Week 3 - Tuesday: Restaurants
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
I like eating at home because I feel like I have more control. I get to decide what to cook, and I know what ingredients are in the meal. I get to decide how much I serve on my plate. And there is no social pressure.
And we do usually eat at home.
However, Saturday, my husband and I had a date night to a Ramen bar, which was fantastic! But, I looked up nutrition info afterwards...not great. But I had already decided this was going to be my "night-off" where I wouldn't just completely blow the week, but I would give myself a little grace. Lesson 1: look up menu AND nutrition info BEFORE going out to eat.
Sunday was Mother's Day, and we had lunch after church at one of our favorite quick places that mostly serves chicken wings and fingers. Small win - I made a great decision to eat a salad with grilled chicken (but oh how I wanted fried) and only used half the dressing (but hello, homemade ranch - I could drink it). We spent the afternoon at the park and somewhat unexpectedly grabbed a quick pizza + salad dinner to take over to my in-laws house. I ate more salad than pizza....but there were soooo many baked goods from grandma and my daughter spending Saturday together baking. Lesson 2: sweets are one of my trigger foods.
Last night, we had a surprise birthday party to attend at one of our favorite local restaurants that serves Czech and German food. I started the evening out well: I didn't eat any of the appetizers; I only drank water; and I ordered a salad w/ salmon - not the Jager Schnitzel I normally would have. But as dinner went on and my stress went up (this was not a very kid-friendly place, but they insisted we bring ours because they were bringing their 3-year old son - I ended up spending more time walking around the neighborhood with our 19 month old than getting to talk to anyone), my will power went down. I started having thoughts like "A glass of wine or a beer sure would make this situation more relaxing" or "I'm going to keep eating even though I'm full just because it looks good". I ended up not getting a drink and taking half my meal home with me...but then I COMPLETELY gave in to social pressure to eat a slice of cheesecake. Lesson 3: don't give in to social pressure.
And Lesson 4: don't plan a "night-off" (Saturday) when you know you have an event coming up (birthday party on Monday)
While I don't think I've blown my week, I do feel like I could have done better. And I feel like this will be the maintenance struggle to come. Trying to have three good, well-planned days before weigh-in on Friday morning.