How I ate at Ruby Tuesday’s and Chili’s… and how it lasted all weekend

I’m back to eating again – at least for the weekend. Actually, today I’ve already had 21 grams of protein and 200 calories. That’s RIGHT on track to make both goals, so I’m pretty happy. 

I’m also in a cooking mood. I’ve been repurposing meals and making a grocery list with some yummy things on it. I figure if I can cook today and pack things away, I should be able to eat this week. 

So, here’s what made the turn around. Friday, I couldn’t eat anything we had here. I just couldn’t make myself do it. I needed different, so I sent Mr. Byrd to Ruby Tuesday’s to pick up a Chicken Fresco with zucchini and spaghetti squash. 

SO yummy, and only about 120 calories for the amount I can eat (a couple bites of veggies and 1/4 of the chicken). So that was a success. I ate that twice and will eat it one more time. 

Then I took the extra spaghetti squash (a new thing I’ve never had before!) and put it in a container with 2 “chicken” nuggets (Morning Star) and some spaghetti sauce and shredded cheese. Voila! Chicken parm WITH “pasta.”

For dinner yesterday, we were out shopping (yours truly is now in a 16!) and my sugar and protein got LOW. It was bad. I’d had protein for breakfast and veggies for lunch, which was a dumb idea. Anyway, we decided to get some fajitas at Chili’s. We went ahead and ordered the trio, since we were only ordering one meal. Ordering my own meal doesn’t make much sense, especially since I had at least 2 more meals from Ruby’s at home. I also ordered the side of black beans and rice. 

Mr. Byrd had the tortillas and rice, since those aren’t options for me (I wasn’t even sad!). I thought I’d have some black beans, chicken and maybe taste a shrimp. Turns out I now LOVE shrimp. More than anything, I love shrimp. So I had 2 shrimp, 2 slices of green pepper, a slice of onion, some black beans, a small piece of chicken and then a little sour cream and guac on everything. Sounds like a TON of food when I write it all out, actually. I was pretty full at the end, but not uncomfortable. And it was SO, SO, SO stinking good. I nearly cried. Not even kidding. 

Anyway, I packed up another portion of that for lunch this week. Mr. Byrd took the rest home. He was going to leave the onions, so I asked him to pack them up as well. This morning, the onions, some shredded cheese, and a little taco seasoning became fajita scrambles! 

So, let’s recap. 

Chicken Fresco x 3 (about 120 calories each)

Chicken Parm (about 150 calories, but I don’t think I’ll be able to eat the whole thing)

Shrimp Fajitas x 2 (about 125 calories each)

Fajita Scramble (about 140 calories)

Fajitas x 2 for Mr. Byrd (who eats full meals) PLUS some Chicken Fresco for Teacup the other day. 

I’m feeling pretty good!

On the menu this week: peanut butter protein balls (the PB2 kind, not the good one), pumpkin soup, left overs, reuben ramekins, “spaghetti,” egg salad, and greek gyro scramble. 

I’m pretty excited about food again!


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