The family holiday dinner…

Today presented a challenge that I had forgotten I would need to face. Maybe I had known in the back of my mind, but at some point last night, I started remembering that we were going to have a big Easter dinner with family today after church.

On the way to the event, I reminded my wife (which was really a verbal agreement on my part more than a reminder to her) that we needed to be more mindful of the calories consumed. Not to deprive ourselves, but to make smarter choices, especially in the area of portion size/control.

I think I have finished the day with great success. Total calories consumed today are a little over 2,000. No portion that I had was larger than 1/4 cup (or the size of my palm).

Considering in the past I would have easily downed about 4,000-5,000 calories at an event like this, then planted myself on the couch to digest for about 2-3 hours.

Today, I started with a healthy breakfast running around 500 calories, a small snack around lunch time (150 calories) to tide me over till the event, and the rest during the span of the five hours we were enjoying some familial comraderie, which included a round of kickball and a bit of baseball with my son.

This is how a holiday break should be.

Good times.

Update:  Ok…got home and helped offset this with a 30 min, 5 mph run on the treadmill.  For me, that’s a burn of about 650 calories.