Start with a salad and keep the stuff like croutons off of it. If you need to carry a good lowfat dressing in your purse, do so.
Avoid fried foods and bread-- HUGE calories right there.
Eat lots of fruit and some lean meat.
Drink water, not pop.
Offer to get other people refills so that you're not sitting at the table constantly. If there are kids along, take them up.
Let yourself have dessert! Or one treat of whatever kind.
If you mess up, track your calories anyway. Start again tomorrow.
This is what I do when I go to Golden Corral with the fam and it's worked so far.
| current weight: 170.2