Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weigh-In: Pretentious Appetizers and Mojitos

There were several cocktails, a couple of shots, roasted potatoes, some kind of grilled flat bread with arugula and goat cheese, “creamy avocado dip with homemade tortilla chips” (fancy chips and guacamole), and, of course, Cheetos.

It was a really fun night out with my coworkers, celebrating the departure of one of the attorneys. Last Thursday evening started at the happy hour with a mojito and ended at 3 am at a karaoke bar with Cheetos and several outstanding renditions of classic 2000s pop songs.

However, it was also my highest daily calorie intake in a long time. When I finally calculated up everything on Friday, my estimated total was about 3,000 calories. So, yikes. Amazing how quickly a few cocktails and appetizers could add up to such a massive amount of calories. I knew I was saying screw it and enjoying the food and drinks, but I didn’t realize how much until after. And even after that, I enjoyed a delicious burrito the size of my head for lunch on Friday, a totally unnecessary consumption.

I’m not going to be angry at myself, especially since I picked myself back up on Saturday, but I’ve been thinking about what happened, why I let myself get so out of hand. Maybe it was just the rare calorie wild evening, which could fit into an overall healthy lifestyle. My coworkers imbibed as much as I did, and none of them have weight issues, so clearly they know how to balance food- and drink-filled nights with regular daily life. Or maybe I really needed an evening of just eating whatever I wanted. However, I will try to remember that those every-once-in-a-while nights only work if they truly are every once in a while.

Here is this week’s weigh in:

Measurements June 8thAugust 4thAugust 12thAugust 19thAugust 26th
Pounds Fat82.774.570.472.571.8
Pounds Muscle 67.368.266.466.867.3

So basically, score! Another pound down, and now officially ten lost total. Last week, when the scale didn’t seem to reflect the successes from the week, I(so graciously) decided to forgive it. This week, I scraped up a ½ pound deficit even with the 3,000 calorie day. This is good. I can do this.

I may yet squeak out my goal of getting to the 170s by Labor Day, but probably only if I dehydrate myself a bit.


  1. Hey who knows about what your coworkers do--maybe they have faster metabolisms even, don't feel bad about it though, deal?
    You do have a good point about compensating. My trick with when I go eat junk with friends, is to compensate the next few days by eating super clean foods. Nothing extreme though, or I'll binge. I just keep calm and eat clean.
    Great job getting to your weight goal, keep up the good work!

    1. "Keep calm and eat clean," haha.
      I unfortunately didn't make my weight goal, but hopefully will in the next couple of weeks.

  2. It sounds like you really needed a relaxed night of indulgence - no worries! It happens to my clients all the time, and they get right back on track the next day. It's better to have your weight loss stalled for a few days than to look back and wish you'd let yourself have fun with your coworkers. The key is not to let that one day extend into the weekend... and then the next week... you get the idea. Congrats on your progress so far.

    1. Thanks! Or even if/when it turns into a bad weekend, or a bad week, to get back on track as soon as possible.

  3. Loved readingg this thank you