Day 19 on Weight Loss Challenge

Part of the You Can Learn Good Health series.
By Ken Brown
February 4, 2005

The Superbowl is happening on Sunday, February 6, 2005. Are you going to a party? Will you be able to control your eating? Will you stay on your diet? Will it be a bad diet day? Or a good diet day?

Here are some suggestions to help make it a good diet day. What foods should we avoid? If we are going to eat, are there some foods we can eat? What do people normally bring to a party like the Superbowl? Finger foods right? So let's come up with some fingerfoods without all the calories.
Make a promise to stay away from the potato chips. That's rule number one. After about 4 servings of potato chips and dips, you will be over the calorie chart. Now Tostitos and salsa might not be too bad, because the salsa is relatively low on calories. Even that is not perfect. The veggie tray is always a good choice. Especially if you can stay away from the dip that normally accompanies the veggies. Still the veggies are a better choice than the potato chips.

Drink of choice. This will be a hard choice for many people. It will be an alcholic drinking day for some. Very high in calories. Choose the light beers and easy on the mixed drinks. I highly recommend you stay away from the colas and sweetened drinks. 3 cans of pop and you are in sugar heaven. Choose to drink water if you can. Especially, if you eat salty foods all night. It will help bring your body back to equilibrium faster if you are drinking water.

Nobody expects you to be perfect on a party night. It is possible, but improbable. Choose to mix and match the good with the bad. If you go in and say, I am choosing water over any other drink and you are successful with that, then you will feel good about your choices for the rest of the night. It will help motivate you the following week.

So how did I eat today? For breakfast I had 1 scrambled egg, 2 servings of instant grits, a tablespoon of butter, 6 ounces of milk and 8 ounces of orange juice. The milk is 2% milk. I know it must seem boring to you, that I have this everyday. But I truly love it.

I did walk 3 miles and I weightlifted. The snow pack is still heavy in most spots. Today's walk was through a park in Warrenville, Illinois. The park runs alongside the west branch of the DuPage river. There are two creeks that you cross, that feed into the river. So with the melting snow, it was almost 50 degrees today, the creeks were gurgling and the river was rushing. So I enjoyed the sounds of the walk today. There were a couple of small sparrow type birds flitting and chirping.

Lunch was a sliced turkey sandwich, two slices of bread, butter, and a serving of green beans. For supper we went to Panera Bread and had half a sandwich and soup.

I am happy with today's eating and exercising and I look forward to tomorrow.

Good luck on your eating and exercising today! And may your favorite team win the Superbowl. And most importantly, enjoy the commercials.

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