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Old 09-10-2007, 05:49 PM   #1
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This is going to sound like the biggest cop-out ever, but I totally misread a label today and WAY overshot my calorie goal. Now I am stuck for the day at 1340 calories and its only 4:30. I am not very good at starving myself at night when I get home and now I have exactly 210 calories left on plan today! Does anyone have any ideas for a tasty, filling meal or snack that will fit that limit?
BTW.. I gotta explain how this happened because I feel SO BAD about it! I had this salad kit for lunch today that was supposed to be 330 calories with chicken and cheese and croutons and all kinds of yummy stuff. It was packaged in a single-serving container so I just figured it was one serving. The nutrition label said 1 serving, 330 calories. As I was finishing lunch today and thinking what a huge, delicious salad that was for 330 calories, I happened to notice the tiny print on the front of the package that says "Package contains 2 servings". This was not in any way disclosed on the nutrition information label so I gobbled up the whole darn 660 calories at once. GRR!! I knew it was too good to be true.
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:04 PM   #2
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i don't know if they do weight watchers meals where you are but there are some great frozen meals for around 200 calories! they're filling too!
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:14 PM   #3
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I wouldn't worry about it. Tomorrow is another day. In the greater scheme of a lifestyle change, 300 extra calories is meaningless.

If you're really set on sticking within your calorie limits for the day, try filling up on lean protein and more veggies at dinner. E.g., mix a can of albacore tuna with nf yogurt, dill relish, and a smidge (like, less than a tsp) of mayo for mouth feel. Put this over a big bunch of greens & raw veggies for a decent "meal" of around 200 calories.

*However,* if eating this light of a dinner is just going to set you up for hitting the chip bag later, then you'd be better off just eating a 400-500 calorie dinner of healthy and more filling foods. If it makes you feel better about yourself, make up the 200-300 calories tomorrow: one day below 1200 won't kick you into "starvation" mode. (I have serious doubts about the validity of this diet meme, anyway.)

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Old 09-10-2007, 06:16 PM   #4
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Oh, I'm so sorry that this made me laugh, but it did! I once (early in this journey - believe me, you'll probably only do it once!! ) ate a baked calzone - mmmm, it was so good, and it was only 330 calories! Wow, I thought - that's amazing - and I feel so full... yup - for ONE HALF calzone!!!

So, we've all been there. Drink lots of fluid tomorrow and cut your calories by 100 for the next couple of days. can you throw in a bit more exercise? Chances are, it won't catch up

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Old 09-10-2007, 06:18 PM   #5
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How frustrating! But you know what? It's so much better to go over your calories by 100 - 200 than to try to starve yourself and end up bingeing. We all make mistakes, and that small amount one day in the week will not sabotage your efforts. Having said, that, however, when I'm going for a very low-cal meal, I have about three ounces of tuna topping a salad made with lettuce and carrots, with some fresh lemon juice on it all. I find it to be very filling - at least for two or three hours - and very low-cal. Then, if I end the night with a walk/run or some other form of intense exercise that kills my appetite, it takes me through until it's time for bed.

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Old 09-10-2007, 06:20 PM   #6
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Oh! The joys of almost simultaneous posting! I promise, Kim, that I wasn't trying to steal your ideas without giving you credit. We just happened to be on a very similar wavelength!
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Old 09-10-2007, 06:40 PM   #7
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I would definitely not penalize myself. Go on and eat your planned dinner. Tomorrow is a new day. 330 calories is no big deal in the whole scope of things.

It just shows us those if it sounds too good to be true, *sigh*, it probably is. And also just how important it is to read those labels. Perhaps with a magnifying glass. Gosh, they're hard to read sometimes.
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Old 09-10-2007, 07:13 PM   #8
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If I want a low-cal dinner I cook a fish filet (Gorton's are about 100 calories per filet) and serve it with half a cup of brown rice and a whole bunch of veggies. It's filling enough and comes in at less that 300 calories, depending on how you cook your veggies. (If I don't feel like cooking I just steam frozen.)

Rather than torturing yourself, though, I'd just cut out 100 calories for the next couple days like another poster suggested. 300 calories isn't bad at all, and having a 'high calorie' day every so often is actually good for reminding your metabolism that you aren't starving.
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Old 09-10-2007, 07:47 PM   #9
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I have done that before, thinking I have eaten 300 calories and it was actually 2 servings for 600, now I watch more carefully the packages.
I agree with the others , it is not the end of the world, tomorrow is a new day.
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Old 09-10-2007, 08:25 PM   #10
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Don't worry about it and move on.
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:47 PM   #11
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Okay, now I have to look at my fridge because I think I have the same kits.
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Old 09-10-2007, 09:53 PM   #12
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Well, my kit says 1 package is a serving size on the nutritional label. But the fron does say 1-2 servinges. So, I'm confused if it is one or TWO servinges. What are yours? Mine are hillshire farms.
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Old 09-10-2007, 10:01 PM   #13
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That's what mine are too! Maybe I am just reading it wrong... I looked at the one in my fridge and that one also says on the front "1 or 2 servings" and on the back it says "1 serving 330 calories". There is a phone number on there I am going to call in the morning.
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Old 09-10-2007, 11:28 PM   #14
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Old 09-10-2007, 11:30 PM   #15
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Scrambled eggs (one whole egg, three egg whites) and a piece of dry toast always does the trick for me! I feel virtuous AND full!
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