This past week we had a retirement banquet dinner to go to for a co-worker who was retiring at the age of 73 and after 28 years with the organization. (This woman doesn’t look a day over 55, I swear!)
Anyway, halfway through the day, my manager sent out the menu for the evening as an FYI for us all. Here were my choices with the calorie king calorie estimates I got for them.
- Chicken Parmigiano (769 for half a breast)
- lasagna (407 for a 4 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in. pice)
- fried chicken tenders- didn’t bother checking, fried foods are a pitfall of mine, cannot go there at all!
- fried fish and chips
- baked ziti – (800)
- fettucine alfredo (1169)
Umm yeah, so do you all see the crisis I was in?
There was no salad option or baked chicken option or anything. I quickly ran through my options. If worse came to worse, lasagna was the best choice calorie wise, however it still seemed obnoxiously expensive to me, considering I don’t LOVE a lot of tomato based things.
I wanted to stay within my calories. I wanted to make the best possible choice. In the past I would have simply decided those are my only options. Yet, I thought it odd that there was no “lighter” option. I decided to ask the person coordinating this thing what the possibilities were for getting an alterna-meal. I didn’t want to make it a big deal and I didn’t want to be a pain and yet I wanted to at least feel like I was doing the best I could to choose ME in this situation and that I exhausted all possibilities.
My manager told me to email her with a choice that would be acceptable to me and she would check for me. GREAT!!
My other alterna-plan was to go to Subway on my way to the dinner then just have some of the dinner salad they had there.
However, my manager never got back to me. So I went to this thing not knowing what my options were and still knowing I had about 1100 calories left for the day. So no matter what, I could make choices to fit that.
In the end, I ended up with lasagna for approx 500, some dinner salad for about 200, some bread for about 200 and a few bites of cake for about 200 or so.
I stayed within calories, but man was dinner an expensive meal calorie wise. But I was glad to have averted the crisis by making the absolute best decision possible AND by doing some research ahead of time.
What I learned. It doesn’t hurt to ask, if for no other reason than to open up the HINT of possibilities so that I don’t go into something feeling backed into a corner. I went in with a clear head and full knowledge of at least the best calorie estimates I could get. My ultimate vision was kept in the forefront so that I could not be distracted by something else…and…I knew that I knew that if I needed to…Aaron was a text message away…if I really really got tempted to throw the plan out the window for the evening. Not to mention, as soon as I got the menu and saw the calories…I emailed it all to him. I kept everything in the light!
Trickery attempt by the forces of evil…thwarted!
Calories for that day 1800!