Went out to TGI Fridays last night. Love that they put the calorie count on the menus. But seeing them blows my mind – one chicken dish was 1245 calories for the serving – and that did not include the two side dishes that it comes with. Since I stared on Rebalance, I’ve been eating (or aiming for) 1150 calories per day, so that one serving of chicken would be nearly 100 calories more than I’ve been perfectly fueled by for a whole day.
I opted for the lowest calorie thing I could find (except for a glass of ice cubes and a salad – hold everything except the lettuce!), which was the Cobb Salad minus the dressing. It was delicious! I went over my calorie count for the day by about 70. I burned about 200 in the gym, so I’m calling that fine.
Thing that my Fridays meal made me think about is finding a new normal. Not so long ago, I would have just ordered what I wanted. Would not have cared about calories. 1000+ for a meal could be normal. I’ve eaten healthily for years – very little processed food or carbs (bad or good), no sugar or fake sugar, low caffeine and alcohol, lots of veg, lean protein. I was actually pretty close to eating a Paleo diet. In 2010, I had an analysis done of my diet and it showed that I was getting every recommended vitamin from just my food consumption, except zinc and Vitamin D.
But obviously that’s not enough. Now that I’ve started noting calories for the first time, I’m realizing that it’s going to have to be my new normal. I’m finding that it’s not that hard to do.
I had also believed that to fuel activity, specifically my sports, that I needed the calories I was eating. But as I get back into working out as injuries are healing, the 1150 calories a day is seeing me through.