Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Week 5 Results

Week 5 is officially over!



Week 5 results:


Weight Loss or Gain: -1.5 lbs


Total Weight Loss (since beginning): -11 lbs


Woohoo!!  I am quite excited about this week's loss for a few reasons:


1. One of my sister's colleagues and I had a friendly challenge (no money involved) to see if we could lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks.  That challenge is done!
2. I was tempted on numerous occasions to go over my calorie intake for the day.  Besides the wine that I already mentioned in a previous post, I was also sent home yesterday with a batch of homemade double chocolate chip cookies.  A colleague at work and I had a small mishap in our work kitchen and she felt the need to apologize by baking me cookies. If you are wondering, the mishap was that her freshly poured coffee was accidentally poured all over me, coffee grinds and all.  It wasn't boiling hot so it didn't burn me (thank god because it was on my entire forearm) but it was all over my sweater (white & grey) so there was the chance of it being stained.  In any case, the stains came out with a friend's "Tide to Go" stick and all was fine.  However, she still felt the need to apologize by giving me a batch of cookies.  I had 1 last night, my children each had one and the rest are in the freezer!


So, all in all, I am very pleased with Week 5's results!!  Yippee.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Oh wine, how I love thee!

I love wine, yes I do.  While starting this new venture, I decided to cut back my consumption.  It's not that I was having a bottle every night and getting drunk or anything.  I was in the habit though of having one glass every few nights.  It was very relaxing once the kids were in bed and the dishes were done and lunches for the next day were made to sit down and have a nice, glass of wine (just one though).


I decided to cut that habit out because of the unnecessary calories that came with consuming wine on a regular basis.  


Don't get me wrong - I haven't cut it out completely.  Hell no.  What would life be like without a nice glass of wine on occasion?  I have just cut down the frequency.


I have been able to incorporate a glass here and there during the past 4 weeks.  There have been a few celebrations (my birthday and Thanksgiving) and they all required a glass or two of wine.  


Last night was a bit tricky for me though.  My friend came over for a visit and she enjoys wine just as much as I do.


So, I needed to plan for this.  I first had to figure out (for absolute certain because before I just guessed) how many points were in each glass of wine I consume.  I took out a measuring cup and poured 1 cup (8oz) of water into a wine glass.  Did you know that 8oz of wine = 8 points.  8oz doesn't even completely fill one of my wine glasses.  Eeeek!!  


So, I had to be completely honest with myself and to my food tracker.  I knew I wasn't going to be able to stop at just one glass.  My friend and I were going to watch a movie (at my house) and we also liked to sit around and chat beforehand.  I knew I would have at least two.


Two glasses of wine = 16 points.  Holy heck - I only get 29 points per day (and an extra 5 if I want or need it).


Luckily I didn't eat a lot yesterday.  I only had a late breakfast then I got so busy with the girls all day that I didn't sit down to eat again until 5:30pm.  I made myself a lighter dinner (light on calories and light on points) so I could save for my wine (high on calories and high on points).


You know what, it worked.  I didn't feel hungry (meaning, I didn't starve myself) AND I got to enjoy two decent size glasses of wine over the course of the evening.


So, as long as I don't go overboard and drink TOO much in one evening, I can still enjoy a glass (or two) of wine on occasion.  


There is a Wine and Food Festival coming here in a couple of weeks and, as much as I love going there, I am kind of relieved that my schedule with my children doesn't allow me to this year.  I would probably drink a few days worth of points in one evening!!  I can figure that all out next year when the Wine and Food Festival returns!!  Maybe by then I'll have reached my goal and I can be a bit more flexible with my "party nights"!!  And, if you haven't been, it is quite the party night!!      

Thursday, October 20, 2011

When life gives you lemons.....

.........make better tasting water. 

For the past few years, I have been part of a water club at work.  It was a pretty sweet deal - $10 for 2 months of unlimited bottled water.  For various reasons, they had to discontinue the water club and those of us in the water club were all left wondering how we were going to quench our thirst and get our daily intake of water without breaking the bank.  Buying small bottles of water on a daily basis would get very expensive AND it would not be good for the environment.

The answer may be obvious to some.  You may be thinking, "just do what most people do and drink out of the tap, right"?!

Well, the problem with that is, I am a bit of a water snob.  I don't like tap water.  Actually, I don't like city tap water.  Not at all.  I think I was spoiled because, as a child, my parents lived in the country where the water that ran from the tap tasted like fresh, cold spring water.  Really, it did.  I think that is where my love for water began.

