Weekends: Can’t Live With Them, Can’t Live Without Them

I don’t know why weekends are so much harder to eat healthy. I guess it’s because I don’t have a set routine on the weekends. I sleep in later. Or I am out and about running errands. Or I’m hanging out with my family. I eat out more on weekends, and this weekend was no exception.

I had BBQ on Friday night. I got the beer can chicken with vinegar based slaw. I decided since those 2 items were pretty healthy, I could have one unhealthy side, and I chose the house made chips with peach ketchup.

Saturday, I took my mom out for lunch for mothers day after we enjoyed facials at the salon. We went to an Asian fusion restaurant where I had Pho. I had been wanting to try Pho for a while now. It’s a delicious broth filled with rice noodles and thinly sliced beef. It comes with a plate of add ins such as bean sprouts, cilantro, basil, lime, and jalape├▒os. You can also add hoisin and sriracha. Pho is amazingly delicious! The broth is super flavorful and it’s definitely something I can’t wait to have again.

Since I felt like I’d eaten a lot on Friday and Saturday, I made myself a taco salad for dinner Saturday night, filled with lettuce, tomato, onion, a little cheese, salsa, and ground turkey taco meat.

Sunday, my step-dad made lunch for mothers day. We had ribs, green beans, sliced tomatoes, corn on the cob, small baked potatoes, and my Asian coleslaw. I felt like for the most part, this was not too bad of a meal choice.

For dinner on Sunday, I was tired and knew I had a long Monday ahead of me, so I picked up some pre made sushi to have for dinner.

Monday’s eating wasn’t good. I had a spicy turkey with cranberry crepe for lunch with a side salad. I also had a Thai flavored gelato. It was mango, pineapple, and coconut. It was delicious and tasted like I was on the beaches of Mexico.

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For dinner I had a pizza from Top That Pizza.

After all of this eating out over the weekend, I was dreading the scale this morning. Even though I spent about 6 hours cleaning my apartment yesterday (which I’d say was a good workout) I still gained weight. Not that I was expecting to lose weight or anything, it just showed me how easily the weight can go back on. And by easily, I mean EASILY. That was definitely a wake up call, one I desperately needed.

WIAW: What I Ate Wednesday

In the blog world, a lot of bloggers blog about what they ate on Wednesday and they do it every week on the same day. I thought I’ll particulate in that today since I’ll be having a non-typical food day. Also since I’ll be eating out for dinner (at a buffet) it might help hold me accountable for what I’m eating and hopefully sway my food decisions to be better decisions.

So what did I eat today?

Breakfast was 1 and 1/2 cups of plain Cheerios and 1 and 1/4 cup skim milk.

Lunch was my new favorite lunch. It’s a California wrap using a low carb wheat tortilla, 100 calorie pouch of guacamole, sliced Roma tomatoes, smoked deli turkey, lots of green leaf lettuce, 3 slices of turkey bacon, one piece of fat free cheese, and sliced red onion. I can’t say enough about this wrap. I’m in love with it! I also had a grapple to go with my wrap. It’s more calories than my lunches have been in the past, but it keeps me full longer. When I’d eat sandwiches, I’d be really hungry by 5:00. Now I’m good with a small snack at 5:00 and have no problem making it to dinner.

My snack today was 4 pieces of pickled okra and 2 cups of lightly salted popcorn with no butter. I love having popcorn as a snack because 2 cups of popcorn seems like a lot of snack for only 70 calories.

Dinner is where it gets hard. I went out to dinner with my family for my step-moms birthday to a buffet. I tried to cut out a few calories here and there today so that I would have a few extra calories for dinner.

I had 850 calories left for dinner. This may seem like a big number, but it’s really not. At a buffet, you’re really not sure what foods are in the items on their buffet. For example, they may have corn, but I’m sure it’s buttered, which means there are lots of places where hidden calories can lie. So I tried to make mostly great choices and my splurges were small. I didn’t go for any foods that were super fatty or cheesy or greasy. Also, I had 1/2 of a sugar free cookie for dessert and it was all I needed. Here’s a picture of my dinner plates.

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I went for the shrimp and cocktail sauce because I knew it was a good healthy option.

The second plate consists of a small amount of corn, lots of Brussels sprouts, green beans, braised cabbage, baked fish, broccoli from the Chinese stir fry, a couple bites of Chinese rice and noodles, and some stewed shrimp in spicy tomato sauce. My splurges were the beef tamale that a ate 2/3 of and an egg roll which I’m pretty sure was baked and not fried.

It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be eating at a buffet. I think it was easier since its a huge buffet and there were tons of choices to choose from. I made sure I went strait towards the vegetables and then filled in with a little bit of protein. Typically I would have had mashed potatoes and gravy, maybe some fried chicken or fish, cheesy potatoes, smoked sausage, pizza, pasta, multiple egg rolls, etc. Notice how I didn’t mention any vegetables? ­čÖé My eating habits have definitely changed.

Another reason I think it was easier than I thought is because I was eating with my stepmom and my dad. My dad was super supportive and told me I did a really good job with dinner. He and my stepmom also told me they could tell I’ve lost weight, so that’s also super encouraging to hear.

I’m very lucky to have such supportive family and friends. My mom, dad, sister, stepmom, stepdad, all of my friends, and all of my blog followers have been so great helping me along this journey. I’d just like to say thanks to everybody for the support! It really helps keep me going!