So I mentioned that I'm battling the weight (again).
And the things I've been trying in the past year haven't been working. I've seen my weight creep up by 35 lbs instead of losing that amount like I intended.
Ay-yi-yi! (How do you spell that?)...Anyway....
I fell into some really bad habits in the last 18 months and they've caught up with me. Plus there are some (like emotional eating when I'm stressed or unhappy) that I will always have to deal with.
And I do like restaurants - fine dining and world cuisine, street eats and food trucks - all types of food, which I was never ashamed to say when I was thin. And now that I am married, it's nice going out for date night - eating out is social, fun time with my husband, a welcome change from the routine of eating at home.
I don't feel like I make terrible choices or eat excessive portions, but I am likely to order an appetizer and eat the bread they bring while you're waiting and have a cocktail or two and a dessert. I feel certain I average 1500 to 2000 calories on a dinner out - maybe more if I order something with rich sauces or fatty meats. And let's not talk about the sugars and starches.
Don't get me wrong. I love vegetables. I prefer vegetables, but unless you are at a vegetarian restaurant or order a vegetarian dish, the vegetables are almost always an afterthought relegated to the side of the plate. It just is that way.
When I cook at home, I always serve myself what would seem to most people a disproportionate amount of vegetables - two or three times the amount of meat or bread or pasta. I feel cheated otherwise, but that's not what I ever expect to get when I eat out, although I wish I could.
I say that, but I know that when I eat out, I tend to order things I wouldn't buy and cook at home. I feel like it's pointless to get dressed and leave the house to pay $10 or $15 for a salad I could have made at home for $3 or $4.
And let's face it, most low-calorie and low-fat menu options are just not that appealing in comparison to everything else on a restaurant menu.
I don't like to think about it, but I have to. 2000 calories at one sitting. That's all the calories I should have in an entire day!
Doing that even once a week is going to undermine my weight loss efforts.
I just got back into exercising about 5 weeks ago; before that I had almost no extra physical activity for about 9 months. Ugh!
At that rate, I could blow a whole week's worth of minimal exercise in a single meal out, and that's the pattern I've fallen into.
Something's gotta give, so I decided to try something new. It's not a new idea. It's not even something I didn't know about before.