|need I say more about my misstep?|
Dan and I decided to go out to dinner with the kids on Saturday, and we wanted to go to a place for which we had gift cards. We have a number of Cheesecake Factory gift cards, and that's one of our favorite restaurants. I got online after we made the decision to head there Saturday evening and looked up their nutrition--no wonder I never lost weight before...holy crap, is their stuff terribly fattening! I usually order their chicken salad sandwich (LOVE!!!), and in my research, I discovered that sucker has a whopping 1230 calories in it...more than my entire calorie budget for a whole day! I needed to game plan and strategize this trip to Cheesecake, because there was no way I was spending 1230 calories on dinner. I made the decision to only have a small bite of bread from their amazing bread basket, and then to order my usual sandwich, but ask them to box half of it before it even got to the table. The kids have been begging us for dessert, and you can't go to Cheesecake Factory without some cheesecake, so we decided to get one slice of the original (712 calories) and split it amongst us all (no whipped cream for me!). That's reasonable, right? Well, things were a little rough when we got to Cheesecake Factory, and I got thrown off my game... Jake fell asleep in the car, so I took Alex and Abby up to the restaurant to get us on the table list and wait with them while Jake got a much-needed snooze with Dan in the van. The restaurant wasn't as busy as we anticipated, so they seated the three of us right away. Eventually the waiter brought our bread basket, and I tore off a half of one piece of the sourdough (a big weakness for me)...and it was warm, fresh out of the oven. Uh oh. I knew right then that it wasn't good--I can't resist warm bread. Plus, I was feeling a little sick and just wanted to eat something because I was so hungry, so I had another small piece. Then Abby wanted some, so I tore some off for her, and the next thing I knew, I was holding a piece that I must have been eating without realizing it while I looked at the menu...oops. At least I didn't put any butter on the bread, like I usually do. I studied their new "Skinnylicious" menu to see if anything could compete with my beloved chicken salad sandwich when lo and behold, I discovered that my chicken salad sandwich IS on the Skinnylicious menu! For $2 cheaper than their regular portion, you can get a "skinny" version for only 540 calories--not great, but I had 570 left in my calories for the day, so I could do that! Woohoo!!! I promptly ordered the Skinnylicious sandwich and was feeling pretty good about it.
|still a lot of calories, but way better than their normal portions!|
Dan and Jake eventually came up to join us at the table, and the food arrived. My sandwich looked suspiciously like it always does, and it came with a side of fries instead of a side of salad like it was supposed to. I figured they must use a light mayo or something to make the Skinnylicious version less deadly, so I reasoned that it looked the same, but had lighter ingredients. I was a little confused by the side, but I figured I wasn't going to eat the salad or the fries (because I didn't want the extra calories), so I wouldn't complain to the waiter that I got the wrong side. I ate my sandwich all gone--it was delicious. When everyone was done eating, we got our bill--and on our bill, there was a line that read "Chicken Salad Sandwich - $11.95." Hmmm...the Skinnylicious menu said the sandwich was $9.95. I felt a little ill--our waiter had rung the sandwich in wrong, and I had just ingested the 1230 calorie version without realizing it. I didn't even get to order it with half to-go, because I thought I was ordering the smaller, healthier version... I couldn't go back and un-eat it, so I was stuck with all those calories, and ended up way over my calorie count for the day. Even with that massive intake (which also included a few bites of cheesecake...), I still managed to weigh in 3.4 pounds lighter the following morning--maybe the lesson is that I need to eat more Cheesecake Factory?? ;)