Then in 1996 I began working on cruise ships and the quality of the water in the taps was very poor so we were told to buy bottled water to drink.  I continued to drink bottled water for the next 7 years that I worked on ships and then that habit just continued once I returned to land for good.  


I have tried city tap water since returning to land but I just can't get past the taste.  I can't explain it but I don't like it.  

So, what was I to do with this situation I found myself in at work? 

For those of you who don't drink a lot of water, this may not seem like an issue.  For me, it was a huge issue.  The thing is - I LOVE water.  I do.  It is my drink of choice.  If you offer me the choice between a glass of milk, juice, pop or water, I will choose water probably 99.9% of the time.  Of course, if you offer me a glass of wine, I may choose that but I was talking about non-alcoholic beverages.  Not only do I prefer water but I drink it a lot.  It is not a chore for me to get the recommended amount into me.  I drink so much that I have even wondered if I was drinking too much (is that even possible)?  

So, back to my work situation.  After going a few days with only having one glass (at the most) of that unbearable tasting water from the fountain, I had to come up with a solution fast.  I was craving my water and I wasn't getting anywhere near the recommended daily amount.  

That night, while I was getting some fruit out of the fridge, I came across two little lemons that had been buried at the bottom of the crisper.  I thought to myself that this may be the solution.  This would hopefully make my fountain water at work bearable.

The next day I brought in one of the lemons, cut up a few slices and added it to my glass of water.  Well, not only was it WAY more bearable, it was absolutely delicious.  I have always liked lemon with water but I never thought to bring some to work.

Who would have thought that such a simple, little citrus fruit could make me so happy?  I am back to drinking my regular amount of water and I feel so much better.

Oh, and one last little added bonus, did you know that lemons have some great health benefits too?  It is a win-win situation!


So, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade (or at least some better tasting water)!  

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Week 4 Results

Week 4 is officially over!



Week 4 results:


Weight Loss or Gain: -2.5lbs


Total Weight Loss (since beginning): -9.5lbs

Am I happy?  You better freakin' believe it!!  I actually may have lost 3 pounds this week but I don't want to get too excited so I put 2.5.  Let me explain.

I always weigh in on a Wednesday morning before my shower.  This morning, I decided to step on the scale before taking the dog out for a walk.  I was down 2.5lbs.  Woohoo!!  I was so excited.  Then I took the dog for a walk.  Not too long of a walk, just about 20 minutes. 

I got back home and decided to jump back on the scale before getting in the shower.  I am not exactly sure why I did it but it may be because I actually didn't believe the 2.5lb loss.  I actually thought it would be much less (maybe a 1lb or 0.5lb loss).  So, much to my surprise, the scale showed a 3lb loss instead.  What?  Did that 20 minute walk just shave another 0.5lb off of me?  Probably not.

I decided that I would be best to put down that I lost 2.5lbs as that is more realistic then 3lbs, isn't it?

Either way, I am stoked!!  :) 

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Copycat & A Shout Out

This will be a fairly short post.  I just wanted to publicly (you know, because I have TONNES of readers) thank my friend (LG) at work.  This morning we were talking about Fall jackets and I was complaining that I couldn't button mine up around my huge belly and that I was going to have to go and buy a new jacket for Fall.  I also wanted to buy one that was warmer because the one I have been wearing is getting a little cool in the mornings. 


She showed me the jacket she had just bought and the style was perfect for my body frame (especially the larger belly).  It also had a liner on the inside which would keep me nice and warm for those mornings at the bus stop when it is 5 degrees.  Brrr.  Oh, and it also had a hood - something that was lacking in my current jacket.  On those days where it is just raining lightly, it would be easier pulling the hood up then to yank out my umbrella!!


I told her how much I liked the jacket and semi-jokingly, I said "I may have to go out and buy one".  The kind individual that she is, she told me that if I did it wouldn't matter.  She would be okay with it.


Well, guess what I did last night?  Yup, you guessed it.  I was a complete copycat.  I was out shopping last night for a few things and I popped into the store that she got her jacket at and bought one.  The size was perfect, the price was right and it zipped up over my freakin' belly.


So, I would like to give a shout out to LG at work!!  Thank you for letting me buy the same jacket you have.  I am sorry but I really had to.  It was very necessary!  


