On Wednesday night I suggested to my husband that we have dinner this Friday at our local Indian restaurant. His immediate reaction was 'Won't that be expensive? Expensive for your calories, I mean?' (He's really getting into this calorie counting project) I said, 'Yes, but I can plan (!!!! never done that before) for it.'
If this is going to be a lifestyle thing for me, I need to be able to occasionally go out to a restaurant and be able to keep within my calorie counting range.
So, I spent the next two days reading up about Indian food and about what the good choices would be. It turns out that Indian food is very high in calories - who knew? And that, without a doubt, my usual order would be at least 1000 calories in one sitting.
So, I planned and wrote down what I would order on the back of a till slip. As it turns out, I didn't order what I initially planned, but stuck with a spinach and lentil curry with rice and then then shared the sweet dumpling dessert with my husband. No poppadoms and definitely no naan (I'm sad about the naan bread. I can't believe it's so high in calories).
At the end of the meal, my husband looked at me and said, 'this is the first time I've left an Indian restaurant not feeling bloated and heavy. Your calorie counting is really helping me too'. What a nice thing to say.
We walked home from the restaurant feeling lighter than usual, but still managed to have a lovely time together even though we must have eaten about a quarter of what we usually do. I still got to enjoy the restaurant experience without feeling guilty about blowing my diet.
(I should add that I went to the gym beforehand, just to get some exercise in. I thought that if I blow my calorie count, at least I have burned some of the calories before hand).
But, I didn't. I was closer to 1500 than I usually am, but not over.
This is another huge breakthrough for me. I can go to a restaurant and still maintain my diet!