Move Continues and Showing The Kid How To Handle A Restaurant
I am officially whipped. Did I mention I hate moving? The move was less than a mile away, but that really doesn’t matter, it’s still a move. I didn’t realize how much stuff we accumulated. We had several closets just bursting at the seams with junk. I guess when we didn’t like something or no longer needed it; we just threw it in a closet.
I hired a couple of brothers, both high school football players, to assist in moving the big stuff, and I’m so glad I did. I don’t know what I would have done without them. Whatever I paid them wasn’t enough, those kids worked hard! One of the young men was interested in weight loss advice. We actually planned on getting together earlier this year to discuss weight loss, but our schedules didn’t mesh. I gave him the quick basics of it all when I ran into him at the lake over the summer. The one thing he has focused on is eating smaller portions. I don’t want it to sound like I’m taking any credit for his success, because I never fully consulted him, and even if I had---he’s the one that has to do it…and he has. When he showed up at the house, I couldn’t believe the difference in him. He’s dropped 50 pounds, and now weighs in at exactly 300 pounds. I said “You look incredible,” and he returned the compliment with “you do too!” He told me that he hasn’t been at this low of a weight since sixth grade. Oh, how he reminds me of me. I’m so happy that he’s doing something about his weight at a young age.
After the biggest part of the move, their job was done and I invited the two brothers to JW Cobbs for lunch. I wasn’t paying them what they were worth, so at least I could buy their lunch. J was interested in how I would navigate the menu and stay within the calorie budget. I showed him how ordering from the senior menu or children’s menu, if allowed, is the best move. I ordered the senior portioned chopped beef with mashed potatoes—gravy on the side and fried okra. The order of okra is so small, and so good. Still much higher in calories than the green beans would have been, but at 150, it was worth it to me today. I skipped the roll, the butter, ordered water with extra lemons and made lemonade with zero calorie sweeteners. I only used a teaspoon of the gravy. That’s it, a teaspoon---and it was all the mashed potatoes and I needed. The entire meal checked in at 540 calories. I usually like to keep it at 500 or less, but that’s all right, 540 is workable. When the food arrived, J commented that the portions were perfect. I told ya! It works every time. If we’re at a restaurant that’s strict about the age requirements for certain menu items—we just split something. Portions are so big at most restaurants around here; it’s easy to feed two from one entrée.
Earlier in the week I questioned if moving was a sufficient replacement for a regular workout. YES. Yes it is, absolutely! No doubt my friends. A big thanks to Irene, Courtney, J and E, and my buddy Dan for supplying the truck and trailer---we all worked together on this one. Splitting a household into two separate households is tricky. But we all worked together and made it happen.
I’m so sick of eating out! Getting back into the groove of eating good home cooked meals is so important. The kitchen stuff is the first thing I plan on unpacking and organizing!
Thank you for reading. I’m absolutely beat! Tomorrow (Sunday), we deep clean the old place. Oh joy! Goodnight and…