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

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Getting My Money's Worth

This trainer we've got is tough.  I like him.  I like knowing I'm getting what I'm paying for.  I like knowing I'm going to see some actual results faster than I would going it on my own.

I'm not really sure what my calories came in at today.  We had our gym appt at 7:30pm, so we had a little over an hour to kill inbetween then and the time Billie got off work.  We decided to eat dinner together at Ruby Tuesday's because they have a dish called Chicken Bella with grilled chicken and portabella mushrooms for 417 cals.  Then I got to thinking.  I've proved over and over that I can gain 6-7 lbs. OVERNIGHT from a restaurant meal, even if it's a healthy one.  It's the sodium that gets me every time.  It's what I call "fake" weight, because I know it's water and it will fall off.  However, I knew it wouldn't have time to fall off by Friday morning when I weigh. 

I decided to go with the salad bar instead.  Billie said she didn't think a salad would provide enough carbs for the workout the trainer was going to put us through, so I had about 1 1/2 c. of pasta salad on the side.  The main salad had mixed greens, spinach, a little boiled ham, a little boiled egg, 2 grape tomatoes, green bell peppers, cucumbers, red onions, fresh mushrooms, and a few pumpernickle croutons.  I had a low calorie balsamic vinaigrette on the side.  I saved 430 cals for my dinner before I got there.  Even if I didn't hit the 1500 calorie mark exactly, I feel like I came pretty close. 

I want to get back to putting a daily inspirational quote at the end of each of my posts.  I'll leave you with that quote, and a pic of my dinner tonight.  :)

Quote For The Day:

"You must do the thing you think you cannot do."  -Eleanor Roosevelt


  1. that looks so yummy and good luck with the trainer! and im with you....sodium is a big prob for me alot of times too. Im trying to cut it ALL out of my eating...........

  2. Your dinner looks awesome, good for you for realizing that the sodium gets to you and skipping the probably sodium loaded meal.

  3. Hmm...I've never really been a Ruby Tuesday person, but I like restaurants that publish their nutritional info. I am suspect though when the menu shows a jumbo lump crabcake at 63 calories, but the steamed broccoli at 84 calories.

  4. MMmm that looks delicious, will you take me there if we come to visit?

  5. That Chicken Bella sounds good!

  6. Props on staying motivated at a restaurant! Sometimes my good intentions go out the door, as soon as the waiter says, "And what will it be for you?" ;)

  7. Hi Tammy. That salad looks delish!

    Bearfriend xx

  8. Good choice dear friend! I'm with you on how restaurant cuisine bites me in the ass every time.

    Thank you for your kind comments, Tammy. I was so funky for a couple of days that I didn't want to even email people for fear of "polluting" them with my negativity. I loved you saying we're sponsoring each other on this battle of the bulge. Amen! I will remember to reach out more, and know the same goes in reverse. You're a sweetheart.