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Going to the limit with my calorie allowance for the first time

Thursday, March 04, 2021

I know I don't have to tell y'all that this Pandemic is HARD. Being forced out of work is FRUSTRATING. Being stuck at home is BORING. Being a family caregiver while being stuck at home is STRESSFUL. Cooking (and cleaning up after) for the 8,954th (ish) time is EXHAUSTING. The day comes when we just need a "Pandemic Pacifier" to preserve our mental health. For me, that day was yesterday and that "pacifier" was Chinese takeout from our favorite restaurant. I wanted noodles, damn it! Not (my usual go-to) zoodles or spaghetti squash. Not my (occasional) whole wheat pasta. I wanted the real deal - chewy, carby, white, noodles, sauced with something equally sinful. That craving hit me hard two weeks ago. I knew eventually I would have to give in, because the added stress of expending the willpower of not giving in is added stress and who needs that right now, am I right? BUT, if I am going to go "off road" for a meal the least I could do is try to choose the best time to do it. Yesterday I had planned to make the healthy Lemon Herb Chicken & Veggies recipe from my new Hungry Girl cookbook for supper. But between walking over 5 miles and a heavy "housework workout", I torched over 1000 calories. I was beat. The thought of cooking/cleaning was too much I also knew that today was another mega calorie burn day with three cardio workouts scheduled and a walk thrown in for good measure. So if there was ever a time to eat extra calories, it was last night. It was soooo tasty! I satisfied my craving... And then I tossed the leftovers in the trash so I wouldn't be tempted to finish them today. However, my body is VERY annoyed with me this morning as I type this ("WTH did you put in your belly last night?!") so I doubt I would have been tempted to finish those leftovers anyway. As a matter of fact, I doubt my Chinese takeout craving will be back anytime soon. Back on track today and looking forward to making the aforementioned new healthy Hungry Girl recipe for supper tonight!
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