Saturday, April 10, 2010

This is what 1700 calories looks like, lots of pictures!

The Story you are about to see is true. Only the names have been changed to protect the innocent....This is a day in the life of just your average Joe living and eating with a healthy lifestyle, It was Friday April 9th it was raining in New England and I was assigned to the vice squad working a case, more like a bowl, a bowl of oats to be exact. There was 430 nutrition filled calories in this bowl of goodness and its phallic yellow friend not to mention the splash of Milk,"Vitamin D, calcium, essential for good strong bones and healthy teeth. But that's all Greek to you, isn't it, Mr. Gingivitis?" No not you, I was talking to Streebeck there.

11:30 am, subjects stomach made an odd sound, a rumble if you will so something had to be done, I witnessed a short stroll to the cabinet from my hidden position behind the curtain where the last Cadbury egg was and I got ready to make my move. There was something in his hand, Making out the shape of it was difficult but then I saw the red flesh of the apple in his hand and I relaxed, its only 85 calories and that's good enough for this fella.

A simple enough childs treat of a lunch minus the cut off crusts, not much I could say here, it is what it is I can't fault anyone for a good old fashioned peanut butter and strawberry preserves sandwich, 275 calories and went down as fast as it was built up, not the most satisfying meal but it did the trick and the sounds from the subjects gut had subsided.

An hour later I heard a conversation about some "Red velvet cake" so decided to take a look and since it was only 100 calories it was good to go and hit the spot.

Sesame seed and honey candy from the local health food store, something that no fat kid can ignore, wait did I just say that? I mean its sesame seeds and honey mixed and shaped into a rectangle right? seeds? yes they are indeed delectable and at 25 calories a piece I ate 2 of them on the way out to dinner, and I have come out of the theme I was going with for this post...

When I decided to start taking pictures of everything that I ate Friday for a post I had no clue that Wify was going to say "Hey hon lets go out for dinner tonight, how about Applebees?" so I agreed because of their under 550 calories meals and off we went with Camera in hand. I ordered the Asiago cheese Steak (which I ordered med rare) and veggies to drink? an unsweetened tea! the steak was more medium than rare, I kept the steak as is so that I would not have to wait for a new one to be cooked (it took a long time to come out) and the manager came over and offered us free dessert because of the mistake. I passed on the dessert but we let the kids get sundaes on the house and all in all it was a nice meal that shows that someone on a limited calorie budget CAN go out to dinner and not go over. I counted this meal at the 550 calories that the campaign would lead you to believe that it is but when looking at Applebees nutritional information it claims that the meal is 390 calories but the steak is a 7oz steak so the cals don't exactly add up to me so I just used the 550 calories on my spreadsheet.

Ok back in character for a minute.."My partner and I witnessed that little torchlight picnic you threw last night, we're gonna put you where your kind always ends up - in a seven by seven foot grey-green metal cage in the fifteenth floor of some hundred-year-old penitentiary, with damp, stinking walls and a wooden plank for a bed." Since we know that you're not perfect and it was just a couple fries off of the kids plate you get a pass this time fat boy, but don't let it happen again understand? I have no idea how many calories were in this little grip of fries that I stole off my daughters plate but with a smirk and an insisting voice Wify said that I needed to take a picture of it since its what I was doing so there you have it.

Roughly 9:00 pm I was at 1495 calories (not including the fries) and that's just not acceptable to be that low for me so I needed to make up some calories and a quick table spoon of peanut butter spread over a banana gave me 200 calories bringing me to 1695 for the day.

In addition to all of the tasty goodness that has been presented before you I drank 1 gallon of home brewed green tea, 2 glasses of unsweetened tea and a glass of H20 at Applebees and another 1.25 gallons of straight H2O at home. My calorie total was 1695 for the day and this is pretty typical for me as far as food goes besides the Applebees steak and steak in general as I tend to steer away from red meat usually. There you have it, one random day picked out of plenty of days that look very similar and I think I will do a post like this again as it was interesting, even if the waitress looked at us funny when I was taking pictures of my plate. If you think that this is not a lot of food then you may want to rethink the way that you look at food because honestly I could have stopped at the 1495 pre that banana with peanut butter on it after dinner, its easy when you look at it all spread out like this I think.

1695 calories plus some fries, 8 photos and just the facts ma'am.

As Ever


  1. Great post, it always amazes me how much you really can eat when making healthy choices

  2. I eat some of those same foods. Good description of what your day looks like.

    Have a good weekend.

  3. It always amazes me how many calories are in peanut butter!

    I'd better lay off the peanuts.

  4. I like the pictures. Great idea.

  5. Great post. I might make a post like this in the future.

    I tend to eat around 2000 - 2200 calories.... but pretty much the same type of meals/snacks.

    I noticed that you're typical day (like mine) lacks a bit of veg's.... I've never been big on vegetables.

  6. Love the post :D

    It's true you CAN eat out and lose weight! I ate out TWO TIMES this week and still lost weight- finally made it to onederland this past week!

  7. Awesome! This is a great post and very inspiring. I'm not big on going out to eat when I'm dieting, but I also keep forgetting Appleby's menu - I need to start remembering that!

    Veggies are good. So is Peanut Butter! PB is high in calories, yes, but a lot of those calories are peanut oil, which is Omega 3 fat. Omega 3s are anti-inflammatory, heart healthy and good for you! You can find low sugar and sugar free peanut butter, they don't taste as good. But if you are crazy about calories (or diabetic) they are the way to go. Eat lots of nuts! Studies show they are good for you. High in protein and good fats!

    I like Tony's method: normal food, regular exercise. I wish I had his discipline. I'm working on it!

  8. I love that plate your sandwich is on. So cute!!