Well, that last week was kind of difficult to get through. I didn’t do extremely well with calories, going over my budget on three different days.
Weekly Calorie Diary: 10/27-11/2
My daily budget was 1708 and I ended up with about a 1700 calorie per day average. In the long term, I suppose that’s reasonable, but each day was sort of a struggle to make good choices. Although, I felt like I had a pretty good day yesterday, because I hit the dreaded “plans will go awry” issue.
My band had a gig in downtown Denver last night at the Mercury Cafe for their weekly Sunday Swing Night. This is a monthly gig, and I typically go downtown early and walk around 16th Street Mall and find something to eat.
My plan last night was to have a steak salad from Chipotle, which is under three hundred calories. Unfortunately, what I didn’t know is that the Chipotle on 16th is not open on Sundays. My immediate thought was, okay I’ll try their closest competitor, Qdoba. Unfortunately, when I got to Qdoba, they had already locked the door and turned out most of the lights1.
I found my solace on the next block, however, because I knew I could get a salad from Panera. They were open until 8:00, and the warm glow of their well lit interior beckoned me. I ordered a half Greek salad with chicken2, and an apple, which was about 350 calories, and was really filling. I also had a glass of iced tea, which after almost 5 weeks of no soda has become my new addiction. So, I owe a debt of gratitude to the Panera on 16th Street in Denver, because if they weren’t open until 8:00, I probably would have gone over my calorie budget for a 4th out of 7 days.
Again, thanks for reading and have a great day!
1. It was 6:50 pm, and they weren’t supposed to close until 7:00. #frustrating
2. I used to be a pretty hardcore fan of Caesar salads, but over the past year or so, I’ve become really enamored of Greek salads. I love the way the Greek dressing melds with the feta cheese.