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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

I REALLY hate going to MacDonald's--
Last night Himself Suggested we go there--AGAIN!
--and I went----AGAIN!
--and I came home hungry--AGAIN!

In my pre-Spark days, I used to enjoy a meal there---
My problem now, is that there isn't a meal which does not have a ton of Sodium in it--or loaded with so many calories, that it would be my complete daily allowance--and more!-
Well, there is that large Greek salad, which is what I ordered--
I sat there , after polishing it off, and looked longingly at himself wolfing down his mighty whatever, with fries--

At 3am, I was awake (2 nights in a row!)--HUNGRY----sitting in the kitchen, eating yogurt--
Mental note here---NO MORE VISITS TO MICKEY MACS_---for me!
I've said it before-----but (that big "butt" again!)--- THIS TIME I MEAN IT____
Eating at home this evening, with fresh veggies, a planned healthy meal--will be such a pleasure!
Lord love a DUCK----

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  • LOSER05
    I only like their Chocolate shakes and fries.
    1141 days ago
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  • GABY1948
    I feel for you! John NEVER pushes me to ea anything and I am grateful for that! BUT....(big) butt....you can do this,,,HEALTH is more important than ANY food! REMEMBER that! emoticon
    1142 days ago
    1142 days ago
    We have an unspoken rule at our house - when hubby wants Mc D's or KFC, he goes alone or with someone else. Have a great day!
    1142 days ago
  • JANET552
    McDonalds doesn't have much for healthy choices. Healthy and homemade always makes the day better!!
    1142 days ago
    Good for you staying strong and making good choices for yourself!
    1142 days ago
  • PURPLE0906
    My granddaughter loves going there, but I have been trying to keep her away from there. I don't go out and eat, never know what you are really eating. The nice part is what Lilly (my granddaughter) said the other day. She is 5 and came out and said she loved my cooking and no one cooked as good as I do. Made me very happy and I know what she is eating.

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    Have a wonderful day!!

    1142 days ago
  • no profile photo JSEATTLE
    Himself will enjoy your veggies too, if even to supplement or substitution to the fries, which I love also.
    1142 days ago
    Yes, we definitely need to stay strong and stay away from McDonald's!!!
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    1142 days ago
    Glad you enjoyed your planned healthy meal. It sometimes is amazing to me how much one can eat of veggies and fruits compared to fast food!

    Have a restful night!
    1142 days ago
    Eating out does mean more sodium...but my 150 pound loss was done on many meals from restaurants and eating out...just smaller portions, wise choices and it's possible! I agree McDonalds is a tough one...but I still go upon occasion. I often would split something with my husband. Wendy's is easier for me as I eat a plain baked potato and a small chili, often putting the chili on the potato! Lots of fiber and it's filling. But I so wish they all had true healthy choices!
    Glad you could enjoy your healthy dinner! Rock on, Duckie!
    1142 days ago
    1142 days ago
    Well done!! When I used to "have" to go to McDonalds (with the kids) I'd order black coffee and have my meal at home before hand. I agree with you: it's not just the fat and calories, it's the sodium . . . and (sob sob) I still wanna eat the fries DESPITE knowing that.
    1142 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    Never one of my favorite places and always regretted it afterwards anyway. I admire you for avoiding the siren call of sodium and calories!
    1142 days ago
    Well, you made him happy and that is important. emoticon
    1142 days ago
    Well, you made him happy and that is important. emoticon
    1142 days ago
    I've found a few (very few) things that I will consider acceptable at McD's but the safest (for me) is to just not go there! Good job resisting and eating at home, something healthier. emoticon
    1142 days ago
    I have been enjoying the Sparks recipes each day of the month. This morning I went into the freezer and pulled out butternut quash soup and stuffed peppers. Now I don't have to cook for three days. Your one smart lady. I bet you can have himself enjoy your home cooked meals like my guy. Thanks for your blog.
    1142 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Last time my husband and grandson coerced me into going to McDonald's with them, I packed a sandwich and an apple and ate that while they were eating their too salty food. Everyone was happy!
    1142 days ago
  • GABY1948
    SICK today, Lynda....but....BUTT... emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1142 days ago
    I can't even remember the last time I ate fast food from anywhere, let alone McDonalds. I would only eat the fries and never a cheeseburger because I was not convinced it was real meat. emoticon

    You were good to stick to the salad!! At least McDonald's is offering healthier options.
    1142 days ago
    1142 days ago
    Many of my WW friends do take their own food when their family insists on McDonalds or some other fast food joint. They take a sandwich and maybe order a side salad. Good luck!
    1142 days ago
    Thankfully I'm not a big fan anymore of any of the fast food places. How did that happen? If we do go I'll have a regular burger and 2 or 3 of his fries. Just have to watch the sodium contact for my other meals that day.

