I had an AWESOME day with my family today! I enjoyed every minute of it. I am really happy!
Tonight we went out together for a birthday dinner. My usual way to handle eating out is to look at the online menu and decide ahead of time what fits my plan. However, this was a new place with no website or menu available ahead of time. I was hungering for a salad. A nice big salad. And boy, did I get my wish!
Out of the available dinner salads, I looked for one with enough protein and no carby stuff like croutons, tortilla strips, etc, but enough variety to be enjoyable. I chose one of my favorites: a Cobb salad, with dressing on the side. The waitress said, "we do have half salads available if you'd like." I was pretty hungry and wanted a lot of veggies and protein to fit my nutritional needs, so I opted for the full salad.
Whoa. I have never in my life seen a salad that big, except in a serving bowl at a potlock! This thing was massive! It was piled up like a volcano! I had to ask for a second plate in order to take some of the stuff off to be able to eat it!
It did have some off-plan-but-not-carby stuff that I occasionally allow myself in small quantities: bacon pieces, avocado, blue cheese crumbles, and black olives (which are on plan as a healthy fat). I used a spoon and scooped off about 1/3 cup of bacon, 1/2 cup of blue cheese crumbles, a WHOLE sliced avocado, and what looked like one small 4oz can of sliced black olives. It was insane!! I left a couple tablespoons of bacon bits and blue cheese crumbles and a few olives on my salad, and took a bite of the avocado too. What was left on my plate was about 3 cups of Romaine, half a cup of tomato, 1/4 cup of sliced mushrooms, 3 ounces of cubed chicken breast, and one sliced hard boiled egg (I took the yolk out and set it aside. There was enough fat in this salad without a yolk!) I got blue cheese dressing on the side and used about 2 Tbsp of it.
It was very, very good and super filling. I could not finish it. But it was incredible the sheer volume of food I was given! I came home and logged the salad on Sparkpeople to see how it added up. The portion that I ate came up to 559 calories, 13 g carbs, 46 g protein, and 37 g fat! That is pretty high on the fat and calories. But get this: the salad as it was served, including all the stuff I did NOT eat, would have contained 1,251 calories, 36 g carbs, 67 g protein, and 99 g fat(!!!!!). WOW. That is SOME salad. I am glad I had the sense to scrape off most of the fatty stuff! Lesson: pay attention to your food. And if it looks like a volcano on the plate, scale it down a little!
Anyway, all is well and I am feeling wonderful. I have a full weekend of dog sports starting tomorrow. I can't wait! And I have not set foot on the scale since the 4th of July, so I am wondering what the scale will show on Sunday when I finally weigh in.
Have a great weekend!
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