Now I will go to work tomorrow morning with a nice, new jacket that I can zip up all the way (instead of only buttoning up the top two buttons) and I'll be perfectly warm at the bus stop too.  Thanks!



Sunday, October 16, 2011

Belly, belly go away....

This afternoon, while the girls were happily chanting the song "Rain, rain, go away", I was singing (in my head) "Belly, belly go away" but NOT to come back another day.


This damn belly of mine is getting in the way and I am not happy with it at all.


When I was younger (teenage years & my 20's) and I was unhappy with my weight I was still blessed with a rather flat tummy.  My friends even commented on it.  I wouldn't wear tummy shirts and show off my tummy or anything but it was still relatively flat.  I still remember when body suits were in style (in my 20's) and I would wear jeans and a bodysuit to show off my flat tummy.  Well, not these days!!!


I am now cursed with a rather large belly.  I think it must have something to do with carrying two babies (at the same time).  I managed to actually lose a lot of weight while off for a year on maternity leave and I ended up being smaller then I was pre-pregnancy.  Unfortunately though, in the past 4 years, I have put on 50 pounds.  Sadly, a lot of it, has gone to my belly.  I think it is because that area of my body was so stretched out from being pregnant that it was a perfect area for all the extra fat to go.  


While I know that this is the worst area to gain weight (so my doctor has reminded me), it is also a very uncomfortable area to gain weight too.  Actually, it is rather embarrassing sometimes.


Let me give you some examples: 
1. Today my girls and I decided to go outside in the driveway to play jump rope.  I had to move my car onto the street so they could have more room.  When I was done moving the car, I put the keys into my pocket.  A short while later, while squatting down to help one of my girls fix something, my car started beeping at me.  Yup, you heard it - my car beeped at me.  Every time I leaned over to help her, my car would beep.  My stupid belly fat kept rolling onto my car keys and hitting the "door lock" button on the key chain so the car would then in turn beep saying "yup, thanks for that, I am locked now"....over and over and over again!!  Great party trick that is, eh?!
  
2. Awhile ago while I was getting my children dressed and ready for school, I decided that they were done needing my help and I would go and get myself changed and ready.  It was a Friday which meant I could wear jeans to work.  I managed to get my jeans and bra on before one of them yelled from the bathroom.  I don't remember what the problem was (it wasn't an emergency I can assure you that) but it meant that I was in the bathroom, in front of the huge ass mirror in only a bra and jeans.  I had to bend over for whatever reason and, well, sadly, while in a fitting pair of jeans, some of my belly fat decided to roll over my jeans.  Not pretty.  What was more embarrassing was my daughter, pointing to the roll saying "Mommy, what is that"?  I still don't recall what I told her but I do remember thinking to myself "I hope she never has to learn first hand what this actually is".
3. Back to today.  After dinner, the girls and I were about to go for our evening walk around the block.  We have started doing this a few nights a week which we all really enjoy.  Anyway, we were standing in front of the full-length mirror in the entrance and one of my daughters started showing me how she jumps skip rope, minus the skip rope of course.  She then asked me to try.  Well, I did.  Thank god I was fully clothed and wearing a jacket because it was not pretty what my belly was doing when I was jumping up and down.  


I could give you more examples but they are all rather embarrassing.  Add to the fact that I can't zip or button up a lot of my jackets around my belly anymore.  It sucks and is just one more reason why I need to lose this weight.  As soon as possible.  


Belly, belly, go away.  Don't come back another day!
Belly, belly, go away.  Don't come back another day!  

Saturday, October 15, 2011

A bite here, a bite there.....

For those of you who are parents, you are going to probably relate to my other problem.  Well, I wouldn't call it a problem - it is more like another contributor to my weight gain over recent years.


Nibbling on my children's food. 

I'll give you an example.  Today I took my girls out to a restaurant for breakfast after they had their swimming lesson.  I was good and I ordered a dry English Muffin (no butter) and two VERY hard boiled eggs.  The girls each had an order of french toast and some fresh fruit.  I finished my breakfast and felt satisfied with what I ate.  Then the girls claimed that they were done and didn't want anymore.  So, what did I do?  Before the waitress came over to take the plates, I sat there picking at their french toast and syrup.  To be fair, I only had about 6-8 bites but still, it is still 6-8 bites more than I needed.


This is a habit that I think is going to be hard to break.  I know it isn't horribly, unhealthy food (i.e. french fries, chips etc) but still, it is extra calories that I really don't need.  I don't need a few bites of whatever is left on their plate.


