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Meghann and I went to a new restaurant, City Fish, for our weekly chick night. šŸ™‚

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We asked for a cute waiter’s recommendation and ended up splitting….

 

Bacon-wrapped jalapeno shrimp.

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I took the bacon off and just ate the shrimp.  The bacon wasn’t really appealing.

 

We also split the triple seafood special.  They split the dish ahead of time…. we each got a hush puppy, two portions of sea bass, and a scallop.  I wish you could tell how tiny the fish pieces were, but they were as big as the scallop.  So, it was the perfectly portioned dinner.

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The triple seafood special came with yummy steamed veggies and dirty rice.

 

I LOVE splitting meals with girlfriends at dinner.  It allows me to order the expensive special without breaking my bank, and I end up eating a normal portion.

 

I also had two glasses of Riesling

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While at dinner, Meghann and I opened our GIFT PACKAGE from Melissa at Trying To Heal.  What a sweetie!!! She sent us a LOAD of Trader Joe goodies, like cookies and two types of granola.

 

I ended up eating 5 (yes FIVE) of these delicious candy cane cookies for dessert (the wine made me weaaaaaaaaaaaak).

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She also sent us pumpkin butter, which unfortunately EXPLODED in the package.

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Awwww!! The package smelled so good due to the exploded pumpkin butter.

 

It was a really, REALLY fun dinner.

 

Other Eats of the Day

 

Snacks included…. raisins and nuts.

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Apple and PB

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And chocolate.

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God – I ate like crapola today!  Wine definitely did me in at dinner – it wouldn’t have been a "bad" day without the booze and cookies.  This is one of the advantages of food blogging — otherwise, I probably wouldn’t have reflected on my choices for the day.  And reflection is good! :)  I certainly don’t feel "guilty" for my choices; it’s just eye opening to see pictures of everything.  I kind of consider Thursdays night my "cheat meal" anyways.

 

And anyway, tomorrow, I’m going to go for a long morning run! Yay!

 

See you tomorrow!

Do you have a weekly "cheat meal" or "cheat day"? What are the advantages and disadvantages of it? I find it easier to stay motivated all week knowing that I can "cut lose" on Thursdays.

{ 22 comments }

 

  • Erica November 20, 2008, 8:03 pm

    Awww what a sweeeeet package šŸ™‚ Bummer about the butter! Looks like a really fun dinner too!

    Cheat day hmmm not really. I go out to dinner on Friday nights and allow myself a little more freedom. I try to do everything in moderation. I felt like if I confined myself too much my cheats would be AWFUL!

  • chasedaylight November 20, 2008, 8:03 pm

    Thursday nights are definitely my cheat nights too! I usually have Thursday “date” night with one of my girlfriends each week. Going out to dinner usually inevitably makes you eat more than you’d like!

    Enjoy your run!

  • Justine November 20, 2008, 8:20 pm

    I used to allow myself a “cheat” day when I counted calories and that was the one day I didn’t count…I made sure to not go crazy though either. Now I just eat more intuitively and occasionally I still have that cheat day, however I think it’s better for me to have little bits throughout the week instead of a huge cheat meal. I definitely indulge on special occasions though…such as the upcoming Thanksgiving feast! šŸ™‚

  • Amisha November 20, 2008, 8:23 pm

    My cheat day is normally either friday or saturday because I tend to go out for food and drinks over the weekend. I still try to control the portions though. It’s really the alcohol that gets me! I’m good about only eating until I feel satisfied, but I just cant say no to the booze. Oh well. At least I know what I need to work on!

  • Meg November 20, 2008, 8:25 pm

    Yeah for girls night out! I can’t believe the pumpkin butter exploded all over like that! What a great Trader Joe’s package.

  • Sharney November 20, 2008, 8:26 pm

    Hi Caitlin,
    I'm glad you and Meghann had so much fun at City Fish. It looks like they have really good food! Your dinner looked delicious

    Sorry to hear your package had a pumpkin butter explosion šŸ™ Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter is so good, too! I saw those cookies at Trader Joe's on Sunday. I almost bought them, but decided not to because I knew I would wind up eating one after another!

