I’m going hardcore this month. Like 21 Day Fix Extreme hardcore, so you can imagine my dismay when I learned we’d be celebrating my stepdaughter’s birthday at a hibachi place. Hibachi places and I have quite the history together. In fact, I used to visit one pretty much every single week back when I weighed 240 pounds. I was that Kanki’s real life Norm (remember Cheers?)- every server knew my name. They were so familiar with my dining preferences I didn’t even have to place an order. I’d be seated and soon find a large Sapporo in front of me and a smiling chef preparing Chicken & Steak (along with my usual request: extra fried rice). I’d top it off with a slice of Snickers Pie.

I wish I was kidding or over-exaggerating. So it’s no wonder thinking of dining out hibachi style brings the Jaws theme playing in my head. Would I be able to stay on track and focused? Would I be able to follow 21 Day Fix Extreme guidelines?

I’m happy to say our night out on the town went surprisingly well- I didn’t keep it 100% fix approved but I made the BEST possible choices I could while dining out. Check out my video recap below…and be sure to hang around for my written Rules for Dining Out Like a Fit Boss. 😉

My Rules for Dining Out Like a Fit Boss are:

1. Don’t be afraid to make special requests! Request your entree be prepped without butter and oil, light on the salt, grilled & not fried. Ask for dressings or sauces to be served on the side.

2. Going to a place where they serve rolls before dinner? Ask your server to skip the bowl of rolls (unless, of course, you’re dining with those who don’t mind the rolls- in that case, make sure it stays out of your reach).

3. Be mindful of portion sizes. I had my Fix containers on hand to measure foods out. And lo and behold- the rice served would have totaled 5-6 servings EASY. The chicken was another story- that serving was just about right.

4. Split an entree OR divide it up and bring the other half home for next day’s lunch. Restaurant portion sizes are ridiculously out of proportion to the amount of food we should be eating. This one’s a fave of mine because it saves you money too. 😉

5. Skip the cocktails and desserts. Again, another winner because it also saves you money!

Biggest tip- make your dining out experience more about the COMPANY you’re with and less about the FOOD. Enjoy the evening out and focus on those you’re sharing it with- that’s what it’s all about after all. 

What are your best tips for staying on track while dining out? Share in the comments!

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