First let me say I got a couple really cool comments, so thanks!
Beyond that, thought I'd update you on the scary scary long-day calorie meltdown.
It went okay. I thought I was going to be able to sign in at under 1700 calories for the day, but right after I colored in the "Under 1700 Calories" on my goals poster for today, I remember 2 viactin and then a mini-brownie found in the crew room this morning. (That guy's girlfriend has GOT to lay off with the baking brownies and pound cake for the crew! Of course I love brownies, and they're in little 1-inch bites so of course I think "Oh just one will be okay" and I have one, ok two, ok just two more but that's it!
I had just one.
Breakfast 8 a.m. - 2 frozen waffles with 1/8 c ricotta cheese and walnuts and a dab of sugar free maple syrup, and some coffee with 1/2 cup of soy milk in it! 405 calories
Snack - 11 a.m. pear, and 1 brownie bite 154 calories
Lunch - 1 p.m. I was going to go to Subway for a 6" sub, but Subway would have been 6 blocks away, and I passed a Salsarita's (walking through the snow!) and I do like Salsarita's and I thought I'd hope it'd be ok. I got a regular-sized pork burrito with sour cream, black olives, black beans, brown rice, and mild salsa. According to the restaurant's website, that burrito was 538 calories. I can't believe that. Hopefully, the sugar in the dollops of lemonade and sweet tea that I used to add flavor to my sugarless beverages was negligible.
Oh, hey, and let me just mention about Salsarita's - I got the "regular" smaller-sized burrito, not the large, and did not get a cookie, even though I wanted to just because they were there and I always used to want/need something sweet to top off every meal. It didn't look like a particularly good cookie, and I didn't really feel like having one, but that wouldn't have ordinarily stopped me. I decided not to buy the cookie, and maybe think about buying one after my burrito, if I wanted one, I could get one then. After eating my burrito, when I briefly considered the cookie, between pages of the book I was reading, I wasn't interested in the cookie at all. I don't know if it was my appetite was low today, my interest in my reading material, my tenacity to the diet, my lack of sleep from the night before - I had a small meal from a restaurant and it was enough. Not plenty. Enough.
Snack - 8 p.m. An apple with 2 tbsp sugar free caramel sauce - 171 calories, apparently - I thought it was less.
Dinner - 11:30 p.m. Chicken cooked in cream of mushroom with onions, mushrooms, garlic, and wine, plus 3/4 cup brown rice and a small serving of fresh boiled broccoli - 407 calories!
The total was just over 1600 calories until I remembered those 2 Viactin (a little candy-chew vitamin for calcium that I started taking yesterday) and the brownie bite which brought me to 1715 - if these numbers can be believed... Disappointing to have come so close to success and have no real need to have gone over except for having "forgot." I was using sparkpeople's calorie-counter as I planned what more I would eat especially to make sure I wouldn't go over.
But, to throw in an old Shel Silverstein reference - Whats 15 calories, more or less?
Well, it's more, obviously, but 15 calories won't make me fat tomorrow.
I tried to get in some protein today to help rebuild what I'm tearing asunder in my muscles. Today's exercise was simply a 40-minute walk through the snowfall, and 2 sets of 13 lunges.