Oh Deer, Oh Dear

January 12, 2011

Guess where we went for dinnah!

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More Lion’s Den love! And apparently all of Dillon was there too – and a handful of the GH staff! It was the happenin’ place to be.

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We invited our other trainees out to eat and everyone was able to come. Even Mike the CEO joined our table tonight after a text message invite! I decided to take a night off of Moose Drool and stuck with water –

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But I can’t promise I didn’t glug down half of Matt’s Pig’s Ass Porter! He was nice to share <3

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We decided to share a dinner because we know from past experience that the PETITE steak here was still huge!

I had a side salad to start (so did Matt)

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And we shared this monster steak – the Ladies Cut! [You should have heard Matt order it!]

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It came with a baked potato and roll

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I had a salad plate’s worth of a hunk of the steak, and half the potato and roll. It all tasted pretty good, but didn’t blow me away. Next on our to-do list is a bison burger.

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This afternoon was filled information on labeling (nutrition facts and more). I must have had 5 handfuls of trail mix – couldn’t get enough of those M&Ms! Plus an orange when my hunger peaked at 4:30 that really hit the spot. I rarely snack at home these days (I’m not really sure how/why my body transitioned from snacking since this fall) but I am sure getting hungry between meals here. Trying my best to distinguish between boredom hunger and real hunger and drinking lots of water.

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We’re cozied up in the hotel motel room about to put together some overnight oats!!

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1 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 12, 2011 at 10:28 pm

If there are m&ms in trail mix, you can be assured that I will pick each and every one out to eat… and leave everything else.

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2 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

What a cozy restaurant!!

That steak is huge! LOL!

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3 Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin January 12, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Woah that steak at dinner was HUGE! I can’t believe that was the ladies cut! I wonder what the man’s cut is like??

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4 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 12, 2011 at 10:30 pm

M & Ms in trail mix, those and raisins, are the reason i eat trail mix! I eat those and leave most of the rest :)

Glad you had a fun night out! Love the down-home decor in that restaurant! They are keeping it real, and old school in there :)

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5 Sana January 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm

That steak looks HUGEEEEE :)

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6 Runeatrepeat January 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm

Recognizing boredom versus actual hunger is still the hardest part of intuitive eating for me. I guess it’s a long term process :)

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7 Anne (butter and bear) January 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I’m laying in bed trying to get ready to go to sleep while reading this, and that baked potato and roll just made me realize how hungry I am!!!! Need to stop looking at pictures of food right before bed(haha).
Looks like a fun dinner out, the Lion’s Den looks cozy.

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8 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 12, 2011 at 10:42 pm

That restaurant made me feel like I’d been transported back home (Indiana). I realize you’re nowhere near Indiana, but it has that down home feel that I really miss here in Cali. Those steaks were huge. I bet you giggled when Matt ordered the Ladies’ cut. Some SERIOUS ladies, apparantly. :p

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9 Dorry January 12, 2011 at 10:45 pm

My hunger is always off for the 1st few days when I’m traveling. And y’all are walking and staying super active in those freezing temps!

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10 Alaina January 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Did Matt say it like the “Ladies Man”? :-)

Does Ass Porter taste good?

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11 Kath January 13, 2011 at 8:34 am

Yeah, it was delicoius!

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12 Wendy January 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

You may be feeling extra hungry b/c of being outdoors in the cold temps. I used to work outside in the winter, and I’d be starving when I came inside!

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13 Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman January 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

What a fun place! Must be nice to have a hubby that’s a lite eater….I think mine could’ve eaten two of those steaks!

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14 Ellie January 12, 2011 at 10:47 pm

How fun! You have been visiting such cool-off the wall places. Makes MN look better- but cold. Also LOVE the names of the beer:)

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15 Amanda (Eating Up) January 12, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Bison burgers are one of my favorite kinds of burgers. So appropriate where you are too!

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16 melissa January 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm

Definitely impressed by your stocked hotel, i mean motel room!

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17 jojo January 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm

Sharing a meal is such a good idea– it looks like there’s was more than enough for two very nice meals! When I don’t have someone to share with, I sometimes either ask the chef to serve me only half and box the rest right out of the kitchen, or I ask for a box and do the dividing myself right away rather than packaging up the leftovers like I used to after I had what seemed like my fill (probably too much to eat).

