Monday, February 25, 2013

Facing 40: Food Crime & Punishment

My little cup of Heaven.
By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger on Twitter

Forty will be here for me in less than a month.  With the date looming closer, I've honed in a bit more on my fitness and nutrition goals.  Saturday night however, I had a big indulgence.  It turns out it was much bigger than I thought.

After a great night of wrestling with Pro Wrestling Collision, many of us headed to Steak N Shake for a late night (early morning at that point) snack.  I got the guacamole burger, baked beans, and to help my sweet tooth cravings a Double Chocolate Fudge shake.  I knew getting this was not the best idea in terms of nutrition, but at the time I didn't care.  The chocolate ice cream was mixed with hot fudge and topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and a cherry.  (at least there was a fruit involved, ha)

Today, to cure my curiosity I decided to look up the damage done.  Just the shake had 1,140 calories, 156 grams of sugar, and 39 grams of fat (including one gram of trans fat).  I was shocked.  But I was determined to at least burn off some of those extra calories.  I hit the treadmill at the gym and just started running.   I knew with my time constraints today I wouldn't be able to burn all 1,140 calories, so I aimed to do at least half.  After 4.6 miles, I burned 600 calories.  I also spent the day detoxing food wise, drinking my green smoothie and avoiding anything with sugar in it today.  No diet soda either.

I spent about 10 minutes eating that shake and it took me 38 minutes to burn off just over half the calories I consumed.  Looking at it that way makes me wonder if it was worth it.  Then I remind myself that is a once a month indulgence, but I do still need to stay vigilant about watching what I eat and exercising adequately.  Oh yeah, next time I'll order the small too.

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