I’m Going To Lose This Weight: Gaining Freedom, Not Pounds

I’m Going To Lose This Weight: Gaining Freedom, Not Pounds

Listen, holidays suck when you are trying to lose weight. The 4th of July may not be the one that immediately comes to mind the way that Christmas and Thanksgiving probably do, but still: no one wants to be the asshole that sitting there eating a green salad and drinking a big bottle of water while those naturally skinny jerks you call friends shove cheeseburgers and frozen margaritas in their faces.

So I have a philosophy when it comes to holidays such as these: as long as I don’t gain any weight – meaning I eat somewhat close to my metrics for the day – I’m not going to worry about it. I’d rather have a decent time and not be pissed about having to eat rabbit food then stress out about the scale going down this week. That being said, I obviously can’t stuff my face full of chips and dip if I want a neutral scale result, which means I still have to make some smart choices when it comes to what I eat at the 4th of July festivities. So in the interest of knowledge, here are the ball-park metrics for some of the standard BBQ fare:

First up, the big offenders. Sure, have a hot dog if you want it, but realize that’s going to have to take the place of a light beer or three.

One plain cheeseburger with bun: 400 calories, 16 grams fat, 24 grams carbs, 30 grams protein

One plain hot dog with bun: 290 calories, 17 grams fat, 23 grams carbs, 10 grams protein

1 cup potato salad: 360 calories, 20 grams fat, 28 grams carbs, 7 grams protein

1 cup baked mac and cheese: 360 calories, 9 grams fat, 44 grams carbs, 13 grams protein

½ cup baked beans: 340 calories, 1 gram fat, 58 grams carbs, 4 grams protein

1 slice apple pie: 250 calories, 10 grams fat, 43 grams carbs, 2 grams protein

12 oz. frozen margarita: 300 calories, 1 gram fat, 15 grams carbs, 0 grams protein

Then we have the replacements: the things that aren’t as-bad-but-still-not-great for you, but also won’t cause you to be all depressed as eating yet another salad with grilled chicken on it will:

1 small grilled steak: 165 calories, 10 grams fat, 0 grams carbs, 18 grams protein

1 BBQ chicken breast: 110 calories, 4 grams fat, 8 grams carbs, 18 grams protein

1 BBQ rib: 135 calories, 9 grams fat, 1 gram carbs, 12 grams protein

1 cup pasta salad: 200 calories, 9 grams fat, 29 grams carbs, 6 grams protein

½ cup coleslaw: 120 calories, 9 grams fat, 10 grams carbs, 1 gram protein

1 ear corn on the cob: 80 calories, .5 grams fat, 20 grams carbs, 3 grams protein

1 piece angel food flag cake: 160 calories, 6 grams fat, 25 grams carbs, 2 grams protein
12 oz. Shandy: 120 calories, 0 grams fat, 6 grams carbs, 0 grams protein

And finally, the guilt-free options. I don’t think you’ll have much of an enjoyable 4th if you stick strictly to items on this list, but America is about the freedom to make your own choices, so to each his own:

1 cup grilled veggies: 70 calories, 3 grams fat, 6 grams carbs, 6 grams protein

Veggies and ¼ cup fat free ranch dressing: 60 calories, 1 gram fat, 10 grams carbs, 1 gram protein

1 cup watermelon balls: 50 calories, 0 grams fat, 11 grams carbs, 1 gram protein

1 plate garden salad: 50 calories, 0 grams fat, 11 grams carbs, 2 grams protein

Happy 4th of July, my friends!

Starting weight to Lose: 30 pounds
Week 1 Results: – 1.1 pounds
Week 2 Results: – 2.1 pounds
Week 3 Results: +0.4 pounds
Week 4 Results: – 0.2 pounds
Week 5 Results: – 0.2 pounds
Week 6 Results: – 0.1 pounds
Week 7 Results: -0.9 pounds
Week 8 Results: 0.0 pounds
Week 9 Results: -0.5 pounds
Week 10 Results: -0.6 pounds
Week 11 Results: 0.0 pounds
Week 12 Results: – 0.2 pounds
Week 13 Results: -0.1 pounds
Week 14 Results: No weigh in
Week 15 Results: – 2.3 pounds
Week 16 Results: +0.6 pounds
Week 17 Results: – 0.2 pounds

Remaining weight to lose: 22.5 pounds

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Jenna Crowley

Jenna used to be known as 2NOTBrokeGirls, but then one of the girls actually went broke, so she's struck out on her own. Jenna spends her free time saving the world, one sorority girl at a time (usually while wearing yoga pants), questioning why she decided to get a doctorate, documenting her love of all things cheese related, and hosting the new PGP podcast Don't Take It From Us. You can ask her anything you want about football, using your boobs to get what you want, and pizza at @JennaLCrowley on Twitter or via email at

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