As part of my commitment to stay 100% dedicated to my TSFL program, I have avoided dining out. However, my niece got engaged this last week and we really wanted to take them out for a celebratory dinner. I had a ton of anxiety about where to eat, and how to order without upsetting our server and what if I didn't enjoy my dinner...blah blah blah.
We chose to go to Cheesecake Factory...I know sounds crazy huh, so much temptation. But the reason I chose it was because of their extensive menu. I knew that they could probably tweak just about anything for me. I was SO impressed!! My server was so so accommodating about my meal and even made suggestions to me on how to order. I ended up having a lovely meal of grilled ma hi ma hi, al dente asparagus, and a salad with their house balsamic which was AMAZING! I truly enjoyed my meal. I felt so wonderful about the experience. Then, while the others ordered dessert, I ordered a hot mint tea. I really had no temptations. I felt completely satisfied! It was wonderful!! And honestly, I am sure I could go back and enjoy many different things on their menu and still stay on plan!
The other bonus to this was that I went out with family, celebrated with food, but in a good way! I didn't have to indulge to have a good time! I felt very liberated. Can I say I didn't wish for a giant slice of their new peanut butter cup cheesecake, no I can't say that, but, I resisted and left there feeling good about myself!