I took my title today from Vickie's post...she brought up something that I meant to blog about yesterday and forgot -- preparing in order to avoid "temptation".
Last night I had a business dinner at a very very expensive and "cool" restaurant with one of my bosses and a new band with whom we are working. Obviously, I don't get to go to really pricey places every day, so I knew I needed to check out the menu before we went -- if I go to a really yummy place when I'm hungry (which, right after the day at work, I was sure to be), it's dangerous for me read the menu "cold". I might make bad choices in my hunger and excitement. And this was a steakhouse -- I rarely eat beef so had no real idea of portions, calories, fat.
So...I went on-line to look at the restaurant menu. LOTS of HUGE (one was 22 oz.!) steaks. Some "smaller" (16 oz.!) ones. So I went on-line to find out how much calories/fat are in steaks (and which one might be lowest in fat/calories). I learned that the portion size they talked about (at least at the site where I was) was 3 oz.!! And that small size mostly had around 250+ calories and around 10 g of fat. Hmmm...I clearly wasn't going to get the biggest bang (size) for my buck (calories/fat) if I had beef! ;-)
Back to the on-line menu. They had several fish choices. A few looked cooked in butter, but a few also looked very yummy and less dangerous. So I decided my main course (this is an a la carte restaurant -- you just get your meat for your main course and order appetizers and sides separately): braised swordfish with tomato caper sauce. Sounds yummy? It was! And I think MUCH yummier than the steaks that most everyone else had.
What about appetizer? I decided on a mixed field greens salad with mustard vinaigrette. Another great, yummy choice -- and much less calories/fat than the lobster cobb that another diner wanted to share with me! ;-)
For sides, they had all kinds of preparations of potatoes (I would have gone for baked if I wasn't avoiding white carbs -- kinda -- at night). Pass. They had veggies (and they included their famous onion rings under "veggies"...yeah, right!). Someone ordered those -- I had one bite -- good, but very not worth the calories/fat. I decided on steamed asparagus which was delicious. Another person ordered "creamed spinach" (I had a small bite -- it wasn't too fatty and also very good).
When the dessert menu came, I skimmed it, but didn't even really pay attention -- I hadn't looked at it on-line either -- because this week, dessert is NOT an option! ;-)
A couple of "bad" things: they serve amazing popovers and I had almost a whole one (there goes my no-white-carbs-at-night!) and they also serve a tiny round soft brownie (about the size of a 50-cent piece) after dinner and I ate mine. THAT was the perfect size dessert.
Booze? I had two beers -- carefully chosen and sipped during the meal.
So, with the exception of the popover and tiny brownie, I ate EXACTLY what I had planned in the afternoon. Did I feel "cheated" that I didn't eat the tower of onion rings or a huge steak? Not one bit! My food was totally delicious, I was full and felt like I had a splurge even.
My result? Today I weigh less than I did last Friday (must have been the sodium/no poop yesterday...). ;-) And I'm off to the gym in a few minutes ahead of a very busy weekend...
I actually think I might need to start weighing more often than every Friday...I think I might need to start watching the daily fluctuations. But we'll see.