Dining out - - - WITH SUCCESS!

Friday, May 04, 2012

I am on SUCH a high right now!

Where do I begin....

Okay, a good friend of mine who I only get to see every couple of months said she was coming into town this weekend for her birthday dinner, and after rearranging my workout schedule (today I was supposed to run, but wouldn't have had time before I had to go meet her, so I moved today's run to yesterday, and yesterday's active rest day to today) we settled on 5:30pm (I worked until 4) at the Hamachi Grill. Japanese food served Teppanyaki style (cooked in front of you).

As soon as I told her I would be there, I started getting nervous.
A) I had a treat day 6 days ago, so I couldn't make it an all out treat day
B) I knew I had other social events going on this same weekend (going to a ballet tomorrow night and likely a family BBQ on Sunday)
C) Likely increased sodium level in the food.

Basically it came down to:
How in the heck am I supposed to do *this*?! Normally I know these things further ahead of time and can make that treat day so I don't have to worry. This is going to be a new dining experience for me, and I will want to experience it all from A-Z!

Then, I just took some nice deep breaths. As I prepared my meals and snacks last night for today, I kept them on the lower calorie side, but kept the frequency. After I got home from work today and was getting ready to go, my tummy rumbled like mad, so I ate half a protein bar.

As soon as I arrived at the restaurant, I started chugging the water, and I continued to do so throughout the meal to avoid sodium saturation.

I ate the miso soup and tossed salad in full. The fried rice I ate half and immediately asked for the other half to be wrapped (dear hubby had to work late, so it all went home to him, a win-win!). I ordered the combo of salmon, chicken, shrimp. I ate all 3 shrimp, and all the chicken (roughly 1oz), and since hubby LOVES salmon, I set aside half immediately for him.

The kicker: I am not a veggie girl. Certain veggies have made me gag since childhood, zucchini and mushrooms especially. The evening's fresh veggies, steamed on site? Zucchini and mushrooms. I CLEANED MY PLATE OF THEM. Soooo tasty!! Likely due to the sauce, but whatev! I ate MUSHROOMS and ZUCCHINI!

As desert came, I was very proud of myself for how I managed dinner, in addition to the very stressful week I had and managed to stay 100% on track. I decided it was okay to order dessert. I didn't *deserve* it, it was doable in my mentally calorie-tracking brain.

I ordered warm apple crisp, without the ice cream, and again sectioned half off for hubby. It was beyond delicious! And lets just say I earned mega-huge good wife points!

After dinner I got groceries and did my Zumba Wii game, and just now I logged my food. I was ready and willing (yet still cringing at the thought) to be over the calorie range for 100-150 calories, or high in fat. It is possible that my tracking is not 100% accurate as I had no way of measuring the food, but I did my best.

Bang. On. IN. EVERY. RANGE!!!!

I'm practically crying over here! I am SO happy that I am on my way to being able to be in social situations and incorporate the menu into my daily calorie tracking, without it having to be a haywire treat day and go overboard.

I hope you all have a lovely, fantastic weekend!! Can't wait to go to the Farmers Market tomorrow to restock my guac (haha, rhymes)- been without for 2-3 days!!
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    That sounds like a huge triumph! You're my motivation!

    2119 days ago
    This is great and even though I am just starting out I totally get what you are doing so it seems pretty simple and easy for me to replacate when I need to! you are awesome! emoticon emoticon
    2119 days ago
    Good for you! I admire your control at portioning everything so well, including the dessert! It's nice to realize that dining out can be a successful part of the plan!
    2120 days ago
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