I had my weekend sort of planned out and just knew that I could avoid junk food and then, it hit! We had some wonderful friends offer us some free tickets to Kings Island, which is a large amusement park in the Cincinnati area. Given that it would have normally cost us around $150 between parking and admissions, it would have be very stupid of us to pass it up. Also, having a son who loves roller coasters, we couldn’t deny him a chance to ride some with kids around his own age.
But, the question pops in my head–what am I going to eat? Amusement parks aren’t typically your bastions of healthy food choices so, there’s a little anxiety on my part.
But, I’ll cut to the chase and say, it could have been a lot worse. However, in retrospect, it could have been better, too. I’ll share with you what I did. For lunch, I had Panda Express, which is basically Chinese fast food. I had steamed rice, broccoli chicken and kung pao chicken. Not great but, there are worse options. But, here’s where I think I took a hit. Kings Island, like a lot of amusement parks, lets you purchase refillable cups. So, I pay $10 for the first drink and subsequent refills of soft drinks are $1.99 each. Here’s the catch: they are probably around 64 ounces. Of course, I didn’t drink it all by myself but, I’m sure that I had somewhere in the neighborhood of 32 ounces of Sprite with lunch. Every subsequent refill of that thing was water-only.
But, really, that was my biggest hurdle that day. Before we went, I had a small breakfast of bacon and oatmeal. After lunch at the park, I avoided all sweets. I almost broke down and got an Icee until I realized they wanted $7.49 for what I could get for $1.50 – $2.00 at a gas station. So, disaster averted there. But, before I left, I did split a soft pretzel with my son. For dinner, I had a 6-inch steak and cheese from Subway with baked chips and a 24 ounce lemonade. After that, I had a cup of chocolate pudding for dessert.
Looking back, I see there were a few place to fix. For starters, I could have just done water. I probably would have been able to bring my own water bottle or had them provide me with free water. I would have likely saved calories and money. Also, I probably could have found some place serving a nice salad instead of the Panda Express I had for lunch. Finally, I ended up eating dinner around 9pm, which is pretty late.
Still, there’s good news in this — I’m actually thinking more about what I am eating, before I eat it and starting to make better decisions about the food I consume. Therefore, I really believe that I am on my way to bettering myself significantly in this area of my life.