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1/13/12 11:44 A

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Thank you everyone for your input. I had a great time last night with my girlfriends. I ordered a pint of the house Guinness on tap, steamed clams in a wine sauce which the four of us split. Then a Marin Salad with brie, strawberries, walnuts, cranberries, bacon on a spring mix with a balsamic vinaigrette. My best guess for calories consumed - still under my target! I got a some friendly teasing, but stuck to my guns.

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1/12/12 7:20 P

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My problem with ordering an appetizer as your meal, as they are often very high calorie type items and often times meant to be shared, so can be a high calorie dinner.

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1/12/12 6:28 P

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All these tips are great! I will be using these ideas. I love the idea of ordering an appetizer for dinner. If I decide to get an entree I will ask for a box with it so I can have the other half for lunch tomorrow. I love it!

Unfortunately I can't check the label for calories on my pint. I will more than likely be ordering on tap. I'm in Sonoma County California and we have some amazing Ale's, Guinness as well as wine here. Can't imagine giving it up completely, so I must incorporate this into a healthy lifestyle.

Thank you all for some great tips.

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1/12/12 5:16 P

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When I'm eating things like grilled chicken I like eating it with salsa sometimes. The salsa can really add in the extra flavor with very little calories. You can also just choose a different meal but put at least half of it away. I also have a friend that when she wants to eat something higher in calories she makes sure she does extra cardio to try to make up for those extra calories.

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1/12/12 4:17 P

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Check the "nutritional" information of beer before you go out. My fav is Labatt Ice, but 26 carbs / serving. I found other ice beers with less carbs and drinkable. I am not on a low-fat carb diet, but that is just crazy when I can find a substitute with 6.5 carbs / serving!

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1/12/12 3:52 P

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Great ideas! The thing I'm really looking forward to is seeing my friends and sharing a pint. I think if I keep that perspective, and choose wisely I will be alright. And you're probably right the chicken and steamed veggies are probably great.
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1/12/12 3:52 P

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I love all of the repluies you've had here already.

I'd just like to add "have fun"!
You can rearrange your eating and calories the day before, the day of, and the day after.
You cannot rearrange having the time with your friends, having the enjoyment and pleasure of the evening.
Then, just enjoy yourself. If you've gone over - fair enough, you've also had a fun time. And perhaps, what you've done already will slow your eating, or tell you when you've had enough.
If you're USA, I gather that you can have your excess put in a container for you to take home. So, make use of that - you'e paying for the food anyway! And that could be a good meal for tomorrow taken care of!
Just remember - new habit is going to be eat only what you need. Once your body is feeling fairly full up - that's probably already when you have passed the stage of needing to stop eating!

Haved a fun evening with your friends!

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1/12/12 3:34 P

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Stop eating if you get full, offer to share chips/fries, stay clear of ketchup and other sauces, order a side salad instead of fries if you can, alternate every pint with water, done! :D

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1/12/12 2:49 P

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Depending on how the chicken and veggies are prepared (ie: what spices do they put on it), it might actually be quite yummy! Just in case they don't have the spices, do you have a favorite spice you could throw in your purse and then you could add it yourself? I know it's not ideal, but it's one solution.

Another idea: is there an appetizer that you like that you could share with your friends? This would give you a taste of something that might be on your 'only in moderation' list...and they'd likely stab you with their forks if you tried to eat theirs!

Final idea: get something that might be higher in calories, but have them put 1/2 of it in a box as soon as they bring it out. That way you will be closer to your range...and have another yummy meal for another day!

Regardless: Enjoy the pint!

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1/12/12 2:02 P

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It's hard for me to guess-timate which is why I'm nervous about eating out. I think I posted this question because I was worried I can't do the things I enjoy and still be successful. I know that's silly.

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1/12/12 1:15 P

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I tend to order something that seems healthy and something I want. Then I estimate the calories based on size, how I feel and what I find on the tracker from other places. Often times I track the highest calorie version I can find, if it is one of the restaurants where the servings are huge. But I try to estimate as accurately as I can, but as long as you are accurate enough to have some idea where you are for the day, I think you are fine. One day going out and underestimating won't hurt you, but I admit I tend to overestimate, I think.

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4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8 (I hurt my back a few days before, and though it was my first official 5K with some jogging, my back hurt, so was very slow.)


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1/12/12 12:19 P

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I'm going out with the girls tonight, and I plan on having a pint with dinner. I was able to google the calories for a pint of Guinness, somewhere between 210 cal. to 250 calories. I know that's a huge range, and I will log the high one. My problem is the restaurant that was chosen does not list it's calories. Two of my girlfriends are Gluten Free which is why they chose this restaurant. It's a local Bar and Grill. They serve a protein plate which consists of grilled chicken and steamed vegetables. That looks like a good choice, but really blah! Anyone have any tips on how I can eat out without eating the totally blah plate?

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