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Posted on Aug 8, 2011 in Dear Diary, Food, Weigh Ins | 44 comments

Seasons 52 (Weigh-in)

Happy Monday, friends! Today marks my official first day at my new job in the big citaaaay (as opposed to my previous cozy Northern Virginian gig) so think good thoughts for me! I’m admittedly nervous about starting a new job, but luckily I finished up my week of fake unemployment with a bang: going out to dinner for an early celebration of my 1-year blogiversary! (The actual annivesary of my blog is tomorrow! Eeee!) Naturally, this called for getting dolled up and forcing Steve to be my personal photographer:


Oh, and some robot. Duh.


How did we celebrate? Why, dinner with Steve and the fam at Seasons 52, of course!


Seasons 52 is an expanding restaurant chain that serves upscale Americana grill food and every item on their menu is under 475 calories. I can verify that it was delicious, and it was verified by our waiter that they don’t ever cook with butter in the restaurant! A pretty good place to go to for my preemptive blogiversary celebration, eh?


I started off the night with a coconut strawberry “skinny” martini, made with strawberry-infused vodka, coconut water, and agave.


Just my kinda drink!




We got a ton of various appetizers for the table to share, too: tuna-avocado rolls, chipotle shrimp and garlic chicken flatbreads, and a goat cheese ravioli thing that my sister got – delish!


And I also got an incredible arugula salad with goat cheese, pistachios (!!) and golden beets. Where can I find golden beets? I feel like I’ve never seen them in the grocery store but I looooove them.


For my main entree, I got caramelized sea scallops with asparagus and pearl pasta. Yum-o.


And dessert was the best part! Seasons 52 claims to have originated the “shot glass desserts” and I would believe it — they were delicious!


They had a ton of flavors — red velvet cake, mocha macchiato, rocky road, blueberry cheesecake, and more! Mine?


Key lime pie, of course! I got to sample everyone else’s too, but mine was definitely a winner. Just a small bite of dessert at the end of a (huge) great meal. Parfait!


Thanks for dinner, Mom and Dad!


It was a great night, with great company, and even helped me momentarily forget how nervous I am about starting my new job. It’s always so nice to get the whole family together (thanks for playing the role of family photographer, Dan!)


Even if it was just for us to be photobombed by my boyfriend. Womp.

And now, alas, can’t let you all go without the stats for the day, can I?

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 189.6 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 189.9 lbs
This Week’s Loss: +0.3 lbs

Hoo boy. Weeeeeell, I can’t really say I didn’t see this coming. I didn’t exactly do, uh, “well” over 4 days of furloughed laziness. But considering the pizza consumption and the, uh 2 times I exercised this past week, it’s actually not as bad as I was expecting. I know that probably sounds bad but… yeah. I mean, in spite of a gain, I am just SO thankful not to see 190-something back on the scale? I know, it’s a VERY small margin, and by the time I have had breakfast I’m sure I’ll have broken the barrier again. But, hey. It’s at least keeping me to my personal goal of never seeing 190 back on the scale again, and for now, I’ll take it. A new week, a new job, renewed motivation!

As their part of their blogiversary present to me, my parents gave me a “coupon” to cash in for a shopping extravaganza with my mom and sister! Amazing, right?? I feel that this is the motivation that will help me to push through these last 20 – 25 pounds. Because, regardless of how vain it sounds, I really, really, REALLY want to be able to spend my “coupon” on size 10 clothing. Plus there’s just that whole 5 miler thing coming up RAPIDLY at the end of September I’m supposed to be running (and yesterday morning’s lousy 1.2 miles with my sissypoo was a harsh reality check.) C’mon, Gretchen, you can do it!


Bring. It. On.


    • The perfect way to end a meal – just a bite or two of something sweet!

  1. I love Seasons 52. We have two of them here in Atlanta but I haven’t been in probably a year. I need to change that! Good luck on your first day of your job!

    • Yeah I think this one they just opened here is pretty much brand new. So glad to have discovered it!!

  2. Happy Blogiversary! I’ve been wanting to try Seasons 52 after reading about it on some of the Florida blogger’s sites. Good luck on the first day! YOU CAN DO IT πŸ™‚

    • Doooo it. It’s a great date night location – the ambiance is great! They have a live pianist πŸ™‚

  3. I would love to go to Seasons 52 — I see so many delicious looking pictures (on your blog and others). I don’t think we have any around here yet (hopefully!)

    I love the dress you are wearing!!! Cute color and I love that it has pockets.

    • I’ve pretty much made it my mission never to wear a dress that doesn’t have pockets. They’re amazing.

  4. 1) You look amazing in your dolled up outfit.
    2) Shot glass desserts is a genius idea. I myself am someone who often just wants a bite of a cake instead of a whole piece. Who knew that a middle ground existed between too much and none at all.
    3) Happy 1 year anniversary!
    4) Good luck for your first day. Knock ’em dead kid!

