Saturday, March 08, 2014
So yesterday one of my best friends took me out to lunch after our walk and Friday workout. She took me to Ryans with the all you can eat buffet. I so didn't want to go I mean come on we are trying to lose weight and we are going to an all you can eat buffet? Anyway, we went--we chose water for our beverages for several reasons: 1) It was free and as a couponer I love free! 2) It is calorie free 3) it helps you feel fuller 4) water is best after a workout 5) unsweet/sweet tea or sodas was the other option..uhm no thanks! Anyway, we walked to the buffet and it looked and smelled so gooooooooooooooooooood! We skipped all the fried foods that we both really love and went to the salad bar! YES great choice. We made our salads with spinach instead of lettuce and gave it the works loaded with vegetables then I topped mine with a granola mix with raisins and added some sunflower seeds :-) I used just shy of a tablespoon of ranch dressing (just a tad) anytime I use dressing I don't use a lot because I obviously want a salad not dressing :-) My plate was completely full of veggies AWESOME! I had a full day servings of veggies with my salad alone. Okay so as I am eating my salad I'm thinking about that dessert buffet sitting right next to me oh that cheesecake looks so good mmmm those cobbler's smell delicious but wow these granolas on my salad are really satisfying that craving for those desserts. After our salad she is telling me I need to have some protein and I am like I don't know I am pretty full I don't want any more but she makes me walk back with her for some protein after all we just burned over 400 calories working out and have quite a bit of calories to consume for the day. So we go back to the buffet and I see fried chicken oh no no no! So I went with a small piece of mandarian orange chicken with red peppers ( I had two pieces less than the serving size of 3 oz) and I found some steamed brocolli-- mmmmm I love broccoli so I loaded the other 3/4 of my plate with steamed broccoli and did not put anything else on my plate. I went back to the table and ate the broccoli before touching the chicken and then I ate the chicken. By then I so wanted to hit that dessert section. So we went back--totally avoiding that fattening section and hit the fruit section--I loaded my plate with pineapple and a few slices of peaches, pears and some sugar free cherry jello. Went back ate a slice of pineapple, my tablespoon of jello and three slices of peaches and well I couldn't eat another bite! I was stuffed so that was it! So those delicious yeast rolls with that honey butter spread they sat on that table yeah I turned them down, that delicious buffet, no go for me! I ate healthy and stayed within my calories at an ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET! Yea go me! Just goes to show you can still eat out and eat healthy if you make the right choice! I was so proud of both of us for sticking with all the healthy foods. And I felt full for the remainder of the day. Last night I had summer and I made tacos for the kids, but I left the tortilla off of mine and use way less meat than normal so mine was mainly lettuce and tomato :-) so proud of my accomplishments I just wanted to share! So go out and eat every now and then and treat yourselves you can still stay within your calories if you pay attention to what is in front of you!