This past weekend I had plans with 4 different friends, all of which included eating out or enjoying a big meal. Eating out while on a diet can be a major weight loss obstacle, if you let it. I was really nervous of how I would manage my Points/food consumption with all of the eating out so I created a plan.
First, I contacted all of my friends to see if they would be open to me picking a few restaurant options which would have lighter food options for me. Each of my friends were very option to my ideas so I sent them a list of the restaurants I would be able to find something healthy at.
-Noodles and Company
I then picked out a meal at each restaurant, that way I was prepared no matter what my friends decided upon.
-Cosi – Hummus and Vegetable Sandwich on wheat — 10PP
-Gordan Biersh — Moroccan Salmon — 15PP
-Potbelly – Chicken and cheese on multi grain (lettuce, tomato, onion, mustard) — 13PP
–Noodles and Co — The Med — 9PP, Thai Curry Soup — 6PP
Friday night, after painting pottery with my friend Jessica, we headed over to Potbelly for some dinner. As planned, I ordered the chicken and cheese on multi grain bread for 13PP on Weight Watchers. I washed it down with a bottled of Sweet Leaf Mint and Honey tea for 3PP.
After dinner we walked over to Starbucks and I ordered my absolute favorite non-coffee drink, a grande skim 2 pump sugar-free vanilla 2 pump sugar-free cinnamon dolce no whip steamer (3PP). GO TRY IT!!
Saturday night, Neal and I had dinner with two of our friends at Raku in Bethesda, MD.
For dinner I ordered 2 rolls (8 pieces each). I ordered the Veggie Lovers Roll and the California Salmon Roll, eating all but 3 pieces of the Veggie Lovers Roll. I estimated the point value at 12PP.
Sunday for lunch, I met my Aunt Danielle for lunch at Cosi. Cosi is currently one of my favorite lunch spots, so I had no trouble picking out a healthy lunch option.
I decided to go with the hummus and vegetable sandwich with a side of carrots (10PP) and a coke zero.
My outing was actually at my home, where Becky and I cooked Mocksgiving dinner. Still, I worked with Becky to plan a meal that would keep me on track with my diet without sacrificing flavor and quantity.
I truly attribute my success this past weekend to asking my friends if I could pick out a few options and then planning out my orders ahead of time. Restaurant menus can be incredibly deceiving, so it’s important to know in advance what foods are going to keep you on track with your diet.
You do not have to sacrifice your social life when you’re trying to lose weight. This is just one weight loss obstacle that you’ll want to learn to work around so that you’re prepared with the right tools for the rest of your life.