Soup, Salad, and Breadstick(s)

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Church was interesting and fun!  My mom was an usher today so I got to see some “behind the scenes” action:


The lecture on marriage was very interesting.  The sermon focused on how the traits that initially draw us to a person are often the traits that annoy us once we are entrenched in the relationship.  For example, we like a person because they are spontaneous, but after a few years, we wish they would just settle down.   The theory was that we are attracted to these people because we lack these traits ourselves, which is why we might find them irritating in the long run. 


The Husband is perfect so the lecture didn’t apply to me.  😉


After church, we went to Olive Garden for soup, salad, and breadsticks.  I got a beer while we waited for our table.


Rookie healthy eating mistake!  I finished my first beer and ordered a second, which totally sent my resolve to eat a lighter lunch and run this afternoon out the window.




Minestrone soup:


Salad and breadstick(s).  I went back for a second breadstick as the beer settled in.


And I snagged three ravioli from my mom’s dish:


Ugh.  I left the restaurant feeling painfully stuffed (an issue intensified by my really, really tight pantyhose). 


Well, I fully intended to run this afternoon, but I think that’s all shot to hell now.  You win some, you lose some.  


That’s OK because the SUPER BOWL is on!  Perhaps another beer is in order.  🙂



  • Nicole, RD February 7, 2010, 3:50 pm

    I love soup, salad, and bread sticks! Mmm! I do the same thing with drinks before meals, it’s never good in the end!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) February 7, 2010, 3:53 pm

    I made the same mistake on Saturday! Argh! But I got straight back into running on Sunday. It made me feel so much better 🙂

  • Tyler Ramey February 7, 2010, 3:54 pm

    Hmmmm….I think I will boycott the Super Bowl, but still partake in the food/drink. Is that allowed?!?! Oh, and the Puppy Bowl of course. 😉

    19 days til the Half!!! Eek!

  • Marissa February 7, 2010, 4:06 pm

    I remember a Prof in college talking about that. Of course my husband is perfect too 🙂

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 7, 2010, 4:07 pm

    lol– I love it that your first impulse is to say that your husband is perfect…I would have said, “Of course I’M perfect, so that doesn’t apply to me.” 🙂

    Sounds like a Unitarian service for sure! I love going to my parents’ UU church, because the sermons are all so different– you never know what they’re going to focus on!
    WHO DAT!!! Enjoy the Superbowl!!!

  • Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) February 7, 2010, 4:11 pm

    Eh, its your last day of vacation. I love that slightly buzzed feeling!!

  • Sam (Merit to the Carrot) February 7, 2010, 4:20 pm

    It’s all good, leave the running to the football players!

  • Freya @ February 7, 2010, 4:21 pm

    I adore how much you love your husband – it’s so romantic!! I hope I feel that way about someone soon 😀
    I wouldn’t worry about not running, cos firstly, you had a good time with your mum, and secondly, I think I did enough running today for everyone! I have to tell people cos I’m mega mega proud of myself (which never happens :p) – I did my 1st half marathon today in 1hr43!! Yayness 😀
    Have a great time with the Super Bowl stuff, whatever that involves! Foreign language to an English girl 😛

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) February 7, 2010, 4:23 pm

    Super Bowl, of all days, is a day to enjoy and eat lots of good food. 🙂 Or that’s what I’m telling myself as I make a bowl of guac and put together a few homemade pizzas. 😀

  • Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place February 7, 2010, 4:27 pm

    soup salad and breadsticks! one my favorite olive garden lunches! i can’t control myself with those breadsticks. I normally eat 3 or 4.

  • Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) February 7, 2010, 4:30 pm

    Olive Garden has very tasty breadsticks…yum!

    Enjoy watchin’ the Super Bowl! 😀

  • Stacey February 7, 2010, 4:33 pm

    Oh well, there is always tomorrow 😀 Jas and I just enjoyed a beer (or two 😉 ) at our local Mexican eatery…just seems like a ‘beer’ kinda day

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is February 7, 2010, 4:34 pm

    I love soup, salad and breadsticks from Olive Garden! That used to be my go to meal in highschool! 🙂

  • lauren @ Eater not a runner February 7, 2010, 4:41 pm

    That happens to me whenever I have a beer (or two) on an empty stomach! Enjoy the superbowl!!

