A food addict's travels on the road to recovery.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Weekend Recap

Well....I said I was going to get back to 1500 cals/day this week, do or die.  I had it in my mind, that if there was going to be any discrepancy in that plan, it would be on Monday, when I go to my sister's house.  We all know I've had steak and pork ribs up there the last 2 weeks, so I figured if I got in 6 good days I'd be okay if Monday night's dinner went a little haywire. 

Well I've already had a bad eating day this weekend and it was Saturday.  Friday was great!  I came in at 1456 calories and very proud of myself.  I had Saturday all planned out, but you know how that goes.  I am placing blame on noone other than myself and I won't even bore you with the details on where everything went off course.  I'll just tell you that at 2:30pm Saturday afternoon, I was sitting in a Mexican restaurant.  It involved chips & salsa, 2 grilled chicken soft tacos with lettuce, 1 beef soft taco w/ lettuce (no cheese on any of them)......and sharing a pitcher of frozen margaritas with Dwayne.  Doh!  On to Sunday!

Thank God I got right back on track.  Today's calories came in at 1460 and I'm done eating for the night.  I met Tina from Fat Girl Dives In for lunch today at The Cheesecake Factory.  She and I both planned ahead on what we were going to eat.  This restaurant chooses not to post a nutrition guide on their website....and now I know why!!  The caloric values on their foods is through the roof.  I know this from digging around on google and finally finding a nutrition guide for them.

I found one appetizer that was over 3,000 cals.  An appetizer!!!!   They have one section of their menu called "Weight Management Salads".  It gives you 3 choices, all over 500 cals.  Tina managed to find a salad on the regular salad part of the menu that was just over 400 cals....seared tuna salad.  She got the lowest calorie dish on the menu!  Very good choice.

I, on the other hand, did not.  I was originally going to go with the Spicy Grilled Chicken Salad...I think it was like 550 cals or so w/ their lowfat vinaigrette.  But I didn't care for the ingredients on the salad....poblanos, corn, black beans.  Too tex-mex for me.  Dwayne suggested I get a sandwich, only eat 1/2 of it, and take the other 1/2 home for lunch the next day.  I asked Tina what she thought and she said that's what Sean would do.  Eat what he likes, but just control the portion size.  So that's what I did! 

I chose the Cuban sandwich, knowing ahead of time that it was 1135 cals for the whole thing, or 567 for 1/2 of it.  When I ordered, I asked them to box up the other half before they brought it out.  When it got to the table, the whole yummy thing was laying on the plate, along with a HUGE pile of fries.  I was so focused on how many cals were in the sandwich, that I forgot there would be fries on the plate, too!  I'm very proud to report that I did not eat one single fry.  Not one.  I ate 1/2 the sandwich, and brought the other 1/2 home for Shane to take to lunch tmrw.  I had water with lemon and lime to drink. 

I had a FANTASTIC time with Tina.  Great conversation.  She is so real, genuine, congenial, intelligent....she's going to be a great friend, I can tell.  I'm very glad we met up!  We live pretty far apart, but we promised to meet up again soon.  I can't wait!  She was gracious enough to pay for our lunch today with a gift card that she had.  We only went a little bit over, and she paid the difference.  Very sweet of her to do.  I had a fabulous time.  :)

After lunch, I met Billie at the gym for our workout.  Although this wasn't our official day with the trainer, he was there, so he told us to do a 10 min warm-up on the elliptical, then go through all the weight machines twice, doing 12 reps on each machine.  After that, he had us do 20 more mins on the elliptical.  We did it all, and it took 1 1/2 hours to complete, sweat just a'pouring!  I'll have to do my workout alone tomorrow morning, so I can head to my sister's in the afternoon.  But Billie and I have our next workout with the trainer on Tuesday at 6:30pm.  He's also going to give us the plan that he's written out for us on what to do when we're not working out with him. 

Dinner tonight was a salad at home with romaine, spinach, grilled chicken breast, fresh mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and 2 TBSP of raspberry vinaigrette that checks in at only 40 cals.  To tell you the truth, getting back on track is kinda' hard.  When I do the 1500 cals/day...I can't ever really say that I'm "full".  I break up the cals to where I'm eating about 5x/day....so there's never really a time where I'm eating enough food at once to have that nice, full feeling.  The sandwich I had today was good, and it was satisfying, but I could have eaten the other half with no problem.  The salad I had for dinner was delicious....but definitely not very filling.

