You’re welcome, Chipotle.

I have what some might call an addiction to Chipotle salads. I wasn’t supposed to eat out during the weight loss contest earlier this year, but Chipotle salads enabled me to go out once a week and have a delicious meal while still losing weight. I am forever grateful!

So, my husband calculated our 2011 spending the other day, and between the two of us, we have been to Chipotle SIXTY-FOUR TIMES this year. That is an average of at least once a week on our own and occasional dinners together as well. Eek.

I picked up a copy of Fortune magazine yesterday and saw this on the cover:

Clearly a whooole lot of people share my addiction. Or my 64 visits have had a heck of an impact–in which case I am waiting patiently for my thank-you letter. 🙂

While on the topic of eating out, I may as well share that I am a restaurant addict. I LOVE restaurants–just being out and about, trying new things, avoiding the whole cooking and cleaning thing…bliss. Too bad most restaurant food is jampacked with junk. Here are a few things I try to eat while dining out:

  • Fajitas, no tortillas. Deeeelicious. When you eat it without the tortilla, you realize that the shell is just the vehicle for getting the good stuff into your mouth. May as well just use a fork instead.
  • Whole-wheat pasta with marinara sauce (one of my favorite lunch spots, Moretti’s, has a great whole-grain pasta dish)
  • Grilled BBQ chicken and a sweet potato
  • Steak (request that it be cooked with no salt or butter)
  • Taco salad, no shell

It will always be healthier to cook these things at home, but sometimes those extra calories are just worth it. Just make sure you’re really aware of what you’re eating. According to an article I once read, the salmon entree at Outback is among one of the restaurant’s worst dishes healthwise. If you didn’t look up the nutritional info in advance, you’d be convinced you were making the best possible choice.

To look up calories, I like to use myfitnesspal.com. A ton of restaurant foods are preloaded into the system, which is great. If you’re on Weight Watchers, Dottie’s Weight Loss Zone (dwlz.com) is a great site to check.

Happy (and healthy) eating!

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About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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