I had a packed morning with back to back meetings.
My hubby had the same kind of morning, but it just so happened we were in the same neighborhood around lunch time.
I got the text that said, "Hey.. want to grab lunch?"
Toddler at daycare.
AN ACTUAL DATE?
But then I thought, "Oh boy. How am I going to swing this with competition prep and tracking my macros?"
For the last 12 days, I have been diligent in researching recipes, planning food, and having the willpower to make it happen despite a crazy schedule.
Now mamma's stepping out of her element.
But I thought it would be great practice as we are headed to Nashville, Tennessee next week for a conference and most of my meals will be at restaurants due to again, a super tight schedule.
So we decided to give it a go!
The most awesome part about the sushi restaurant we picked was that we know the owners.
We have a relationship as we've been customers for almost 7 years.
We ate their before we were married.
We ate there after we were married.
We ate there when I was pregnant (gasp! I know! I ate raw fish pregnant! Well that's a whole other blog, but my son is super smart and healthy!)
We ate there with Oliver as a baby.
We ate there now with him as a toddler.
And now we were eating there today, on a date!
You get where I'm going with this.
These people are like close friends and we really enjoy the banter and talk as we sit at the sushi bar.
I explained that I was eating lower carb, watching my calories, and that I may have some odd requests.
It turned out that my requests weren't actually odd at all.
Here's the thing- most restaurants want to serve you. They want to make you happy. So don't be afraid to tell them what you need.
And always- tip kindly!
Here's what I ordered:
1. Avocado salad with the fruit dressing on the side. I used about 1 tsp of dressing. Normally the salad is DRIPPING in it and the bowl they brought out was easily 1/2 a cup. No joke.
2. Salmon sashimi- 4 pieces. Total honesty- I could and usually would eat about 8. I only lightly dabbed it in low sodium soy sauce. 1 tsp.
3. These two beautiful salmon hand rolls that you see in the picture.
I asked for no rice and subbed cucumber and avocado. I also omitted the spicy mayo sauce that I LOVE. (But all along I knew it was calorie rich.)
To be honest. I really enjoyed the actual taste of the seaweed, fish, and veggies.
4. As repeat customers, they always give us miso soup on the house, but I kindly declined as I checked my app and I knew the sodium would put me over the edge for the day.
Staying in line with my higher protein, lower carb, medium range fat plan, here's how my numbers worked out:
Protein: 33.9 grams
Carbs: 12.0 grams
Fat 19.2 grams.
I think I did pretty good and I feel full!
The icing on the cake was that when I got home I took my measurements for my Friday check in, and I lost 2.5 inches on my waist in 12 days.
My body is definitely liking this plan and I don't feel deprived!
Today is a rest day for workout. So that leaves me with...
Day 12 of 168.. DONE!