Eating Out Tonight

Saturday, March 31, 2012

My lovely parents, who are taking care of me while I recover after my surgery, decided to treat us all with a meal out at a really great Italian restaurant.

Eating out time is usually panic time for me. Well, it's panic before I get to the restaurant, then with one glance at the menu I'll throw all my good intentions overboard and binge on unhealthy food, followed by panic and pangs of guilt when I leave the restaurant.

Today my appetite slowly crept back on me, but I still managed to just eat a bit of fruit and veg throughout the day. When we got to the restaurant I was actually hungry, BUT check this out:
-Rather than dive straight into the bread basket and almost suffocating on its contents I had a little bit and held off for the main course
- I didn't have a starter/appetizer
- I stuck to ONE glass of wine which I alternated with sips of water
- I ordered a healthy main course and took slow conscious bites
- And then I felt like dessert, so I had one without feeling guilty the tiniest bit

I feel like it was okay to have a dessert, as we don't go out much and I felt like it. I don't believe in depriving yourself and only living off diet foods. Tell me I can't have something and I'll want it even more in an instant!

I walked out of that restaurant without feeling guilty. Instead I felt content and like I'd had a nice treat which I deserved - but without derailing all of my efforts. I'd compensated for it throughout the day and still managed to fit into my calorie range.

On my page it says tha one of my goals is to no longer feel anxious and nervous in restaurants and today I came a major step closer to that.
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