Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Restaurant Addicts Diet: I Have To Get My Diet On Track

I have been so focused on eating in, that losing weight has taken a back seat.  When I do go out I feel like it's a big party and I over do.  When I cook in I'm so desperate to want to cook and eat what I planned that I add extra carbs or dessert to bribe myself into it.  I want to lose a few pounds before thanksgiving, and I need to start now.  I'm going to try bribing myself with money instead of meals out for the next 2 weeks.  My friends birthday party is in two weeks and we'll get to go out to lunch and dinner that day.  In the mean time, I am really going to try to count and record calories and complete my 5 hours of exercise this week.  Last week was tough, but the week before was really great.  Yesterday was a boozy Monday, and that is really dragging down my confidence.  It doesn't help that I started this experiment wanting to lose 2 pounds and have gained 2 instead.  Here is to the 11 day diet experiment. I hate it already!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Restaurant Addicts Diet: I Ate In 6 Days In a Row!

I made it 6 days straight without going out to dinner.  It was hard and there were tears, but I did it.  My reward was a wonderful dinner out last night at Brasserie Montmartre.  I had the pasta special and my husband had the paella and we both enjoyed them very much.  We got there just in time for the live music and I can't wait to go back.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Restaurant Addicts Diet: Day 40

I can't believe I've been making a concerted effort to eat at home for 40 days!  It's SO hard!  That said, it's been a very good learning experience for me. According to my Withings Scale App I haven't lost any weight yet, but I'm not discouraged.  I packed in a ton of fun on my party days and I haven't gained any weight so that's good.  I have added new recipes and cooking techniques, and the most important thing I've learned is that I can stick to a plan even when it's not fun.  Now that I'm confident I can survive going out to dinner only twice a week I need to concentrate on portion control.  I really think that's one of the reasons I haven't lost weight.  The other is boozy high fat weekends, but I'm only willing to cut back on so much of the good stuff. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Restaurant Addicts Diet: I Survived Eating In

I was in a full blown freak out about eating in last night, tantrum and everything.  I know that sounds totally ridiculous, but it's the truth.  In the end I persevered and ate what I had planned at home.  I weighed myself this morning and I am so glad I didn't go out.  Even with staying home I weighed more than I wanted, and was glad I at least could say I hadn't made it worse by going out.  I have plans to go out on Thursday night, and I can't wait! 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Restaurant Addicts Diet: I Hate Eating In!

I have had it with eating in!  It's SO much work, I feel like I'm not saving as much as I had hoped and I know I haven't lost any weight.  This will be my fourth day in a row eating in and I just can't take it anymore!  I hinted to my husband by saying I hate eating in, but do you think he suggested we go out? No, of course not!  He's happy to lay around at home while I make dinner and clean up.  And don't get me started on all the grocery shopping.  I feel better now that I've gotten that off my chest.  It's a gloomy Monday, and I'm just feeling grumpy. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Restaurant Addicts Diet: This Party Girl Cheats On Her Diet

I have a million excuses for why I haven't lost weight this week.  This was the week I was going to get myself together.  I only worked a few hours and I had every opportunity to succeed.  I did one thing right this week and that's exercise, I have completed 4 out of 5 hours that I assigned myself for the week and I still have 2 days to complete the last hour.  That's where my resolve and success ends.  I made frozen pizza for dinner with a side salad in a desperate attempt to cook in and after that it was party time.  Halloween party at work followed by Halloween happy hour with a friend.  And of course, I followed up happy hour with some snacking.  I did get to go to Spaghetti Factory which I'd been craving so that helps get that off my mind for next week.  I can justify anything!