Monday, February 7, 2011

*WARNING: Food overload*

Hey Monday everyone!

It's be a week since my last post so I decided to get on and do a quick little post. I also need to do my Monday weigh-in (uh oh) but let me preface that with the story of my business trip last week.

Last Wednesday through Friday I had to go to Atlanta with my boss from work training. It was my first official business trip and we had a great time getting away from the office and meeting new people. I am a sales auditor and it was a training session for all the auditors of the company in the southeast. The king size suite just for myself wasn't so bad either :) We got to Atlanta around dinner time Wednesday night and stayed until Friday afternoon.

This brings me to the main reason for this post....all the food, food and more food they provided for us. Keep in mind the company paid for every penny of this trip and it seemed like every meal was a buffet of terrible (well actually delicious but terrible for you) food options.

Wednesday night we all went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner. I decided on a semi-healthy food choice but it went down hill from there. They ordered everyone a piece of their own cheesecake which a piece of cheesecake alone is around 1,400 calories. I ate about half of it but still figured my calorie count for the day was around 2,500. Wow!

Thursday was even worse. I didn't have time to eat breakfast which was my first mistake. For lunch they provided FRIED chicken (ugh), mashed potatoes, salad drenched in ranch dressing, huge butter soaked rolls. I tried to eat only very small amounts but the calories were still more than my normal lunch allotment. Dinner wasn't provided until around 7:30 which is later than I usually eat and it was an italian buffet...literally. They had spaghetti, fettuccine alfredo, chicken parmigiana, lasagna, every kind of pasta you can imagine, caesar salad and huge garlic bread sticks. I made terrible food choices....yes I can admit it....and literally filled my plate with food. After eating almost all of it (I don't know where my band was at this point), I felt sick. I knew I had eaten more than I had eaten in a loooong time and my stomach was cussing at me.

All this to say...I stayed away from the scale until this morning. I was scared to get on and figured it would read something ridiculous like 215 or something! HA! Well I finally got on and keep in mind last Monday I weighed 203.6 pounds. The scale read 207! I had very mixed emotions. I was instantly glad I still weighed less than 210 but then I quickly realized I had gained 3.4 pounds in the last week...mainly thanks to my Atlanta trip! Holy smokes!

I know all too well that this isn't the end of the world. We all have our ups and downs. Our "vacation days" where we slack and eat whatever we want. I am all for rewarding myself once in a blue moon but not for 3 days straight. And it just sucks because I had such an awesome 9-pounds-lost month in January. I have been working out and seeing the weight come off and putting back on 3 pounds is never fun as yall can probably relate. But I am still down 5 pounds from the beginning of the year. Kristen, keep your head up and keep going.

So that brings me to this week. I am not going to eat out at any meal from today to Friday. I am going to pack my lunch like I had been doing for weeks before my Atlanta "Food" Convention haha. I am going to count every last one of my calories because this is what helps me stay on track.

Onederland, you are 8 pounds away but I am coming for you!



  1. Easy come easy go! Those fast pounds are easy to get rid of, don't sweat it! Sounds like you had fun!

  2. dontworry about it to much. your head is still in the game. that food does sound so good though!

  3. I agree with Tessie. Usually when there's a big jump like that due to unusual food choices, it doesn't take long to get rid of it. You;re doing fine. Food-wise, that sort of trip would be difficult for anyone.

  4. You got this. It's a life change so slip ups won't kill ya as long as you jump back on track. Sounded like some awesome food. Especially cheesecake factory. I love strawberry! :) mmmm

  5. Eating out is so hard. You'll lose the weight now your back home. Onederland is waiting for you.

  6. You can't be too hard on yourself. That is actually how I gained 35 lbs over the last 2 years (before my band) because I go on so many business trips and used to eat terrible. Now I just try to make good choices (fish where I can) and I tell them to not even bring me dessert. But this is also all about living your life and sounds like you did fine - especially with cutting down on eating out this week. You'll be in Onderland before you know it!

  7. You'll get to onederland....I know it!

  8. eating out for work is the worst but you can do it!! you are so close!