But I would rather be feeling like this physically, than I would riddled with guilt from bingeing a few times a week.  I'm also keeping it in the forefront of my mind that weigh day (Fridays) comes around every single week.  It'll be here before I know it.  And I don't want to be scared to stand on the scale and have to report what it says.  I want to look forward to standing on it because I know I did things right....or mostly right (damn margaritas!).  :)

All in all it was a pretty good weekend.  I got 2 out of 3 days right, and that's more than I can say for the last couple of weeks.  Once again, I'm going to put my best effort into having a decent calorie day at my sister's tomorrow.  Hopefully I'll have something good to report on Tuesday night when I post again.  Talk to you all then.  :)


  1. Hey Tammy,

    Your comments about the carrots in my soup and the smell of the gym made me laugh out loud. I will be in that gym tomorrow working it out really hard.

    Also, I live in San Diego, CA. We have miles and miles of beaches here. San Diego is a true beach town. The nice thing about this town is that you can go play in the snow in the morning and be at the beach in the afternoon. It's a great town!

    Have a great week. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  2. I commend you for eating only HALF that delicious sandwich, and stand in awe gaping at you for not eating ONE fry......LOL Im serious. Fries are MY ULTIMATE weakness!!!! All in all, I think you had a great weekend :-)

  3. Damn that Cuban sandwich looks good! glad to hear you only ate half. That way, you get to eat to still eat the foods you love without piling it on. Good job!

  4. Glad you and Tina managed to get together. What a fun lunch that must have been. And way to outsmart that tricky menu!

  5. I think I just licked the computer screen and realized...oh I can't really taste the cuban!! YUM!!

    You look great in the picture by the way :)

  6. You two look so pretty and I'm very jealous that you got to meet another blogger!!! OK, I'm happy for you, too. Good thinking on splitting the sammie!

  7. Great move! Awesome choices my friend! I'm flattered that my name came up during this blogger meeting. I bet it was cool to actually visit face to face with a fellow blogger. I know there are many whom I would love to have lunch and visit with across the table.

    My best always,

  8. Know which photo I like best? The one of two happy empowered beautiful women! You GO girls!

  9. I wish it would be mandatory for all these chain restaurants to post their nutrition facts. For goodness sake, it doesn't mean we won't eat there, it just means we'll be informed about what we're eating! I'm glad you and Tina got to meet - looks like you had a lot of fun!

  10. Great to see you and Tina together and glad you had a good visit.

    Getting back on track is hard. Just overdoing sugar this weekend has me wanting to eat everything that isn't nailed down. Unnecessary suffering! You're doing it, Tammy. Way to work at the gym.

  11. You are so sweet Tammy. I can't wait to see you again soon!!!

  12. That's what I hate about trying to lose weight...always being hungry. I never feel full. There is never that feeling of satisfaction, of I couldn't eat one more bite. I did good at the gym today, sweating is always a good sign. Hope you have a great week, I'm working at it too!
    Hugs, Kathleen

  13. Oh man, I'm dying for a frozen margarita now, lol!
    You did GREAT at the Cheesecake Factory! That place is dangerous, so the fact that you did what you did - you are a rock star!!!

  14. I'm glad you were able to meet up with a blog friend! That must have been so much fun!

  15. Hi Tammy. I love the photo of you and Tina! Glad you had a great time. And I think you made good choices. The salad you made at home looks damn good as well.

    Hunger is a difficult one. The only thing that helps me is consistency. When I'm totally consistent in my eating the hunger diminishes.

    You're doing all the right things so I think it's going to be a good weigh in.

    Bearfriend xx

  16. Oh my goodness, that food looked wonderful! I am getting hungry now! Way to stick with the eating plan!

  17. Your lunch sounds like fun! It's fun to finally meet blogger friends in person :)
    When ever I'm feeling hungry and off track I have to remind myself to 'eat to live, not live to eat'. That salad looks sooo good! glad to hear you are back on track :)

  18. Oooh, yummy lunch! I hate that feeling of never being completely full, too, but when I AM completely full (i.e. binging) it's usually a GUILT feeling. I much prefer my "satisfied" feeling and knowing that it's helping my body get where it needs to be! Keep up the good work, girl. You're doing amazing!

    www.beckie-lynn.blogspot.com :-)

  19. Good job on eating half the sandwich... that is so hard to do! It seems like a lot of Bloggers had difficult eating weekends but are getting right back into the swing of healthy eating now. I hope you sister's went well!