September 18, 2012

90-Day Dinner

I guess I spoke too soon yesterday when I said that I've always felt very safe in our neighborhood. Last night, my friend Andrea called me to tell me that there was an attempted child abduction near my neighborhood (in the same neighborhood that we found Eli's bike). There was a man in a white pick-up truck pulling a camper with Ohio plates who apparently tried to get a boy to get in the truck to give him a ride. An adult saw what was happening and stepped in, and the man sped off. I don't know any of this for sure, but these are the details that I was told.

So I talked to my kids last night about it, and told them what to do if they see the truck. I told them (once again) that they always need to stay together outside. I didn't want to scare them, but Noah was worried about it when he went to bed. Kids shouldn't have to worry about that stuff! The whole situation makes me sick to even think about.

With my knee pain yesterday, I decided that I really need to continue doing strength training. I haven't done much since I completed the Wii Active Challenge. Pete's boot camp class really kicked my ass last week, so I decided to do it on my own with the circuit workouts in his book (essentially the same thing we did at his class).

I went through the whole 60-minute circuit, and it was very tough! I was doing the beginner/week one circuit, and it actually gets progressively harder through the weeks. I'm going to do it on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the weekdays that I don't run; and then I'll still have Saturday and Sunday for rest days. I wasn't sure how many WW points that would let me earn, but when I put the info in, I got 10 points. I was happy with that!

After my workout, I went to Andrea's house for tea and chit-chat. I don't think we really talked all summer, so it was nice to catch up with her. 

Jerry has been filling in as a supervisor at work a lot through the summer, and he will continue to do so for at least the next few months. Because of that, we were invited to a 90-day dinner--once employees reach the 90-day mark after they are hired, they get to go out to dinner, and the company pays for it. There are also some supervisors that go, which is why Jerry was invited. And everyone can bring a date. The last one we went to was Jerry's 90-day dinner back in 2002!

I was excited to go, because I knew it would be a lot of fun, but I was nervous about staying on track with my eating. It's so hard not to pig out when someone else is paying for it ;)  I looked up the menu online of the place we are going, and it looked like a seafood/steakhouse type restaurant, combined with a bar. Steak and tons of fried foods, beer, and desserts. The company let us order off the menu, rather than getting a catered meal for the group, which was good.

I decided that I would get cajun style salmon, with the vegetable of the day (green beans), salad with vinegar, and one piece of bread from the basket... plus 10 oz. of wine to drink. That would total 18 points. As hard as it was, I decided not to get dessert. I made the decision before I even left home, and I was determined to stick to it. I probably could have gotten dessert instead of wine, but it's hard to control myself when I eat dessert, so I think it would have been all over.

Well, I wasn't so good at sticking to my plan. When we got there, I ordered a glass of wine (which I believe was 5 oz). Then another. And I ordered a third by the time it was time to go sit at the tables (we had been at the bar). I ordered my salmon, like I had planned, but I wasn't counting on the appetizers being right in front of my face the entire time that we waited for our food! When Jerry wasn't looking (I told him to watch out of for me acting like a pig), I kept taking nachos off of the plate. I probably at about 10 nachos while we waited for our food.

Those were the appetizers sitting in front of us for about 20 minutes!

Once our food came, I ate a few bites, and then gave the rest of my salmon to Jerry, because I was just too full. But when they came around and asked about dessert, I ordered carrot cake (I swear, it was the wine talking!). I ate about 3/4 of the carrot cake, even though I was pretty full. So I ended up eating 52 of 26 points today (using 26 of my weekly points). But I guess that is what they are there for, so hopefully I didn't screw up too bad!

I should have stuck with my plan, but I was still controlled enough to not act like a complete pig. I left a few bites of carrot cake, and I only ate a few bites of my salmon. It could be worse... right? RIGHT?!

On our way home, we saw a couple of police cars that had pulled over the creeper in the truck! So hopefully, he will be gone and we won't have to worry about him.

