"I've decided that perhaps I'm bulimic and just keep forgetting to purge."

-- Paula Poundstone

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Time to get unwrapped

Many thanks to sweet co-worker MaryBeth for the delightful picture you see here.

She sent it to me last week saying I could use it on my blog, so it immediately got me thinking about Mexican food.

Mmm. Mexican.

While there’s not much I won’t eat (obviously), Mexican ranks among my true loves.

So, I refuse to completely give it up. By making smarter choices, I don’t have to.

I was telling my husband I really want to go with co-workers when they go to a nearby authentic Mexican restaurant, but I’ve been hesitant in these early weeks of weight loss.

Just get the fajitas, he said. I know to skip the obvious things like cheese and sour cream.

“Don’t eat the wraps,” he said.

Really? How bad can a tortilla wrap be for you?


Take the wraps at Qdoba alone. (If you don’t have a Qdoba, just assume that any Mexican restaurant’s wraps are about the same.)

Just the wrap: 330 calories! I was stunned.

So now when I go there, I get the “naked” burrito (no wrap). Still yummy.

I’m almost embarrassed to admit what I was eating at Taco Bell, but here goes.

You know that $5 Volcano Box that Taco Bell uses fatty Charles Barkley to advertise? Yeah, that one.

Hey, I told you I’ve eaten like a grown man my whole life.

Anyway, it breaks down to this:

Volcano Taco: 240 calories
Volcano Burrito: 800 calories
Crunchy Taco: 170 calories
Cinnamon Twists: 170 calories

Total: 1,380 calories!

I was eating almost a day’s worth of calories at lunch alone! Luckily, I drink diet colas, but add a regular soft drink to that meal, and it’s 1,500 calories or so! Yikes.

Now, when I have a craving for Taco Bell, I get this:

2 Fresco Tacos: 300 calories
Rice: 130 calories

Total: 430 calories

I actually prefer the Fresco Tacos with the fresh-style salsa anyway.

So, that’s that. I’ve walked 1.8 miles, done a lesson on tacos, and I’m off to start my Wednesday.

Take that, Charles Barkley.

1 comment:

  1. Very smart... I remember looking up the statistic in tortillas and was shocked too...I struggle with the chips and salsa... but you can't give up everything you love, that's very smart... keep up the good work.