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It's Not Rocket Surgery. Or Is It?

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Well, my husband and I are half way through our third week. We haven't had fast food, haven't gone over our daily caloric goals, and haven't had to eat out... Until now.
My father-in-law lives by himself and really enjoys cooking for other people. He invited us over for dinner tonight. My husband warned him ahead of time that we are now eating right and trying to lose weight, and he agreed to make something healthy for us.
Normally, my father-in-law cooks the most amazing but extremely fattening foods. Lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, pie, etc. For our dinner, he mentioned that he bought fresh crab meat. I love crab!!
So, we show up for dinner. I knew it was a bad sign when I saw the towering pile of freshly cut sourdough bread sitting next to a cube of real butter.
The fresh crab meat was added to a huge salad (sounds healthy) that was topped with 3 cups of homemade Thousand Island dressing. Really?
We didn't want to hurt his feelings, so we each ate maybe a half of a cup of the salad and one piece of bread without the butter.
Are we supposed to hibernate for the next year while we lose the weight and build up our will power? This is supposed to be a way of life from now on. Not a diet.
I thought we handled it ok. We could have just given in and considered it a "free" meal. But I knew that this wouldn't be the last time we would be faced with something like this. Living in the real world with commercials and billboards and restaurants everywhere, this is not going to be easy. I need to think about all of the things that WILL be easier... walking up a flight of stairs, taking my dogs for a walk, fitting into cute clothes, SHOPPING FOR CLOTHES!!
That makes me smile.
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    Sounds like you handled it very well. It is hard when you can't control the food situation, but taking a small serving is the right choice...and you can also make up for it the rest of the week with a little less calories (or just at the lower end of your range) each day. Good work!
    3461 days ago
  • SUZY6281
    If you want this new lifestyle to become permanent, one thing that I've learned is that you have to roll with the punches. I think you and your husband did well. And believe me, there will be more times just like this one. Planning ahead helps, but sometimes there are just times like these where you don't have a lot of control. I'm guessing the secret is to just get back on the wagon as soon as possible.

    You two are doing an awesome job.

    3462 days ago
    It's so hard when it's family... obviously he thought he was making something healthier than his usually fare. You did the right thing. In the future you could offer to bring a dish (salad with dressing on the side,) to go with dinner. Just fill up on the healthy stuff.
    3462 days ago
    That is a tough one! I would also ask if I could get the dressing on the side before it is put on to the salad. Maybe not so much in the beginning while you are just starting out on the new way of healthy eating habits, but once in awhile allow yourself to splurge on a meal. For me it helps me keep my cravings in check. I tell my doctor that I splurge so I don't gorge on food crap. (I am a diabetic.) So if it is just once in awhile go for it! It will take the edge off being strict the rest of the time.
    3462 days ago
    Next time ask him if you could have your dressing on the side... then just dip your fork in the dressing before taking a bite of the salad... you get a bit of the dressing for taste but not loaded on there

    3463 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/30/2009 2:02:33 AM
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