Today is my birthday, so I’m taking it easy, relaxing around the house. My husband treated me to a nice meal of lobster, shrimp and salmon with a side of salad from Red Lobster, while he had filet mignon with lobster and sides. I only had half of my meal and plan to have the rest for dinner.
While I don’t count calories, I love the way the restaurants give the calorie count for each dish, so I can have an idea of how many calories I’m consuming. My order with sides contained 1550 calories, and I ate just about half. Since it’s my birthday, I may have a chocolate ice-cream cone later –220 calories, giving me a total of 1770 calories, if I do eat the other half of my meal later. The recommended daily caloric intake for a woman is 2000 calories and I believe my breakfast would not have been more than 300 calories. So that takes me to just over 2000 calories. Since I exercise 3 or 4 times a week, I don’t have to worry.
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It’s okay to indulge yourself a bit on your birthday or some other special event, but pay close attention to your caloric intake. To avoid sabotaging your weight management plan, consider halving your portion sizes, especially if the menu contains high calorie items. Another option would be to increase your physical activity following the event. Remember, if you are trying to lose weight you need to reduce your calories by 500 to 1000 calories a day.
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