  • Jolene ( February 7, 2010, 4:41 pm

    Have fun watching the Super Bowl – I am not going to watch it … our big football game in Canada was in November. Maybe I will watch the Halftime show though 🙂

  • Whitney @ February 7, 2010, 4:43 pm

    awww…well you win some and you lose some just like you said. No one is perfect! Have fun watching the super bowl. We’re off to a party and I’m going to do my best to avoid all the wings and party meatballs.

  • Kt F @ ThroughTheFinish February 7, 2010, 4:49 pm

    I think you’re totally justified in using the Super Bowl and “visiting my mom” excuses haha! I want those ravioli!

  • Amber K February 7, 2010, 4:59 pm

    I love the soup at Olive Garden, but the sodium kills me every time. It’s hard to not bloat after eating so much sodium in otherwise tasty and low-calorie fare.

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) February 7, 2010, 5:02 pm

    I love Olive Garden’s endless soup, salad, and breadsticks deal- their salad is delish! I wish the breadsticks were a bit healthier though haha but oh well!

    Happy Super Bowl Sunday! 😉

  • Leo @ cupcakes in Paris February 7, 2010, 5:24 pm

    I want those raviolis too…..
    It is good to have fun sometimes too…. Don’t worry about it!

  • kay February 7, 2010, 6:06 pm

    soup salad and breadsticks are always a winning combo 🙂

  • Lauren February 7, 2010, 6:13 pm

    I LOVE THE ENTIRE POST! You rock! I love the Fat Tire! Have made the same rookie mistake too!

  • Christine February 7, 2010, 6:28 pm

    Beer does it every time.

  • ari February 7, 2010, 8:04 pm

    i love your outlook. i admire that it hardly phases you that you had one too many beers so you can’t (or don’t want to) go for a run anymore. that would give me such anxiety. i’m workin on it though, thanks to inspirational people like you 🙂

    • Caitlin February 7, 2010, 9:01 pm

      try looking at things “macrostyle” instead of on a day to day basis. if i start to feel guilty, i look at my workouts for the past week and normally feel fine.

  • Lee February 7, 2010, 8:05 pm

    Beer or no beer, it’s very hard to stop at one breadstick at the Olive Garden.

  • Claudia @... and so I ran February 7, 2010, 8:07 pm

    Olive Garden … I’m so jealous!! They closed down years ago in Ontario, Canada.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing February 7, 2010, 8:16 pm

    Haha oh well… I’m sure the beer was worth it 😉

  • alexe @ soyaetchocolat February 7, 2010, 8:54 pm

    I never had more then a few sips of beer (I don’t like the taste at all) so I can only imagine how stuff you could be after… It’s certainly not the soup and two breadsticks, I would be starving after that and I don’t train as much as you do! I think it’s good that you took a rest day today, too much exercices can be hard on your body. But you’re the expert so you know all that!

  • Kareen February 7, 2010, 9:00 pm

    I went to Olive Garden once in my life… while in Florida over the holidays and check out what I ate: I thought this was hilarious!! I had good intentions too, but I think it was the biggest splurge of the entire vacation!

    Drive Safely and have a great week!

  • Emily Eats and Exercises February 7, 2010, 9:11 pm

    Breadsticks are definitely hard to stop eating. I’m impressed you stopped at two…
    I’ve noticed that sometimes when I try hard to have a light lunch (for example to save room for the super bowl party treats) it just makes me want to eat. Somehow telling myself no sets off my rebellious side. That’s why your dietless diet idea has been working great for me.

  • Heather February 7, 2010, 11:31 pm

    your mom is BEAUTIFUL. ive loved reading your recaps of time with her – such a fun, intelligent, interesting woman! i cant wait to hear how the online dating sites work out 🙂

  • Jenna February 8, 2010, 10:15 am

    Love olive garden!!

  • Krista February 8, 2010, 10:26 am

    HA! That view on marriage made me laugh! I often think 12 years into marriage that what I found “cute” then is not so cute now. I’m sure my hubby feels the same way!! 😉

    BTW…you look alot like your Mom!

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story February 8, 2010, 10:43 am

    My Mom and I do the Soup, Salad and Breadsticks at Olive Garden thing when we’re together. It’s kinda become “our thing” just us. Reading this made me smile.

    PS – I love Fat Tire beer.

  • Jenna @ EatingGreen, StayingLean February 8, 2010, 5:00 pm

    It’s nice to see you can lay back and enjoy the occasional beer! It’s hard to give up a really tasty one every once and a while 🙂

  • Anne P February 9, 2010, 9:35 am

    What an interesting sounding sermon. I bet that’s really true.

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