Right. So the last time I posted I was going to get my act together and start acting right.
Life threw back it’s head and laughed an evil laugh. Silly girl, we can’t have that.
I ended up leaving town for work. It was supposed to be for a week, and that week turned into two, and those two turned into a month.
If I knew it was going to be this long I would have booked a stay in one of those extended stay hotels with a small kitchenette, but by the time I realized I wouldn’t be going home any time soon, it was to late.
I’ll admit my first thought was I. Am. Screwed. Eating out is my Achilles heal, and now I was going to have to eat out every meal for a month.
My whole trip was last minute, but I was lucky enough to stay in a hotel that had a small refrigerator and microwave in the room.
Do you ever seen those hard boiled eggs floating in mystery liquid in the gas station and wonder who on Earth would buy something like that?
This girl, that’s who.
I also used to wonder who would buy them already boiled at the grocery store when it’s so easy to do at home. Now I know!
So breakfast was covered. Hard boiled eggs? Check. Greek yogurt? Check.
Lunch was a trickier subject, as I wasn’t in a place with a refrigerator or microwave. Wendy’s large chili, coming in a 5 SP, became my best friend. After a week of that I didn’t think I could manage to choke down another bite, so I ventured into my WW app to find other alternatives.
Wendy’s has one of my favorite salads – the Apple Pecan Chicken Salad – which comes in at 9 SP for the half size. More than I’d usually like to spend at lunch, but considering breakfast was usually zero, I was good.
IHOP also has a really good egg white omelette for 8 points (no sides) that was something different.
Panera Bread’s Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad was another life saver at 2 SP for half size with fat free dressing, or 5 points for the full size.
So I was doing pretty well with breakfast and lunch, but dinner was another story. Long hours, being away from home, and my pallet changing from all that eating out was doing me no favors. I alternated between doing pretty decent and making some very poor choices.
That’s life though, right? The good news? After a month of eating out I packed on a whopping pound.
That’s right, one pound.
I’m not going to lie, I had to psych myself up when I got home to get on that scale. Even though I’m not exactly jumping for joy that I gained a pound, I’m not mad at it either.
Now that I’m back home I almost feel like I need to detox. It’s funny because when I would eat out before this little foray away from home I would just taste salt at a lot of places. That is a thing of the past now, and I can’t wait to get back to real food that isn’t weighed down by salt and oil.
My stomach is acting up again at night, and I’m most excited to get back to healthy and sleeping well. Nothing works right when you aren’t sleeping right.
This is life, and it will always have challenges, and it’s not always going to be easy. Losing the all or nothing attitude was the best thing that ever happened to me. I’ve talked about that a lot, mostly in my Things That Make you go Hmmm tag.
I’m glad to be back. Now let’s get cooking!
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