Saturday, August 21, 2010
First and foremost, a MIL hospital update for those following: Status quo from the last update...slow and steady...still in ICU, probably for another week. If she gets out earlier, then it will be joyous gravy!! :)
OK - to the blog at hand:
I have to admit - I really don't eat out at restaurants for several reasons - #1 I have my own personal chef (my dear hubby is that good)---#2 small children and sit down restaurants don't mix (at least mine don't...until now)---#3 we never have a sitter to GO out (hahaha)
So today, I brought the kids to work with me, and I told them, if they were REALLY good, we would go OUT to dinner at a restaurant....and not McDonald's or BK. HOOK----LINE-----SINKER....I had them!! Oh boy oh BOY were they GREAT today!
...... and so, after this long and draining week that ended in the longest workday on record....with kids in tow to boot....we went out to dinner at Ruby Tuesday. Is it Ruby Tuesday, or Ruby Tuesday's???? Anywhooo. I digress...
Did you know that TODAY of ALL days, the nutrition info on the restaurants website was down?? well...it was! I know because I looked! Eeeesssh! I have been SO good, and did not want to break my streak. OK, OK, OK - confession time...I have JUST GOT up into my calorie range each day...and by a hair. That is why I am tracking - so I can GET to that range, because stress now, makes me forget to eat. Talk about a 180!
Now in the place, I looked and drooled at the menu....buffalo chicken sandwich (the waiter was just describing the pretzel bun it was put on and all I saw was a scale wiht numbers next to his head shooting to the sky!), the quesadilla, decisions decisions.....my eye landed on the herb crusted tilapia. "HMmmmm," says I, "Maybe that is the way to go tonight - I never make fish for myself, and I've had this and that before, I can make them at home. But the others are SOOO goood and I have been underall week and blah blah blah blah....." you catch my drift. The menu debate...and a BLIND menu debate too! I have no idea what anything is, so I went half with gut/half with guilt on the decision....the fish.
Now, I like Ruby Tuesday because they give you the correct portion most of the time, the stuff is fresh, a good product...and my kids eat everything on their plates...because it is the correct portion size, even if it is french fries and chicken strips.
The food comes and In literally 5 minutes....we are done eating - we are fast eaters, what can I say. Waiters LOVE us too....not picky, not apt to complain, quick tip, and done! Whallah!
So I get home and start researching...Guess what WORKS now?!?!? The Ruby Tuesday website!!! Ta-DAH!!! and off I run to look things up..on there and on Spark.
All I can say is that I made the BEST choices I could, with the info at hand...probably could have done even better if I had the info I needed, but all in all...not too shabby. It was still a 900 calorie meal...but compaired to one that could have been 2000 or 4000?? I will keep my 900 cal meal, thank you very much.
Which brings me to why I blogged this. It is SO deceiving. What you think are not too bad, are HORRID 80% of the time. A quesadilla, for example was 1300 calories just for that! I could have had the buffalo chicken burger for LESS calories! and those don't even include the sides! Believe it or not, the sirloin was one of the better choices on the menu...and I always thought it was the chicken!
So this girl's lesson is learned...do some research first if you can and if not, do the following
- order the broiled fish
- order the sides plain b/c if you don't they will throw the whole hog on it if you don't specifically say not too
- stick to water (the drink alone was a treat, but 200 cals I could have axed easily)
I think it is safe to say that this will be my rule of thumb from now on...unless I am seriously craving something on that menu....THAT is a different story entirely!! and a different blog as well.........
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Thanks everyone for the prayers....my mother-in-law is still in the ICU, making progress every 2 days or so, that then stables itself off....which is very frustrating!! But I will not be upset, because slow & steady wins the race.
But seriously...sometimes it feels glacial, and I am not the one sitting in the hospital with her, I am just holding down the fort, but still....that uber-slow glacial feeling is there.
Tension is on the rise in that sense...I heard it in my husbands voice, and I am not the happy go lucky mom with the kids because now I just miss him terribly...and so do the kids. You see, this all happened while they were on the road en route to NC from NY...and now they are all stuck in Delaware - in a hospital and a hotel, watching and waiting for progress. My husband went to be with his dad & mom, and his sisters...thus me "holding down the fort" status (or is it stati - must consult my Latin again) the last few days.
Anyhoo - in the meantime, I have cooked more healthy foods at the kids' request (believe it or not), made more interesting foods, and have eaten very well with all things considered. I only ate chips as a snack one time, had some wine one night once...so I guess the compulsive emotional eater is gone....but replaced by a healthfood zealot who is tracking her calories like her life depended on it. I know exactly where this is coming from - I can CONTROL that part of my life, so I am...ROFL.....might make it down to 130 after all!! Hahahaha! Now, don't go all "she has an issue" all over me...the tracking is actually making me eat, so I DON'T FORGET to eat - because that happens now too...and THAT is NOT good for me or my family that needs me so much now. See...told you I was fine
OK - I just needed to vent a bit. It's hard when there is no other adult to bounce conversations off of...I'm not used to it....I give single parents a heck of a ton MORE credit now than ever.
