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Posted on Feb 8, 2012 in Food, Weigh Ins | 28 comments

Social Whirlwind (Weigh-in)

This week is crazy. I love it, but it’s crazy. I literally have something to do and someone to meet up with every single day this week. And I am by no means complaining — not at all! — but five straight days of social eating and drinking (more than that, if you count the weekends on either side!) is certainly not the norm for me. And given this morning’s post-Super Bowl weigh-in, it’s not doing me any physical favors either. (Emotional health is on the up and up though!)


Last night was a two-fold social celebration, starting with happy hour with my dear friend Lara! We went to Chef Geoff’s in Tysons, which despite it being a fairly upscale restaurant, had some pretty good happy hour deals!


Check out the size of her beer! Superbeer, indeed. We also got some extremely healthy appetizers to nom on while we caught up — wings & fried pickles. Heh.


Not content to have those kind of nutritional goldmines (ha!) comprise my entire dinner, a couple hours later I went to dinner with Ben, his girlfriend Taylor, my roommate Erin, and my new manfriend Sean (who yes, I’m sure you’ll be hearing about in more detail later. ;)) And where did we go for dinner?


I mean, do you even have to ask? Koi Koi, of course! Just can’t get enough.


For once, we actually ordered an appropriate amount of sushi for the five of us and I didn’t leave completely overstuffed (because you know that if there is sushi in front of me, I am going to eat it — full or not). Still, the sodium from the soy sauce and edamame, paired with Friday’s book club, Monday night’s decadent dinner AND the Super Bowl SnackFest 2012… well, we all knew that this week’s weigh-in wasn’t going to be particularly inspiring.

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Weigh-in: 192.4 lbs
This Weigh-in: 192.6 lbs
Difference: +0.2 lbs

But! It wasn’t as bad as I was honestly expecting! Huzzah! (It’s the little victories, y’know?) I’m probably holding on to quite a bit of water today, so my goal will be to drink lots of water, flush out my system, and check back in on myself in a couple of days to see if it’s made any difference. Hopefully it will have, and by next week I’ll be another pound or so down! That said, if my social life keeps being as active as it has been (and I sure hope it does!) I’m going to need to figure out some new ways to be social that don’t necessarily include mindless calorie consumption. Maybe I’ll have to instigate an at-home happy hour policy where we cook our own healthy apps, haha!

What are your suggestions for things to do with friends that don’t orbit around eating out?


  1. I tend to trade one obsession for another in the form of RETAIL THERAPY 🙂

    Nothing beats going to an amazing coffee house and just sit and chat though.

  2. I’m actually not too bad when I go OUT to eat with friends. It’s having potlucks that do me in! Even if everything is healthy- I always eat too much- because there are too many choices!!
    I like to go get pedicures with certain friends and go hiking (or something else active) with others, or just go out shopping (or window shopping). I’ve made it a point to try not to center social activities around food all the time because I know it gets me in trouble!

  3. This is always a hard one for me. On one hand, I love to the social aspects of eating out, but it can be really challenging to find something that is healthy, especially if you are trying to lose weight. I try to pick restaurants where I know I can get a really badass salad, or I order an appetizer or side of vegetables with a soup or salad instead of an entree. P.S. I love your hair bow in the first picture. 🙂

  4. As I have yet to make many friends (other than work people) here in DC, I never really have to worry about the social eating scene. Which is good, I guess, but really quite sad given that I’ve been here over a year and a half.

  5. Turn social outings into exercise! That’s what I do a lot. Not only do I not have much $$ to go out to dinner anymore (oh, grad school), but I’m so busy that making exercise dates instead of dinner dates is more time effective, too. So now I meet friends for yoga… or for walks… or running… etc.

    Another thought? Order healthier appetizers. 🙂

    • If only all bars caught onto the baked kale chips and hummus-filled cucumber trend! 😉

      • Haha so true. But there are always at least somewhat healthier options 🙂

    • I think this is a great idea — especially as the weather starts warming up and there’s more daylight, you can trade happy hours for walks and runs. Good luck!

  6. That is a tough one for my friends and I too. One thing we have done is just go to a mall or an outlet shopping center and walk around. Or go exercise together. If we do go out we often share a meal or get appetizers as our meal.

