Weight watchers has an awesome iPhone app that lets you look at restaurants to help you find meals within your desired points range. Unfortunately, I have an iPod touch and not all restaurants offer free wifi.
Which is why today at lunch at Chevy's I ordered a bowl of tortilla soup (given the nutritional info I thought it was my best bet) for a total of 10 points (!!!). Had I had wifi, I'd have known to order the Santa Fe chopped salad with no cheese or bacon for 9 pts or with no cheese, bacon, or avacado for 7 pts. Either one would have been more filling than the soup for less points. Lesson: check menus someplace WITH WIFI before going to chain restaurants, or next time just skip lunch with friends and come home.
Oh, well. This is a "journey" (using this word will let me know if at least one friend read this) and I have a lot to learn, even though I am practically a professional dieter.
I did manage to stay within my points (with the addition of some of the weekly points) yesterday, and I skipped the apple pie b/c I was so full after fondue, which was divine. I have 15 pts left today which should allow for dinner (3 pts per 1/2 cup of the sloppy joe filling, 4 pts for the bun or I might just have mine over spaghetti squash) and maybe even dessert.
I do think the WW ap is awesome. I just have to remember that without wifi, it's not much more than a calculator and I need the ap to be most effective. I can't calculate the points of a dish "minus cheese and bacon" based on the info on the nutritional info, but the ap can provide that.
I still can't believe that soup was 10 points. It was a SMALL bowl of soup. Fortunately, I had a fairly filling breakfast and some fruit as well.