February 15th, 2003


Bread Bowls

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outside: 7°C
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HOLY CRIPE-A-ZOLIES. A bread bowl is a HELLA LOTTA points!!! =O =O =O

A sourdough loaf, I'll say, is about 4 slices of bread - those would be really thick slices of bread which are technically more than a serving, but just for argument's sake. One slice of bread is 3 Weight Watchers points. So just the bowl is 12 points, 600 calories (it's more than that, but I'm just using 50cal = 1pt so I can brain it).

The soup is about a cup and a half. I had the Broccoli & Cheese which I've seen listed as anywhere from 4 to 6 points per cup (200-300cal). I'm not quite sure how Quizno's measures up, but I'll use 6 points since it's a cream based soup and there's cheese in it. My 1½ cup was 9 points.

There's also a slice of mozzarella cheese on top which is 3 points.

That's 24 points, 1200 calories total. That's almost an entire day's worth of caloric intake for someone under 150lbs. Under my own Reverse Weight Watcher system, I'm doing roughly 27 points a day and that leaves me with 3 points for the rest of the day. Uh, not bloody likely.

There was a time when I would have only eaten once all day, but no more. My own personal rule is that each meal must be 5 or more points. And if I don't eat a 5 point meal, then I have to have a snack within an hour or two to make it up.

Yesterday was the first time I blew my Points Total completely into orbit. I don't normally mind if I overshoot it up to about 30 (if I have an extra snack or something), but sheez, any single food item that causes me to just about double my points total can't be good. =O

For anyone who thinks "it's sick to count calories", you don't realize how bad you are until you see your data. Whether you over eat or under eat, it doesn't matter. I think everyone should do it, even just for a month or two just to see how your eating habits measure up. You get better at making better food choices in general. Hopefully you would have learned to just naturally gravitate towards healthier eating habits. You learn a lot about yourself, your health and your connection with food. Even if you learn that you're doing great and have nothing to worry about.

It's just like budgeting. They'll teach you to keep track of every single little expense for a month or two, write it all down and see what you spend. Then you can come up with a plan for how to spend your money wisely - cut back where you're buying useless things, save up for something important. It's the same concept.

I challenge anyone to tell me that it's sick to budget my money and do long term financial planning.