Tuesday, November 06, 2012
End of Year Countdown Ė Day 6
My Eating Out Challenge, to myself.
I eat out a lot. Too much, really, for anyone trying to stay healthy and be thinner. And even though I know better, I always seem to see eating out as some sort of special celebration which excuses me from sticking with my program.
One of my regular eating out events is with my Girlfriend Group, which I organized about 7 years ago, knowing I was going to retire and that it would be important to stay in touch with the women who had been my friends during my working life.
So I invited some friends to meet me for dinner and bring one of their friends with them. We planned to meet every second Tuesday for dinner, to laugh and talk and, oh yes, EAT, lol.
Weíre still doing that, about 6-8 of us regular members now, it fluctuates, and having a really good time. But during the years Iíve noticed one of my friends who is very petite and has been the same size all these years, while I feel Iím a regular up and down roller coaster.
So I began to watch her eat. I observe what she orders and I find that our monthly meal is never a ďfood celebrationĒ for her. She consistently chooses the healthiest dish she can find on the menu of whatever restaurant we visit.
Hmmmm. I think Iíll do that. And yesterday I met a friend at the Olive Garden, aka the Pasta Palace, lol. Pasta is not my friend because itís rather like an addictive drug to me and once I start I donít want to stop.
So I focused on the healthiest dish I could find on the menu and was determined not to be distracted by the dessert menu, the pasta dishes, the breadsticks. I canít remember the name of the dish I ordered but it consisted of the tiniest chicken breast Iíve ever seen, some barely steamed broccoli, asparagus and tomatoes. After lunch I had a cup of black coffee, nothing added.
My friend and I yakked for an hour and a half, laughing out loud a lot of the time, and I never missed the food I didnít order. At the end of the meal, I felt wonderful, not stuffed, and pretty virtuous, lol.
It carried over to dinner when I grilled another pretty small chicken breast with some hot sauce on it and opened a can of green beans.
So, hereís my one small victory over the Pasta Palace, and my continuing win on Day 6 of my countdown to make it through the two most tempting months of the year with no terrible stuffed feelings and no gains.
Focus. Awareness. Attention. Have to concentrate and take nothing for granted.