I went out to eat dinner at a really nice restaurant with my husband this evening. It was a way to celebrate how far I have come on this journey up to this point and it was wonderful to spend time with him in such a great atmosphere. We got gift certificates a short while ago so I knew that this was the plan for tonight, and I ate very light in the earlier part of the day to try and even out a little more on the calories as a whole.
I didn’t deny myself anything that I really wanted, so I would say that there was limited indulging this evening. There was also a bit of sampling, although I know that is better than just shoving forkful after forkful into my mouth. I only drank water and ordered a desert to share with my hubby – then I only had two bites of that as well as the bits of fruit that were on the plate as garnish.
My appetizer and meal were fabulous. I did find myself announcing to my man halfway through my entrée that I was full but determined to finish the rest of the steak and mushrooms, but he kindly reminded me that I didn’t have to do that and that I could take it home and have it tomorrow. Simple, supportive words, but very effective. Thank goodness for that guy! I asked for the rest to be packed up.
It’s nice to know that I am able to indulge just a little. In the past, this dinner would have been an opportunity to stuff myself until I couldn’t move. I am definitely fuller than normal – I would even say I feel a bit bloated – but it is nowhere even close to how I would have felt before. I am so happy that I am able to enjoy special foods with moderation now and not feel deprived. I couldn’t ask for a sweeter treat after such a nice meal.
FOOD & BEVERAGES:
- 10 glasses of water throughout the day
- 1 banana
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes and yellow pepper with calorie-wise three cheese ranch dressing
- 3 whole wheat crackers
- 2 small wedges of sourdough bread with basil butter
- 1 portebella mushroom topped with shrimp and crab
- 1 yam fry dipped in a spicy mayonnaise sauce
- 1 grilled jumbo shrimp
- 1 bite of garlic mashed potatoes
- 4 ounces of a rare steak
- 1 cup sauteed and seasoned mushrooms
- 1 1/2 cups steamed green beans
- 1 gooseberry
- 1 strawberry with chocolate sauce
- 2 bites of crème brulee
- 50 minute walk
- 25 minute workout video