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6/18/18 1:23 P



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TRYINGOVER,

You can't go wrong with an omelet. Even if you had a couple of pieces of bacon and a slice of toast, you'd still have fewer calories than if you chose the pancakes.

One of the things I learn from my own weight loss is experience is how high in calories pancakes, waffles and french toast can be. I usually do try to opt for the eggs. These days I'll choose a couple of sunny side up eggs with mushrooms and spinach. And as much as I would love the waffles, if I do I have to accept that I'm eating at least 1,000 calories.

Most people don't realize how high in calorie pancakes, waffles and French toast can be. so, I will only eat those as a very once in a while treat.

Chicago is famous for its many restaurants. No matter where you go, I'm sure you'll get a good meal.



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6/18/18 1:13 P

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Personally I would plan for one treat.

Chicago has this popcorn and it's so good. It's half buttered popcorn and half caramel corn.

I haven't been able to find it anywhere else. Since Chicago seems to be an airline hub. I skip the pretzels and cinnamon rolls at the airport and get the popcorn.

(I was wrong that popcorn is cheddar and caramel. Which sounds weird but is so good. The first time I went through Chicago. I was running through the airport to catch my plane. They were about to start boarding. So I only had time to admire the length of the line for the popcorn store)

Anyway I personally am very reward oriented. So the thought of a reward keeps me on track.



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6/17/18 4:40 P

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Thanks for the advice! I definitely agree that soups, the right salads (no fried chicken, creamy dressing, extra cheese and croutons, etc), grilled fish and steak are good options.

And the perspective is helpful. You're right that I won't undo all my work in one week. I just also want to keep up the momentum and not be miserable.

So far, I found a couple of breakfast places that look good AND have nutritional information, have planned a picnic for one day so I'll be able to control that, and found a couple of dinner places that seem like they'll have healthy options. I'm going to enjoy, but still make mindful choices.

If anyone has any recommendations for great (tasting AND for you) food in Chicago let me know :)



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6/17/18 4:03 P



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You don't have to give up a social life because you're trying to lose weight.

Try to be mindful of your portion sizes. Remember, most restaurant meals could easily feed 2-3 people. So, don't be afraid to leave food on your plate or see if your hubby will share a plate. I've done that with friends. Neither of us had a big appetite, so we split an entree.

Have the soup. a nice bowl of soup has fewer calories than your typical entree. if the restaurant is famous for soups, have a bowl of soup with a side salad.

Take chicken parm for a moment. Most people love chicken parm, right ? Actually, I've become very picky about my chicken parm. I've been to way too many restaurants where I was served a frozen chicken parm patty on top of pasta. Nope. be discerning ! Be a food snob ! Turn up your nose at foods you know you can get anywhere such as chicken parm.

Do you like grilled tuna ? I'm a big fan of eating fish at restaurants. Mostly, I don't eat enough fish at home, so I eat fish at restaurants. Think grilled or baked. avoid the baked in a vat of butter i.e. the scalloped dishes. grilled, baked, steamed, stir fry or poached is the way to go.

Now, let's say you'd like a steak. Steak (depending on the portion size) can be low in calorie. Try the sirloin tips or small sirloin. Should be smaller than 6 oz. if you get a steak that's 8-16oz that's a half a pound to one pound of steak or beef. That's a lot of meat on your plate.

Salads are usually safe, but ask for the dressing on the side. If the restaurants drowns the salad in dressing, you could be eating 1,000+ calories. yes, salads can have that many calories.

You can eat out, but you just need to be savvy. watch portion sizes. avoid food you can get anywhere, be a food snob. share an entree.

Don't eat the food as if it was going to be your last meal. Sit and savor the meal. Eat slowly so that your stomach has time to digest. If you do want dessert, once again, share a dessert. one of those fancy chocolate bombs can have 1,000+ calories. same with a honking big slice of cheesecake... 1,000+ calories.

And well, if you do happen to eat too much, that doesn't make you a bad person or any unhealthy one. I just had a whole weekend's worth of overeating at a family reunion. What did I do ? ate more sensibly once I was back to my normal routine.

As long as you don't eat like this every single day, once in a while is okay.

just a few thoughts.


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6/17/18 4:00 P

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Nicer restaurants tend to be much closer to actual portion sizes than casual and fast options, so that's already better.

Spend the next month paying attention to the size of your portions. Don't use one of those hand-thumb-palm charts, but do notice what sizes the portions that you are eating actually are. Is it the size of your palm? Larger? Smaller?

Also look up menus for the places you want to go and ballpark some options that sound good to you. It doesn't take much to figure out the seafood ravioli in cream sauce and that a steak with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables are on different ends of the spectrum, but play around with averages for the things that look good to you so that you have an idea of where it's going to be. Compare that to your maintenance calories and see what might roughly work. You're not going to get everything exactly, but you can have a rough idea of where you are.

Then think about what you enjoy most about the meal. Is your entree the star? Do you prefer appetizers, wine, beer, dessert or five courses? If you really love the entree, feel free to have water or a vodka tonic instead of half a bottle of wine, perhaps even skipping the appetizer or dessert. If you like appetizers and dessert, could you split both of those with your husband? If you like five courses, would your husband split them all with you to have your own tasting? Have what you want the most and plan on skipping the things that you don't really like as much. Think about it in advance, and then make a judgement call when you get to the place in question. If the most amazing appetizer on the menu is lobster ravioli in cream sauce and you must have it, pick a lighter entree, skimp on the alcohol and split dessert. If the most amazing appetizer on the menu is a fish crudo, then a glass of wine and the chocolate souffle might just become a lot easier to work in.

It might also help you to block out your whole weekend. Will you have snacks on your way in to Chicago? On your way home? What breakfasts are provided or do you need to have an easy staple to look for (egg whites with spinach, side of fruit)? How many lunches will you have out? How many dinners? Do you already have reservations? What dining choices are going to be near to where your other activities are? Is there a grocery store where you can stock up for your hike or are you bringing something with you on the trip? Would you be able to get other meals and snacks that are not already accounted for? You can rough out where you are physically going to be, and thus what your options are, and thus what the numbers should roughly be. Plan on eating at maintenance for the weekend, and decide if you want to allow yourself an extra 1000-4000 cals if you want for the weekend. Seems like a lot at once, but 4000 cals is not even a percent of the calories that you eat over the course of a year. Don't make it a regular thing, but decide in advance if you want to stick to your loss range, your maintenance range, or if you want to let this be an out of the ordinary event for you and permit yourself an extra 1000, 2000, 3000 or 4000 calories if you find something that you truly want that you can't get anywhere else. Don't wait and beat yourself up over it, but think in advance if it is something that you want to do and adjust accordingly as you go through the weekend.

The more often you eat out, the more you do have to pay attention to how you are eating out, but this is 1/52 of your year. It's difficult to undo all the good work you do in 51 weeks in just one week.

-google first. ask questions later.

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I've finally gotten back on track in the last month and a half and the scale is moving in the right direction. Unfortunately, my husband's birthday is next month and we are going to spend a weekend at a nice hotel in Chicago. We'll be hiking, going to a play, and, of course, eating out a lot.

I want to be able to go to nice places while we celebrate his birthday, but am feeling a bit panicked at eating out so much (especially since nicer restaurants don't often have nutritional information available).

Any tips for staying on track while eating out a lot? Do I limit us to only places that have nutritional information even if that means we can't go where he'd like to celebrate? Do I just try to get a close estimate based on what I order?




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