II Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The 500 calorie burrito

Today was my first day back to the gym in over a week (because of VBS last week). It felt GREAT! And...it felt GREAT to feel great finally. It seems like lately I've been really dragging in my work outs and my enthusiasm has just been zippo. Today, however, I felt energized and totally ready to kick butt--and I did. After my class, I even jumped on the elliptical and did 20 minute (interval training) and burned an extra 215 calories. I wore a heather-gray tank top today and by the time I left the gym-it looked like it was charcoal gray! I was so bummed that I forgot to wear my heart rate monitor since this is the first time since I got it that I really felt like I gave it my ALL in a work out. Anyway, I said all of that to say....I totally SCREWED up immediately following the gym. I took the kids to Taco Bueno. I had coupons...need I say more?

Ugh. I thought I was doing good by ONLY ordering myself a burrito and a water. I mean, how bad can a burrito be? All it had in it was meat, beans and cheese. I ate it feeling guiltier with every bite. I knew the first thing I was going to do when I got home was look up the nutritional info. To my dismay (but not to my surprise), I found out that a combo burrito from Taco Bell packs 507 calories! YIKES! Good thing it filled me up because at that rate, I can't afford to eat anything else until dinner! And then...it needs to be an extra-light dinner if I am going to ever lose any more weight.
Speaking of losing weight....I really try to refrain from talking about any weight-related issues on this blog anymore. For one, I know a lot of you don't really care to hear it...but #2: I don't need to talk about it on here since I can talk about it on my other blog now. http://p90xourjourney.blogspot.com
I have realized that I am blogging more and more on that blog and less and less on here. It seems like a lot of what I have to say has to do with food and exercise...so I end up only journaling on that blog and then having nothing to say on this one.
Anyway, I'm still gonna try to keep them seperate...and keep this one about non-weight-related issues...but for today....you guys just have to grin-n-bear it! ha ha
I would challenge you all...take a second and look up a fast-food menu item that you routinely order (or it could be from a nice resturant). See if it surprises you...in a good way...or in a bad way. I should probably go look up Olive Garden's Zuppa Tuscana soup. That is my ALL TIME favorite thing and I order it all the time...but I'm bettin' it's WAY BAD. Anyway, let me know what you find out....:o)


kc said...

I try to look things up, so I'll have an idea of what I can eat. I'll tell you though, we went to Applebee's last week and I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had a Weight Watchers Section, and the calories and nutritional information was posted right there in the menu! I was so excited! I wish all restaurants did this. It would be so much easier! Plus if people could see how many calories they were getting in their meal, I doubt that we would have the obesity problem that we currently have in our nation.

Miss Got Wings said...

buritto! no no! Be sure you've got the specific nutrition facts from that restaurant b/c a burrito from Chipotle is literally over 1,000 calories. Keep in mind, that large tortilla really packs on the calories and carbs. And usually, the beans are fried. So, even though they are packed w/ protein, they're also packed w/ fat and calories.

We don't eat out often. Maybe we have fast food 2 times a year. But when we do, I always check the nutrition info BEFORE I go there. And I also have my Fast Food guide from Weight Watchers, which is the BEST tool ever. I love it! OK, I'll stop before I make another shameless plug for WW - ha!

Zuppa from Olive Garden shouldn't be too bad if it's like minestrone or all vegetables. The worst place, hands down, to eat, when it comes to nutrition is Romano's Macaroni Grill. It getrs written up all of the time for having the highest calories, fat, carbs, yuck! Good thing they don't have those by us :)

Teresa said...

"I had coupons...need I say more?" LOL!! Are you sure we are not sisters?? Ha!

You can talk about WHATEVER you want on this blog hunny...just write something...we miss you when you are gone! :)

And the Zupa Toscana...I think it's going to be BAD...it has heavy whipping cream in it...need I say more? Ha!

Tammy said...

Nope. No surprises here. I know all the bad things I eat are just that. Bad. I'm not the 'order a salad' kind of gal at McDonald's, ya know? But if I eat poorly at one meal - that's it for the day. Kind of like what you did with the burrito.

Simmons Girlz said...

I too am amazed at things we eat! my question is why would some one make these meals knowing how bad the are?
I am now a check aholic to the nurtrtion info on where we eat.
Thanks, now I know one more thing to take off the menu.

Christy said...

Ok, I had a similar experience today. I am doing a 1200 calorie diet. I too had Taco Bueno. I ordered Mexi Dip and Chips and then got back to work to look up how bad I messed up. I didn't realize that I used almost ALL of my calories on it. 975. UGH. My problem is I do really good, but when I mess up I give up for the rest of the day. So now I don't get my "get out of diet free" card on Saturday. Used it today.

jenelle said...

Next time order minestrone cuz you aren't going to like what the Zuppa tells you. If you really like the soup, I have a recipe for it and you could make quite a few exchanges to make it healthier.