Yesterday, I went to the Iron Ridge Inn, which is a quaint little restaurant in a quaint little village. My family celebrated Thanksgiving along with my Father's 65th Birthday! This is the first time that I have tackled a buffet since starting WW almost two years ago. I really can't remember the last time I have gone to one. I know my wife and kids have gone to a pizza buffet, Stone Fire Pizza, but I was busy doing other things and I know I have gone with residents to a Golden Corral, but since I was more concerned with making sure the residents had food, I ate very little. So this was my first test at a buffet.
How did I do? Well, how do you think I did? I went in with a plan. Two plates!! That's all!! I will not fill more than two plates and on those two plates I will allow for some "white space" meaning I will not mound oodles and oodles of food up just so I can state that I only had two plates.
My first plate ended up being a salad which included a lot of lettuce and veggies. The only thing that I counted points for was the olives and the lo-cal dressing that I added. I do have to admit that there was no "white space" on this plate, but I was not feeling bad about that one.
My second plate was a scoop of mashed potatoes, in the past I would have mounded at least 2-3 scoops plus loads of gravy. This time, just a small scoop of plain potatoes. A scoop of corn and a good sized scoop of beef tips. All in all not a bad showing from plate number 2. I passed on the rolls, but did sweep a piece of chicken and peeled off the boasted breading to give to my "bottomless pit" 7 yr. old. I also stole a few pieces of French toast stick from my 2 yr. old.
I passed on dessert, which was pumpkin pie, pumpkin torte or apple pie, and instead went to the salad bar and had a cup full of fruit. I did add marshmallow fluff, but I figured the small amount I added was still WAY better than the pie. I also snuck in some chili since I didn't mention anything about cups in my planning, just plates ;)
Hoping I can do just as well on Thanksgiving at my MIL's. My plan will be to eat one helping and one dessert. I'll get someone to go off for a good long walk with me too. My FIL made it 4 miles with me last Sunday, so maybe we'll venture even longer on Thursday.
Wishing you all a happy healthy week. The whole gang will be home the rest of the week, so my computer time may be limited.