For those of you who are parents, do you do this?  If so, do you know why we do this?  


For me, I wonder if it is because I was raised in a house where I was told to eat everything that was put on my plate.  I think it is a generation thing because a lot of my friends tell me their parents were the same.  I have read that children actually know when they are full and satisfied so, at a very young age, I decided not to make my children eat everything on their plate.  If they feel full and they tell me they have had enough, I believe them.  I don't make them stuff anymore in.  Instead, I take the plate away but then what do I do?  I go and take a few bites before turfing the rest in the garbage.


There, I admit it, I am a "pick at my children's plate when they are done" addict.  Now that I have admitted it and come out of the closet, maybe I can do something about it.  Maybe the next time I see food left on their plate and I am bringing it to the kitchen, I'll remember this entry in my blog.  Then maybe I will go directly to the garbage and not let any of it make its' way into my mouth!


Aw, crap, I am making homemade macaroni and cheese tonight.  My girls love it but there is always some left in their bowl because they ask for seconds but don't ever finish their seconds.  Perhaps tonight I'll make their second helping just enough for a bite or two so they'll eat it!!  There's an idea!    


BTW, I should note that every single day when I fill out my spreadsheet on how many points/calories I have eaten, there is always a little entry that says "nibbles on girls' food".  I usually calculate it as 2-4 points.  At least I am actually counting it instead of forgetting about it.      

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Thoughts on "The Biggest Loser"

I have never watched an entire season of "The Biggest Loser" but I have caught snippets of episodes over the years.  Last season I saw the final show where they showed how much everyone lost from the beginning of the season until the end.  It was pretty awesome.  I didn't know any of the contestants but some of their stories were very inspirational.    


Since starting this new journey (losing 40lbs by 40), I decided to PVR this season to see what it is all about.  I know the show isn't completely realistic.  We don't all have a personal trainer who kicks our asses on a daily basis.  We don't all own a private gym or an Olympic size swimming pool and I am sure most of us do not (can not) work out 6-8 hours per day.  This I know.  What is real though is that these are individuals with real problems and real lives and that have huge weight issues.


The episode I am currently watching is making me cry.  One of the teams won a challenge and the prize was to be able to chat via video with their family.  Most of them have children which is why it is hitting so close to home for me.


There are many reasons why I want to lose weight (hmmm....maybe I should start a new post on ALL the reasons why) but one of the main reasons is my children.  I want to be a good role model for them.  I want them to see Mommy as a healthy adult who makes good choices in life.  I am a firm believer in leading by example which is why my girls have rarely seen me eat something that is considered unhealthy.  They have actually even seen me complete a 5K run (in October 2009 - another topic for another day).  I still remember for months afterwards, whenever they would see someone running they would say "Mommy, that person is running just like you" or "Mommy, when we grow up, can we run with you"?  I felt so proud.  I want them to say these things to me again.  I want them to run like me and run with me when they get bigger. 


{BTW, for what it's worth - I know I haven't told anyone how much I weigh (yet) but I will say that I do weigh less then all of the contestants that are on there.  I am not saying this as a "pat on the back" or "good for me", I am just stating a fact in case you were wondering!!}  


So, regardless of whether I can completely relate to all of the contestants, I can relate to how they feel about their families, specifically their children.  Just like the contestants, I want to lose weight and be healthier for my children.  I want to be a good role model and I want to live a VERY long life so I can see them grow up.  To me, this is one of the main reasons, as a parent, to lose weight, exercise and be healthy.  I love my children more than anything and I would do anything for them.  They deserve to have a Mommy who does everything she can to lose weight, have more energy, and be a good role model.  I owe it to them.


I haven't set my sights on another 5k just yet but when I do, I know they'll be out there cheering me on at the finish line.   And down the road, I am sure the 3 of us will be finishing a race together!  I look forward to it.    


  
       

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Week 3 Results

Week 3 is officially over!  

