April 19th

theresa albert - my friend in food


The Good, The Bad and The 10 of Spades

Steak Night

The Good

So, ’10 of Spades’. The challenge for this week, in brief, was to go to a restaurant (no problem twisting my arm here) and order the best we can off the menu, even if it means sweet talking the wait staff into making exceptions, changes and the like.

We actually dine out quite often, it’s part of our lifestyle. We’re out and about on the restaurant circuit for business, family time and  social meet ups,  so we are used to attempting to order wisely. So the challenge to dine out and dine healthy? Bring it on I say.

Midweek, we went to Green Eggplant, a restaurant in Toronto’s  Beaches neighbourhood. This is where we go fairly often as it is close to home and close to where we finish our group runs. It was here that we were well behaved. Well, I was good but Anita didn’t have to be as she had already eaten (well) at home and then joined our running mates for one glass of wine. I ordered the Spinach Salad with Grilled Chicken. Simple, good, and a couple of pieces of bread for some post run carbs to round out the meal. Now, can I make it through the week with another restaurant visit as successful as this. Of course I can, but did I?

The Bad

The weekend came and we found ourselves at the Keg. A sort of date – slash - meet up with another couple we don’t see very often and I was excited to go there as it is one of my all time favourite restaurants. We suited up and I chose to drive which is a sure fire way to keep the calories down as of course, I do not drink and drive. What happened next,  I am not going to even attempt to justify. It was indeed my FAIL at the Keg.

 I lost my mind - momentarily. No, let me be honest here, I was well aware what I was doing but for the time being I decided Acing my health wasn’t that important.

What? Yes, the decision to pass on Acing my Health came the instant I opened the menu.’ I’ll run extra tomorrow’ I said. ‘It’s a special night with special friends’ I added. ‘I love steak! I mused’  I summarized with the irresponsible ‘Go, go hard or go home!’ terminology. So, the 16oz T-Bone with a side of Garlic-Mashed Potatoes it was. Anita gave me the look, I glanced away, and helped make all gone with the appetizers we’d ordered. Calimari, Tempura Green Beans, and the ever dreaded Crab Spinach and Asiago dip. I did not order the latter but did manage to sneak in a few tastes.

Anita was much better. She ordered a Garden salad and a shared the tuna appetizer with her friend. She did not dip into the Crab and Asiago dish but She did partake in some of the Calamari and the Tempura Green Beans. As we shared the appetizers between the four of us, at least it wasn’t too indulgent of her.

…And the Ugly, 10 of Spades

As we sat by the fire in the Keg on Esplanade it got really hot which aggravated the fact I felt really upset with my decisions which were unjustified more so by a really fatty, grisly cut of T-Bone that is usually fantastic. I had no choice but to put it out of my mind and not beat myself up. I have been increasing my exercise and cutting out a lot of snacks and ‘seconds’ so not all is lost. Disaster didn’t strike but a minor setback is huge when you have goals you are trying to accomplish. Since last week’s accountability post we’ve both been pretty good. As I mentioned earlier, in the snacking department and day to day, at work nibbling, we both have been doing well. Anita, even better than I, and she will throw things at me when I reach for something that is not in one of the ‘acceptable categories’ when the after dinner withdrawal sets in – it’s quite amusing actually. I love her, yet want to throw back whatever it is she throws at me. But she is good for me!

The week ended with a decent Sunday. I managed to not over indulge after my Sunday run which is generally really long and tends to lead toward ‘reward eating’. I knew we’d be eating dinner at my parents and that I’d have to eat ‘well’ or else accept the wrath that is my mother saying I do not need to lose any more weight! Ha, some things never change! After a resonable dinner, and a good overall day, I couldn’t pass up my mother’s homemade chocolate eclaires. You wouldn’t either if you ver tried one!

Check out the original post of Accountability here: http://www.myfriendinfood.com/2011/01/28/confessions-of-impulsive-eaters/ – and I will continue to update that post throughout the year.

Dave & Anita

Dave & Anita

At age 43 and neither unfit, nor of perfect health, we have a lifestyle that requires constant focus. The “go, go, go” lifestyle of a being working parents gets the better of us. 5 years ago, we made major life decisions to quit smoking and get healthy, which for the most part has been successful. Anita, is an outstanding partner in our busy lifestyle and manages to be a dedicated mother. As a full time worker who travels regularly, she is no stranger to the dangers of living the life where meals are being fit into tiny windows of time each day. Together, we are making this journey even more interesting as we move through the Ace Your Health program and share how they apply it applies to our entire family. As a recreational runners, you can follow along to see how this quest of 'Ace Your Health' improves our marathon performances - click here to visit my running and fitness blog

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6 Responses

    Theresa Albert
    February 10, 2011 at 11:57 am Reply

    What saves you Dave is your fitness regime. The trick is to get back on track as quickly as you can after a stumble. And you do that! (plus, i love Anita’s bun tossing technique. I have been known to dump my glass of water onto my hubby’s plate after he has had enough fries, admits it and continues to pick…whoops! He appreciates it afterward :)

    February 10, 2011 at 12:44 pm Reply

    LMAO – dumping water on someone’s plate to ensure they stop! I think we need to try that!

    February 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm Reply

    Oh, and I have heard many times, one of the reasons most Americans (& Canadians) are obese is that people do nt like towaste food and that if they paid money for it, they can’t possibly toss it out.

    So, they buy the $9.99 jumbo platter or something like that, get half way through it and feel full, but continue to eat because, we’ll it’s money spent. Sad.

    Beth Christie
    February 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm Reply

    Thanks for this post Theresa. It’s comforting to know that even you fall off the wagon from time to time. I have been trying to lose weight and get healthier. I have also been tested for food sensitivities and have many. I have been avoiding eating out recently because I have been sticking to my healthy ways and definitely don’t want my lack of will power to sabotage my hard work. I’m going to have to venture out to eat eventually.

      Theresa Albert
      February 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm Reply

      This chapter of Ace your Health provides a list of the type of restaurants you want to choose and how to order. Life ain’t long enough to completely avoid all the good stuff, IMHO. :)

    February 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm Reply

    Beth, Theresa did not fall off the wagon … it was I who mentally left town for the evening!

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