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18 Namaste Gurl January 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Glad you had a good evening– love hearing your updates and thoughts! :)

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19 Katy (The Singing Runner) January 12, 2011 at 11:13 pm

That steak is huge! This restaurant seems pretty popular! ;D

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20 Christin@purplebirdblog January 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm

I love the cozy feel of your dinner establishment!! And I’m totally giggling at the phrase “ass porter!”

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21 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) January 12, 2011 at 11:17 pm

Those are certainly colorful names for beer :)

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22 Stephanie January 12, 2011 at 11:18 pm

So was the other option the *gentlemans*?

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23 Maryann January 12, 2011 at 11:33 pm

Looks like quite the meal! Snacking is an every day occurance for me :)

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24 Kat January 12, 2011 at 11:48 pm

Kath you are so lucky I really wish I could own a bakery and get training (or at least have a husband who’s a baker). Sigh… maybe some day.

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25 Hannah January 13, 2011 at 12:05 am

Did the potato come to your table all splayed open like that? It’s making me giggle!

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26 Stacey January 13, 2011 at 12:31 am

What’s the deal with continually needing to emphasize that it’s a motel and not a hotel? Looks like a good spot to me regardless.

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27 Tara January 13, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I’m thinking it has to do with that song: “Hotel, motel, Holiday Inn…”

AAAND now I’ve got that stuck in my head. :)

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28 Justeen @ Blissful Baking January 13, 2011 at 1:59 am

Ohhh overnight oats! I’ve been eating them all the time lately. Can’t wait to see your breakfast in the morning! :)

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29 lynn (The Actors Diet) January 13, 2011 at 2:08 am

i have a lot of boredom hunger when i travel. which is weird b/c i feel like i’m so much more bored at home!

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30 Emmy (Hedonist Nutritionist) January 13, 2011 at 2:33 am

Colder temps will definitely make you hungrier – I live in the UK and you should see the insane amount I eat in winter – ness my girl! Do you find drinking water helps with boredom eating?? I usually drink a ton anyhow but I find if Im craving snacks cos Im bored nothing but a snack stops the craving (and then another one, and then another one….)
LIke i said though – the cold weather means you need it. We made a raost chicken last month and I think I ate about half of it for lunch on Monday. Seriously – HALF A CHICKEN! xox

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31 Emmy (WIne and Butter) January 13, 2011 at 2:34 am

Colder temps will definitely make you hungrier – I live in the UK and you should see the insane amount I eat in winter – ness my girl! Do you find drinking water helps with boredom eating?? I usually drink a ton anyhow but I find if Im craving snacks cos Im bored nothing but a snack stops the craving (and then another one, and then another one….)
LIke i said though – the cold weather means you need it. We made a raost chicken last month and I think I ate about half of it for lunch on Monday. Seriously – HALF A CHICKEN! xox

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32 Emmy (WIne and Butter) January 13, 2011 at 2:35 am

That was me being a tech expert and posting twice – once with a link to my old blog. DUH> sorry! xox

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33 Cara Craves... January 13, 2011 at 4:18 am

I don’t eat meat anymore, but I loved bison burgers when I had them.
Great flavor and a lot healthier than beef. Enjoy!

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34 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) January 13, 2011 at 5:06 am

You have me craving pretzels and M&Ms now, lol.

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35 Amanda January 13, 2011 at 5:09 am

That restaurant look so fun!

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36 Laura (Starloz) January 13, 2011 at 5:14 am

what an adorable place.

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37 Katie January 13, 2011 at 6:25 am

The steak is def huge and good thing you knew from the past time ordering it! Sharing is caring! haha!

Have a great day today! : )

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38 stacey-healthylife January 13, 2011 at 6:41 am

That is a huge steak. How nice of the CEO to join you guys.

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39 Tessa January 13, 2011 at 7:09 am

It sounds like you’re learning so much and keeping very busy! You always amaze me by how much you do in a day!

Keep it up girl!

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40 Clare January 13, 2011 at 7:29 am

That steak is obscene. I wonder if anyone could actually eat that by themselves? Ew.

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41 faith @ gracefulfitness January 13, 2011 at 7:33 am

This steak reminds me of Tate trying to buy some meat at the butcher in Argentina, the man looked at him like he was mad for only wanting a quarter pound! He actually asked Tate what he was going to do with it and when Tate replied dinner the butcher said “that’s just a little snack”!