    1142 days ago
    The best way to stay strong is to stay home...not always easy though!
    1142 days ago
    You could order just a hamburger or chicken patty and then crumble it onto your salad. I know, it sounds strange and people will look at you funny (if you care) but then you could up the protein on that salad. I agree with the commenter who said that the sodium might be making you thirsty, which can be mistaken for hunger. I love good food--my problem is that I like to feel full too. So portion control is always an issue for me.
    1142 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    I'm not a fan of McDonald's or fast food in general. So I'm not much help, but if you must go out for fast food why not brown bag it with healthy food you enjoy?

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    1142 days ago
  • _LINDA
    That salad must not have had enough protein or fat in it to keep you satisfied. You always feel hungry after, but and the big butt is as you like to say is the sodium content -its loaded with salt and that will make you thirsty which you will mistake for hunger. You probably aren't getting enough water. So bottoms up! Drink up before you start feeling 'hungry'
    Yes, there is no law that says you have to go there. Refuse. He can go Himsel if he craves it that bad. Wonder where he picked up his love of that junk anyway. Not the usual Asian preference.
    1142 days ago
    You're not alone, I gave in to a Whopper last night but at least you had the healthiest thing on the menu even if it did leave you hungry. Enjoy your healthy meal today.
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    1143 days ago
    We only eat at McD when we are traveling. Is there a way you could have something waiting for you at home after you get back so that you do not get hungry later?
    1143 days ago
    I have to agree with you on that sodium and I never ever leave a fast food joint feeling full! I always regret it. Thoms1 and I are going out tomorrow morning for breakfast with some other retiree's. We spent a long time figuring out what we will be having not only at breakfast but the rest of the day as well. At least I am under 2300 for my sodium. As long as I stick to plan.!!!

    1143 days ago
    Thank the good Lord my Hubs hates McD!
    1143 days ago
  • THOMS1
    Yup, sodium does not do us any good. I have to go out to breakfast with my group tomorrow morning and I always pre plan what I am going to have but it still gives me more sodium than I need. But, whats a body to do? We tend to stay away from fast food but, sometimes it's unavoidable. Have a good day Lynda. emoticon
    1143 days ago
  • no profile photo CHAYOR73
    emoticon more power to you!!
    1143 days ago
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  • PHOENIX1949
    1143 days ago
    I never eat at McDonalds, not since college days and then only the fries which back then were hot crispy and excellent! Can't say I have ever had a hamburger from there...
    1143 days ago
    OH boy, McD's strikes again . . . .**SIGH** Glad you'll have a home-cooked meal today. Good for you. Today . . . another day, another chance to do it right.
    1143 days ago
    McD's is not usually on our radar at all. We will be going there today, however, since we have to go over the pass for hubby's doctor's appointment, a follow-up to his surgery two weeks ago and then we have special shopping to do.. We usually order the grilled chicken wraps. They used to make them in a decent size with a variety of veggies. Then then cut the size in half and substituted just iceberg lettuce for all the veggies. So we end up buying two for each of us. At least they cut the price in half as well. We used to go to Subway on these trips but it got torn down; they call it progress. Fast food of all kinds has many major drawbacks; we find ourselves eating out less and less. It sounds as though biggest challenge for you - and our other Sparkers too - is that you are doing this alone at home, fighting the battle of the bulge while the rest of the family stays in the old routines. You really have my sympathy. I am blessed that my husband is pretty much on board with the healthy heating process, although we will take a splurge for our wedding anniversary next week. I know you just had a special anniversary. Anyway, good luck with the fast food issues; I hope Himself will be willing to work more cooperatively with you on this in the future.
    1143 days ago
    I like McD's egg white sandwich but that is it!
    1143 days ago
    The McDonald's here has started offering breakfast all day. What about oatmeal or a yogurt parfait? Or a grilled chicken with no bread? Could you splurge then dial back tje sodium somewhere else? What does he like so much about dining there? Just some food for thought. ;)
    1143 days ago
    Go for you. Stay away from McDonald's. Ronald is such a clown!
    1143 days ago
    MacDonald's was once a staple in our family. We are visiting less and less now. But we do get out for daily road trips and MacDonald's is about the only place available for lunch in a lot of smaller towns. One thing I do eat is the Artisan Grilled Chicken Breast sandwich. It is high in Sodium but the calories and fat aren't too bad and it provides a good bit of protein. I do want to loose weight but I do not want to eliminate every little pleasure in my life.
    1143 days ago
    You will figure it out with Himself. Some possibilities:
    Just don't eat at Mickey D's. Go with Himself and watch him eat his meal. You can pack your meal and eat with him, or wait until you get home and be all smug. And you'd exercise your resistance muscle in a very big way.

