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Friday, 3 December 2010

3rd December 2010 facebook email

It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways. Buddha
You know it really is true that the best things in life are free! It’s almost 7.30 and I’ve had a lie in, slept till 7am and bless him Alfie let me for a change, I’m now sat here laughing because I’m listening to Alfie and mom have a barking competition – I think mom’s winning ;-)

The snow has not made for an easy week for anyone and I’m grateful to all my members that made it to my meetings, most were rewarded with a weight loss and for the rest of you that didn’t make it don’t think you’ve got the week off, I still expect you to still to the plan and stay within your ProPoints. Don’t make the mistake of believing that everything you have that isn’t in your daily allowance will fit in that weekly 49 because 49 is not a neverending allowance!

It’s December and I’m guessing lots of you will be eating out, so with a good attitude and by taking advantage of the following tips, you can continue to enjoy restaurant eating even while you're losing weight.

Special occasions, Christmas do’s, nights when you get home late — sometimes restaurants are simply the only option. Eating out may seem like a dicey proposition when you're trying to lose weight, but a night out doesn't have to mean a night off your plan. It is possible to eat out, with good health in mind.

Here’s some ideas;

Be Prepared

Take pre-packaged low fat dressing with you, so you're not at the mercy of the restaurant's selection.

If you're not familiar with the restaurant, try to call ahead or look up their menu online before going out.

Keep a bag of small apples or some other healthy snack in your car at all times, and eat one before you go into a restaurant with friends. This will not only satisfy your hunger, but will remind you to eat wisely.

Take a small container of low fat spread for bread or baked potatoes.

Before you leave home, make an educated choice about which dishes fit best within your 'budget' for the day. Then, at the restaurant, if the daily special sounds just too good to miss, do some last-minute calculations to be sure you really want to change your choice.

Start Off On The Right Foot

Order a bowl of soup before your meal — not a creamy soup, but a stock-based vegetable or French onion. It's very satisfying and can keep you from overeating.

Start with a side salad (minus bacon, cheese and croutons). Ask for low fat or fat free dressing on the side; and be sure to dip your fork into the dressing, then into the salad.

Try to drink water with your meal. If you decide to order a juice, fizzy drink or alcohol, always order water with it, too. If you want a second drink, ask for a refill of the water.

Choose Wisely

Don't even open the menu! Simply know what you want to eat before you get there.

Avoid anything fried. In Cosmo avoid the first two sections in the middle, it’s all fried or creamy Indian food!

Ask for dressings, sauces, butter and sour cream on the side, instead of on the dish itself.

Whatever you order, make sure that it has loads of vegetables. Even if it's pizza, make it a slice loaded up with veggies, or a grilled vegetable sandwich instead of a mile-high sandwich shop creation, or a vegetable omelette instead of a cheese one, or fruit salad instead of pastry.

Don't be afraid to ask for substitutions. Most restaurants will accommodate your requestsyou’re your favourite salad at a fast food place comes with fried chicken, request it with grilled chicken. I think it’ll taste better and it cuts out fat and calories.

Manage Your Portions

When eating at a buffet, survey the food items before you put anything on your plate. The key is to remind yourself that you're eating to be satisfied, not to get your money's worth! It’ll cost you again at the scales if you’re not sensible!

If the portions are large, why not ask if you can get a smaller portion of the item you order. If not, have the waiter bring a takeaway box with the meal. Before you start to eat, put half the meal in the box.

Split your starter with the person you're with. If you have the impulse to finish everything on your plate, it's better to not have all that food in front of you.

Have a Good Attitude

Do your best and practise the art of BAM: Breathe, Accept, Move On.

The celebration is about being out with your family and friends, not about food being served. Enjoy yourself and remember that the meal does not need to be your enemy.

Definitely go out! Don’t Stay Home - When you go out you feel like your a normal person, and your not losing out on anything. Losing Weight the Weight Watchers way is about still living and enjoying life.

Remember life starts now?

Are you living yet?

You’re not alive unless you’re living!

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