Thursday, June 18, 2009

A new way of looking at things

This week i have learned a few new things about myself. I have to be absolutely truthful and say i really didn't want to go out to eat with my hubby as i was sure i'd cave in and eat a billion calories. Au contraire i did have to take time to look at the menu and i was able to find one healthy thing on it besides a house salad. This has given me the confidence to go out to eat again soon!! And i'm telling you it was hard to find anything healthy on that menu. They even had butter glazed steak.

On Tuesday i have another big hurdle coming up. It's an annual board meeting, with a set plate dinner. They always have the same, chicken cordon bleu, roast potatoes, veggies, salad with the dressing already on and some yummy desserts. So my plan is to eat ask if i can have a salad with dressing on the side, 1/2 the chicken, the veggies, maybe a baby potatoe or two and no dessert!! We'll see how it goes.

And i do have to say that i'm enjoying the food i'm eating :) The raspberries i ate today were so fresh and sweet! And so much healthier than sugar. I just need to keep the momentum going.
And today?? Back to working at the donut shop!

19 comments:

  1. Eating out makes me nervous as well. But like you're finding out, if you don't face the fear you never find out that you can overcome it and succeed.
    It'd be nice if they can change up your plate for you. IF they can't, perhaps before you start eating you could 1/2 everything or if that wouldn't be discreet enough just make up your mind that you'll enjoy a few bites of each and leave the rest. ONE luncheon will NOT undo your efforts.
    mmmm raspberries.
    and yes, the momentum ...

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  2. Yea, practice good portion control and bring home the extra food from resturants. Good luck at the board meeting... just becuase its on your plate does not mean you have to eat it all!

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  3. You are so right! I've often said there isn't a restaurant I can't enjoy while staying within my calorie budget. Great choices and a little game plan going in, ait's easy really. Your plan for the dinner sounds wonderful!

    What a fantastic job you're doing! Thank you for giving me daily inspiration Suzi!

    Sean Anderson
    The Daily Diary of A Winning Loser
    www.losingweighteveryday.blogspot.com

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  4. I've gotten to where I'd rather just stay home and eat the good food I prepare than go out and make some dubious choice that isn't even that tasty.

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  5. For me, part of my weight loss journey (150 lbs lost) was realizing that to be successful long term means coming to terms with food in terms of real life.

    For me personally, real life meant going out to eat, "conference" dinners and occasional fast food. Over time I learned to make good choices and you are too!

    Good work and I enjoy reading your blog.

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  6. Good for you on finding the right food choices on your night out. Hopefully, the fixed plate event can make a plate for you. Many places have to accommodate dietary restrictions, so I'd think they could help you out if asked in advance. Good luck to you.

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  7. I do enjoy going out to eat once in awhile but it's true it's usually hard to find something reasonable to eat. Way to go on a good choice. Hope the meeting goes well sounds like you have a good plan of action.

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  8. Nice confidence builder. I love it when I learn something new about myself. Especailly if it's something that is going to make me feel better about my ability to this long term.

    Way to go! Thanks for sharing it.

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  9. If you tell them you have allergies, or that you are vegan they will accomodate you. Then you can request a specific dinner. :)

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  10. Yay! I find eating out so difficult and I feel so out of control.

    Well done on finding your way around the menu!

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  11. Eating out is soooo hard. I just went out for lunch at Chili's today - I won't even tell you how many calories I consumed, and I only ate 1/2 my meal!!!
    Sounds like you have a good plan for the meeting, though. That's 1/2 the battle!

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  12. This might sound odd, but I find that if I tell myself, "I trust you to make good decisions," before entering a restaurant or situation that I do much better than if I worry I'll be bad. I don't know why it works, but it usually does.

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  13. I have a hard time when I eat out... :)

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  14. Eating out can make you nervous but it shouldn't. There is something healthy at every restaurant you go to. It is up to you to choose that instead of the high calorie stuff. You can do it though, and keep eating out and spending time with your husband. :)

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  15. It is such a shame there are not healtier options. I am sure you will do great Suzi, and hopefully enjoy the portion of the board meeting meal that you choose to eat!

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  16. It's funny how our taste buds change. I took a "break" this week to figure things out and seriously, my body was not happy about it. And I was actually craving grilled/steamed/roasted/raw/any kind of vegetable. This makes me very happy!

    You will do fine at your dinner. They should be able to accomodate your request. I would think.

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  17. Even if things don't go as well as you would like, it's only one meal. Forgive yourself and move on.

    I'm betting that it will go well, though. Especially since you already had an eating-out triumph!

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  18. Great great lesson to learn. Your right, it does take time and confidence to ask for what you want, but it's well worth it!!

    I'm rooting for you at your board meeting!!!!

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  19. I think its great that you are enjoying what you are eating since that will help you succeed and stay on track.I find that when I dont enjoy what Im eating, it makes me want to overeat something I shouldnt.

    and its great that you feel more confident to go out and eat. I know I used to dread going out because it was hard to find things, but it feels good go to out, especially to places with a lot of healthy options, and eat like a "normal" person.

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