Keep praying!! and thank you!!
Monday, August 16, 2010
I need some healing vibes sent into the universe for my mother-in-law Mary.
She is in the hospital's ICU right now...long story short, she was having stomach pains that were so bad, my father-in-law took her to the ER .....longer story cut shorter...the gall bladder burst.
She is in for a long hall now. It required a major surgery, and with her age and health, it is going to be a long recovery. In the meantime, prayers are needed to get her out of the ICU.
This probably could have been avoided - a lesson to us all to get things checked out if something feels wrong.
Thanks everyone....every little bit of healing vibe sent into the universe helps.
Friday, August 13, 2010
That is my face EVERY time I try to blog about something...and then I type it...and then I don't finish it because of some reason, and then I save it in my planner (unfinished) and then I never get back to it and forget I even wrote the previous one.....OR....I have some great and inspiring thought while doing my make-up and have a list a mile long for the store (at the same time) and then I go to write it out and I completely forget everything I listed out in my head!
It's like I need a giant sticky post-it attached to my forehead to remember stuff!! Eesh!
So now I will attempt another (as my son asks me for breakfast - see what I mean?)....
July have been an AWESOME month!! I don't think we have had so much fun in a summer as much as this. I think it has a lot to do with no children being in diapers and that they all can communicate well now. A girlfriend of mine with a set of 3 whose ages are offset by mine by 2 years ahead (hers are 6, 8, 10 -mine are 4, 6, 8) said it gets better and better...so nice to see she was right!! Lost of swimming, lots of camping, lots of family and friends...all good things!
And now it is August...
And the kids are bored...
And my thoughts turn to school...
And the upcoming calendar that is filled in with activities already...
And then I think back on last year...
And I KNOW for a fact that this year will be better...
Because I learned from the past year's nuttiness how NOT to do & handle things and how I can change things just by changing my attitude towards them...
So when you think about it...it can be applied to SO many things that need changing in our lives (OOOOoooooo - thought on the fly here, one that was on a brain post-it about a week ago that I never blogged about). A week and a half ago, I was vacationing with my BFF from high school...and I was envying EVERYTHING about her, as I did in HS - her curvy hourglass figure (which she will say she would rather have less of, but I would kill for some hips believe it or not) - her hair with no grays and pretty color (which made me finally get mine done after 10 months of neglect) - her gumption at running during our vacation to train for a half-marathon (she is doing it for her and I am so proud - because I will state this as a hard and true fact, I am NOT a runner, and do not inspire to be one, but I do envy that drive in a person that does...it takes dedication of a different level in my eyes - but then again, I should never say never right?).
So with all that secret (well, not really, I told her) envying going on, as we drove to a pedicure, I openly said that I was in a slump and needed to get back on track with my exercise, even though I am maintaining just fine, I need to do it for me...and then I looked back into the past...to the past year on Spark..and low and behold, in front of my eyes was my answer from my own self. By logging every month/week what was going on, I had an insight into the past behaviors that otherwise would have been hard to recall and realized that last July/August, I did the same exact thing!!!! I had fun, I ate too much, I partied for my 10th wedding anniversary and in August, I hated myself for the overindulgence and got back on track.
So why am I pointing this out to you in a blog....Weeeeellll....it is an example of past behavior modification. If we are more aware of our past behavior in certain situations, then we can change them toward the better for ourselves. Past practice. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't....but we have the power to change it if we want it bad enough.
That being said, as for myself, already the new calendar year is riddled with cubscout craziness, which I am more in charge of, and all I can do is my best...to run things, and modify them into more of a simpler version of what was done in the past and to get more people involved because many hands make light work. The kids schedule is already filling up with other activities like religion, soccer and school on all levels (including being a bus driver to two 4 year olds to preschool) and piano lessons to 4. Add my own schooling to that, and we have one filled up calendar!! (ROFL! My poor husband, not even mentioned...so, ok, throw him in there somewhere, my other part of my self being forgotten like that - poor guy!)
But right now, there is a calm that was not there before. Last year was crazy and filled with new-ness (is that a word?) and changes, but this year, while there is the same craziness, the new is now old, and with that comes routine and calmness through experience. Older and wiser - is that what they say? I think it is...and if that is the case, I am glad to be older and wiser.
Now....could someone bring on fall sooner than later? this heat and humidity is wearing thin....even the kids don't want to go in the pool and would rather stay in the a/c now!!
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