When the date that Olive Garden's Never-Ending Pasta Pass sale would be held was announced, I wasn't yet sure that I'd even want one.

Don't get me wrong: I loves me some pasta! But I'm also trying (extremely passively) to lose weight.

Well, NEPP meal #1 was today (9/24/18), and looking back I could've done WAY better.

I decided to get the whole-wheat linguini with grilled chicken and meat sauce. Chicken & Gnocchi soup and three breadsticks for an appetizer.

I blew it after the linguini and grilled chicken. Everything else was so packed full of sodium that I ended up with nearly two days-worth of salt in one meal. I chose...poorly.

NEPP meal #1 (Ned @ TSM)

All-in-all, this magnificent meal cost me 1,571 calories, 200 grams of carbs, 43 grams of fat, 3687 milligrams of sodium...but did net me 90 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber.

Glad I drank water.

I have a step counter that poorly keeps track of my steps, and I've managed to burn 57 calories from waddling around today.

My remaining nutrients available for today, as per an app that I sometimes use (usually to guilt myself...like today):

469 calories
56g carbs
25g fat
-1,387mg sodium
13g protein
25g fiber

So carrots for dinner, it is.

A few years ago I lost almost 50 pounds in 6 months; all by simply keeping track of my nutrient intake and paying extra attention to calories, fiber, and sodium. I did hardly any extra exercise. I obviously failed miserably with my sodium intake today, but instead of giving up, I'll just take note of what didn't work today and try not to repeat that mistake again.

So...carrots for dinner. Maybe some Greek yogurt, too.


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