20 Pounds In 20 Weeks: Week 7: The Challenge of Eating Out
Last week I gained weight (though just half a pound) and said that you needed to persevere through these dry spells. Keep your weight loss routine up and you’ll soon see the numbers begin moving down again, I said. Sure enough, this week saw two more pounds flee my body. I’m now down 13 pounds since I started this seven weeks ago. That’s almost two pounds per week on average. At this rate, I should be in the 180’s by the time we go to Disney World!
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On Saturday, we went to B’s parents’ house for dinner. This is nice as we get to see them, the boys get to play, I get the day off from cooking dinner. However, there are problems. For some reason, my willpower drops when I’m at my in-laws’ house and I tend to eat a lot more than I should. They also are not on the same diet we are on so I worried that the food they served would be high in points for us.
The latter issue was easily resolved. They used a frozen, pre-made chicken product that turned out to be surprisingly low in points. They also didn’t serve us the usual high-point fare of rice or bread. Instead, I helped out by sautéing some bagged vegetables with dried onion and minced garlic (bottled).
SIDE NOTE: While a “true chef” might recoil in horror at the mention of bagged or frozen produce, dried onion flakes or bottled minced garlic, I find them to be essentials. I don’t have time to mince my own garlic (and clean up the mess) or keep a stock of onions to chop. While I do like using some fresh veggies, sometimes a quick frozen bag in the microwave (or in the frying pan) is in order. It gives me a quick and healthy side dish with little to no cleanup. Very handy for the healthy parent/cook!
All in all, our dinner was 13 points including a salad, the aforementioned chicken and veggies, strawberries and even a few small cookies as an after-dinner indulgence. Not bad at all. It just goes to show that you can eat out while trying to stay healthy. It just takes a little planning before hand.