A Healthy Cinema Outing (yes, you heard right!)

Today’s calorie intake:

Breakfast: 30g Special K with 125ml skimmed milk - 158 calories.
Green tea - 1 calorie.
Lunch: Weight Watchers tomato soup - 76 calories.
Dinner: Half a Weight Watchers chicken chop suey - 150 calories (probably less as the entire meal contained 203 calories).
Snack: 60g carrot sticks - 24 calories.

Total consumed: 409 calories.

Exercise:

30ds level 2 - 117 calories.
Treadmill - 450 calories.

Total burned: 567 calories.

Net: Minus 158 calories.

Well, the Christmas holidays have finally begun! And as today was the last half day of school my classmates brought in even MORE food. The temptations had begun before I’d even set foot on school premises when my friend offered me a brownie on the bus at 7:50 am this morning! Throughout the day various baked goods including cupcakes (a personal weakness of mine), cookies, tray bake and cake were passed around in addition to the usual store - brought crisps, chocolates and sweets. But it didn’t stop there! Oh no, I was given a huge lindor chocolate santa, a packet of maltesers, a multi-pack of magic stars and several christmas cards containing chocolate coins and quality streets. In fact I think the only non-edible gift I received was a cupcake shaped bath bomb and that too was modelled on food! Even my friend who is also dieting succumbed and ate a cupcake plus a few crisps and chocolates. Yet somehow I again found the stregnth to persevere and not a single morsel passed my lips.

School ended at 1:00 pm today so I ate lunch at home but as you can see from my calorie intake, I was still able to pack the snacks given to me by my mum for “break” and throw them in the bin later.

This afternoon I went to the cinema with my mum and brother to watch “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”. I love, love, love Tolkein so I was pretty excited for this film. Yes, I do realise that I’m a nerd at heart. But I can’t help it, I read The Hobbit for the first time when I was eight or nine and The Lord of The Rings a year later and haven’t been able to put them down since! I also enjoyed the three Lord of The Rings movies so therefore was ecstatic to find out that Peter Jackson was filming The Hobbit. And thankfully it more than lived up to my expectations! The only problem? Well we all know what eye wateringly unhealthy snacks are avaliable at cinemas nowadays and unfortunately I also happen to have a soft spot for these treats. Especially slushies and popcorn… Mmmmm. However, instead of gorging myself on junk food I brought my portion of carrot sticks into the movie theatre with me. Sure, I could smell the large salted popcorn my brother was eating and if I’m honest did feel a little jealous (until I looked up its nutritional information and found that it contained a whopping 1,300 calories!) but to be honest was so focused on the film that I barely noticed I was munching on carrots instead. Wow, a healthy cinema experience. Now that’s something to be proud of!

By the time we got back home it was 6:30 and there wasn’t really time for me to watch through level 3 of the 30ds then complete it afterwards as well. Besides, I was a little disoriented and didn’t push myself hard enough on the first day of level 1 or 2 so I expect the first day of level 3 to be the same and with my weigh-in coming up on Friday I need to get the most I can out of my workouts. Therefore in the end I stuck with doing an eleventh day of level 2 instead of moving on up to level 3.

Despite it being late I also managed to do a session on the treadmill this evening and burned 10 more calories than I did yesterday which has put my mind at rest regarding the 30ds. I also ate less for dinner today in preparation for the snacks I know I will have to eat tomorrow while under my mum’s watch. Although if I can get up early in the morning I might be able to blend up a banana and rinse it down the sink plus do the same with a yoghurt so she thinks that I’ve eaten my 800 calories for the day. I’m doubtful as to whether I’ll be able to pull it off though. Maybe I will manage to get in an extra session on the treadmill to compensate (if she doesn’t stop me on the grounds of “too much exercise”, that is).

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