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03-17-2008, 05:15 PM
I just had to share my victory with you guys. Last night, we had to attend a birthday celebration at Dave & Busters for my brother-in-law. We were to have dinner and then play games. I looked at their menu ahead of time and could find nothing acceptable, everything was fried or smothered in cream sauce. I found something, though, that could be worked with. At the restaurant, I ordered the grilled salmon (asked for no butter or oil) with the sauce on the side, and no oil or butter on the green beans either. It also came with rice pilaf. It wasn't a huge portion either; the fish was a little big but the meal was in no way the size of a regular dinner at a restaurant. It was really hard to do because all in front of me was a smorgasbord of appetizers, including my favorite cheesesticks. But I did it!

I had tried to find nutritional info on their website (and of course, they didn't have it). I looked up a similar entree at Chili's and it was 700 cals, so I figure what I ordered had around 700-900 cals in it. I had budgeted in about 1000 cals for dinner, so I had enough cals to have me a pint of beer to celebrate my victory!

You see, this is a huge deal for me because the only other time I can order something in a healthy manner is if I get something off Chili's guiltless grill. I've never had the willpower to order something reasonably healthy. It was the healthiest thing they had. And afterwards, I felt so good about myself. I was so glad that I didn't give in and order a big plate of pasta or something. So, yay!!!! If I can do it, anyone can! It can be done!!!! :D

03-17-2008, 05:40 PM
Good for you! I find it hard to restrain myself once I am already at a restaurant (especially if others are ordering as if this was their last meal). Thumbs up to you.

03-17-2008, 06:02 PM
Thanks. Yes, it was hard. My husband told me that the appetizers weren't very good, that made me feel better. He also didn't like his chicken philly cheesesteak. I liked mine just fine!

03-17-2008, 06:53 PM
Good Job! I love it when I can find something that fits in with my plan.

03-18-2008, 12:50 PM
Yeah, me too. And I swear we only eat out once every week, but last night we ate at Chili's. I planned ahead of time based on their nutritional info (thanks, Chili's, for putting the info for ALL your items!) and got a chicken fajita pita + steamed broccoli instead of fries and it came out to around 550 cals! And it was delicious too. I had 1730 cals for the day (my goal is around 1700). I am so happy about it, it gives me confidence that I can eat like this all the time. I was thinking last night, that this is what a thin person eats like. They eat like that because they respect their body. They care about it. For so long, I've eaten like crap, partially because I hate myself for getting so fat. I haven't respected my body and thought it worthy of my care. But last night, I was thinking maybe respecting my body is not so bad!

03-18-2008, 01:21 PM
good for you!! i find many times that the worst stuff on the menu really isn't worth it once i eat it. so it's great that you really didn't miss out on anything. keep up the great work. :carrot:

03-18-2008, 02:06 PM
Thanks, yes, whenever I eat something bad for me, I feel like it wasn't worth it even if it was good...I feel lousy about myself when I eat bad.

03-18-2008, 02:07 PM
Awesome Job on making heatlhy choices!!! Its so hard ...I have done great by choosing to eat at redlobster or applebees. I refuse to eat somewhere I cant at least guess the calories.

03-18-2008, 03:07 PM
I didn't know Red Lobster had things to eat...do they have nutritional info too? Yeah, I am going to try not to eat somewhere where I can't get the nutritional info. I am sure there will be times when I won't be able to, but I can try. So far, I know of these places that have info: Rubios, Chili's, El Pollo Loco, the fast food places that I am staying away from anyway, Subway, some Applebee's...do they have it all?. Can you think of others?

03-18-2008, 03:42 PM
Way to go!! Its so hard to eat out especially with others and eat healthy but you did it. Thanks for setting a good example to follow. :carrot:

03-18-2008, 04:10 PM
Thats really great..Controlling the temptation is very difficult...You have won..keep it up!!!

03-18-2008, 04:12 PM
Thanks for sharing your restaurant meal(s) with us. It means a lot to us since eating out is so pravalent in the way we live now. I know that I choose restaurants where I can stay on my food plan and feel good about it afterwards.

One chain that I frequent is Golden Corral. Yes, it is buffet style but the one nearest to us (we drive 30 minutes to go there) has fresh produce, fresh vegetables, lean meats and sugar free desserts!!

03-18-2008, 04:14 PM

03-18-2008, 05:22 PM
Thanks, guys. I feel on top of the world. I hope this feeling lasts!

pamagta--- I've been to the Golden Corral when I visit my parents in NC, but they don't have those here in southern Cali. I probably wouldn't be able to control myself there anyway, the food is so good. :D

Stephanie--- you have 7 kids???? My gosh, woman! How do you DO it? And they are sooooooo cute.

