Last night was great! The Moroccan Chicken was incredible. I was right about the couscous. I drank more wine than I planned to. :-( (Of course it wasnt' my fault, they just kept pouring!)
I really have no idea how many cals the chicken dish was. I even searched the web to see if I could get an approximate, but it varied anywhere from 280 to 1000 cals. The chef du jour is pretty health conscious so I'd like to think he was careful about the fats, etc. I was careful about portions, taking about 1/2 cup couscous (in my estimation anyway) and only one serving of the chicken dish. They did have broccoli which was great and basically a free food as far as I'm concerned. My bread went very well with the dinner (it had anise in it which I thought was a little odd but I can see now that it was perfect with the spicyness of the chicken.) I had dessert...why oh why did I do that! Chocolate cake...but just a sliver. I could have done without. It was store bought so nothing too exciting and then he topped it with a small scoop of ice cream which I didn't want. (Yes, I know I could have left it on my plate). I need to stick with my rule about eating the "decandent" things in life. If it's not "the best" quality...if it's a waxy piece of chocolate...skip it...if it's a Callebaut chocolate from France...indulge in a small piece. Easier said then done.
Anyway, I went over my daily allowance. More than I'd hoped. One glass of wine might have kept me just at the top end of my day. I'll keep that in mind for next time. I don't want to beat myself up over this. It really was such a good evening...great company, amazing food...lots of laughs. Surely that's good for my overall well being?
I had calories banked for the week. I've been under every day. In fact, I'm still a little under, though I only guessed at what the chicken dish might have cost me. Today I'll eat light. Tomorrow too. I wanted to exercise when I got home last night but it was late...and I was tired...and too much wine...well, it didn't seem like a good idea.
So lesson learned?
1. If I'm going to drink wine...one glass will do (the funny thing is I RARELY drink at all!)
2. Skip the bread...it wasn't at all necessary and I'd like to think that had it been bread I hadn't baked, I would have passed it over, but I wanted to see if mine was any good.
3. Dessert...well, honestly that's a no brainer. If it's something light, perhaps a small serving. If it's decadent, then small serving too. If it's store bought or nothing amazing...if it's loaded with fat laden calories...skip it.
4. "No thank you" isn't really that hard to say. And...it's polite.
This morning is a new day. I've already worked out! Perhaps I'll do it again tonight. Either way...no regrets....I'm back on track!
PS For my sister who'll be reading this... We need to have dinner parties more often! It was so much fun!
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