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Yikes! It's A Little Scary

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

So today I went to Champps Restaurant with some friends and was a little worried that I would "fall off" the wagon. Restaurants like these are full of gooey, scrumptious, gazillion calories entrees. As I scanned the Menu of Tasty Temptations (MTT, for short), it dawned on me to look up the calorie counts of these dishes on my phone internet. So I go to Google and type in "Champps nutrition information" and up pops a site that lists every decadent entrée/item that is on this MTT.

Ceasar Chicken Salad = 1,030
Fish & Chips = 1,110 (and that's without coleslaw and tartar sauce)
Potato Skins (4) = 1,170
Cajun Shrimp Penne = 1,230
Bourbon Salmon - 1,120

What am I doing here, I wondered and feeling a little dreadful. Not to worry says my sensible half (not out loud of course). Just order one, split it in half and have it for lunch tomorrow. So I ordered the Bourbon Salmon and asked the waitress to bring me a takeout box with the order. I was surprised my friends paid little mind to me as I carefully portioned out half to the box. My best friend even asked the waitress to bring a bag and she put my box in it and set the bag on her side of the table.

I guess what was scary was not the whole thing or being tested at the restaurant, but realizing, maybe for the first time in a long time, that I am actually in control of what I eat/don't eat. Being purposeful in my choices and not just mindless eating means it IS all up to me. And that's a little scary...

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    Good thinking ! You are well on your way to a healthier you.
    2104 days ago
    You were ahead of all of us as I'm sure our first tip would be to do exactly what you did! Now you had a wonderful dinner out and can still enjoy it again at home!

    Good Choice!
    2111 days ago
    Congratulations on making a smart dinner choice!
    2112 days ago
    Great job investigating your choices and making good ones. I, too, try to check menu items before going out to eat and appreciate those restaurants who post the nutritional information online.

    Keep up the good work.
    2112 days ago
    Way to go! You handled that so well!
    2112 days ago
    That was great thinking to go ahead and box half up before you even started eating. You are taking charge and making changes to help your health and still not depriving yourself of time with your friends. emoticon
    2112 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    We do not have that business around here,, I would never go with those stats though!! I eat salad before I leave the house..

    You did a great job and have a wonderful friend!
    2112 days ago
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