Category: Vacations/Holiday


Last night I went out with some friends and got back late; I decided to skip the blog post and go to bed as soon as I got in, since I work in the morning.

After I got off work, I met up with my friends at a local pizza place while we waited for everyone to arrive.  While I was there, I ate a buffalo chicken salad with lettuce, cheese, peppers, and light ranch.  The salad had breaded chicken tenders on it (looking back I should have figured that) so I asked them to bring me a piece of grilled chicken breast and gave the tenders to one of my friends.  I diced up the grilled chicken and put it on my salad–which of course, was quite tasty.

Once we were all ready to go we headed out to the local WingFest where a few local restaurants compete to see who can make the best wings each week.  It was a really good time getting out and walking around listening to the band play not to mention getting to spend some time with friends.  I haven’t done anything like that in a while so it felt good!  I was generally pretty good health wise, especially since I had eaten before we went so that I didn’t have to stare at all the food on an empty stomach.  I expected the wings to be breaded, which is one more reason I wanted the salad before I went.  The wings were not breaded though so I decided to try a couple flavors.  I tried garlic parmesan, spicy ranch, sweet garlic, and honey bourbon (my guess is the last two were most damaging and highest in carbs).  I know the wings still had skin on them, but I thought about it and decided to try some anyway (my thinking was that the skin would be more of a fat problem than a carb problem–when given the choice between the two I usually opt for the fat because too many carbs can take me out of ketosis, or fat-burning).  I am happy that I decided to try them because they were great tasting, but I was able to control myself and not eat multiple of each kind–I still got the enjoyment without the overeating.  Next week when I go, I am not going to try any.  I have had enough to satisfy me for a while (I have never been a huge wing fan) and I don’t think I can justify eating any more carb rich sauces or fatty chicken skin.

After the band was done playing and wing fest was over we decided we weren’t quite ready to go home so we went to Denny’s.  I knew I had plenty of protein for the day, so I ordered my standard side of broccoli.  It always tastes so good–I probably like it even more because I can rely on restaurants to have it and have it taste almost identical no matter where I order it.

Today was a little bit of a different story for me.  Whereas yesterday I was able to get in all of my nutrition and water, today I didn’t even come close with the water and my meal times were a little off.  I ended up staying at work late tonight so my lean & green was late (I could have eaten another Medifast meal but I really wanted to eat my lean & green so that I didn’t have to wait until 8:30).  I also didn’t feel like cooking after a longer day at work, so we stopped by Sheetz to get a salad for me and subs for my husband and brother.  I got my usual grilled chicken salad with lettuce, cheese, egg, green pepper, bacon bits, and light buttermilk ranch–YUM!  I know I will get in my last Medifast meal before I go to bed tonight, but I also know I will not get in all my water.  It’s just too late to be drinking another 44 ounces of water (like I said I drank no where near enough water today).

I am really excited to be off for the weekend!  I can get to bed early and plan some activity (and cooking!) the next couple days.

Yesterday was a fantastic day!  I felt like my day at work went quickly (which is strange, I usually find that my days go slowly when I am anticipating something fun) and that I didn’t have to work hard to follow my health plan.

After work, I came home for a quick change of clothes and to pack for our night out.  When we were ready, we went to Red Lobster.  We wanted to go there because we had a beach honeymoon and we ate a lot of seafood while we were there–eating seafood helped us to celebrate our first year together the way we celebrated our marriage originally.  We also liked that most seafood is in the TSFL “leanest” category, so we could feel good about what we were eating (as long as we ordered the right things of course).

I ordered Lobster, Crab, and Seafood Stuffed Mushrooms, broccoli, and asparagus–all of which were delightful!  The only downside to my meal was that the Stuffed Mushrooms contained a high amount of sodium–1100mg!  To put that in perspective, those of us who do not need to watch our salt intake should get about 2300mg of salt each day.  Fortunately, I rarely add salt after my meal is cooked anymore, so I probably didn’t reach the limit for the day.  This is one more thing I love about Red Lobster (besides making me feel like I’m back on my honeymoon and being delicious), they are very transparent about their nutritional information and the nutrition facts for all of the dishes on their menu.  I am a big believer in transparency–it really is a must if we are to make good choices for ourselves.  For all of the seafood fans out there, they also have a lot of good looking recipes and tips for healthy cooking on their website; I look forward to trying one of their recipes at home!

I was also proud of myself because I didn’t have a single bite, nibble, or lick or their cheddar bay biscuits which have a smell and taste that used to get me every time.  We ordered a to go bag for them right away to help conceal the appeal of them while we were enjoying our meals.

