Fast food

Einstein Bagels power bagel – HOLY CRAP!

Here’s an example of why nutritional information is so important. For a while now, I’ve been having a power bagel with peanut butter from Einstein’s Bagels for breakfast. This seemed like a pretty good breakfast to me. The power bagel has a lot of protein in it. And if it has protein, then it has to be good for you, right?

Well, not exactly. Thanks to an Einstein’s Bagels nutritional information guide, (Warning: It’s a PDF file) I now find that the power bagel is not very good for weight loss at all. With peanut butter, it weighs in at 750 calories! HOLY CRAP!! Subtract the peanut butter, and it is still 560 calories. That’s one damned expensive bagel!

From now on, I’m switching to a whole wheat bagel with blueberry cream cheese. That’s 410 calories, which leaves me with enough calories for my cinnamon latte.

Drinks Habits Nutrition

Holiday weight gain

Here’s one of the main reasons I gained so much weight over the holiday season: A venti Starbucks eggnog latte has 630 calories per serving. And I was drinking these things like water! There were a few days when I had two egg nog lattes in the same day. That’s 1260 extra calories, on top of the other bad stuff that I was eating.

My goal for this year is to find a way to kick my egg nog habit. I’m addicted to the stuff, and I really cannot afford to be. Between my lack of will power and my slow metabolism, I am doomed during the holidays!

Anyone know the number to egg nog drinkers anonymous?

On the plus side, a Grande nonfat cinnamon latte from Starbucks weighs in at 200 calories. I am so down with that! The grande latte has 14g of protein, so it’s actually a fairly nutritious drink, too. I am altering my meal plan specifically to allow one of these beasties a day. Yummy!


January 21, 2004

Weight: 314. Difference from last entry: -5

Yay me! lol. I was a good boy this week, and my weight shows it. I have to be happy about that. Being a good boy obviously isn’t an easy thing for me to do. Never has been. So allow me to pat myself on the back one more time. YAY!

Okay, seriously, this weight loss was not unexpected. I did things that I needed to do to lose weight. I knew I was going to lose weight. I got back into the habit of drinking over 100 ounces of water in a day. I stopped sneaking to the break room and eating a donut. I stopped having a cinnamon roll with my morning coffee. I replaced quarter pound burgers with sensible lunches. All of this work shows on the scale.

It is funny the difference that a week makes. Last week, I was extremely disappointed with myself. This week, I am right back on track and feeling motivated.