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Wendy's, Chick-Fil-A, Popeye's, Turtle Soup & Dark Chocolate

Saturday, February 16, 2013

No...not all today. :) Here are some snapshots from this past week.

Life doesn't move with smooth regularity, and I sometimes find myself in a pickle, without having gotten the expected time to prep food for work. Although burgers & fries are NOT the healthiest thing around, I do occasionally opt for something like that if such a situation presents itself. A few things (besides salads) that I've found that are workable (and affordable), if I've got the room in my ranges, are the Double Stack at Wendy's, the Chargrilled Chicken sandwich at Chick-Fil-A, the Bean Burrito at Taco Bell (gotta go real low on sodium otherwise, or it'll make me swell like 3 water balloons!)

Then, sometimes, when you get to chill with your bestie, sans kids, you just gotta splurge. Even with the following meal at Popeye's, I still stayed within all my ranges yesterday (except sodium): Shrimp Tackle Box (8 large fried, butterfly shrimp, small cajun fries, biscuit, drink). If you have Popeye's where you are...try this! Really! Even if you only eat half! It's that good! SP has the numbers for each of these items individually in the food tracker.

Mardi Gras night, I went out with a friend to dinner and to hear a local band called, "Bag of Donuts". Had a really good time. I had left myself room for a reasonable restaurant meal and a beer, so I wasn't terribly concerned until I looked around. The only things I was seeing on tables were various versions of fried seafood, and other seafood swimming in cream sauces!!!!! Started getting scared, but then I remembered what family owned this place (they have a rep for amazing & varied foods) and scanned through the menu. Found a 6oz hamburger steak w/sauteed onions, served with salad & side for only $8.99. Was thinking of the shrimp & squash side when I saw the soups...they have turtle soup at Speckled T's! I substituted the turtle soup for the side (paid only $1 more), and enjoyed my lovely meal (all the salad, all the soup and half the meat). When I entered it all later, I was very pleasantly surprised to find I was within all my ranges (except sodium, grrr). The soup added a lot of protein, too.

There are times when a girl MUST have chocolate. I'm the oddball to whom this rarely happens. But, this week, it has happened a few times. For just these times, I keep Lindt Excellence 90% Cocoa bars. A serving is 4 squares, but I rarely eat more than 2, often only 1. And I could easily go weeks without even thinking about this lovely, intensely dark chocolate. However, in the past 7 days, I've craved chocolate 4 times: once I made a double-sized hot chocolate, added half and half and a splash of vanilla; once, I just had a normal cup of hot chocolate; once, I made the hot chocolate, added decaf instant coffee & my vanilla protein powder (don't do that, it didn't turn out well at all...shoulda thought about the fact that the hot liquid would COOK the protein...bleh...ended up pitching it). But, today, I double-dipped, so to speak. Yes, I did have my 90% this evening (2 squares more than sufficed), but earlier, I mixed a hot chocolate packet into a large cup of coffee. And each of those days (but the double-sized day), even with these treats, I stayed within ranges.

These snapshots will show, I hope, that having treats (I had more this week than my norm - hormones are very active at the moment...) CAN fit into a healthier lifestyle. It just takes some research, a willingness to get something different at familiar eateries, a little planning, etc. And well, just figure out how to fit in some chocolate. Trust me. :)
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    Wow, great plan of action for restaurant eating. The sodium will get you in most reataurants. Good job. emoticon
    2223 days ago
    I so agree. Treats can be enjoyed. For me it is not all or nothing so I make sure I have some wiggle room in the daily/weekly totals to indulge once in a while. Though I really have to be careful on the sodium, the one area I tend to go overboard on quite easily.

    2224 days ago
    I love it, with a little planning, a little substituting and using everything you have learned, treats out can happen and not derail you! Great job setting an example for all of us. In the past I was one of those people who would say "I HAD to go out to dinner so OF COURSE I had too many calories" but I too have realized it's just not true. The sodium usually does suffer, but when we are in our other ranges I think it is a true success. emoticon
    2224 days ago
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