The Packer Challenge
Monday, September 14, 2020
Some think Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas as the triathlon of food temptations. But not me. I can get through these by being sensible and portioning/logging every morsel. I know I will go over my 1500 calories but I also know I wont go past 2200. I am on this journey for life so getting through those days that happen every year without being mean to myself is key. So I will eat that piece of pie (pumpkin not pecan) and I will indulge in that special recipe of grandma's because there are only so many family feasts in a lifetime. I want to be strong and healthy but not bitter. I try to get in a 5k run on holiday mornings so I have another 500 calories to blow on the holiday.
Honestly, going into the shorter and shorter days of autumn I have my own end 'o year temptation challenge to get through. Packer Games! Oh my goodness, unlike Christmas and my birthday there are 17 Packer Games between September and January. Pre-covid every Sunday was a reason to have a football potluck with beer brats & kraut, chips, cheese curds, greasy little yummies on toothpicks, venison jerky, all sorts of layered deserts of every description and hotdish as far as the eye can see! It is not just a meal but 3+ hours of snacking during an entire Sunday afternoon. Eeeeek!
So yeah, covid means we don't get together in a friends living room for our weekly Packer football party. I miss that more than I can say. But honestly, not having to rely on mere grit to get past those Wisconsin food alters is probably for the best. Yet another unforeseen benefit of isolation. But my wasband is still my best friend and isolation buddy. We don't live together but we both work at home and have been self-isolating since late March. When the wasband comes over though, he brings goodies that he (at 145 pounds at 6 feet) can burn just by cheering a little harder.
So yesterday was the first game of the season. He comes to my house because I'm the one who has a TV that is used for Wii fit and Sparkpeople videos and Packer games. Neither of us watch TV except for the game so it kind of makes it that much more fun. He came in with White Claw Seltzers (100 calls a piece so an easy tracker) and some frozen yummies like governors chicken and Buffalo wings. So what is a girl gonna do? Luckily everything he brought had nutritional values on the packaging. I mixed a bag of frozen broccoli into the governors chicken because it always has too much sauce and put out a fruit & veg plate. I also made up a bowl of Greek yogurt with blue cheese crumbles for wing dip.
I had a big plate of governors chicken with broccoli, four wings, two grape fruit seltzer and a whole lotta fregetables. I weighed and logged all 709 calories and was able to adjust the rest of my day to stay under 1500 calories with a pretty balanced macronutriant pie chart. The best part was I felt naughty, decadent, and self-indulgent but not a bit guilty! I was probably happier about this than I was to watch my beloved Packers trounce the Vikings in the season opener!
Oh, and one more thing. GO PACK GO!!!!