Friday, December 12, 2008

Eating out isn't all it's cracked up to be...

Do you want to know how bad I DID NOT want to work out this morning???!!!

Man, I did not want to get out of bed!

But I did. Yea!

I actually accomplished my exercise goals for the first time in a LONG time! My goal has been, for months, to exercise hard (either biking or working out, high intensity) 3 times a week and walk 2 times a week. Well, I did that this week! Woo hoo! And I feel really good about it.

I really hope I lose something this week. If I don't, it's because of muscle gain that's for sure. My muscles are so tight. They're sore, but not horribly sore like I thought they would.

And I did something last night that I totally could have regretted. Money's been so tight lately, but we still want to be able to treat ourselves every once in a while to a nice meal out. I almost always cringe when it comes to dining out, nowadays. NOTHING is good about eating out. Bad food. Spending money that is silly when you could cook at home for a fraction of the price. Dealing with a loud dining room. Never knowing if the server is going to be on your side or working in cahoots with the kitchen to sabotage the experience. But we did it anyways. It's an Italian restaurant about a half hour away that is divine and horribly cheap! It's actually our favorite Italian restaurant on the planet. It's a mom & pops place where the daughters are the servers. The pasta tastes like it's made fresh right before you eat it and the sauce is so delicate it's like little angels came down and made it just before they put it on the divine pasta. (can you tell I like food?)

Anyway, I so did not want to go there because there's absolutely nothing nutritious about Italian food, especially at a restaurant. Then I found the salads and the soups. Score! First of all, I have to tell you that I have always hated salads. They seem like such a waste of good chewing efforts. Lettuce doesn't do anything for me, I might as well be eating water for as long as lettuce sticks with me. And they're always so tasteless (well, the healthy way).

The best salad I could find was a chef salad. It was about 5 cups of iceberg lettuce topped with two cucumbers, two tomato slices, three rings of white onion slices, one slice of ham and the outside rim of the plate was lined with pepperoni slices (13 of them—I counted).

I got oil and vinegar dressing but just put vinegar on it. Then I got a bowl of Minestrone soup. Wasn't the best soup in the world, but it was the best I could do.

The best thing was I resisted the pasta! Man was that tough. Especially when hubby ordered a cheesy Calzone. Oh! I sat there watching him eat that thing wishing I could. Man that was hard!

But I made it. Of course, I had to have a half a peanut butter sandwich after I got home because by the time we made it home, my salad was gone and I felt like I hadn't eaten anything.

Can't wait for tomorrow's WI!

Oh, by the way, I cut back on the water yesterday and only had 80 ounces. WW says I should have 8 glasses (64 ounces) and many other weight loss experts say I should have half my weight in ounces. So I'm 168 so I should have 84 ounces. So I'll try and keep it between 8 and 10 cups of water. Just to be safe.

P.S. What's an "NSV"?



spunkysuzi said...

Non scale victory!!
You did great, i hope i do as well eating out tomorrow :)

Sunny Days said...

Congratulations for making a healthy you choice! It is so hard when going out to eat because I think of it as a treat to have something really yummy that I never have at home. Good for you! I think I'll have a salad for lunch.....sounds yummy!

JC said...

The hardest thing for me at Italian places is the Tiramisu. I can leave the pasta. I've come a long way.

Proud of you for meeting your exercise goal. Have a great weekend.

Katschi said...

Cara, way to go about everything!

Scott at said...

I know when I go out to eat I just get a salad. And if I decide to drink an alcoholic beverage I stick to either wine or a vodka and tonic. That beer is a killer

SeaShore said...

Wow! You were far stronger than I would have been. I would have eaten the pasta for sure. Kudos to you!!

Fairy said...

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