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42 Kath January 13, 2011 at 8:35 am
43 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) January 13, 2011 at 7:44 am

The ladies cut is cute. It is always funny to hear a man order something meant for ladies. I have a lot of respect for women in Dillon if they can take that thing down. I hope you had a great night!

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44 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 13, 2011 at 7:48 am

I still have so much trouble distinguishing between boredom hunger and actual hunger! But when in doubt, I usually just eat anyway. :P

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45 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 13, 2011 at 7:57 am

i have to be honest, an orange always hits the spot for me too…it’s sweet, but not too much, and juicy. i drink a ton of water, but usually what i really need is just something to quench my thirst!

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46 Haleigh January 13, 2011 at 8:03 am

What a cute and cozy cabin restaurant :)

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47 jaclyn@todays lady January 13, 2011 at 8:11 am

Yum trail mix with m&m’s! So deadly, you can never get enough!

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48 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 13, 2011 at 8:15 am

That is a HUGGGGGE hunk of steak! Wow – and I’m with you on the M&Ms…addictive!

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49 Meagan January 13, 2011 at 8:26 am

Big steak. Looks juicy. YUM!

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50 Jessica January 13, 2011 at 8:29 am

I’ll be the same way that Matt said the “Ladies Cut” must be the same way I feel whenever I choose an entree from the “healthy choices” menu…. I always feel like the waitstaff is judging me. :/

I tried to look up the menu for the Lion’s Den online and couldn’t find it. I wanted to check out what other kinds of deliciousness they serve.

Jessica

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51 Hope January 13, 2011 at 8:33 am

Wow! That steak is massive! I don’t even think I could eat half of it! The food looks great there and I love the cozy atmosphere!

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52 Val @ Balancing Val January 13, 2011 at 8:45 am

Did you have the better half of the steak? ;)

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53 Kath January 13, 2011 at 8:50 am

I’d say I had the best 1/6 of the steak :)

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54 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday January 13, 2011 at 9:01 am

Are you being sarcastic about that restaurant being “happenin’“? It looks pretty empty.

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55 Kath January 13, 2011 at 9:04 am

No it was – our area was pretty empty relatively

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56 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations January 13, 2011 at 9:16 am

Oh boy! That baked potato looks wonderfully indulgent. Someone recently told me that a little Fage on a baked potato is just as good as traditional sour cream. I’m sure it’s true.

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57 Meg January 13, 2011 at 9:17 am

There’s nothing like a good steak on a cold night :D

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58 Sarah January 13, 2011 at 9:21 am

That steak looks amazing! I have the hardest time distinguishing between boredom hunger and real hunger. However, my husband recently worked nights for 3 months and I realized I started to feel hungry after I put the kids to bed and had a few hours to myself at night. Some nights when I just felt bored I realized that’s when I got the hungriest.

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59 Kara January 13, 2011 at 9:22 am

I had such a good bison steak when I was in Montana. I’ve never seen a bison steak anywhere else!

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60 Aleyta January 13, 2011 at 11:14 am

That steak is HUGE! Not my style, but those overnight oats sure looked amazing!!

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61 Elizabeth @ RunWithSneakers January 13, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I love how your side salad was a plate of iceburg lettuce (rolls eyes). I have a feeling that Dillon, Montana might just do me in. (I eat vegan.) By the way, I also seem to need extra calories when I spend a lot of time outside in very cold temps.

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62 ginafer January 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Wow, Great Harvest in Wheat Montana country! I love Wheat Montana! Does Great Harvest sell their flour in their stores?

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63 Kath January 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I don’t believe they do..

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64 Tara January 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm

How are they cooking this steak? It’s so pink and juicy looking! Not cooked to a crisp like most American steaks!

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65 Kath January 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Yes, it was Prime Rib – medium rare

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66 Ally January 13, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Tara – I think the steak must be a prime rib. They’re usually cut really big and pink like that cause they roast it and then slice it rather than grilling each steak separately…just speculating is all.

Kath, I like seeing what Matt eats too! I was confused the first couple days when you went out to breakfast and lunch you mentioned sharing things with him but I wasn’t sure if you meant your meal or you just gave him your leftovers and he ate something else. haha. I guess I just like to see a variety :)
P.S. Do you ever feel like you have a rock in your stomach if you eat too much bread? I do love it, but it happens to me sometimes if I over do it and I think I would be eating wayyyyyy too much at training. You have excellent willpower!

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67 Kath January 13, 2011 at 10:38 pm

I wasn’t hungry alllll afternoon after that bread :)

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