03-20-2008, 10:20 AM
:carrot:GREAT JOB TROO! :carrot:

03-20-2008, 03:02 PM
Thanks, Gary! I am glad to see you still on here. How's it going? I hope you are well.

03-21-2008, 03:48 AM
That is great! It's really hard to have that self control when everyone else is eating the bad stuff around you, you did a great job!

03-21-2008, 12:56 PM
Thanks, gemini. I'm hoping it's a habit I can keep up; I've started good habits before only to fall on my face and get off track, yo-yoing. But this is different because in the past when we've went out to eat, I just decide it is a cheat meal and order whatever I want. The REAL test is that we are going to Las Vegas for a day next week and we want to eat at a buffet...afterall, who goes to LV and doesn't eat at a buffet atleast once? ;) I plan on having up to two sparse plates with the healthiest choices I can. It will be a real test. I'm sure they will have some veggies and salad choices. Some baked chicken probably.

03-21-2008, 08:36 PM
Hey TROO ~ yep I am still here. I have been wanting to bring the PITY PARTY back from time to time...just not enough time...what a pity ;)

I have been working a lot out of town...restaraunt food and limited exercise...but I am making better choices than before!

Yesterday for example, my son, nephew and I went up to Anaheim to see some March Madness basketball games. For lunch I chose fish tacos from Rubios over the nachos grande....I think that was a better choice and for dinner I found a place with a chef salad over the hot dogs, pizza and burgers/fries that were going around.

Oh and no beer (inside the arena) which was a big plus for me...OK...so they weren't selling it...dang! ;) I stuck to water!

Keep up the good choices!

03-22-2008, 09:03 PM
Yes, I think you need to bring the party back. I'm sure a lot of people have wanted to pity you, after all this time! Too bad you are working out of town so much...I'm sure Angie misses you. That's great you are making better choices. I think the more you make, the easier it gets. Although today, I had to have chilaquiles because I was hungover. ;) I can live with that, it's an exception rather than a rule. Fish tacos are definitely better than the nachos grande...I haven't had Rubio's fish tacos in a year or so, but man are they good.

No beer? For shame! The last time we went to Carls Jr, we got these big cups for sodas and now we use them for drinks...we fill them up and take them up to the bedroom and can hang out and watch tv up there without having to come downstairs (we are lazy!). Unfortunately, it backfired on us last night and we are mighty hungover today. No drinking tonight, for sure!

Glad to hear from you. Bring the partaaay back!

03-22-2008, 09:58 PM
LOL about the big cup! Been there, done that!

I am excited for you at the restaurant outings. You are really making great choices!! And planning ahead. I really would have never thought of checking things out in advance. I will certainly do that on occasions I can.

On another thread, someone said that she got her to go box with her entree. Portion control is my biggest thing, so I thought that was a great idea.

03-22-2008, 11:21 PM
WOW... good going... that's not easy to do.. A lot of restaraunts, especially the chains have websites with menus, not all give nutritional info, but looking at the menu on line helps you plan, most times I know what I want before we arrive... Keep up the good work.

03-25-2008, 06:21 PM
On another thread, someone said that she got her to go box with her entree. Portion control is my biggest thing, so I thought that was a great idea.

That's a great idea, and once I asked the server for a box when I got my food but she forgot...I could have asked again, I guess. That will be my backup plan if I am somewhere that I can't make a healthy choice.

A lot of restaraunts, especially the chains have websites with menus, not all give nutritional info, but looking at the menu on line helps you plan.

Yeah, what I did when we went to Dave & Busters, since they don't put nutritional info on their website, is I went to Chili's menu and got a comparable entree and used that info...I figured it was close enough. What I am sad about is that we like to go to a lot of independently owned restaurants and they don't have the nutritional info...so I guess I have to find info at other restaurants and make a guess based on that. Right now, we are just avoiding going to anywhere that we can't find out the info. I think that is pretty much going to be how we work it...just going to restaurants that we know info on.

03-26-2008, 12:16 AM
I totally know the craving that goes along with restaurant eating! That's so awesome, truly, that you are showing yourself you have the will power to do this! Sometimes I just have to ask myself "does this taste as good as looking good feels?" Keep on it! :)

03-26-2008, 01:05 PM
Thanks Joel. I'm just afraid that if I eat out too much, that I will slip back into the old ways. So, I am limiting eating out to no more than once a week but preferably once every two weeks. I can see it being a problem if it gets any more frequent than that. So far, so good though!