Happy Birthday to my dad! He is the same age and has the same birthday as Bob Dylan. 😀 His choice to eat out for dinner is Golden Corral. He loves that place.
But first, there was my day. We are in the midst of a long rain spell right now. That means no outdoor biking.
I hopped on the trainer for 20 minutes before we headed out to Bagel Wednesday! We stopped at Orange Cat, where I had a blueberry bagel.
Very tasty. It came with a portioned cream cheese this week, which makes counting the calories really easy, I have to say.
Work was super busy. This whole week has been super busy. I am not sure why, but it can be a good thing if we don’t get overwhelmed.
Protein for lunch today. Since I knew I would be eating a lot of veggies with dinner, I didn’t want any with lunch.
I made an open-faced BBQ chicken sandwich on a slice of the sourdough bread. Yum!
The rest of the day went fast. Pixie slept away the day. What else to do when the weather is icky?
I knew I needed to redeem myself a little for all the eating on Sunday at the picnic, so Golden Corral was a chance to do that.
I had a plan going into Golden Corral. Kind of the same as last year for my dad’s birthday. Funny how that was the last time I was at Golden Corral, too, for his birthday! Just not our choice of dining establishments.
- All the fruits and veggies I want to have.
- Lean seafood protein, not breaded or fried.
- Small baked potato
- Possible fruity dessert (cobbler type) if desired
- Talk lots with family.
I wrote this part of the post before leaving the house.
Here is how I did:
For those that are not familiar, Golden Corral is just a giant buffet.
Lots and lots of food of varying nutritional value:
My starter plate was a salad that contained some hardboiled egg, cheese, carrots, cucumber and a drizzle of dressing:
Plus a bowl of berries and fresh pineapple.
This fruit was most excellent!
Happy Birthday Poppa!
It’s a weeknight, so half the family is missing.
After eating this, I went for my hot plate. Lots of corporate meat on the buffet (it was rib night), and most of the seafood was breaded. I kind of expected that. There was one fish dish that was not breaded, but you know me and my love of fish 🙄
Hot plate – lots of broccoli (I took all that was left LOL). A baker with some sour cream and butter on the side (hooray for fat!). A hush puppy and about a tablespoon of artichoke dip to try.
A little lean on protein, but I did have some egg and cheese on my salad. Glad I got in protein with lunch. I ate probably about half of the potato. The hush puppy was really good, too!
I went over to peruse the dessert bar.
Of course, this all looks decimated, but it is only a tiny portion of the entire bar, including an ice cream bar. I looked long and hard. After looking at everything, I decided it was not worthy and got more fruit instead because it was so tasty.
Okay, I lied. I got one thing off the dessert part – the chocolate dipped piece of pineapple. Now *that* was good! I had one bite of John’s chocolate cake to try. It was good, but kind of reaffirmed that the fruit was the right choice for me.
It is possible to eat very well at Golden Corral or totally indulge. Whatever you feel like doing. Right now I am satisfied and not over full and really pleased with myself LOL. The only thing missing from my plan was more lean protein, but that was a function of the buffet and not me. Sometimes I can make a plan and stick to it!
Golden Corral: 0 – Lori: 1+