Posts Tagged ‘dinner’

Girls Night

Girls' Night is always fun!

Last week, a dear friend of mine invited me to her apartment to have a “Girls’ Night”. Personally I LOVE going to her get together. They are always fun and there is always something different. Something that never changes is the good food and the even better company.

As soon as I received the invitation I enter in “planing-in-advance mode”. Since I’m training, once again, myself to follow the Weight Watchers points I need to be very careful not to go over board while I enjoy my surroundings. If you are familiar with the program, you’ll know that in addition to your weekly points, you have 35 extra to use if necessary. Unfortunately, even though I knew I had this get together in my agenda I ate all the extra points before this day.

Without panicking I decided to plan my day. In the morning I ate a low points breakfast, during lunch I ate a little bit more consistent lunch but leaving enough points to enjoy with my friend’s get together. I knew that there was going to be cupcakes (I LOVE cupcakes), wine, appetizers or tapas, in my head I prepared for this, to eat and have a good time. And that’s what I did.

True, it was a little difficult not to eat the deliciousness that were available, but I turned on the moderation switch and used it. The common sense, that I left it at home, it doesn’t do any good to me when I’m around food :).  And although I went over the available points, I didn’t went WAY over. How I know this? Well, the obvious way, counting the points, but more importantly, I didn’t have that feeling of failure that I normally feel when I overeat. I didn’t feel the need to give up and forget about the plan or talked myself down because I went over the points.

Every invitation is a challenge, but at the same time I love challenges. With every invitation, get together or every meal, I learn what to do and practice what I learned in the past. I know I still have a way to go in terms of controlling my eating habits, but I also know that every day that I don’t go over my WW points, it’s a good sign that I’ll be just fine.

So keep the invitations coming!


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Sex and the City 2

This was the week, Sex and the City 2 was here!

This is the perfect moment to share a good time with your girls, to have a night out in the town, eat, drink and have fun. For me it was more than perfect. I had a friend that came to visit from out-of-town. We got together with another of our friend and went to see the movie.

In the movie theatre, I ordered extra small popcorn (I called like that because their small popcorn looks like the large one), diet coke and whoopers, these last ones we all shared. Good start to a great night.

After the movie we went out to eat dinner at the Cheesecake Factory (insert music here). Yes, for those who know, the Cheesecake Factory its an amazing place with amazing food and even more amazing cheesecake. Now the portions, OMG, those are huge!

We shared the bread, and the avocado egg-rolls. As a main course one of my friends ordered a pasta salad and the other one the lemon roasted chicken with mashed potato and carrots and shared with me. When they brought the dishes, each one was enough for 3 people. So imagine, with the two dishes we ordered we could have fed 6 people and all be satisfy.

For dessert we ordered the Red Velvet Cheesecake, oh yes!! So creamy, fresh, tasty… For the first time I shared the dessert. I realized that I could only eat a piece of it and be satisfy. I learned that I don’t have to eat the whole thing to enjoy it. If anything in the past I couldn’t enjoy the cheesecake because of the guilt and disappointment feeling that came after I finished the piece.

If you decide to go out with your friends to enjoy a fun night out in the town, remember that there are ways to enjoy food and still watch your calories and I am not talking about eating salads a soups, I’m talking about making smart choices and, why not, share the main course and the dessert.

Have fun!

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Last week it was my friend’s birthday and due to the occasion we went to a restaurant. Immediately, I start to panic a little. What am I going to eat? How about the portions? And dessert?

After panicking I ran to my computer and found the menu. I thought that if I knew what was on the menu, I could make good choices, after all making better choices is part of a succesful weight loss.

In deed I picked what I wanted to order; miso soup, chicken pad Thai, edamame, diet coke, and maybe, just maybe lychee ice-cream.

When I got the restaurant my friends were there having appetizers. I was like, “crap there nothing that I could eat”. I didn’t eat any of the appetizers at the table, instead I ordered a diet Coke and a glass of wine.

At that moment I knew I had to give up something from what I had plan. It was ok, because I enjoyed the wine :). After that, I ordered dinner, chicken pad Thai, YUMMM!

When the food arrived, I immediately asked for a “to-go” box and only ate part of it. Any other time I would have eaten the whole pad Thai and then hated myself for doing it. But this time it was different. I only ate a reasonable portion and saved the rest for later.

After dinner was over, I felt so good and confident that I could go to any restaurant and only eat a reasonable portion.

So from now on bring over the invitations!!! 🙂

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