Saturday, July 14, 2012

What a Truly "Magical" Evening...

OK, so I'll admit - I was TERRIFIED about going out for Girls' Night Out last night.

Terrified because a night out with the girls usually means a lot of eating and drinking stuff I shouldn't.  It means putting caution to the wind - and telling myself that I deserve a "break" and that I can eat whatever I want.

I did a little of that last night - but not enough to throw all my hard work out, either.

First stop was Buffalo Wild Wings.  I had already studied the menu, researched nutritional information, and found out that naked tenders were the way to go.  Six naked tenders with sauce comes out at 258 calories.  They are grilled, not fried.  And without all the breading, aren't very large. Yes, BWW has salads - but I'd have to take off half the salad fixings to come out to a number below 600 calories.  And I really didn't feel like eating lettuce, tomato, and chicken for dinner.  I've eaten a lot of salad in the past two weeks - and wanted something different.  Now, I could have had a side of carrots and celery with the tenders - and added only a few more calories, but that would have been no different than eating one of the salads on the menu.  So, I let temptation get the best of me and decided to go with french fries and added 280 calories to that number.  So, my whole dinner was 538 calories.  Not a bad number when it comes to dinner time. 

I left feeling full, but not miserable.  The perfect feeling when heading to a movie theater.  My biggest obstacle is ALWAYS the smell of popcorn the minute I walk through the theater doors.  Eating dinner right before the movie was a great idea - because the french fries gave me that yuck feeling of not wanting to eat anything for a long time.  Something I don't think I could have achieved if I'd eaten the salad.

So, I made it through the theater lobby to my seat without even so much as the slightest pang for salty, buttery popcorn.

Once in the theater - the MAGIC began.

This form of magic....

Yes, for two FULL hours... I got to watch the best looking men in the world strip their clothes off.  And I absolutely LOVED every minute of it.

I can't really tell you what the whole story line to the move was - because, honestly, I didn't care.  But, I can tell you that the movie was AWESOME!  I haven't laughed as much - or catcalled, or whooped or let out a sigh of pure, ecstatic pleasure - watching a movie, ever.  It was so good, that I was very tempted to turn my happy behind right around and head straight back into the theater to watch it over again.  Yes, ladies, it was really that good.

And the official male count in the theater?  3 men.  That's it.  The place was packed with woman - but in the midst of all the female hormones sat 3 men.  Poor things.

After the movie, Hope had to dash off - and Sanity and I weren't ready to call it a night.  So, we decided to head to a local bar and watch some live music.

I had a great time, but it was the first time all night I felt a little uncomfortable.  And totally related to my weight.  I felt frumpy.  I wanted to stay hidden in the shadows.  And I didn't like that feeling.  When I go out, I like to enjoy myself - not give a rat's behind what anyone thinks of me... but I couldn't muster up that feeling last night.

But, it wasn't a bad thing either.  Future Thin Gal was in my head the whole time, offering words of encouragement.  Reminding me that being able to go out and feel comfortable in my skin, and get up on the dance floor is something I'm working towards.

And it is.

I went to the gym before Girls' Night.  I did my lower body work-out...and instead of doing the 5-7 minutes of cardio I was suggested to do... I did 20 minutes.  I know that doesn't sound that much, but after spending 30 minutes working entirely on weights for my legs and abs - those 20 minutes really took a toll on me.  I did 5 minutes on the Arc Trainer - which is the hardest piece of equipment to use in the entire gym.  And then finished up with 15 minutes on the elliptical at a steady 4.0 speed.

And today, I'm going back to work on core and cardio.  It's also my last chance work-out before my first weigh-in I don't plan on going easy on myself.

Till next time. ;)
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  1. LOL! Thank you for posting those most beautiful pics!!

    Great job at the gym!


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