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Note to Self:

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Say no to the extras. Say "no thank you" to the extra cheese, butter, and sour cream.

I went to lunch with my mother and teenage brother, and we went to a local diner. Not the sort of place that specializes in healthy food, but I checked the menu before I left (+1 point) and saw they had baked potatoes and salads. So I decided to get a baked potato and a salad before setting out (+1 point).

When we arrived, I asked the owner/waitress/chef (it's that kind of place) what was on the potato and the salad. Cheese, bacon, butter, and sour cream on the first; cheese, grilled chicken, onions, peppers, and tomatoes on the second. NOW, what I should have done here was asked for the plain baked potato with just sour cream (gotta have sour cream though) and the salad without the cheese and a lighter dressing. Should have, but didn't. Salad was that iceberg blend with the red cabbage and carrots (no surprise there) and was HUGE and absolutely swimming in cheese.

At that point, I should have divided my food so as to have smaller portions. I didn't do that either. So now, instead of playing cards or board games with family, I'm home feeling miserable and blogging. (-500 points)

So, Laura, the next time you plan on eating out (because you will eat out, even though right now it sounds awful), REMEMBER THIS. You will feel better and you will have a lot more fun!
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    I feel your pain! I went to my grandson's birthday @ McD's. I haven't been there in who knows how long. Anyhow, I perused their online menu and was going to get the Premium Asian Salad w/o the chicken and all toppings on the side. Well, that didn't work, cuz they didn't have the Asian Salad. So, I ended up w/their Bacon Ranch Salad -- bacon on the side (and didn't eat it), cheese on the side and dressing on the side. It was mediocre @ best, but I just sipped @ my coffee and water and took bites here and there. I won't be going there again!

    It is hard w/o preplanning. BUT the first thing I always do in a regular restaurant is box up 1/2 the order, because the portions are usually way too much. That way, it's in the box, out of sight, and no temptation to overeat.

    Good luck!
    549 days ago
    Well, I thought I was doing well, but the amount of cheese, bacon, butter, and sour cream was so high, I was sick after I ate :/ It was too much, I think, with the changes I've been making. The salad had grilled chicken, and the potato would have still had the sour cream; would that have been enough, do you think? I know the idea is to consume carbohydrates with protein and fat. I'm still working on my diet and figuring out what I need to be healthy, you know? But it was like, 1/2 cup of cheese between the two, plus bacon and everything else, so I'm fairly certain that's just a bit too much for me,

    I did try to use less dressing, but I'll try the fork method you suggested and see if that works better. I got honey mustard on a whim, but think maybe a vinaigrette would be better next time. We'll see!

    That's fair, and I want to focus on the positive, but I also want to remind myself that I can make choices that don't make me ill, because I actually need that reminder sometimes! XD
    550 days ago
    It sounds like u did pretty well. I would keep the cheese. Protein and fat helps to slow done the carbs in the baked potato.

    WW taught me the trick to have dressing on the side to dip your fork in it and then fork the salad. Sometimes I fork a dribble of dressing over the salad and then mix it well.

    Changing habits is not an either/or proposition. See all the positive choices you made, and feel proud of that. emoticon

    550 days ago
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