    I also have a cheat day! It's Saturday. It's the day I look forward to all week. My husband & I usually go out for Saturday night dinner and since he is an ice cream addict, we usually stop for ice cream afterwards. I try to be good all week (for the most part!) and as long as I get my runs in, I allow myself to eat a little less healthy on Saturday. I think it keeps me motivated knowing I can allow myself some treats once a week!

    Have a wonderful night šŸ™‚

  • just me November 20, 2008, 8:30 pm

    hahahhaha…that box is so gross yet HILARIOUS looking at the same time…yours and meghann’s pictures have me laughing soooo hard!!!

    and i’m so glad you liked the cookies…i totally know what i’m bringing you when i drive out there….;)

    have a great run tomorrow!

  • Meghann November 20, 2008, 8:37 pm

    I definitely loosen up on my eating habits on Saturday. I find it keeps me sane (I’m in the midst of trying to lose 15 more pounds) and I tell myself it boosts my metabolism to vary my eating habits, hehe

  • Nicole (anotheronebitesthecrust.wordpress.com) November 20, 2008, 8:53 pm

    That’s a fabulous package!!! Candy Cane Joe-Joe’s ARE THE BEST.

  • Mica November 20, 2008, 8:55 pm

    I cheat on Saturdays because boyfriend and I go to restaurant for our weekly dinner out. It coincides with a day that I run and go to a kick-boxing class, so I have some wiggle room.

  • seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) November 20, 2008, 9:21 pm

    You girls are SOOO CUTE!!!!!!!

    I do not have any cheat days..I’m not sure why?

  • jenngirl November 20, 2008, 9:52 pm

    Glad you enjoyed your night out, and I reallllllly appreciate your outlook on so-called “bad” days. You’re totally right, no guilt, just a little bit of reflection so you keep track of things, totally rational. Have a great run in the morning šŸ™‚

  • BOBBI McCORMICK November 20, 2008, 11:16 pm

    Cheat meals are on FRIDAYS in my house:) We try and have pizza and wine or beer as much as possible!!! It’s only once a week and always makes the weekend off to a good start!

  • Lara November 21, 2008, 12:08 am

    Love going out with girlfriends! I think there are certain advantages with a cheat meal or cheat day because it is usually planned, so it is easier to eat healthy the rest of the time because you have that to look forward to. It’s also easier to bounce back because you can say, “OK, indulgence over–back to normal!”

  • Balance, Joy and Delicias! November 21, 2008, 4:04 am

    I had exactly the same afternoon snack!! ^_^ so fueling before a workout!

    it’s so nice to receive other bloggers gift…. really really amazing~~~~

    cheat day? not really…. could be any day ^_^ (I’m a full fan of intuitive eating)

  • MizFit November 21, 2008, 4:11 am

    day.
    saturday.
    oreos.
    doublestuff.
    ALWAYS.

  • Meghann November 21, 2008, 5:18 am

    There’s another Meghann in your comments, I feel so un-unique. šŸ™

    I had so much fun last night, my cheat night also tends to be Thursdays as well. But I always find they’re worth it!

  • strongandhealthy November 21, 2008, 5:34 am

    My cheat days tend to be on the weekends. It’s so important to treat yourself, right?! Glad you had a fun night!

  • VeggieGirl November 21, 2008, 5:41 am

    SOOOOOOO FUN!!!

    Love those steamed vegetables and the dirty rice – yum!! And your snacks throughout the day are amazing too šŸ™‚

    HAPPY FRIDAY!!

  • runningwithfood.com November 21, 2008, 6:52 am

    Sounds like another great girl’s night out!! I read Meghann’s post as well … hello cute server!! šŸ™‚

    We normally go out to eat once on the weekends, so I save that day for my splurge day! Loves it!!

    Have a great day! Enjoy those cookies!!

  • aron November 21, 2008, 10:08 am

    usually the day of my long runs i let myself cheat after… i consider it my reward šŸ™‚ and its usually pizza!

    i just did a post about how moving my long runs to sunday has made my eating better, because instead of rewarding myself through the entire weekend i just have the rest of sunday after the long run šŸ™‚

  • kirsten November 21, 2008, 10:22 am

    those cookies look amazing ! I don’t have a cheat day but I think thats a good idea to get me back on track, lately i’ve been cheating everyday.

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