  7. This is an excellent question! I often wonder the same thing, especially if you have friends you want to see for whom an exercise date will be a tough sell.

    I liked your idea a few months ago about going to museums in the evening, especially if they are free! (I think the Stephen Colbert Portrait is in the National Portrait gallery)

  8. Hi! I stumbled across your blog the other day…and I have to say that you are so stinkin’ adorable!

    My favorite things to do with friends is go to sporting events. So fun!

  9. Hey – for a week of so much eating out/socially, you almost maintained and that’s pretty awesome. I mean, the number didn’t go down and I totally get the frustration that comes with that, but you did pretty well considering! Get it, lady!

    • That’s how I’m trying to see it! 😀

  10. I’m super jealous of your social life, BTW. And i’m glad I”m included in your meet ups 🙂 Can’t wait for our date!

    Plus, sushi is healthy so yay!

  11. Mental note: stop reading Honey I Shrunk the Gretchen’s blog right before lunch.


    And the bow in your hair in the first picture? Priceless. So cute!

  12. I agree with the idea of making exercise dates! I know it probably doesn’t really sound all that fun at first, but I actually tend to enjoy a walk or a bike ride with friends more than going out to eat. Also, instead of going out, I usually offer to host dinner, or drinks and appetizers and then I make everything the way I want to eat it. You can still drink wine and eat and chat, but in a healthier way. Also, having a few drinks then playing Loaded Questions is one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday night. Maybe I should be embarrassed by that? 😉

  13. Ah, you were right by me at Chef Geoff’s! You may have seen me hobbling out of the gym and to my car looking crazy even 🙂 I love their food happy hour so much. The drinks are still a little pricy for me due to the fact that I don’t ALWAYS wants 32 oz. (but I usually do it anyway) 🙂
    And I’ve been dying to try Koi Koi! Looks delish!

  14. Balancing a social life with losing weight is one of my biggest struggles! I hate saying no to plans because I’m counting calories…but unfortunately that’s usually what ends up happening. If I go out for drinks, I opt for red wine (which I sip slowly) or gin and selzter. I’m pretty low on cash, so I also usually suggest places like Panera or Muscle Maker Grill that are cheap and have calorie counts. Either that, or I just suggest a coffee date or something. When it’s warmer, I’ll definitely be pushing my friends to take walks with me! There is also always shopping, getting pedicures…plenty of stuff that doesn’t involve eating.

  15. Of course there are all the obvious things like concerts and museums, but I know you already do that. So here’s a recommendation from my brother, who is a weight-loss EXPERT — volunteer! He spends a lot of his time working with kids from underprivileged backgrounds and at an organic co-op that provides produce to needy families. That’s something you can totally do with friends. Also, now that campaign season is getting under way, maybe you and some friends could pin on some buttons and hit the pavement for your favorite candidate?

  16. yay! so happy to hear that you are doing awesome! and your positive outlook. way to go girl! 🙂

  17. We like to go bowling, beer is involved, but most of the time we have dinner at home before we go out.

    Also we like to do a Taco Tuesday kinda deal each week, and we switch off going to each others houses and making healthier (sometimes not) Mexican food. seems to work out okay 🙂

  18. One of my friends and I started meeting up to walk and hang out rather than eat. We would meet up on the beach with her dog and walk until we realized we should probably turn back (or her dog looked at us like we were going to kill him). There’s always fun social-ness to be had in preparing food to eat together too. And it’s easier to slip in healthy options.

    Now, the important question: Does Sean like brussels sprouts?

    • I believe I have already converted him. SCORE!

  19. Things to do that don’t involve food: putt putt, bowling, ice skating, and rock climbing. maybe get a game of indoor basketball at the Y together.
    a new man friend!?!?! I can’t wait for details haha

  20. Friends and food… or friends and booze.. both a bad combo for weight loss. I play ladies hockey with a few of my friends, and we occasionally indulge in a beer after. So as much as we are indulging (usually a light version) we just burned on average 700 calories hustling our buts on the ice, so we still come in the negative. –Unless of course one becomes more! 😉 Laser tag is also fun, and you are sweating and moving while doing it, and you don’t leave with nasty bruises like from paintball.

  21. I go out dancing with some friends, but I don’t drink > 1 to keep the cals low. I also have other friends that will run with me. Glad to read you’re doing well!


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