With the hubs out of town and left to my own devices, I take the lazy way out. He likes to cook from scratch, I like whatever I can pick up at the store that’s packaged, but healthy. Bags of salad, pre-cut watermelon, pre-sliced apples, grapes – the healthiest of “fast food.” That laziness is what prompted me to pick up a sweet potato pre-wrapped in plastic wrap, ready for the microwave. Don’t judge! It takes a long time to wrap those things you know! Today however, being a little low in the carb and motivation department, and short on time, while at the store picking up some other things, I grabbed the beloved sweet potato.
Now, to give you some background, I love the app, “My Fitness Pal,” (MFP), and I rely on it when I’m in a phase of counting calories and/or macros like I am presently. Just before I popped that puppy in the oven to cook, I remembered to scan the bar code with MFP on my phone:
Can you read that? I know, it’s a little blurry, but check up at the top there: 3.5 ounces/90 calories. I was feeling pretty good! Carbs were 20.7 and check out that potassium and vitamin A, would ya?
Cue the “dum dum da” music in your head about now, because as I hefted that bad boy to put it in the microwave over the stove, reality struck: “Wait a second…this feels kinda heavy for 3.5 ounces. I better weigh it and see.” Hmmm, you know where this is headed don’t you?
How sad is that? And the worst part is that back when I was in the midst of my 75-pound weight loss journey, I’d had the identical sort of traumatic experience with the same exact food, when I figured out that my precious 3-point potato was really <gulp> ELEVEN POINTS! (and this was on the old, old plan where you only got 18-23 points – FOR THE DAY).
So, lesson learned once again. I could have kicked myself from now until the weekend or I could do what I did – turn it into a blog post and share the experience and make it positive: When you think you’ve got this whole weight-loss thing figured out to the point that you don’t even have to look things up anymore, or you can eyeball your portions, it’s a good thing to check yourself. It’s the little things, like three-times-bigger sweet potatoes, that can keep you from seeing results.
Did you ever get burned by a favorite food? Or any food? Share the love and let’s commiserate together!