Are you curious about what I did at Olive Garden in terms of food and how that whole situation was handled? Well it's easy enough I'll just tell you about my evening with the girls. I got there and some of the younger girls (i.e., under 21) were sitting in the lobby still waiting on our table (since there was supposed to be 23 of us). Anyway they advised me that the older girls were sitting at the bar. I walked over to the bar and three of my really good friends (my big, my sib and sis) were all sharing a pitcher of sangria. They asked if I wanted in on it and I told them that I wasn't drinking. They asked if it was because I was having surgery soon and I told them no it was because I was cutting back on calories. At first it made me kind of sad, but I stood firm and didn't drink any of it, and after a while it was no thing. I was just sipping on my water with lemon and all was good.
Then we get sat at the table and they bring the salad and breadsticks. I order another water with lemon and eat my salad. As I said yesterday one breadstick is the equivalent of a snickers bar so I ate half of one. They smelled really good and I didn't think I could resist having at least one (so I ripped it in half). Then we ordered our food and since I am a former Olive Garden employee I knew that they had some more health conscious options on the menu so I figured I'd try one. I ordered the Capellini Pomodoro and to my surprise it was actually really good. I was stuffed and dessert wasn't even an issue at the end of the evening. We all hung out and took pictures and in no way was I saddened by the end result. It was good because I just proved to myself that you can go out, watch what you eat (and drink) and still have an amazing time. Seeing is believing so they say and now I believe :)