Thursday, March 5, 2009

careful planning

Luckily I'm a planner by nature because it didn't bother me that I just spent the last hour figuring out what I could eat at the salad buffet restaurant I'm going to for lunch.

Normally, I would have figured out in my head what I thought was healthy while I was piling it on my plate but I had a sneaking suspicion there were loads of hidden calories and fat lurking in the things that seemed harmless. Boy was I right. Some of the harmless sounding vinaigrette dressings had 20 grams of fat! So a big YAY for Sweet Tomatoes posting ALL their nutrition info on the website.

That was the topic at yesterday's WW meeting. You can't do it in your head. You HAVE to write it down and you HAVE to plan and then it works :)

Here's what I chose:
Unlimited salad with Fat Free Ranch and Fat Free honey mustard
French Onion Soup
Low fat cornbread
Sugar Free Chocolate Mousse

425 calories - 9 Points (having fish and veggies for dinner allows a FEW more points at lunch)

I looked up some of the things I would have normally eaten and let's just say those will never be discussed again. Sorry Mac and Cheese and Won Ton Chicken Happiness. I had no idea you were THAT bad!

Hope everyone is having a good week. Thankfully a gorgeous and fun weekend is ahead!

*Updated to say that I totally stuck to plan and didn't look at anything else. I'm perfectly satisfied. I feel so dang proud :)


  1. Yay for planning!

    I cannot imagine trying to track/stay on plan without planning in advance. Maybe it's easier for me because I do the grocery shopping/cooking and bring my meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks, and sometimes even dinner if my team is working late!) to work with me, but sometimes I track days in advance!

    Also, I really don't know what restaurants put/do to their food to make it so unhealthy!

  2. Totally agree. Planning is the name of the game. One of my favorite quotes recently has been, "Failing to plan is planning to fail." True with weight loss and true in life.

  3. I've pretty much given up eating at restraunts that won't bother to list their nutritional info! Why the need to be so secretive? That sounds like a great place to eat, wish we had them here!

  4. Good for you. Those salad bars are minefields. Not being a big salad eater (hence the excess weight) I would always be delighted by the mac "salad" and bread at the end of the buffet. My internal diaglogue went something like, "Well, it must be healthy - it's part of a salad bar." Ho ho ho! I know better now but still lurve mac salad.

  5. What I wouldn't give for a Sweet Tomatoes in Savannah! J and I got hooked on them when we went to Orlando last year.

  6. that's great work. good for you for taking the time to do some research and be informed.

  7. I found your blog as the top 100 weight loss blogs on

    My eyes almost popped out of my head when I read the fat grams in the vinagerete. Wow, that reminds me when I ate a veggie burrito because I thought it was healthier until I read the Weight Watchers Restaurant guide and it gave the burrito 30pts! No wonder I felt so bloated afterwards!

    I've already read a few of your posts and I totally related to them. I'm glad I found your blog!

  8. Tina...congrats on being a very smart ww. Lovin that you checked out the ni before you went!

    I hope you are enjoying your weekend and the weather is beautiful there too!