Eating out too much at restaurants

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Motivational Quote of the Day: "Our eyes are placed in front because it is more important to look ahead than to look back." From the Motivational Spark Pages.

I needed to hear this today! Although I do feel I am really getting back on track with making the best choices possible, my weekends are not easy. Mainly because my husband travels for work and when he gets home on the weekend, he wants to spend time going out and about town to do things together as a family, and that includes going out to eat. This past weekend we ended up eating out 4 times!!! That is just ridiculous. I should have spoken up and said no, but I knew he just wanted to go out to have a good time.

I've got to find a way to work with this because even the best layed plans at a resturant, from asking for your food to be prepared in a special way, to taking half of it home, doesn't always work out the way I want it to. I like to feel more in control of my choies at home--I just do better that way.

And so, even though I tried a food plan for last weekend, it didn't work out as well as I had hoped. So now I have to plan ahead for this weekend. We already have plans for a retirement party at a restaurant on Sunday, so somehow I need to speak up and let my husband know that needs to be my limit. No matter how successful my weekdays are, if I bottom out on the weeknds, I'll just end up spinning my wheels.
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    I am so glad you are able to find a way to spend time with your husband, it can be so hard for those of us with husbands that travel or are not at home a lot!

    I wonder if your husband and family would be interested in exploring some other "out on the town" activities that didn't center around food. My kiddos are really little, so we have family fun time at the park, zoo, children's museum or local pool. I am so curious about the parks, museums, galleries and cultural activities that are in your area.

    Additionally, my husband has gotten used to the fact that regardless of what we are doing or where we are, I will pack my own food (often for everyone) or ask for food the way I want it and be sure to log it all. It's just hard not to use my family time as an excuse to eat however much wherever and whenever. I find these times to be challenging as well!

    When it boils down to it, with all of the support of SparkFriends and our own famiies and partners, it's still up to us as individuals to find a way to make it work for the lifestyle and health journey we want to lead.

    You're doing so great and your insight is such an inspiration! Way to go!

    1829 days ago
    Other ideas:

    *Ask for his help in an open-ended way. Maybe you can reach a compromise in which you can find a couple restaurants that offer nutrition information. You can still track your calories and he can still go out.

    *Up your exercise during the weekend. It won't completely undo the eating out, but it will help bring some balance.

    This is a tricky one. Good luck!
    1830 days ago
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