Week 3 results:
Weight Loss or Gain: -1.5
Total Weight Loss (since beginning): -7



I have to say, I am quite excited about that number for a few reasons:
Reason #1: A loss is a loss, right?
Reason #2: A 1.5 loss on week 3 is higher then I would have expected.  I usually lose more for Week 1 & 2 and then Week 3 I either stay the same or sometimes gain.
Reason #3: That lovely female yucky visitor is coming soon which makes me bloat and feel 10 pounds heavier.  I just assumed that heavy feeling would show up on the scale today.  Glad it didn't.
Reason #4: Thanksgiving dinner was only a few days ago where I stuffed myself with delicious Tofurky, mashed potatoes and veggies smothered in gravy.  I had a relatively healthy dessert which I will chat about in another post.  I also consumed 3 delicious glasses of wine over the course of the evening.
Reason #5: Mint Girl Guide Cookies.  Even though I said I don't have much of a sweet tooth, my children are selling those nasty little temptations for the first time.  Being the supportive Mommy that I am, I bought a box.  Those damn things were calling my names on a few separate occasions this week.  


Anyway, even with all those reasons I just listed, I tracked all my points (even those damn, little minty temptations) and I actually stayed in my target point range every single day!!


Lordy, Lordy is a very happy girl this week!!

BTW, if you are wondering how many points are in the Mint Girl Guide cookies, it is 3 points for 2 cookies. 

Friday, October 07, 2011

Mmmmm...it's "Tofurky" time in Canada!!

It is Thanksgiving weekend this weekend in Canada!! 

For most of you, Thanksgiving dinner is the time to fill your little bellies with turkey and stuffing and all the fixin's! 

For me (and a few other lovely people I know), Thanksgiving means Tofurky!!  I guess we can eat it at other times of year as well but it is mandatory for us to have on Thanksgiving (and Christmas) dinner.

I was introduced to Tofurky about 8 years ago by a friend.  I was telling her that I just didn't understand all the hype about Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.  For years (alright, decades) people around me would talk about their holiday meal and it was almost as if their eyes would light up.  I just didn't get it. 

Besides being a vegetarian for 20+ years, I am also allergic to poultry.  My family discovered this allergy when I was about 7 or 8 years old.  That meant, at a very young age, I was no longer allowed to have turkey, turkey gravy or the delicious turkey dressing that everyone else around me was having.  Apparently, my Mom makes the best dressing/stuffing!! 

So, from the age of 7 or 8 and until I was vegetarian, my Mom would usually make a small ham so I could have some of that.  It really wasn't the same.  Then, after becoming vegetarian in my teens, my holiday meal was usually a pasta dish or some other vegetarian dish that didn't take too long to prepare.  At the end of the meal, I just didn't seem as satisfied as the other dinner guests.  I didn't get the same pleasure out of the meal as everyone else did.

That eventually all changed.  Fastforward to 2003 when I cooked my first ever Tofurky.  I can't recall if it was Thanksgiving or Christmas but that really doesn't matter.  What does matter is my meal.  OH MY GOD - my meal.  I finally got it.  I finally got what all the fuss was about.  Here I was with a full plate of food that looked just like everyone elses.  I had a slice of tofurky, some vegetarian tofurky dressing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and vegetarian gravy.  I ate every last bite and sat there with a silly grin on my face.  I finally understood it.  I don't know how to describe it but I guess I don't have to.  You all understand.  Whether it be turkey or Tofurky, a holiday meal surrounded by people that you love, is just a wonderful feeling!!

If you want to find out more about the amazing Tofurky products, you can check them out here: Tofurky ProductsThey have a lot of other products besides a Tofurky roast.  

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all my Canadian friends and family.  I hope you have a lovely weekend surrounded by loved ones.  

For those in Ottawa, get your butts outdoors.  It is supposed to be a beautiful Fall weekend!  

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Week 2 Results

Week 2 is officially over! 

Week 2 results:
Weight Loss or Gain: -1.5
Total Weight Loss (since beginning): -5.5

While I am not overly excited about the loss and I really wish it was more (like 10lbs...hahaha), I have to be realistic.  I can't lose big numbers every week.  I also have to remind myself that there will be weeks where I won't lose any and I may even gain a pound (or two).  I just have to look at the BIG picture.  Please, to all of you who read this, remind me of this when I have a bad week or even a few bad weeks.  I must look at the big picture!! 

Monday, October 03, 2011

Poopy Soupy

Even though I don't eat particularly unhealthy, I am wise enough to know that I can always make some small improvements in my diet. One of these improvements would be to add more variety in what I eat on a weekly basis.  In the past, I have been successful in my weight loss when I have attempted to keep things interesting by trying out new recipes.

