Girls’ Night Out

Last month, my sister-in-law Jamie suggested that the Blaser girls have a monthly girls’ night out to strengthen our relationships. I wasn’t able to attend the first one because it was in Logan and I had no way to get there since Corey needed the car.

Shortly after the first girls’ night out, I saw this cute invitation on my mother-in-law’s blog.


Love HappensWe saw Love Happens with Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart.  I really enjoyed the movie.  I thought it was very funny, cute, and I even cried during one part of the movie.  My favorite character was Rocky, the parrot.  I just laughed and laughed because of the hilarity in the situations surrounding the bird.

After the movie, we went to the Cheesecake Factory.  The food was so-so, but the dessert was heavenly, which kind of makes up for me finding out my slice of carrot cake had 1590 calories in it after I ate it!

At first when I found out the Cheesecake Factory was the chosen eating location, I was a little leery.  Cheesecake and counting calories don’t mix and I’m not a cheesecake fan anyway.  I decided to go online to look over the menu, so I could find a healthy/healthier option.  I saw the club sandwich and saw that I could have a salad rather than fries so I decided that’s what I’d order.

The club had turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise on a toasted white bread.  I ordered it without the mayonnaise and decided it was okay to keep the bacon since one slice is about 220 calories and I’d make sure I’d eat no more than two slices.  About five minutes after I had ordered the sandwich, our waiter told me they were out of turkey.  I didn’t want to try to find something else that I didn’t think would have too many calories so I just told him to give it to me without the turkey and make it a BLT.

While we were looking at the desserts, the cheesecake held no interest for me.  I saw a goblet of fresh strawberries, which is what I should’ve ordered, but I decided that a slice of carrot cake wouldn’t hurt just this once.  Normally, carrot cake has around 300 calories per slice and 300 calories wouldn’t have undone my day week month year. It was so good, and I realized how much I’ve missed eating carrot cake or other really yummy baked goods.

Carrot Cake at the Cheesecake FactoryAfter I got home, I decided to enter my food items in my online calorie tracker, like I always do after I eat something.  This calorie tracker has information for most national food chains, which is really nice.  Unfortunately, it didn’t have anything for the Cheesecake Factory so I did a Google search for calorie information.  That’s when the floor fell out from under me.  Not only did I find out that my one piece of cake had 1590 calories, a mere 110 calories less than my daily target, but my sandwich also supposedly had 1100 calories in it. I’ve decided to never frequent the Cheesecake Factory again unless I’m trying to gain some weight.

I learned a few things from this outing.  First, just because something may seem like it will be low in calories doesn’t mean it actually is.  Second, check calorie information before I go somewhere.  Third, if I can’t find calorie information, don’t go even if it means missing out on something.  Fourth, it’s okay to splurge every once in a while; I just can’t let it become a habit.  Fifth, learn from my mistakes and get back on the horse!

Anyway, even though I ate the entire week’s worth of calories in one meal, I had a good time.  It was fun to see the movie with my mother-in-law and two sisters-in-law.  It was fun to talk while eating dinner and to just spend time together.  I look forward to next month’s gathering and, hopefully, we’ll choose a more healthy restaurant.

Me, Jamie, & Jen at the Movie Theater Me & Jen at the Cheesecake Factory


  1. Christie says

    So it’s been a day since this major weight loss debacle. I’m curious if your scale was forgiving or if you gained a bunch of weight. I really hope that the infraction was only a minor set back to all this hard & persistent weight loss work you’ve been doing.

  2. Rachel says

    Holy crap Jenni! I never would have guessed there could be that many calories in one innocent looking piece of cake. Don’t look back. Your lessons are learned, I guess.

    You MIL is so cute to have a little invitation for you all.

  3. says

    Debbie, her name is Jenifer and she goes by Jen or Jenifer. So, as long as I go by Jenni, because she hates being called that and I hate being called Jen, then it’s easy to keep us separated.

  4. says

    Glad you had so much fun, but…WOW. Thanks for the eye-opener about restaurant food. Really, where can they hide that many calories in a slice of carrot cake? Makes me wonder about everything else we eat when we go out.

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