Thursday, June 21, 2012

Happy Summer!

It's officially summer!

Outsmart the Fat is going to be taking a few weeks off. Meetings of course continue as scheduled, but every now and again this little blog needs some time to rest and rejuvenate.

See you in a few weeks!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Week #24: Dining Out Local

It was interesting to me that almost all of the healthy dining suggestions presented in my meetings this week were chain restaurants. To some extent, this makes sense: these are the kind of establishments that are either required to post nutritional information, or find it in their best interests to do so. So I guess it's natural for us to gravitate to the easy choices: ones we can look up ahead of time.

So if you're a real foodie who loves trying a place that's off the beaten track, you probably didn't come away with as many new ideas as you might have liked. I thought I'd share some of the places that I go to - some are smaller chains, some are single unit stores. Many of these are going to be in the Clairemont area, just because that's where I live, but not all of them.

Kitchen 4140 - this is actually the place that Kim suggested on Wednesday morning. And their splash page says that they are now open for dinner during the week! Hooray, because a lunch-only place is probably one I'm hardly ever going to get to visit.

Tender Greens - okay this has been the best blog entry ever, because by visiting these sites to get you links, I'm learning. Tender Greens has nutrition information! I never knew that. This is a restaurant in Liberty Station, and from what I understand, once the renovations are done at University Town Center mall, there will be a location there, too.

Sipz Fusion Cafe - this is actually in the same strip mall as our Clairemont WW store (and there is a second location in North Park just off University avenue). Yes, this is a vegetarian restaurant, but I know several carnivores who have dined here and loved it. Please note that not all items here are healthy - the noodly saucy bowls will add up fast, but you can do things like sub brown rice, choose steamed over fried, etc. They even do sushi (vegetarian) in the evenings!

The Linkery - this North Park restaurant is probably a bit of a splurge. But we like them so much we had them cater our wedding! They use lots of local produce, so there are always unique things on their menu. Portion sizes are reasonable, too. If you are a wine or craft beer fan, save some of your PointsPlus values for that, because they have a good beverage list.

Niban - this sushi restaurant is just across the 805 from our Clairemont WW store, near the Souplantation. They offer brown rice (although not in the sushi to my knowledge). Sushi in general can be a low PointsPlus meal, and we like this local joint.

Crazy Bowls and Wraps - this is a good fast food option in Mission Valley. Their website is kind of a pain in terms of finding complete nutrition information, but I like that they offer things like quinoa, lots of veggies, and tofu options.

Any other local or non-chain favorites you'd recommend?

Friday, June 08, 2012

Week #23: Set a Summer Goal

I absolutely love this past week's issue of Weight Watchers Weekly.

I love that it has the calendar grid for you to visually plot out all the upcoming special events - I filled mine in this morning, and it looks like there's something each month that I will have to consider.

I love that it has spots to actually WRITE DOWN some goals. If you don't commit it to paper, how is it going to happen? Again, I spent some time filling mine in this morning.

So, do you want to know what I want this summer? I do want to end the summer a few pounds lighter than I entered it, but I know from past experience that setting a "pounds lost" goal with a timeframe doesn't work for me. I can't exactly pinpoint why, but I rarely seem to lose the weight in the time frame I think I can, so I instead focus on other things.

Most of my goals are activity based. There are a few classes at the gym that I've been telling myself I would try, and just haven't actually walked through the door to do. So I wrote those classes down as THINGS I WILL DO THIS SUMMER. Next step: what specific day will I do them? I've also been saying that I will run a half marathon "later this year sometime" but have yet to actually pick a race. I realized recently that this is because if I actually pick (and register!) for a race, I'll actually have to commit to training and DO it. By the end of this summer I will be registered for a half marathon. The race itself probably won't be until fall/winter, but plunking down the cash for it will be a big step.

And finally, my last reason for loving this week's handout is on the back page. Did you see it? The "Bravo" member this week is a woman who is about to turn ONE HUNDRED YEARS OLD and she's been a Lifetime member for 20 years. Are you kidding? I want to be her when I grow up!