So, in my efforts to try to add more variety to my meals and to try to make more homemade meals, I decided to try another new soup recipe over the weekend. It was a potato soup recipe that I have been eyeing for awhile on a blog that I follow. When I say "follow", unfortunately that doesn't mean that I have actually tried any of the recipes (yet). I have been reading the blog for a couple of years now and have printed off numerous recipes that I want to try. They are all low-fat (or fat-free) and vegetarian (actually they are vegan but I wouldn't need to make them all completely vegan). I promise I will share this blog with you another day but I really don’t want my first link to her site to be in a blog entry entitled "Poopy Soupy".


So, as I said, I decided to try making another soup yesterday. It was a potato soup recipe and it had very few ingredients so I figured, "what the heck", it won't take me long and the kiddies are happily playing with their toys in their playroom. It took about 45 minutes from start to finish which may sound long but that included peeling the potatoes, waiting for them to boil (20 minutes) then waiting for them to simmer with the broth and spices (15 minutes) etc. It wasn't as if I was standing there in the kitchen for 45 minutes.

So, at the point where the soup was simmering, I noticed an odd smell when I lifted the lid of the pot. I thought to myself that it must be something about the mixture of the spices and that it would go away once the soup was mixed together in the blender. Once the soup was completely done, I poured myself a bowl to try. Before the soup even entered my mouth, that pungent smell hit me again. There is no other way of describing it other than saying that it smelt like manure. Really, it did (to me at least). The kids didn't notice it (thank god) but I sure did. I struggled trying to eat the entire bowl but besides the smell of manure, it still tasted good. I guess I convinced myself that since there wasn't actually manure in it, then it was fine!!


I still wanted to find out what the smell was. I made my way back to the kitchen and sniffed the rosemary. It smelt fine. Then I sniffed the container with the vegetable broth. It smelt fine. Then I sniffed the white pepper. OMG!! OMG!! OMG!! It absolutely reeked. Manure is still the only way I can describe the smell. Why the heck does my white pepper smell like manure? There was no time for me to do anymore investigating as we were heading out shortly to run errands so I decided I would just come back to it later.


Later that evening I decided to search Google for the answer because I couldn't figure it out. Well, wouldn't you know it, I am not the only person in this world who finds that white pepper smells like manure. There were posts and threads and other discussions about it. I will admit that I am probably in a very teeny minority who thinks this but at least I am not alone.


Now I need to figure out what to do with my leftover Poopy Soupy!!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

OMG!! The vegetable burger is how much?

So tonight we were at Kelsey's for dinner.  It is not my favourite restaurant in the world but the kids like it and there are some relatively healthier options on their menu (or so I thought there would be).

It wasn't a definite that we were going out to dinner so I hadn't saved myself a tonne of points/calories for a huge, high calorie/high fat meal.  I really should have planned in advance just in case.

I decide on the way there that I'll just get a salad with a glass of water with lemon (as opposed to a glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage).  When we got there and I checked out the salad options on their menu, I was definitely disappointed.  There were only 4 salads to choose from and even their garden salad sounded awful (who puts raisins in a garden salad)?!  I wish restaurants would just have a regular garden salad chock full of all veggies imaginable.  You know, like the one you would make at home - lettuce, celery, cucumbers, carrots, peppers etc.  So, I opted for the vegetable burger with a salad on the side.  I figured that it couldn't be too high in points/calories, could it? 

WRONG!!  Bad choice!

I enjoyed the burger and the salad and stayed away from the desserts.  I don't usually have desserts at restaurants anyways but sometimes it is tempting!  When I got home, I decided to check out the nutritional info of the vegetable burger on the Kelsey's website and then plugged the info (fat, carbs, protein & fibre) into the Weight Watchers calculator: 22 points.  OMG, 22?  That is almost all of my daily points/calories.  Are you freakin' serious?  Here I was thinking that I was choosing a "healthier option" and the thing turns out to be loaded in tonnes of fat (I can't remember how many grams but I think it was over 30).  Frig. 

I definitely see trips to Kelsey's in the future because the kiddies like it.  I'll just have to check out what other vegetarian options they have and go from there.

Oh, and by the way, if you are wondering why I keep referring to points/calories it is because a lot of you may not know what the point system is all about.  The points are calculated taking into consideration the fat, carbs, protein and fibre.  Even though they don't calculate the actual calories, I believe the allotted points a person is given in a day is the equivalent of the amount of calories a person should consume in a day.  Not to say that I am supposed to have 29 calories a day but 29 points is probably the equivalent of how many calories I should eat (based on weight and age).  

Good night.