HASAY = Half as Good as You = diet, exercise and blog about it.
The good news is that I have been really good with my diet, logging my food and tried t0 stay away from naughty foods during my bday. Hubs and I joined a gym. We are going together (which is so awesome bc its almost like a date!) and getting competitive and having lots of fun and getting really sore (hee hee).
The bad news is that I AM STILL GAINING WEIGHT!!!!
One of my bestest friends here in SA took me to Applebee's for my bday. I thought we were just going to have adult beverages so I researched what is relatively low in calories. I found the mango martini is only 177 cal. But when we sat down she wanted to order some food too. Uh-oh. I didn't research FOOD. Ok. Don't panic. Let's use common sense.
Appetizer = spinach artichoke dip. I spooned out 2 tablespoons onto my plate and approximated 28 grams of tortilla chips. Yes, I realize I am a totally fun date.
Meal = California Shrimp Salad. We split it and I put MAYBE a teaspoon of dressing on it - but she gave me all of the avocados. I couldn't resist - after all, they are loaded with nutrients so that makes the calorie and fat worth the trade off, right?
I went home and logged my calories and guess what? Even being soooo careful and leaving there still hungry, I consumed 1,082 calories!!!! BTW: my calorie intake range is 1200-1500 for the ENTIRE DAY.
All this to say that my advice to other HASAYer's - don't eat at Applebee's.
BUT if you go to Maggiano's, share the Rigatoni D - a whole order can literally feed 4 people. Its not that bad in calories and so much more delish that anything at the Applebees / Friday's / Chili's sort of places.
I ALMOST forgot!
Sufferfest is a free podcast that simulates cycling in races and is so freaking cool! My gym is uber-cheap so they don't have classes or showers or anything. This podcast is the next best thing and I LOVE it. If you have a stationary bike or go to a gym - i recommend downloading it and trying it sometime.