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it was a green-green week!

This past week was a “green green” week full of eating out, shopping and sights of new green growth.

This past week my oldest was home for her last spring break from college, here we go again with the “lasts” it is easy to do this year since it is her final year at school down south. I was a bit fearful for what the week had in store since I knew her two favorite things to do when she is home is eat and shop… Uh, in the midst of my “wellness makeover” I was honestly a bit freaked. If that girl could eat out morning noon and night everyday I think she would be happy, but I really enjoy cooking and eating at home, not that I don’t like to eat out for the experience once in a while, I just don’t think that it is the best thing to do for me financially or for my nutrition, since we all know that most restaurants give you double what you should eat at one sitting.

At the beginning of the week, we had lunch with Rebecca who enlightened me yet again in about the first 10 minutes when I was half way done with my fish that I was eating wayyy to fast. Hmm, no wonder I’m done with dinner in 15 minutes. But actually I was never a slow eater and again, probably never tasted my food just fork to mouth.

Rebecca told me to try and chew each bite 30 times… OMG, 30 times per bite… at around 10 my throat glands are ready for “swallow.” This was hard. She also told me to try this, after 2 bites (and chewing 30 times each) put down my fork, have some water, and chat for a bit, then go back and start over. She explained this way when you are eating out it becomes more about the experience and the company as well as the food, relax and enjoy. Well, I tried it and I brought home a bit of my lunch because I did stop for a while and realized I wasn’t hungry anymore. Hmm, just think about all of the calories I have ingested over my life when I wasn’t even “hungry.” That was a big eye opener.

I knew we had a dinner with our contributing writers for the DC Ladies on Tuesday evening and now I felt a little more prepared about going out with them, plus it was an exciting event because it was the first time we were actually getting together with these fine ladies who write for us on a weekly basis.

Our dinner was a success! And my dining out experience was a success too; I stayed away from “saucy” foods, and asked for a grilled chicken salad with the dressing on the side. The salad had a huge variety of veggies in it along with apples and walnuts. I tried to follow as Rebecca had told me the day before and I did pretty good, I ate about ½ the salad in about 30 minutes, and I brought the rest home, and I enjoyed the evening very much!

On St. Patty’s day we had one of our “mommy and me” shopping days. We saw some very funny folks, some yummy green chips, cupcakes, and in the spirit of “green” I spent some on my little girl. Lol I guess I should tell you I didn’t eat the green chips but did eat some guacamole with my chicken at lunch at Rio Grande, and the cupcakes although I’m sure if I was “hungry” I could have had a bite I brought them home for my family.

Gotta love Georgetown Cupcake!

even the chips were green today.

this lady was a bit crazy with all of her green!

Friday, we were back at it shopping and eating… We headed down to Georgetown for the day and were having lunch with a friend from California who was here for a meeting. So another meal, a few more shops, some great conversation, and yes at that lunch I ate in 30 minutes but we talked for 3 hours…

I knew that Sunday morning was “weigh in” day, I actually was curious to see just how I did this week eating out as much as I did Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. I know I followed what Rebecca told me and so I wasn’t so scared, and I kept telling myself this is all part of the “journey” and I am proud to say that I lost 1.5lbs this week so that’s 10 pounds in 3 weeks, I think I’m doing pretty good. I’m just learning to do things a little differently and take it one meal at a time, be it at home or away…

and yay for the green buds of the trees

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  1. We don't eat out much. As of next week I am doing a meal makeover. I will be unemployed and want to start trying to lose weight!

  2. Thanks for you message on Mom bloggers club. As you know I am new, and Im grateful to meet wonderful new people. I thought I would stop by your blog and holla! =) Im glad I did!

  3. I must eat very slowly and chew my food a lot since I have the lapband. I'm not good at eating slowly. LOL

  4. Hey thanks for commenting me on Mom bloggers. I didnt even realize I had been approved! I loved your pictures thanks for sharing them. Im now folloowing you Happy blogging!

  5. Alison says:

    Hey Shelley! I am now following you! You commented on my blog over at MBC. :) Now I'm going to go enter your giveaway, can never have enough cookbooks!