“Damn! You are hard core!”

That was my wife’s reaction last night at dinner to a decision I made.

It was Friday night and we both had endured long work weeks. We decided to head out for dinner before shopping for some home improvement materials for our weekend project. We decided to head over to Texas Roadhouse, because we both like the food there very much.

As I wrote yesterday, I am returning to my more diligent ways of tracking and planning in my Weight Watchers application. For dinner last night I had 19 points available. I wanted to have a good time, but also wanted to stay within my points. After some careful planning, here is what I ordered, and how I ordered it with the waiter:

“I will have the single cut pork chop, steamed broccoli, house salad with no croutons or eggs, vinegar and oil dressing, a 16 ounce Labatt beer from the tap, and a glass of ice water.”

That order calculates out like this in Weight Watchers points:

  • Pork Chop – 5
  • Salad with just a bit of shredded cheese – 1
  • Vinegar and Oil dressing (I really only use the vinegar) – 0
  • Steamed broccoli – 1 (someday I have to learn why steaming broccoli adds a point to an otherwise 0 point food)
  • 16 oz of regular beer – 7
  • Total for the meal – 14

With that plan I would still have a few points available for an evening snack while we watched TV. I was all set!

A few minutes later the waiter returned with a 22 ounce beer. “The bartender did you a favor. The 22 ounce beers are actually LESS expensive than the 16, so here you go.”

My wife noted my dismay, and she knew that I’d planned out my meal. Had I wanted a 22 ounce beer, I would have ordered a light beer. The extra 6 ounces would only add a couple of points to my total, but there was a principle involved. So, at the end of my dinner, this is what was on my table


I decided that leaving about 6 ounces of beer in the glass on the table was a better choice than consuming it. I did finish that second glass of ice water before I paid the bill, but that is how I left the beer. My friends will accuse me of alcohol abuse for leaving beer behind, and in previous days I’d have done the same to them. But last night I chose this form of alcohol abuse over weight watchers abuse. When I told my wife that I was leaving behind the beer she got an incredulous look on her face and said “Damn! You are hard core!” At that moment, any lingering thought I had about finishing the beer was gone.

We paid and left the restaurant, and went on about our shopping for the night. In the evening, as we settled in for some TV, I did have one half ounce of Skinny Pop popcorn (yes I weighed it), and was done for the day. I ended up with 2 points to spare in case I under estimated, or incorrectly measured anything earlier in the day. I went to bed feeling great about my choices to cap off a busy week.

For me, this is a big NSV (Non-Scale Victory). In the past I would have resigned myself to the “inevitable”, and drank those last 6 ounces of beer. But this time I stuck to my original choice.

Quick update on the 1,500 minute challenge. Yesterday I didn’t get to the gym, and rain kept me from walking to the diner for lunch, or from taking a long walk after work. The only exercise time I got was the 30 minutes that I took at lunch time doing laps inside my building (with some extra flights of stairs). So, here is my tracker through 3 days:

1500 chalenge207 minutes down, 1,293 to go!


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