Friday, February 15, 2013
Last night I took the granddaughters to dance class as I do every Thursday night. After dropping them off at home afterwards, I was to take supper home for hubby, since it was after 8 (after dance, we go to McDonald's, eat happy meals and play in the playroom for a while), and that late at night, I don't cook. But we usually go out to eat after the family bowling league. With hubby's health problems, he's not bowling, plus he worked late last night and was exhausted. I knew he didn't want to meet the family at a restaurant at 9 p.m. (which is when the league finishes), so I offered to bring food home for our dinner last night.
Then I thought, "What kind of food can I bring home that is healthy?" That is quite a challenge. Sure McDonalds and Burger King have salads, but they're not all that good or satisfying. They'll do in a pinch. But it was Valentine's Day! I wanted something special. There is one Raising Caine's restaurant in town, and it's clear across town from us, so we never go there. Plus I don't eat fried food, and that's ALL they have. But I thought it might be something hubby would like. He had it at work once (someone brought it in), and last year on grandson's birthday, my son and his wife got it for our birthday dinner, so I've had a few fried strips. I really didn't think they were anything special, especially considering how many calories are in them. But I know hubby likes them. So since I was driving right by Raising Caines, I got him one of their box specials. Then I tried to think what I could have. I really wanted soup and salad from Olive Garden, but I knew being Valentine's Day, that restaurant would be packed, so I stopped and got a healthy Subway sandwich. It was satisfying and good and I was pleased with my eating for the most part yesterday. I had a few yogurt-coated Valentine's pretzels with my granddaughter, but I don't think I had anymore than come in one of the 100-calorie packs of them, about 6 or 7. We did go out for lunch yesterday, since it is my youngest son's birthday and he had to go to work at 5, so we couldn't go out to celebrate with the family after bowling, at least not with him. He picked a prime rib restaurant, and I found a new entree offering on their menu--a very delicious bruschetta (I LOVE bruschetta and it's SO healthy!) chicken. It had cheese melted on it, but I still don't think it could have been too bad. I had a baked potato with it. It was a small potato and I limited myself to ONE pat of butter, since I forgot my "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" spray at home. I've discovered baked potatoes taste really good just plain. It's amazing what tastes good when you're really hungry!
So although yesterday wasn't as good eating-wise as Tuesday and Wednesday were, I'm dong better and feel like I'm back on track to drop some of these pounds that have found their way back....it's important to STOP the gain before it gets to be too much.
Katie (in runsforcookies.com) blogged today about the lack of support and bad attitudes some of the workers at her WW meeting have towards her maintenance. There is so little support out there for us maintainers. Everybody concentrates on the actual weight losers, while those of us struggling to keep the pounds off are floundering. I think that's why so many people regain--we've got nobody in our corner, nobody working to figure out how to keep us here, nobody but ourselves. But I am coming up on that two-year mark (April 15), and I'm determined to make it. TWO YEARS! Holy Cow! I just realized today is my 22-month maintenance anniversary! Time flies. Sometimes I find it hard to believe that just a few short years ago, I was a completely different person. Thank God for the support here at Spark. I don't know where I'd be without it. Probably back at 328 pounds, unhappy, unhealthy and sad.