Last night I went out to eat for the first time since my three weeks back on South Beach. As part of my plan to stay on program, I told myself I would blog today about what I ate… because I was pretty sure I would not want to publicly admit to cheating:) I went to dinner having already chosen what I’d order off the menu and stuck to it! (If interested, you can read more about my pre-planning in a previous post.)
My dinner companions had fancy martinis, a shared appetizer, rolls, and dessert… none of which I partook. I simply had soup for my meal: Lamb Chili with chickpeas, lentils, and black-eyed peas. (I had a piece of cheese before we left home so my hunger wouldn’t overcome my willpower.) It was a little awkward for me to so obviously be moderating my meal, but I felt good about myself the whole time, much better than I would have felt with an overfull belly and sugar high.
Before dinner I stood in my closet and thought about what to wear. It was going to be a jeans kind of evening – but which jeans would fit? I have them in a huge range of sizes. I was torn between wanting to be comfortable and wanting to have a tight waist to remind me not to eat anything that might cause it to expand! I broke down and did something I had not intended to do for another week – I measured myself. Just my midsection. But I was curious to see if I had lost any inches yet and hoped that if I had it would be one more piece for my motivational armor at dinner. Could I really have lost almost two inches from my waist already!? What a gratifying surprise. And indeed very motivating:)
So now I am back to eating my low-carb meals at home with no restaurant outings in site. Next big test… book club next week.