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weekly weigh in (1)

We spent a few days on the road this past week enjoying a tiny town Alabama road trip.  I was teaching a workshop, but decided that we couldn’t handle 8 hours in the car on Friday with a return on Saturday so we broke it up over a couple days.  In spite of travels I did manage to lose this week!!

Current numbers:

Starting Weight (15 weeks ago): 202
Last Week: 180.6
Current Weight: 179.5
Goal Weight: 165

I know it’s just a pound, but it’s one that I had to fight for everyday!  This has been a tough plateau and I’m considering it over either.  We need another week or two of progress before I consider this plateau battle over.

Traveling a lot can be rough on a diet, especially when the stop for dinner is voted to be Steak & Shake…

Rule #1 for dieting on the road, don’t stop at Steak & Shake.

Rule #2 – never order fries.  They are painful once you track those calories!

Rule #3 – stay away from soft drinks unless you go diet.

There are things that are great to order on every menu, even those with amazing milkshakes.  I thought I would help by sharing a few of my favorite menu items if you are caught on the road and starving.


8 pc. Grilled Nuggets
Super Food Salad, large
Diet Lemonade
(total of 290 calories)

I am in love with their super foods salad, it’s amazing.  I don’t even like kale that much, and it’s still amazing.


Asian Cashew Chicken Salad, full size – 380 cal.
Power Mediterranean Chicken Salad, half size – 240 cal.

My favorite menu item is currently only sold in Columbia SC as a test market for Wendy’s.  If you see their Black Bean burger on your menu you have to try it!


Ranch Snack Wrap, grilled – 290 cal.
Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich – 360 cal.


This is different with so many ways to make a burrito.  So some tips:

Skip the tortilla, it’s 310 calories all on it’s own.  Get a burrito in a bowl, with black beans (60 cal. over the Pinto beans which are 110 cal.) chicken, grilled peppers, rice, any green veggies you want and salsa.  Also skip sour cream and cheese to leave off extra calories.

So order this: a Naked Chicken burrito with rice, black beans, grilled peppers, salsa, lettuce, cucumbers, fresh tomatoes and olives.  Total Calories – 235


Stick with the salads and choose to have the chicken grilled.  That puts them all under 700 calories.  Tell them to keep the bread though, it’s not part of the calorie count on the salad and is a whopping 200+ calories!  Their salads are huge, so aim to eat half and save the other half for another meal.

You can also ask them to hold the fries on any meal and give you more carrots and celery.  Not as much fun as fries but a lot healthier!

Those are the 5 places we tend to stop when we travel.  Do you have another favorite stop?  Leave a comment with any go-to meals you get!

    • Jjf

      We have stopped at Wal-Mart Superstore and visit the deli and produce department.

    • Kristan

      Way to go!! Like my mom says just keep chipping away at it…Every pound counts :)

    • Melissa

      Awesome! I would take a 1 pound week anytime! I had a rough June – staying basically the same all month until yesterday’s weigh-in. I managed to push thru the plateau and post a 2.4 lb. loss for the week. My total so far is 18.3. I am way behind where I wanted to be at this point. Stepdaughter’s wedding is September 3rd and I won’t be to my goal but I will probably be about 10 pounds away from it.
      We travel alot as well and eating on the road can be vicious to your weight loss. We have stopped at Whole Foods when traveling – they have a salad bar, hot bar, pizza, sushi, sandwiches and much more. I have opted for salad while hubs has gotten pizza.
      One sweet treat I do get when I have the opportunity is the small dream cone from ChickFilA – I just love it!
      Keep up the great work – you are doing so well!

    • kcreviews

      Panera Bread has good, healthy salads as well. Maybe not really fast food, but if you order and pay on their app and just go there and pick up, it’s super fast and easy!