Chipotle is my wife favorite fast food. I like it too, but do my best to avoid it because I know the calories can really add up. It is at this point that I should mention my wife is five months pregnant.
For the most part the pregnancy and my BFL Challenge has somehow managed to co-exist. Today, however, she had to avoid carbs and sweets for a blood sugar test this afternoon. She came out of her appointment needing to eat now, and Chipotle was right there.
Oh No! In week-8 and I faced a poorly planned obstacle. Diner tonight was going to be Chipotle.
I opted for a bowl, not a burrito. The single most caloric item in a burrito is the flour tortilla, weighing in at 290 calories (with a surprising 9 grams of fat, too), according to eatingrules.com..
The bowl was loaded up mostly with grilled chicken and fajita vegetables. It also included a small helping of brown rice, black beans, and was topped with lettuce and corn.
It did not include: cheese, sour cream, or guacamole. I also avoided tortilla chips and soda. Mine was consumed with a tall glass of water.
The biggest problem that remained was portion size. I’ll admit that a I failed here. I did intend to save some, but I finished every yummy bite. However, I did not feel like I had over ate. On the contrary, it was very satisfying.
What are you fast food survivor stories?
Seeing how you need fat the 9 grams are fine. Fit it in your macros. Problem solved.
Dan McLellan I totally agree with you as Chipotle is my favorite fast food. Doctor says to avoid eating fast food but for a busy person, fast food is everything i.e. lunch, brunch and dinner. As Chipotle contains a lot of calories which put on our weight so in order to maintain my weight I use to do workout and walking.
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I stayed with my sister last weekend and her husband is a very good cook. He made a full Sunday roast dinner, I said I couldn't possibly eat all of it..............but I did. I refuse to let one meal make me fall off the wagon which I have done in the past with that all or nothing mind set. This time for me, it's about progress not perfection.
I have completed 2 full challenges and started soooo many more without sticking to them and I think that all or nothing mentality has a lot to do with it. If I miss a meal or a workout I am still in a far better place than I was 3 weeks ago.
Of course not allowing that one missed workout or meal is a challenge in itself so you don't start missing 2, 3 and 4 and pretty soon you are back to square one...........
Hey Dan. My wife is 5 months pregnant too, so I know your pain! She was also very sick for the first three months and couldn't keep much down. The only foods that sounded good were often fast foods and her midwives just said, "eat whatever you want." Anyway, I just do what you did; eat there, but avoid all the extras. Often times I would go over the portion rule, and same as you, it felt good. I didn't feel bloated and sick like I used to when we'd over-eat. Our weakness now is sushi. We'll order 5 roles between the two of us and scarf them down. It's a ton of calories, but it doesn't feel bad afterwards...except for the heavy sodium, which we're trying to reduce now. Not sure if this is great advice for 8 weeks out though. I'm 8 weeks into my 2nd challenge and the metabolism is burning like hellfire, so maybe I can get away with more now. Good to play it safe until you know I guess.
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