Wednesday, May 12, 2010

1 out of 5 a Success

I am so excited to report that tonight was a success. Some friends of ours wanted to meet at a Bakery for dessert. Here was my plan: I only left myself 100 calories to spare. I know that's not a lot, but I thought it was doable. I was planning on sampling three bites of my husbands and kids plates. I also brought a water bottle with Crystal Light Lemonade in case I was tempted by a sweet flavor. I knew I couldn't eat a whole dessert because, I've got to get up in the morning and do some P90X Plyo. A workout that always drops me to the floor. When I walked in, I saw a small bowl of fruit! BINGO! Problem solved. No dessert eaten, and fruit solved any "I feel awkward because I am the only one not eating situation". The great thing was, I don't think anyone even noticed. I think it was so helpful to have a plan and knowing people here were rooting for me.
Tomorrow is going to be a bit more of a challenge. A friend of ours just graduated from Law School and they are having a huge party at the Mayan Restaurant. (GAG, opps, did I say that out loud) I've searched for the calories on line, but nothing. The menu is limited because it is a catering party. I really don't want to waste my free day on gaggy food. Any suggestions?


  1. THAT IS SO AWESOME!!!! I'm glad they had fruit but it sounds like you had a great plan in place.

    If anyone would have said anything I'm sure that you would have responded in a way that they would have thought you are just as awesome and strong willed as you are and they would be supportive.

    As for tonight? Hmmm, I'm not sure what they will serve but I'd stick with eating the meat (minus and skin and move away as much fat as possible) and the veggie. Don't eat the bread or dessert.

    Can't wait to hear how this next day goes!!

  2. I'm with Audrey - surely somewhere in tonight's menu will be some hidden healthiness. Find it and put the rest aside. Look for salads, veggies, fruits and healthy grains along with some lean protein. Hopefully they'll have chicken of some kind since that's a meat most people like, therefore safe for catering purposes. Can't wait to hear how you rock it.

  3. Great work! I had a test of sorts on Monday. It was our town's 100th birthday and there was a big dinner with lots of luscious desserts. Fortunately, I was in charge of taking pictures so I just tried to stay busy with my camera and mostly stayed away from the food tables. I ate a small bowl of chili, a piece of carrot cake and a small piece of chocolate cake. Not the healthiest meal, but I stayed within my calories.

    For tonight I would recommend getting a salad with grilled chicken, dressing and cheese on the side. Any of the other Mexican food will be packed with lots of grease and cheese! You'll do great!

  4. Alicia, I'm doing a little happy dance for you right now! GOOD JOB! In a pastry shop, no less! Although, I would have loved to see you walk up to the counter and say, "I'll have one of the gourds on the bottom shelf, please."

    I've never eaten at the Mayan because everyone says the food is crap. I'm with you, don't waste a free day on that! I always ask the hostess for nutritional information as soon as I get to a restaurant now. They may just have it somewhere. GOOD LUCK!

  5. I say bring some food with you just in case.

  6. You are STRONG! I would have somehow justified the fruit on top. hehe.

    I'm with Mindy, as for getting the nutrition info ASAP. One good thing about California is it's the law now to supply nutrition information for EVERYTHING. Helps a lot.

  7. Good job!! You'll do great tonight. I love having a protein drink before going to dinner at places like that then I am not tempted to overeat.... Can't wait to hear how it goes!

  8. Way to go Alicia. I too have been facing a daily eating challenge as I've had house guests for the past two weeks. I have been able to make choices daily that have kept me close to my calorie goal and still enjoy eating meals with them. I don't think I've lost any weight while they have been here but I haven't put any on weight either.

    As you make healthy choices in challenging situations you will find it gets easier. Can't wait to read about your Mayan experience, I agree don't waste your precious calories on mediocre food. Stay strong, we've got your back.

  9. PS Those pastries look so glorious and yummy but for now only eye candy which is better than nothing.