Friday, October 14, 2011

Looks can be decieving...All In a Day's Work

I always joke with the people that know me well that those who don't know me very well think that I do nothing all day. My schedule is so opposite of everyone else's that people tend to not see what I am actually doing all day, which I think leads people to make up their own ideas. I would. ;)

Instance #1: I work as early as 5:45 AM some days, and I usually work until 10 or 11 AM. This means that I am gone and back from half of my work day before some of the people I live around even wake up. A lot of them will see me get home or see my car at home once I am there and just assume I'm chilling at home all day.

Instance #2: I LOVE Elevate, the gym that I work at, and sometimes if I have a break between clients I will workout there. However, as I have expressed before, most the time I go to the Gold by my house on my way home. I know it's weird. I work at a gym, and I pay for a gym pass, BUT it is somewhat therapeutic to me to go somewhere other than work. You get that, right? Well the same crowd of people tend to always be there at the same time as me...around 10-11, and I'm pretty sure they think I just rolled out of bed and finally made it to the gym.

Instance #3: I go back to work in the afternoon usually around 4, and so in the middle of the day my car will be home. I am also a freelance writer on the side, and so when I am at home in the day I do my writing. Those who live around me will often come stop by because they see my car and I'll be in the kitchen working on my computer...I'm fairly certain they think I'm just facebooking.

Instance #4: People see me in gym clothes always...which unless they actually know what I do they often equates to...oh there is the girl who never gets dressed. So lazy that girl.

So, what many individuals see is....
Megan rolling out of bed at 10 or 11 to get to the gym and then she sits home and Facebooks in her sweats. Ummm, I wish? ;) (Not really, but maybe the rolling out of bed at 10?)

When in reality...it's more like
Roll out of bed at 5.
Train until 10 or 11.
Write, write, write until 4.
Back to work...

I guess sometimes what we see can be deceiving, no? 
(This is Colston...he doesn't like to be deceived!)
Sometimes the foods we think are, "healthy" at restaurants can be just as deceiving...

Eating out and making healthy choices can be tricky...
Some prime examples?

Applebees Oriental Chicken Salad
1310 calories
93 grams of fat


Blimpie Veggie Supreme (12”)
1,106 calories
56 grams of fat (33 grams saturated fat)
2,831 mg. Sodium

Quiznos Chicken Caesar Flatbread Salad
1,020 calories
69 grams fat
2,120 mg sodium 

Macaroni Grill’s Seared Sea Scallops Salad
1,320 calories
91 g fat (25 g saturated)
2,860 mg sodium

Cheesecake Factory French Toast with Bacon2,494 calories
71 g saturated fat
3,542 mg sodium
182 g carbohydrates

Cheesecake Factory Grilled Chicken and Avocado Club
1,752 calories
28 g saturated fat
2,309 mg sodium
85 g carbs
 
Cheesecake Factory Grilled Kid's Meal Pasta with Alfredo Sauce1,803 calories
86 g saturated fat
876 mg sodium
70 g carbohydrates

Chili's Quesadilla Explosion Salad
1,390 calories
89 grams fat
2,710 mg sodium

Cafe Rio Pork Salad
1,260 Calories

CPK Full Waldorf Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing
1,570 calories
25 grams of saturated fat
2,082 milligrams of sodium.

  
T.G.I. Fridays Pecan Crusted Chicken Salad
1,360 calories

T.G.I. Friday’s NY Strip & Shrimp
1,660 calories

Quizno’s Tuna Melt (large)
2,090 calories
175 grams of fat (31 g saturated fat, 2.5 g trans fats)
2,190 mg. sodium

IHOP Colorado Omelette 1,890 calories
47 g saturated fat
4,200 mg sodium
130 g carbohydrates

P.F. Changs Crispy Honey Shrimp
2,110 calories
70 g fat (10 g saturated)
1,815 mg sodium
290 g carbs

 Kinda Scary? YES. 
Just some food for thought...
 If only every restaurant posted their nutrition facts on the menu like Panera does...
Click HERE for some help with your salad choices
Are any of these nutrition facts surprising to you?

12 comments:

Jan J said...

Whoa! Those are some crazy numbers, and many of them with SALADS! Deceiving! And what about that French toast!? Gross.

Jenn╩╗s Adventure╩╗s said...

I try to avoid the Cheesecake Factory -- is Paula Dean in the kitchen?!?! ;)

We have very similar days! I suppose I'm deceiving, too!

Julie said...

The Blimpie Veggie Supreme surprised me!

The husband and I work from home and there are a ton of misconceptions about what/when/how our lives work. Our poor kids' perception of "work" is going to be completely skewed when they grow up. Hopefully it's beneficial to them!...and not the opposite. I would hate to have them show up for their first day of work in a "real" job in their jams and slippers without brushing their teeth :p

Melissa said...

What a great post...it's so true. And those nutrition stats are scary!!! When you eat out, you have to be careful because unless you get "steamed" veggies, they'll more than likely have been doused in some sort of oil, ect. Also, portion size has a lot to do with the massive amounts of calories! I like to cut whatever I order out in 1/2, and then it's a somewhat normal serving size! It may seem like I'm eating less, but in reality it's the amount my body actually needs, not what it's tricked into eating while out!!

Meg said...

That is sad about my favorite cafe rio salad!

SeRUNity NOW said...

Wow, I am kind of ashamed to admit how many times I have put down an entire Cafe Rio salad by myself. Gotta be more careful with those!

Rene said...

The only surprising thing is the Blimpies Veggie Supreme and the kid's meal. I know when I eat out that I am going to eat my entire day's worth (or more) of calories and fat.

Julia said...

shell told me you posted these and i knew i had to face the truth! haha. cafe rio is my all time fave but i assumed the salad was more than i thought. i always try to split it over 2 meals which usually makes me feel a tiny bit better about it!

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