What do you do to stay on track when dining out?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

I love eating out. In fact my husband and I enjoy an external meal every Friday night. The event is somewhat of a celebration that the work week is complete that Week End is finally here. It feels so good to walk in the house, change cloths and then walk out the door to head to the restaurant.
Since being on Spark I have done pretty good with my eating, but on my weekly excursions with my husband I lose control. I go in with good intentions. I think to myself, " I will eat a small portion of steak and a couple veggies"...which leads one of the veggies being a bowl overflowing with mashed potatoes and the addition of banana pudding for desert or "I will only eat half of that reuben sandwich and a couple of homemade chips"...which ends up with me consuming of everything on the plate.
I don't want to give up my Friday night date with my husband. I want to improve my lifestyle, but not be so rigid that it's hard to maintain. So I am thinking of ideas to help me do better when I eat out. One that comes to mind is to eat a small low calorie snack before going out to eat so my hunger won't overrule my good sense. I did some online research and was really impressed by this CNN article:
health/diet-eat-out/ My favorite suggestion from this article is to get a to go box when you first order and go ahead and put the portion you do not want to eat in the to go box. I will keep doing research and eventually I hope to be able to enjoy dining out without messing up.
What do you do to stay on track when you eat out?
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    Thanks Jools! Sounds like you are working hard!
    2787 days ago
  • JOOLS7
    Hey there,

    I haven't eaten out much since I started a couple of weeks ago.

    I would have the waitress box up half of your meal and don't give it to you til AFTER you pay haha.

    Today I wanted to eat Smithfields BBQ. I looked up the info and after I read it I didn't want to go there and ruin my whole rest of the day with a BBQ sandwich.

    Reality always works for me, lol.

    I workout VERY hard. Normally 3 miles walked first thing in the morning then the gym after work for upper or lower body. I ache all the time. Everything hurts. I work way to hard to give in to splurges.

    I ALWAYS feel guilty after I've eaten something I'm not supposed to. That's always a big deterrent too.

    Hope that helps.

    2788 days ago
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