It was a great evening, but I'm kind of mad at myself for not sticking to my plan. However, I'm not giving up! I had enough points to cover the crappy food I ate, so I'm just going to count it and move on.

I almost forgot! The winner of the Muesli Fusion giveaway is:
Wendy, please e-mail me at SlimKatie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com with your shipping address so I can pass it along to the people at Muesli Fusion. Enjoy!


  1. What happened to your weekly challenges?

    1. I'm doing a 6-week challenge right now (no peanut butter and also trying out the WW program). Once I'm done with this, I'll go back to the weekly goals.

  2. That is SO SCARY! I hope they got that scumbag. People like that make me absolutely sick.

    Don't get down on yourself for what you ate. That is what weight watcher's is about - everything in moderation. Like you said - you didn't pig out, but you ate stuff you wouldn't ordinarily eat. It sounds like it was WORTH the points!

  3. I'm glad they seemed to have apprehended the creeper. What a sicko.

    As far as the dinner? It happens, move on. ;-)

  4. I was just talking with someone today about never going cold turkey and enjoying what we love within smart moderation (and sometimes just having crazy fun)! You have always stressed this and it has helped me not get so down or frustrated with myself, thank you :)

  5. It's ironic that you wrote these past few days about theft, your uneasiness on the desolate trail in the rain and now the creeper. I've been running for 2 1/2 years and had my first bad experience after my 20-miler on Friday. I was finishing my run on a bike trail that has a campground near the small parking area and when I returned to my car, I took off my electronics and then walked around for a few more minutes to cool down. I went to get my purse from my trunk and out of the corner of my eye I saw the guy that had been sitting at a picnic table near his tent coming toward me. I grabbed my purse, jumped in my car and locked the doors, put the key in the ignition and when I looked up he was standing at my window motioning for me to roll it down. My first reaction was to drive off, but I thought maybe he just had an innocent question, so I cracked it just a bit and all he asked was, "did you run all the way to ", when I said, "yes", he said, "oh cuz we were wondering cuz it had been a long time since you left and...." I drove off thanking God that I hadn't used the bathroom (right next to my car) like I was going to, but decided at the last minute not to. He may not have had bad intentions, but it freaked me out that he would come that close and not until AFTER I had walked around for awhile and not until AFTER I had opened my trunk for my purse. I carried my phone and pepper spray the whole run, but had let my guard down and shed all that when I got back to the car. Just a reminder to all - always be aware of your surrounding and be careful!

    1. Maybe he waited for you to get in your car so you wouldn't feel like he was after you? It actually sounds like he was worried something happened to you when you were gone so long. Isn't it horrible that we can't trust anyone anymore? I run on public streets for this reason. Stay safe!

  6. You and Jerry look great! Don't worry too much about dinner. It happens and tomorrow is a new day. I'm going out to dinner tomorrow for my bro's b-day and I'm worried I'll pig out. I just need to plan my meal ahead of time and watch out for dessert. Glad the cops got the creep!

  7. The appetizers look great! How come you didn't bring home your leftovers?

  8. I binged last night for no reason at all and I'm so disappointed! At least you had a good reason being out for dinner with your husband and coworkers :)

  9. There have been a number of attempted abductions here, too, the last couple of months. One was literally two blocks from the darn police station, on Main Street, in broad daylight.

    There was an article floating around Facebook not too long ago about changing our mindset in regards to teaching our children "stranger danger". It talked about how, in the eyes of young children, once an adult introduces themselves that person is no longer a stranger. Therefor the lesson we teach our children should be about NOT going anywhere with anyone that isn't their parent or a relative or a previously known friend. They know your neighbors, so that would be an example. All it takes is one strange adult at the park introducing themselves to your child, asking for help over there looking for their lost dog, and the child is gone in an instant.

    Just something I read that I thought I would pass on.

