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“Did you miss me?” & “My Review of the Downtown Indianapolis P.F. Chang’s”

Wow!  I can’t believe it’s been over a month that I have posted.  Life gets in the way, I guess.  Lots to catch up on.  This Winter has seemed to drag on forever!  Now old man Winter is winding  down and we are seeing subtle changes.  I hear the birds singing in the morning now and that always makes me smile.  The weather here is still rather cold, but the warming trend is beginning and we dodged the last predicted blizzard with only 1-2 inches.  I’ll take it.  Spring is definitely on its way and we will be setting the clocks forward this weekend and it always helps that the sun sets later in the evening.  I expect my mood will be greatly improved when the days seem to last longer.

My husband and I went away for the weekend a couple of weeks ago.  He had a seminar to attend and I went along to relax and do a little shopping, well, no a lot of shopping.  It’s my favorite thing to do!  I should have been a personal shopper since I love it so much.

We traveled to Indianapolis for this seminar.  It is one that we look forward to each year.  The NFL combine is also going on at the same time so it’s fun to people watch and see if you can spot NFL team owners and other important dignitaries of the NFL world.  Since football is very important in this household, this is just a perk of being there at the same time as the Combine.

I was a little concerned about how I would be eating while we were there.  I bought and packed snacks for both of us in case we couldn’t find places we liked to eat or that couldn’t accommodate my gluten free lifestyle.  I knew I would be OK either way.  When I shop, I don’t particularly like stopping to sit down and eat somewhere so having a gluten free bar in my purse or an apple or other GF snack tides me over just fine.  And I get more shopping time in, too!   We always agree to meet for dinner each night and this is where the story gets interesting.

We got into Indy Thursday afternoon, got to the hotel, checked in and unpacked.  We decided to take a walk since it was not that cold outside and there are a lot of restaurants in the downtown area.  Now a few blocks from the hotel is a mall.  There is easy inside access to this mall across the street from our hotel, but we walked the three blocks to the mall and there is a restaurant there with outside access.  This restaurant is PF Chang’s.  Neither Todd or I had ever eaten there.  With it being a Thursday, we did not have to wait to be seated.  After being seated and greeted by our server, we told them that I was gluten free.  She said great! we have a gluten free menu and opened our menu up and pointed out the section that was specifically gluten free.  Here is a picture of the GF menu:

PF Changs GF menuOMG!  I thought I had died and gone to heaven!  Asian cuisine is one of my favorites and I  hadn’t eaten it in awhile mostly because I was trying to stay away from MSG and fried foods that are almost always coated in wheat based breading.   Our server explained the menu to us and that any entrees that are gluten free are brought out on special plates with the PF Chang’s logo so that we know it is gluten free.
She made sure to tell us  not to use the soy sauce that was on the table because it did contain gluten, but that she would bring out gluten free soy sauce and  the other condiments will be gluten free as well.

I chose the Philip’s Better Lemon Chicken and it was delicious!!!  Todd and I shared a side of GF Spinach stir fried with Garlic.  Also, most delicious!!!  And we couldn’t end the evening without trying the GF flourless chocolate dome for dessert.  We had that boxed so we could enjoy it back at the hotel.  It addition to the flourless cake, it had a scrumptious raspberry  sauce and fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries).

We mentioned to our server that I was a gluten free blogger and that I would be blogging about my experience that night.  I told her that everything was delicious and we would be giving them a good review.  A few minutes later, the manager on shift came over and gave us two gift cards for an amount off our next meal and hoped our meal was satisfactory.  I told her that I would be blogging my experience and that it would be a good review.  She thanked us for trying PF Chang’s.

Needless to say we were impressed with the service, the attention to detail to accommodate my GF requirements and the food was delicious!!

PF Changs GenaWe were stuffed by the time we left and enjoyed our dessert back at the hotel.   AND I had a gluten free beer that night called OMission Pale Ale.  It was pretty tasty as well!

So Friday after a busy day of shopping  and meeting Todd to go to dinner, we decided to go back to PF Chang’s again.  With it being a weekend night, we had a little bit of a wait, but it wasn’t too long.

Now this is the next day and there were different people on shift, but when we were seated our server already knew that we were gluten free.  How they knew, I have no idea.  But we enjoyed another fantastic meal and another GF flourless chocolate dome that we had to take back to the hotel because we were stuffed, but again, it was a wonderful and delicious experience.
So if you are in a city that has a PF Chang’s and have never tried it, I highly recommend them.  Even though I am gluten free I know that if the regular menu was half as good as the GF menu I tasted, it would still be fantastic!  And I looked up their locations and they do have one in Chesterfield, MO which is not that long of a drive for us central Illinoisians.  We will be making a trip there in the future for sure.  If you are traveling, check to see if they have one in the city you are visiting at  I guarantee you will not be disappointed!

Hitting a New Milestone

I’m in the middle of a 21 day detox.  This is a detox for the liver, but one of the side effects can be weight loss as well.  I went in to this thinking I was going to be able to drop another 10 pounds over the course of three weeks (I know.  Not realistic, but a girl can hope, right?) So over the last couple of weeks I have been stuck at pretty much the same weight.  The first 11 days of the program, I only lost a little over 1 pound.  Aggravating to say the least.  It is frustrating to get on the scale and not see progress.  I was still working out and eating what I should be and keeping away from the NO items on the list and drinking my shakes as I should and drinking copious amounts of water, also.  I got fed up and stopped getting on the scale for three days.  I decided to take a break from beating myself up and getting bent out of shape over it.

My first long term goal was getting below 200 pounds.  I have not been that weight since 2001 (over 12 years!).  I know I should have made smaller goals but I always had that one  on my mind as my first big goal to achieve so it was driving me crazy that I couldn’t get it done.  I didn’t get frustrated enough to go off the prescribed eating plan, but I did tinker with a few things here and there to try to find the answer.

Well, I decided to step on the scale Friday morning just to see where I was.  I frankly wasn’t expecting much.   And what do you know, I weighed in at 199.1.  I stared at the screen (I weigh in with the Wii Fit Plus program) literally dumbfounded and then I sat down and cried.   It was a very good cry.  It was what I needed to boost my resolve and keep me going.

Yesterday, hubby and I stopped at the Grand Opening for a new nation-wide fitness chain that opened in Springfield not long ago.  We got the tour and we decided to sign me up.  I had my evaluation today and first workout.  Even though it’s a little bit of a drive to get there, I think this is going to be really good for me and if I get to another plateau in my weight-loss journey, there are always personal trainers there who can help me figure out what I need to do to get past it.  I am looking very forward to working out there.  It’s a really nice facility.   So you all are going to hold me accountable, right???  :)

I wanted to tell you about my Friday and the rest of the weekend because I know that everyone has good days and bad.  I’m just glad the weekend gave me a boost and made me smile.  We all need that sometimes.  Thanks to my hubby for signing me up.  He said I deserved it because I have worked hard so far.   I do and I have been.  Thanks for recognizing that, sweets.

Just know that you will probably get frustrated and bummed out at points on your journey.  I have and I am sure it  won’t be the last time either.  Chin up, take a deep breath and dig in.  It may be a bumpy ride, but it will never be boring.  :)


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