Learning To Make Smart Choices

We decided to go out to dinner last night, and I let Aaron pick the place. He picked a local place that is known for its pizza (although it also serves sandwiches and pasta). I did not have a plan to deal with this. I only had 4 daily points left because I had indulged in a chocolate chip cookie after lunch, and I was already down to 24 weekly points. The smart thing to do would have been to cook out of the fridge (probably brown rice, eggs, and kale), but I really wanted to spend some time outside of the house with him—without screens in front of our face.

So, we went to the restaurant and were told it would be about 30 minutes for a table. We went to the bar, and while Aaron had two beers, I had water [SMART CHOICE]. After 45 minutes I went to check on our table, and it was taking longer than they expected. After about an hour, they showed us to our table and offered us a free round of drinks for the wait. Not one to turn down a free drink, I got a glass of wine—still a sensible choice. I looked at the menu and realized I couldn’t make that many very good choices…and Aaron wanted deep dish pizza. I told him to order a small and get whatever toppings he wanted, and I ordered a house salad with balsamic dressing [SMART CHOICE] and chicken piccata. Garlic bread was brought to the table, and instead of eating half the order, I limited myself to 2 small pieces, which I estimated at 5PP [SMART CHOICE]. When the chicken came, I realized it had two small chicken breasts, so I immediately asked for a to-go box for one of them [SMART CHOICE]. The pasta actually seemed to be a sensible portion, so I ate that, the whopping four pieces of broccoli that came with the meal, and one small chicken breast. I didn’t even have a bite of Aaron’s pizza [SMART CHOICE]. Instead of looking at the dessert menu, I suggested we go to the local gelato shop where I knew I could get low-calorie, fat free sorbet [SMART CHOICE].

This morning, I was sitting on the couch after eating breakfast (light english muffin, 1 T peanut butter, low-fat string cheese, 2 clementines) and Aaron got out the leftover pizza and had two pieces. I decided to look it up in the tracker, and my best guess is that it’s about 11 PP per piece. Before Weight Watchers, I probably would have had 2 pieces of pizza, 3-4 pieces of garlic bread, 2-3 glasses of wine, and dessert. The meal probably would have been something like 55 PP. Instead, I was completely satisfied with a 23 PP meal. That’s half the calories!  And, I used my leftovers sensibly (the chicken & leftover sauce was combined with 1/2 cup brown rice and 1 cup green beans).

I’m making other smart choices today. When Aaron was eating pizza, I got up and put my workout clothes on and went to the gym, where I gutted out 3 nonstop miles on the treadmill (I still don’t like the treadmill, but I’m glad to have it as an option when the roads are snow covered). Then, I went to the grocery store to pick up ingredients to cook for a party tonight. Our friends have gatherings that revolve around food, which we call Rage Against The Cuisine. We give each gathering a theme and turn it into a competition for the best dish. Tonights theme is dips. I’m making some low-point options that I think can compete for the prize—Roasted Red Pepper & Sun Dried Tomato Dip and Middle Eastern Bean Dip. When I went to the store I picked up carrot chips, cucumbers, and sweet peppers. I’ll serve them with my dip, and also use them to sample others so I don’t end up eating a bunch of crackers and chips I don’t need. I’ll be drinking sparking water.

In a Weight Watchers meeting earlier this year, we talked about how many choices we make in a day. I think it was over 200. Slowly but surely, I’m learning to make more smart choices, and set myself on auto pilot whenever possible so I can engage in healthy behaviors without feeling like I’m making a choice.

2 thoughts on “Learning To Make Smart Choices

  1. Congratulations on the smart choices! I don’t think I would have been able to make that many healthy choices faced with that much temptation. Especially the hour long wait at the bar. Also, super kudo’s for choosing a 3 mile dreadmill run over just relaxing on the couch all day!

  2. Wow! You made the best of a tough situation. Congrats! Your post is inspiring. You should be proud of yourself!

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