Friday, February 25, 2011


You know, I'm so glad I didn't let last weekend's binge totally derail me. There was a time in the not-so-distant past where I would have had the binge, threw up my hands and said, "I quit." (I'm pretty good at quitting). But I really WANT this. This is the first thing in a long time I'm doing for ME and not for someone else.

I love taking care of my family. It's one of the things I am proud of doing well, being a good wife and mother. I learned from my parents' mistakes and have tried very hard not to repeat them. But I often get lost in the shuffle (NOT complaining, just stating here). Once I got over the initial fighting myself, I have really taken some pride in myself. I celebrate my victories and acknowledge my struggles (but then move on).

Last night my wonderful mother-in-law wanted to take our family out to dinner. Guess what? I DIDN'T PANIC. My daughter picked a local Italian restaurant. Ok, then I admit it. I panicked a little. My favorite food on the entire planet is pasta alfredo and garlic bread. But I knew realistically that I would NOT be able to stop myself from eating the entire portion. So, instead I ordered pasta with meat sauce, a salad and the garlic bread. At this restaurant you can order a "full" order or a "half" order. The "half" order is about a normal serving and a half. They also serve you two large pieces of garlic bread and a side salad. I ordered the salad with FF Italian dressing, and the half order of pasta.......AND I ONLY ATE HALF of my pasta, and put the rest in a box immediately. And I only ate one of the pieces of garlic bread. And when dessert time rolled around, I knew I had made smart choices with dinner and had mentally tallied my Weight Watchers points for the day (I went light at lunch and breakfast because I knew we were going out). And so, I had a cannoli for dessert. And I still had a few Weight Watchers points left at the end of the day.

I seriously wanted to cry at the end of the night because I was so damn proud of myself. I can't remember if I've ever done this before. I have intended to order the half portion and talk half of that home but I have never been able to get past the menu and instead have always ordered the full portion (which is realistically 2 1/2 normal servings) of the cheese tortellini alfredo. This is a victory!


  1. Well done! Isn't it amazing how huge restaurant portions are.

  2. Bravo Collen Bravo. You're usung the tools, you can do this!!! Keep it up

  3. Great choices, you're awesome

  4. WTG!! You did great - so proud of you!

  5. Yes! You said almost exactly what I said today. I am doing this for me and I don't want to quit. I am so glad you had a good experience going out to eat. I panic too at the thought. I think blogging helps keep me more accountable though, I know I can't write about what I am not doing...

  6. Thank you thank you!
    I have had a wonderful week, thanks in part to all of you!


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