You had me at “Let’s go eat somewhere…”

Well, today wasn’t the best. I ate at a restaurant. Yes, I did it. But, I will say that I researched their menu and I found the lowest calorie things out of my options and tried to stick to those. I guess it wasn’t horrible, but it definitely deviated from the plan.

So here’s what happened. I got home from my hour-long commute to classes (I know, right? You’d think they would have a school closer to me, but noooooo,) and I was going to go to the book store and have a spinach and artichoke quiche with sweet potato chips and call it quits. But, because I had a light salad for lunch, and because I behave like a cannibal right now, I was starving. And since I’ve been eating healthier and lighter over the past few day, this hunger hit me like a tsunami. I mean, I thought if I didn’t get food RIGHT THAT SECOND, I would murder the first person I saw. Why, God? Why must I be so ravenous? So I call my husband to make sure he’s not home so I can go to the bookstore alone and guilt-free. When I tell him how ravenous I am, he invites me to meet him for supper at a restaurant. Now, sensible me would have said, “No, I’m just going to get some salad at home. Thanks, though. Love you.” But was sensible me on the phone with my husband? Not a chance. So, like I said, I at least tried to be somewhat sensible with my calorie investigation. I ended up getting half of a steak sandwich with cheese and onions and a cup of tomato basil soup. The soup was good. The sandwich, not so much. According to the website, I had about 600 calories. I also snacked on some croutons and roasted garlic (which should be included in every meal, if you ask me.) Do I regret this decision? Yep. Absolutely. Because now I’m full and bloated and my stomach hurts. And if I’m going to have a super filling meal, I’d rather have it at lunch so I have time to work some of it off before I go to sleep. Bleh. Eating out is just not a viable healthy option (most of the time.)

I also figured something out today. I really feel like I’m being cheated out of “real food” when I only eat things that are served cold. Like, over the past few days, I’ve really only eaten cereal, salads, cold sandwiches, almonds, and fruit. All of it is really good, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like I need something warm every now and then. That’s why I think I caved so easily when my husband asked me to go eat with him. So, I went online and found a bunch of good recipes for some hot meals that are low calorie. I’m going to try to make one or two in the next few days and have that in the fridge for leftovers and see if that helps. I know this is mostly psychological, but you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes. I’ll let you know how it goes.

But other than that, I did pretty good today. Here’s the list. For breakfast, a bowl of almond and oat cluster cereal. Cocoa dusted almonds for snack. Salad with grilled chicken, mozzarella cheese, light honey mustard dressing, and crackers for lunch. Mini oranges for snack again. And my sandwich and soup for supper. Now to just hold off until bedtime. Also, I forgot I bought mini pretzels the other day at the store for snacking. They’re in the pantry. Guess what snack is for tomorrow?!

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