  5. yay i had a blast at Seasons52 with everyone. (ps your robot is hilarious)

    • That’s because I’m hilarious, duh. Thanks for making the trip down again!! πŸ˜€

  6. You look great in that dress!!!!!!!!!! I went to Seasons 52 with Laura and Maureen this weekend and I got the same dish you did, the scallops with asparagus and pearl pasta. It was soooo good!!!! We got the lil desert thingies too. I got the red velvet. So yummy!!! Good luck on the new job! :o)

    • Jen got the red velvet – it was definitely my second choice winner – so delicious. And of course we got the same thing — great minds think alike!!

  7. Happy 1 Year Blogiversary to youuuuuuuuuu! And you look fantastic in your pictures. I hope you’re having a great first day of work! πŸ™‚

  8. Love the new do! You are rockin’ it girl! Congrats on the new job!

  9. you look fabulous! that dress is so flattering. love dresses with pockets! I have an orange one with pockets, too and it is so handy. and I canΒ΄t believe how much weight u have lost!
    congrats on ur anniversary and good luck with ur new job!!

    • Right? Tomorrow’s year-in-review recap post should be, well, eye-opening, huh?

  10. You look fantastic, and I LOVE that dress!

    I’ve never heard of Seasons52… I’m not usually that enamored of chain restaurants, but I’ll have to look them up. Everything looks delish. I don’t know if we have any here in NC, or not.

    I would have picked the Key Lime Pie dessert, too. Oh my. πŸ™‚
    I made some super-easy Key Lime Frozen Yogurt last weekend, and it was ah-mazing. Aside from the one tiny bowl that Tristan ate, I ate the WHOLE thing. Um, oops. It WAS yogurt though. So, not *that* bad, right? Ha,ha. πŸ˜‰


    PS – Good luck on your first day!!!
    (And a very happy Blogiversary to you). πŸ™‚

    • Yeah, it’s definitely not a chain in the same way that like, Applebee’s or TGIF is a chain, they just have a lot of expanding locations. You should see if they have one nearby on their website! Mmmm… key lime yogurt… probiotics are healthy, right?? πŸ™‚

  11. Fingers crossed on the new job today! The first day is always so awkward…but I am sure you are doing swimmingly!

    Clothes are a big motivator (I saw your post on my weigh-in from Saturday) for weight loss, especially in these awkward transition times. Your 10 is right around the corner!!!!!!!!

  12. What a cute family!! Happy one year Blogiversary early!! And congratulations on starting your new job (can I have you old job?!?!)

    • Haha, when they post the position I can let you know! (If they ever do? Maybe they’re in Gretchen withdrawl, hahahaha)

      • Please do! I want a NOVA job so badly! Also I was trying to figure who everyone in your family looks like. haha

  13. I’m totally drooling over that entire meal, but the shot glass dessert sealed the deal for me!

  14. A friend of mine had shot glass desserts at her wedding (in Germany), they were great!
    Hooray for your 1 year blogoversary! I remember I started reading your blog when you had just started it and I cannot believe how far you have come. Part of me is a little jealous because I keep thinking, Karen, this could be you if you’d stuck to it.
    P.S. I love how the drink matches your dress.

    • You can still do it!! You know you can. πŸ™‚

      • Yeah, it’s just taking longer. I have started counting calories and using MyFitnessPal for that and so far I’m doing really well with that (today is only the third day, though). I finally need to make this work, for good.

  15. Congrats! The hair, dress, food = all looks fab. Is the restaurant inside Tysons or Tysons II?

  16. I absolutely love the little shot desserts! I’m glad you had one to celebrate.

  17. Yay for Blogiversarries! And GRETCH– you look great! So beautiful my friend πŸ™‚

  18. can we talk about how CUTE you are? I love your pearls! I have got to try that restaurant, looks fab!

  19. Sigh, you are so chic with that hair. Sucha lady. I am a mess.

  20. You look fantastic! Since you have a five miler coming up in Sept…ever thought of doing a half marathon? It’s not that much more than five miles. I’m running the Shamrock 1/2 in VA Beach in March and the weather then is perfect for running. It’s a really fun experience and you get to get one of those 13.1 stickers for your car! Proud of you, you are doing great πŸ˜€

    PS I totally got my mom into your blog cause she can read it on kindle and she’s already thinking about trying some of your recipes. Keep up the good work!

  21. Girl, you look amazing! I love following your progress. I am so proud of you that you posted the bikini photos! YOU LOOK GREAT!!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    How come bf doesn’t show up in more photos?

    • Whereas I am CLEARLY not camera-shy, he, unfortunately, is. But whatevs, more room for me to be vain! Hahaha πŸ˜€ Thanks for the compliments lady!


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