  10. It's great that you're not going to just chuck it all after a bad night at a restaurant. I have really gotten into Pinterest lately and I try to just pin the "healthy" recipes, but I've pinned a few for lucious sounding things like apple fritter cake and the "best carrot cake ever." Hopefully I won't ever make those things, but they sure sound good. I like to look at the pictures and drool over the recipes!

    I tend to overeat on the chips and salsa when we go to Mexican restaurants. I try to control myself, and if I can keep it under 10 chips I feel good. Once I ate 3! There might have been a time or two where I didn't eat any, but in order to accomplish that, I have to get somebody to put that basket of chips clear across the table from me and OUT OF MY REACH. It is impossible to resist that stuff when it is sitting right in front of you.

    I skipped lunch yesterday (I never skip meals!), but I substitute taught in the afternoon, so lunchtime was spent traveling to the school from my other job. Plus, when I sub, I get so nervous I can't eat. And believe me, I have to be pretty nervous if I don't even feel like eating. The problem with that is I always feel like skipping all those lunch calories gives me the right to overeat at supper (and before supper and after supper)! I did okay last night, had an apple with some nonfat caramel when I got home, and then some grapes while I fixed supper. I didn't overdo at supper, and then had a 130-calorie mini drumstick (ice cream treat) and a 45-calorie block of dark chocolate after supper. I kept telling myself, I would have had those snacks even if I had eaten lunch. Snacking is my hardest obstacle to overcome. But I got mad at hubby about 8 p.m. and stomped upstairs to our bedroom, where I spent the rest of the evening watching TV. That was actually a good thing, cause I was sure as heck not going back downstairs where HE was to get anything to eat!!! Sometimes fighting is good for you!

  11. Eating out is just so hard, but thats exactly what those extra points are for, and it most def. could have been worse.

    I am curious to see how the WW works out for you this time around. Have you noticed any changes in your weight or your feelings/thoughts about it?

    I started out by doing WW and My Fitness Pal and trying to stay within both programs allowances each day and lost about 28lbs. I recently decided to switch to only using MFP but I feel like since I stoped WW I havent been able to do as well So I am curious if you see progress with WW.

    I love your blog, you have helped me so much and I look forward to your posts each day. (I am sure you hear it all the time but its the truth so I thought I would share!)

  12. Well, eating a couple bites of dinner definitely made up for the difference. And seriously-carrot cake? Yum!

    We talk a lot about "tricky people" not just strangers. I tell my boys even people we know can be tricky and if they feel uncomfortable talk to a trusted adult. (i.e. mom & dad or a teacher)

  13. So scary! I only have one little boy, and the only time I regret only having one child is when I think about how children are safer when there are two together! We had someone try to abduct a child here a few weeks back (I am in Indiana).

    Don't sweat them meal! You may not have stayed on plan, but I wouldn't exactly say you went spiraling out of control either.

  14. I read your blog occasionally and wanted to comment about Cild Safety. Every family should have a SAFE WORD that is private - only for them. Anyone that approches them MUST know the safe word. Gramma & Grandpa should know it if they will be picking u the kids from school or sports for example.

    I would call your local Police Dept and ask them to have a meeting to discuss how to keep your kids safe. The reason creeps go to nice/safe neighborhoods is because they think the kids will be easier to abduct.

  15. Oh, Katie! I hope you don't beat yourself up too much about that fun dinner - I definitely know how it feels to do that!! I have just recently (yet again) gotten into a GET HEALTHY plan and I've already beaten myself up - and it's only been 2 weeks! :) You motivate me so much - thank you for your daily honesty and "real-ness". You are awesome!

  16. You have a good attitude. I would be beating myself up because I was "too full" to eat the salmon and then ate the cake. Which I seriously would do. :P :D

  17. Creppy...we've had several child abductions and several more attemps this last year in iowa.

  18. I was reading a great article on preparing kids for strangers, and one suggestion was to have a family codeword - if someone asks you to get in his or her car, go with him/her, etc., make sure your child asks for the family codeword. Anyone legitimate would know it. Otherwise, run to safety. It's really scary stuff to think about!


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