Okay, my friend called me today and suggested eating out. I ate out with him yesterday. We went to Denny's, a frequent stand-by. I had the turkey and avocado grilled sandwich. When I checked at home to see how many calories were in it, SHOCK! THERE ARE 800 CALORIES IN THE SANDWICH ALONE. Fortunately I was able to minimize the damage and stay within my calorie range, but it sure was an eye-opener.
So when he called and asked if I wanted to eat out, I said NO. This is my ex-husbnd. We are still friends. It's hard not to be when you have 3 children and 7 grandchildren in common. We even live in the same building. He has re-married, but his wife is in a nursing home. He is very faithful about visiting her, but her memory is going so he doesn't get much conversation from her. I feel sorry for him spending hours at the nursing home, then eating out by himself.
I also have a next-door neighbor who likes to eat out and often goes with us. She is disappointed when we don't go. She won't go with him without me, I'm not sure why, but she won't. I feel like I'm letting them down when I don't go out to eat.
But I need to say NO for my own sake. I cannot eat out and stay on my program and stay within my budget. The trouble is, we women of my generation were not raised to think of ourselves first. So I've made the first step. I've said NO. Now I need to keep saying NO to them and also to myself, because eating out is one of my favorite things.
NO! NO! NO! (just practicing)
So, you may have noticed I once again changed my profile pic. It is to more accurately reflect where I am now. So this is my beginning pic. I will change them back as I lose weight.
My first three days have gone well. I've been drinking water, increasing gradually my walking minutes, and staying within my plan. So I'm pretty proud of ME. I know if (no not if) AS I keep it up the pounds will begin to fall off again. I sure feel better thinner.
Keep on Sparking my friends,