2 Week Challenge: No Going Out to Eat

 

Eating out. It’s my biggest weakness and greatest joy in life. I love being out with people and sitting in cute restaurant or on a patio enjoying the atmosphere. I just love it! But it’s been my biggest downfall this summer. Not only has it been expensive to eat out as much as we do (like 3-4 times a week!!) but it’s also been costly to my body. So David and I have decided to do a 2 week no going out to eat challenge. If it sounds miserable, well it is. Sort of.

What My Goals are

I have a really sensitive stomach and unfortunately, fragile self esteem. So when I overeat, I feel so guilty. It’s something I’m working on because food is fuel for our bodies! But when you gorge on it, you almost always regret it. I want to develop a healthier relationship with food. Avoiding places that make me want to gorge (aka restaurants) I believe is a big part of this. With that mind, the 3 things I want to come out of this challenge are:

  1. Ability to enjoy food without gorging or panicking because I’m worried I won’t be able to control my eating.
  2. Save money and explore other things to do in Dallas that don’t involve food.
  3. And yes, lose weight. My pants are getting tight and I’m NOT buying new ones. Plus, my wedding is 3 months away. I want to look and FEEL my best.

What are the Rules?

No restaurants. No wine bars. No grabbing breakfast or lunch at the little cafe at my work. No little treat yo’ self snacks from a drive through. I will allow myself a skinny vanilla latte from Starbucks but half the time the line is so long I’ll say forget it anyway.

Are You Going to Cook More?

I’m going to try! There’s no reason you can’t have a delish meal right from your own kitchen. David made us chicken Caesar salads today that tasted just like something you’d get from a restaurant. SO GOOD! Learning to make some of my restaurant favorites will be something I try over the next two weeks!

What Will You Do for Social Activities?

That’s a good question. I’m not sure yet! David and I do almost everything together so I imagine we’re going to try some of the things we’ve always said we were going to do but never did. Kayaking is a big one on that list! Laying by the pool is on there too.

With my girl friends, yoga classes, mani pedis, DIY wedding decorations, and just hanging out at each other’s house is on the menu.

I’m not going to lie, I’m really nervous I’ll just give up on day two. And that’s why I’m sharing my two week challenge with you! By sharing my aspirations, I feel like I have no choice but to fulfill what I said I would. So keep me accountable!

Wearing Peplum for Fall

southerleigh san antonio review

Part of enjoying any city is getting a taste of it’s food! San Antonio is no exception to this. Monday night, my man and I went out to dinner at the Southerleigh in the exciting new Pearl district. What used to be a few old breweries, has been transformed into incredible restaurants and great bars. On the weekend, the district even boasts a quaint farmer’s market. San Antonio is largely a casual place. For occasions when I’m going out to eat at a sit-down restaurant, I like to turn casual into sophisticated.

A trend I’ve loved since it started is peplum tops. The black and white striped top I’m wearing is absolutely perfect for creating a lean silhouette on any woman. The stripes all meet in the center, just over my belly button, thus creating the illusion that I’m thinner than I am. Peplum also does an amazing job at hiding a muffin top just in case your jeans have gotten, ahem, a little tighter. I love this style for fall especially because it adds a lighter look to an otherwise layered season.

lauren conrad jeans

My favorite part of this outfit are the ankle jeans! I found these babies at Kohl’s from the Lauren Conrad collection. Normally, they go for about $54 but I scored them for $13! Usually every season she comes out with some great jeans and it doesn’t take long for them to go on a 50% off sale and then down to the clearance racks. I love ankle jeans because they’re really flattering and slimming! Even my mom has a pair!

yellow kate spade

With any great outfit comes even better accessories! This gorgeous Kate Spade bag was a surprise gift from my boyfriend (he spoils me!) I can’t tell you how much I love this bag! The main compartment is in the center, with two large, zippered pockets on either side. It also doubles as a crossbody purse for extra usage!

kate spade earrings

Another wonderful gift from my boyfriend are these fabulous Kate Spade earrings! I’ve been eyeing them for awhile and he once again surprised me with them in the mail one day. Aren’t surprises the best? These earrings go with everything and are a really good quality. They add something to an outfit but don’t steal the show. You should wear the outfit, it shouldn’t wear you!

As for our dining experience, it was wonderful! The food was southern style with an elegant twist. The Southerleigh is also a brewery, so if you enjoy craft beers, then this is the place for you. My favorite thing on the menu was their Crab Spiked Mac & Cheese. This Maryland girl knows good crabs and I was pleasantly surprised with this appetizer!

As usual, I’m enjoying San Antonio and will be headed home in a few weeks. Follow me on Instagram and Facebook for updates!

Shop my look here (remember to always wait for a sale):

Peplum Top (Similar) Ι Lauren Conrad Skinny Jeans Ι Kate Spade Newbury Lane Bag 

Kate Spade Earrings

witty n pretty