    Tell him that you aren't going. Period. Tell Himself that it is poison to you and you cannot go there any more. Let Himself go with one of the Sons as a bonding experience. Do any of the Grands drive yet? Let the young 'uns deal with it. This is an opportunity for your Sons to concretely LOVE you and Himself at the same time. They love you by supporting your healthy food habits and they love their father by hanging out with him at McDonalds.

    Dan and I just had a conversation. He wanted some ice cream and asked me to pick it up for him. I responded immediately with "I cannot have it in the house. If you want ice cream, walk down to the convenience store, buy a single serving and eat it. Ice cream cannot be in this house right now." So far, no ice cream.

    Good luck, Lynda. You'll get there.

    1143 days ago
  • TWEDEE777
    Have you tried the grilled chicken? I eat that but it's a little high in sodium.. hope you have a great hump day!!
    1143 days ago
  • PROVERBS3128
    Dear One, Are there other possibilities? I am warning you, my weight is not dropping at all right now,
    so proceed with caution when following my advice, although it is not that I am not trying, its just not
    budging. In other words I am no expert. But, I love hearing about you and himself. Is a little sodium
    worth causing strife in what the two of you have? Sometimes men don't get it, for years every time
    I started a diet my husband would surprise me with ice cream (only when starting a diet.) He seriously
    was trying to be nice to me. For a while I wondered. :-)

    I eat my salad with my fingers, I do NOT use salad dressings but one of the dips, like honey mustard,
    only 60 calories, I dip my lettuce, carrots, etc. in the dip (in my head this is my French fries with ketchup,)
    1 pkg of dipping sauce and no more.
    I am not sure what all you are avoiding.....if you are allowing your self ice cream, McDonald's is low
    cal (not the milk shakes) lick it very slowly, I can make mine last 15 miles on the road. :-) How about
    plopping your ice cream into a diet coke and having a coke float? How special that would be? Leftover
    yogurts from breakfast, I have bought the children's meals, or pick out one thing and supplement it with
    a pack of carrots and some peanut butter for protein, or cauliflower, eat it on the way home or eat it
    in McDonalds. We have seen families around here go to Wendy's, BK pick up food for certain ones
    and take it into McD's and eat with those who wanted McD's foods. Eat veggies or fruit on the way.
    I know your goal is to eat healthy, and believe me....I cheer you on. But I believe instead of choosing
    between caring for ourselves and caring about our loved ones, there has to be a way we can do both.
    You have brought so much joy into my life, I just don't want to think of you someday down the road,
    once its too late, wishing you would have gone on those wonderful adventures to McDonald's with
    himself. Maybe it makes him feel young again, maybe somewhere inside of him is a special feeling
    about McDonalds, maybe he secretly hopes to see Ronald McDonald? May you have a great time
    caring for yourself and treasuring himself as well. Forgive me if I said anything wrong in this.
    Love and prayers,
    1143 days ago
    I seldom go to McDonald's with or without DH. Just not enough healthy choices.
    1143 days ago

    I have faith in YOU !!
    You WILL find a way to have your HEALTHY for you meal...
    (before or after or during)
    your DH having his MacD meal....
    Maybe you will not be dining together, eating the same meal
    you both can be happy with your meal choice.

    1143 days ago
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