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

10 comments:

  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...........

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

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  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.

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

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  5. That Chicken Bella sounds good!

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  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?" ;)

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  7. Hi Tammy. That salad looks delish!

    Bearfriend xx

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  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.

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