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Friday, November 22, 2013

I went to the gym after work today.

Hang on...IT'S FRIDAY!!!!!!!!! and PAYDAY!!! WOOOOOOT!!! I went to the gym. It was REALLY hard today for some reason, but I did it. Then I came home and showered. Then I went out to dinner with a very old, very dear friend. (I don't really have a whole lot of friends and I have decided I want to be more sociable with the ones I do have. I've just been feeling really withdrawn the past couple of years, not wanting to be close/get close to anyone. But being lonely kind of sucks, so I'm working on that).

Anyway, we went to Fatz Café, which is a lot like a Chili's or an Applebee's. Same kind of atmosphere, same kind of menu. The last time I ate at Fatz I was a meat-eater who wasn't counting calories. My friend picked the restaurant and I looked at the menu & nutrition facts on the Internet before I got there. I was really surprised at 1) how many unhealthy food options they have on their menu, and 2) I can probably count on one hand how many dishes they serve WITHOUT meat! Even their salads are full of meat and cheese. Sheesh. After I'd looked at the nutrition info, I wrote down a few things that I knew I could have and put the paper in my wallet. I ended up ordering a House Salad (it had no cheese or meat) and some plain, grilled asparagus (had them hold the lemon-butter sauce). I had about 1/4 tsp of some fat-free raspberry walnut vinaigrette, and drank water. I didn't drink some 600-calorie cocktail...I am SUCH a sucker for those things! My dinner was about 300 calories and after tip was only $10!! Not to mention I got to spend two-and-a-half hours talking and laughing with my girlfriend! It was so much fun! I came home and was very proud of myself, not regretting a thing, not feeling guilty, and not feeling deprived in any way, either. Honestly, nothing tastes as good as making smart choices feels.

So that is all for tonight. I'm curled up with my Golden Girls. Sweet dreams.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DISKATDREAMER 11/23/2013 11:40AM

    Sounds like a perfect evening. Makes me want to go out with one of my friends I haven't seen for a while. Great job planning ahead. emoticon

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GOLFGMA 11/23/2013 8:31AM

    We can all manage if we try. As someone else said most restaurants will try if you ask! emoticon

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CAPT_BUTTERFLY 11/23/2013 7:51AM

    Some restaurants really do have a limited Healthy options section, and some of their ideas are healthy options are just laughable as well. It's great that you were able to plan ahead. At a lot of restaurants you can ask for things to be left out of regular orders, like getting a pasta dish without the sausage or chicken in it. Most restaurants will try and accomodate more restrictive diets these days.

I recently heard a guy order a dish at a restaurant, and he left out or changed so many things in the dish that it really wasn't even the same dish in the end. I found his order a tad excessive, but it shows that it can be done.

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IMREITE 11/23/2013 3:37AM

    that sounds awesome. a good day and you did not eat things that would make you feel sick.

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JO88BAKO 11/22/2013 11:03PM

    Sounds like you had a really fun day, WOOHOO!!

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