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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Went out for lunch yesterday. Hubby got a shot yesterday at 11, so we headed over to Carlos O'Kelly's for lunch afterwards. I had their new Caribbean salad. It has dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, and pineapple in it, along with a sweet vinaigrette dressing that is very good. It comes with either shrimp or chicken. Usually I get the shrimp, but yesterday substituted the chicken breast. It wasn't done enough for me, so I think next time, I'll go back to the shrimp. I have struggled at Carlos O'Kelly's in the past. I always say there's something at every restaurant I go to, that I can eat and stay low-cal. But Carlos' low-fat menu was not very tasty. I tried several items on it, and did not like them at all. The low-fat enchiladas were full of spinach and non-fat sour cream--YUCK!, and even the salad on that menu was not good, the low-fat dressing was horrible. So I started ordering the fajita cheese crisp, it's an appetizer, and it is truly delicious. But I don't think it's low-cal at all. It has a butter-garlic sauce that must be super high in calories and fat, and the fajita is so crispy, it's probably fried. I tried to only eat 3 of the 6 pieces of it, but usually ended up eating that 4th piece because it was so good. I can't find a nutritional guide for Carlos on-line. I thought chain restaurants had to post their calorie, etc. content according to stipulations in the new Health Care Bill. But Carlos doesn't. I wish I knew how many calories were in that new salad. Every summer they have a contest among the chefs in all their restaurants and pick 4 or 5 winners to feature on their menu. This salad is a contest winner. I sure hope they put it on their permanent menu! The only drawback is probably the dressing, it is not a light vinaigrette, so who knows how many calories are in it? There's no cheese on the salad, but I know those dried cranberries are high caloried. I'm hoping it's not over 500 calories total. AND....I only ate 2 chips with salsa. That right there is a victory for me!

For dinner, we went out yet again, because Du is bowling with grandson Duncan in a summer parent/child league. They are both loving it, and it is fun to go out to eat afterwards, like we do all fall, winter and spring on Thursday nights after the guys all bowl in an adult league. This is Duncan's first attempt at organized bowling. A few years ago we got him a bowling ball for his birthday. He didn't use it much and son told me it cracked right down the middle, so for his last birthday in Feb. (he turned 7), he asked for a Batman ball. We got it for him, boy was it expensive! But he is getting good use out of it, bowling regularly in a league. We're hoping he can get into a junior league this fall too. He improves every week--last week his 3 game series was a 50, and this week he had an 87. There's still a lot of gutter balls, but he is definitely getting the hang of his dad's favorite participation sport.

We went to Cheddar's for supper last night. It is not my favorite place, although I did find a salad the last time that came topped with grilled pears. It wasn't bad. This time, I noticed the menu has a "Lite" section. That was nice to see. Of course I gravitate towards steak, when it is offered, and sure enough they had a garlic Parmesan sirloin steak that came with a wedge of lettuce and low fat ranch dressing--only 440 calories! It was delicious. The steak came on a bed of caramelized onions, which I used to hate, but have grown to love. They were almost sweet.

Do you ever wonder if those calories that restaurants list for dishes on menus and on-line are 100% correct? We go to Ruby Tuesday's a lot too, and I always order from their lite menu. My favorite at lunch is their petite sirloin lunch, it is about 2-3 oz. of sliced sirloin, their delicious cheddar mashed potatoes and I substitute green beans or asparagus for the broccoli (I am SO TIRED of broccoli), and it is under 400 calories. But sometimes my helping of cheddar mashed potatoes is a little bigger than other times. Of course I always eat all of them--but I'm afraid perhaps it is more calories than their listing indicates.

Sometimes I think I do better, eating-wise, when we go to a restaurant than when I cook at home. I always try to make healthy dishes, but sometimes I make things that are too high caloried for me to consume much of....and then I go ahead and eat too much of it anyway. So yesterday, was probably one of my better days. I had a small 100-calorie bag of pretzel crisps, as a snack in the evening, and a bowl of cereal for breakfast, so without knowing how many calories were in that salad from Carlos O'Kelly's, I still think I came in close to 1,200 calories for the day.

I got my FitBit Zip in the mail yesterday and got it set up this morning. I can't wait to see how many steps I get in today and how many calories that burns. It is supposed to be super hot today, close to 100, so might have to WATP with Leslie in my living room instead of walking with Lola down the road. But then it is to be back to the mid-80's tomorrow and the rest of the week, so walking in the morning should be cool enough.
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    We're going to a place called Moe's for dinner (because it's across the street from the car repair place) so I checked out their on line menu. It's a Mexican place, but all the taco and burrito wraps and shells have gluten in them, which I can't eat, but I can get a salad with fish, rice and beans for under 400 calories. I'm so glad I checked. It helps me focus when I get there. And I will avoid the chips because they have gluten in them.
    1717 days ago
    You will love the fitbit. I use mine every day. It keeps me motivated to take those extra steps all the time. Since I also use Walgreens for my prescriptions because of my insurance, I've synced it with them and get extra points for walking with them which gives me rewards for money off my bills. I've never regretted purchasing it.
    1717 days ago
    If we go out once a year to restaurant, it is a miracle. Jeff never goes to one and I don't go alone, so I cannot empathize about the calorie counts. It seems as though you are doing great at keeping track.
    1717 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    I do wonder about the calorie counts-some seem way off. I love trying to log everything that's on a salad individually. Trying to figure out how much of everything was on it can drive a person crazy and I would agree that some of the salads with fruit on them are not really a great choice. Good for you sticking with the light menu. I can never eat all the broccoli they serve at Ruby Tuesday!
    1717 days ago
    Great job at the restaurants!!!
    1717 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    I have such a hard time eating out. Between having to watch sodium and food allergies, I find it difficult. I've decided that the best I can do when I go out is to use common sense and be aware of the serving sizes. It sounds like you know what you're doing!
    1718 days ago
    The exactness of the calories is a questionable one for sure. You are aware of the "good" & ""bads" so you are ahead of the game somewhat. Eating out is tempting for us all..........we want to "get our money's worth" so to say. Keep up the great job!!!
    Graygranny, co-leader of The Grandmother's Fitness Club
    1718 days ago
    emoticon I think all have said it, so this is all from me emoticon
    1718 days ago
  • NEWME654
    It doesn't sound like you did bad at all - you're aware of what you're doing and sometimes that feels like half the battle! Staying aware and not just falling under some 'spell' of all of our favorite restaurant foods! I feel like that's what happens to me around baskets of chips and salsa - I think I have to just stay away from those places and get my 'nacho' fix at home with my baked chips and healthier toppings. TWO chips and salsa - I'm super-impressed emoticon
    1718 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Every time I eat out and check the nutritional info after, I'm always shocked and appalled. I thought I was doing well to order a salad from Wendy's - their LOWEST cal salad is 460 calories. What?! Most meals I make at home are under 400. For a meal. Not a salad.
    Let me know how it goes with your fitbit. I've often thought of getting one, but not sure if it's worth the price.
    1718 days ago
    You will love your fitbit. Don't leave home without it.
    You might want to consider bringing your own low cal
    salad dressing when you eat at some of these places.
    I don't always trust what they post on-line for calorie counts.
    Do what works for you. HUGS!
    1718 days ago
    I've often wondered the same thing about those listings.
    Enjoy that FitBit - mine really challenges me to keep moving.
    1718 days ago
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