Right after I was finished eating, I had a very intense hunger pang. I knew I wasn’t hungry, so until it went away I just kept drinking my water.  I hate when I finish eating a satisfying meal and then feel hungry.  Thankfully, it usually doesn’t last long, so if I wait it out I realize I don’t actually need to eat anymore.

Yesterday and today were great days for water–I easily got in all 80 ounces that I was shooting for each day this week.  This week I’m going to increase the amount of water by 8 ounces so I drink 88 ounces of water each day.

Today was a more difficult day at work, but it was a good kind of difficult–if that makes any sense!  I had a lot to do, but I would always rather be busy (the day moves faster and I get paid more when we are–both of which are always a good thing) than bored.  I did struggle to eat my meals on time, though, which makes things difficult.  Today, for example, I started one of my meals at 3:30, but didn’t actually finish it until close to 5!  Its hard to decide when to eat next when the window is so large!  It made me pay more attention to signs that I’m hungry or not hungry today since I didn’t have a definitive time to wait 3 hours from.  I also had to readjust my meal times twice today because I ate late twice.  I prefer to be in control of my meals and when I eat rather then just let them happen.

I ate my lean and green meal in two parts today.  I had the lean for breakfast (our hotel had free hot breakfast) and the green after work.  At the hotel I had a small piece of ham and a little bit of scrambled eggs.  I am always wary of scrambled eggs when I didn’t cook them, because they can have a lot of milk or cheese in them.  Later, I had an all veggie salad with a bit of vinegar and oil.

I had a fun, relaxing day yesterday, and a fairly good day today.  I hope my weigh in tomorrow goes as well as I think my week has gone!

Today was a difficult day for me.  I’m not sure if it was all the driving that made me tired and hungry or if it was just one of those days, but it didn’t go as well as I had hoped.

The Good: I did NOT have a cheesesteak from Pat’s when everyone went this afternoon.  They looked and smelled amazing.  The good thing for me was that everyone said it really wasn’t worth breaking my diet for anyway, they didn’t think the sandwiches were anything special.  That bit of information certainly made it easier to handle the smell.  We also had everyone order their sandwiches and eat them in the car–I was driving so eating a cheesesteak would have been hard even if I had wanted to give in to old habits.

The Bad: Breakfast was difficult.  The only thing I could really have (or even wanted) was an omelet.  The first time through (this is why I categorized this as the bad, there was a second time through) I got a ham & cheese omelet.  I did not realize there were peppers available so I did not get any veggies on it.  I don’t think ham is technically something I am supposed to have, as its not very lean, but I went ahead with it so that I would have something more than just eggs and cheese.  Between ham, bacon, and sausage I think ham would be the best choice.  The omelet tasted amazing but it was tiny, which of course left me feeling dissatisfied.  I saw that my brother had peppers in his omelet so decided to go back and get a veggie and cheese omelet.  I got back in line and found myself ordering a veggie and cheese omelet…with ham.  Overall, I was disappointed with how my breakfast went, because i knew I had more than a day’s worth of lean and no where near a day’s worth of veggies.  On the way home we made a pit stop at one of the plazas along the turnpike.  I knew I needed to eat more veggies, so I went over to a place that had a variety of salads.  I started by asking for a garden salad without onions, cucumbers, tomatoes, or croutons, which made me feel like I wasn’t eating very much (lettuce, peppers, and a light balsamic vinaigrette).  Right as I was finishing my order I asked the person making my salad to throw on a bit of turkey and feta cheese, even though I knew I already had plenty of protein for the day.  I’m glad I kept it to turkey though–Burger King was only a whiff away!!

The Ugly:  When I got home I was still feeling unsatisfied.  I ate my last two Medifast meals–after the last one I headed out to the kitchen (red flag–I should know by now that I shouldn’t go into the kitchen alone after I have had all my food for the day–at least not yet).  I saw cottage cheese in the fridge and had a few spoonfuls of that.  Then, I found the peanut butter and had a spoonful of that.  Then, my brother came in to the kitchen to experiment because he wanted chips and salsa to snack on but we didn’t have any salsa.  What he made turned out SUPER hot and he asked me for a way to cool it off.  We put some light buttermilk ranch in it and it was still really hot.  So I tried putting it in a dish and adding refried beans and cheese to it, hoping that the surface area would decrease the spiciness.  When it came out of the over the look and smell of it got me, so I had a few spoonfuls of that too.  I’m pretty sure refried beans are a bit too starchy for me to be eating.

