their menu! And a HUGE round of kudos to Jason's Deli for doing that. They have a section called "Real Choices" where they list the calorie and fat content, and their website has data on every selection on the menu. Any wonder that I go there now every Thursday after the meeting? I can FEAST for about 8 points and feel like I'm getting not only my money's worth, but the best nutritional value I can.

Anyhow..... Wednesday was not so great. The morning started out fine -- good breakfast at the hotel (cereal, milk and fruit). I had more fruit at the training session, and felt really good. Then a colleague and I drove into downtown Chicago to see the sights. But by the time we got there, it was raining, and (worse) I got carsick. So we both headed back to the airport. I was getting really hungry by that point (3:00 PM), and the only place where I knew some points values? Mickey D's. How sad is that?

I got a kids' cheeseburger (which was pretty good -- hadn't had one in forever!), a fruit and walnut salad (good but 4 points?), and a Diet Coke. I finished lunch and went to my gate to wait -- it would be about another hour or so before boarding started. And naturally, with the weather, there was a delay. So with a half-hour time now stretched out another half-hour, I decided it was time for a quick dinner. Again, what to grab? Mickey D's again. The grilled chicken bacon ranch salad is 5 points, without dressing, and very flavorful. It had been quite a while since I'd had one and I had forgotten how good they were. This salad may go back into my normal rotation. Incidentally, our flight left 90 minutes late, but we arrived only 40 minutes later than planned. I could have done without the slight turbulence and the near-crash landing, but...... And the flight attendant was very nice -- didn't charge me for the drink. I think she saw my knuckles turning white when we hit that first turbulent bump.

So at weigh-in, given the weird eating schedule and the traveling and all that, I was pretty happy that it was just a slight gain. I did get in some fitness center time on Tuesday. I skipped Wednesday, thinking I'd get in lots of walking downtown (HA!) and at the airport (which we did because ... oh, did I mention that 15 minutes prior to boarding, they changed gates on us?) But all told, I'm glad to be home, and happy to be back on track for this week.

1 comment:

Talmadge Gleck said...

Slight detour: I have a whole rant about companies who don't provide information for you, and yet offer things like "Healthy Fare" or "Right Portion, Right Price" (but right nutrition?). Are they that afraid that if they post it and people SEE how much they're shoveling in, it will scare them senseless?

I'm sure of it.

I too have vented profusely about the stubbornness of the "casual sit-down" restaurants. One (Applebee's, I think) says "We get our food from different suppliers so we cannot offer this information."

And these places - with the current economy - have big reason for their colons to be scared clear empty.

Fast food places have done an amazingly great job offering nutritional boilerplates, so there's no excuse. (You'd think THEY, above all others, would be the most fearful of losing clientele with honesty)

I mean, even HARDEE'S -- with a bacon cheeseburger twice the pointage of a Quarter Pounder with cheese -- has that info available.

Sorry to read you had a bad first night in the hotel. Jet lag, perhaps? Glad you're back home nice and safe.