My own month! It's such an honor. Although to be fair, one of my favorite restaurants may not have realized it was honoring me so much as the food of my nickname. Sweet Tomatoes (http://www.souplantation.com) is having potato month and I've decided to take it as a personal honor.
This has been a pretty decent month for me. I ran/walked/crawled my way through my first 5K. I figured out I have finally reached the point where I weigh less than I did in college and am a size-ish away from where I want to be at the end of the year and about 9 lb from where I want to weigh by the end of the year.
Sweet Tomatoes is one of those places that can be a great, healthy thing for me or a downfall. It's a salad bar place, but as so many magazines warn just because it's a salad doesn't mean it's healthy or low calorie and Sweet Tomatoes has seriously good muffins and desserts. Luckily, my approach to my diet in general works perfectly here. Since I'm a brat and don't like to be denied my good stuff (AKA high calorie and delicious), I start strategically by adding stuff. In this case, I pile the veggies high and choose other stuff more carefully. Sure, I could add on a ton of dressing and cheese to my salad or I can pile every veggie I can stand and be sparing with the dressing and maybe only a sprinkle of cheese. I do not count calories because I'm not mathematically inclined, but I figure a plateful of veggies followed by some lean meat and more veggies in a soup (I love their chili- deep kettle or three bean turkey) allows me some room for chocolate lava cake or gooey caramel pumpkin cake (which sneaks in more fruit). I'm trying to focus on not consuming empty calories. If I eat something I want it to be something halfway beneficial to me or something I really want because it tastes amazing. Every once in awhile, I'll luck out and find something that accomplishes both.