I LOVE to eat out! Love, love, love it. My family likes this type of dinner: plain meat, plain veggie, occasional plain starch. Blech! I love dishes that sing flavor harmonies. I tried making a month’s worth of gourmet meals at Let’s Dish several times, but my kids wouldn’t eat the food. I was so disheartened.
When I eat at restaurants, I almost always bag half my food from the beginning. That way I don’t overeat. And I try to fill up with a healthy salad first, so I don’t gorge on the less-healthy parts of the meal. I try to avoid dessert, and fried appetizers.
But here’s my problem–get-togethers with snacks. You know when a group of ladies gets together, they always have food. And not just boxed cookies, but homemade dishes that are too delish to pass up. I tend to fill my plate with a large helping of everything I want to try. What I plan to do this holiday-food season is to scrutinize what I actually put on my plate (something I wouldn’t make myself, or something I know I love and won’t get for some time), and only put half of what I really want on my plate. Believe it or not, I got the “take only half of what you want” tip from a dj on the local Christian radio station who was watching his waist.
Gym update: I did get the the Y for my orientation. I only got in a half hour, just learning how to use the machines I want to use, because Brian was climbing the walls (literally) in Child-Watch. That’s a whole story in itself, but I’m going to have to find some way to get him to stay in there longer so I can actually work out.
Here’s a photo of me just before my first trip to the gym: