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Thursday, March 21, 2013

My son had a half day of school today and wanted to go out for lunch. At first I hesitated. I didn't want to blow everything that I've worked so hard for by eating out. Then I realized that I wasn't doing myself any favors by hiding out at home with my "safe" foods. I need to learn to live the lifestyle. So, I let him pick the restaurant, and I did my research and planning.

Fortunately, he picked Panera. They have an excellent nutrition guide on-line and even a menu builder. I knew that my favorite bread bowl of soup was out of the question (660 calories without the soup!), but there were plenty of options to choose from. I had my plan: You Pick 2 with a cup of the French Onion soup and a half Classic salad. I would get an apple on the side.

When she asked for my choice of side, I was supposed to say apple, but for some reason it sounded a lot like baguette. Hmmm... That's ok. It was an additional 100 calories that I could still fit into my day. The salad was huge! The soup was filling and plenty. I was full but not uncomfortable when I was finished. The baguette may not have been as nutritious as the apple, but it was warm and satisfying. I didn't miss that huge bread bowl at all.

I went out to lunch and survived, even thrived!
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    Well done! I'm sure that your son really enjoyed it and sooner or later we all have to learn how to deal with eating out.

    1795 days ago
    Way to go! Isn't it a great feeling to know that you have the power to live your life - and indulge in fabulous pieces of baguettes, as long as you plan for it.
    Bon Appetit!!!!
    1795 days ago
    Way to plan ahead! emoticon

    Never take this kind of accomplishment for granted. Its HUGE! emoticon
    1795 days ago
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