Today was a day of failures mixed together with a bit of success.  I had some failures today, I ate too much protein and I snacked too much.  I think I can still be proud of myself though.  Even though I ate too much, I made better choices than I would have a year ago or even a couple months ago for that matter.  If I’m going to add meat to my salad, white meat turkey breasts is probably a good choice.  If I’m going to have something to snack on when I shouldn’t, light cottage cheese isn’t the worst thing I could have picked.  Its great that even though I mess up from time to time, I can tell that I am making progress.  Instead of the cottage cheese, not long ago I might have gone on a Sheetz run and ordered a cheesy chicken sub with ranch dressing–as a snack!  Or used the excuse that I was on vacation so I could put whatever I wanted into my body (e.g. a cheesesteak hoagie) even if its not something that I should consider food (it isn’t food just because you can digest it!).  I learned a lot about myself the last two days.  I learned that I can make the best choices possible for myself even if I can’t be perfectly on plan.  I learned that I can ask for whatever I want at a restaurant–it really doesn’t have to be on the menu.  If I ask for plain grilled chicken and broccoli, I won’t feel silly, I will feel good because I know what I want and what I need for myself and I’m going to get it.  I learned that I don’t have to focus on food to have a good time.  I can fuel my body properly while I’m on vacation and I will still feel like I’m on vacation.  It’s about relaxing and having fun, not food–focusing on the real reason you are on vacation makes it more refreshing anyway.

Next Challenge: My 1st Wedding Anniversary (July 30th)!!!!

Today was a fantastic day!

To begin, this morning I had my weight in:

Weight: 224lbs

BMI: 38.4

Waist: 40″

Hips: 49″

To date, I have lost 21.2lbs (3.2lbs this week)! What a great feeling to have lost more than 20lbs!!!

In addition to a good weigh-in, I had a lot of fun today, without losing sight of my primary choice of being healthy. The day started off by meeting a good friend that I haven’t seen in nearly a year for lunch at Applebee’s. I ordered a piece of grilled chicken (cut in 1/2 so I could split it with my husband) and a side salad with light italian dressing, both of which tasted great. I am always a bit disappointed in salad dressings, as they always seem to be loaded with carbs, but I only had 1/2 of what they gave me, so I should be okay.

After spending some time over lunch with my friend, we continued on to Philly and checked in to our hotel. We did not have a ton of time, so we decided to walk around near our hotel and try to find some dinner. We walked around for a while and quite a few blocks and couldn’t find anything that wasn’t a chain or something that looked expensive (not many of those either though!). We ended up going to the restaurant beside our hotel (TGI Fridays), because we ran out of time to keep looking. It was great to get to see a bit of the city and get some exercise in, even though we ended up where we started. For dinner, my husband and I split a meal. We ordered the sizzling chicken and shrimp, which comes with mashed potatoes as a side. We each took a piece of chicken and three shrimp. I gave him the mashed potatoes and ordered myself a side of broccoli. The only failure with dinner was that the dish came with on of my weaknesses…tons of melted cheese! I’m certain that I ate more cheese than I should have. It just made my broccoli taste so good! I need to remember that I should eat my broccoli because its good for me, not because its smothered in cheese and makes me feel good. I’m glad that I didn’t give in to the mashed potatoes though–those of you who know me probably also know that mashed potatoes are among my favorite foods.

As it turns out, Pat’s Steakhouse is not within walking distance from our hotel and is also no where near the Mann Center (the location of the concert). The goal is to go tomorrow for lunch on the way out of town. I will be having my lean and green for breakfast and eating my Medifast meals the rest of the day. I also have extra almonds packed in case I need something else to keep my mouth busy while I smell the greasy cheesy sandwiches tomorrow. Right now I feel as though I will do fine with the challenge; however, if I am feeling weak tomorrow, I am going to have 1/2 a lean & green in the morning so that I can try to find something else close by to eat while my brother and friend eat cheesesteaks.

I have been pretty happy that everyone has been trying to eat healthy on this trip. My brother is going to have a cheesesteak tomorrow, but he has told me that he is only eating 1/2 for lunch and saving the other 1/2 for dinner. If your going to go ahead and give in to the cheesesteak, that’s the way to do it!

After dinner, we headed over to the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses which was an amazing experience. If you haven’t heard the 25th Anniversary album and you are a Zelda fan or like orchestra music, it truly is a beautiful album and I recommend you find a copy to listen to. We were lucky enough to hear pieces from it as well as additional pieces not included on the album. We even got to see the person who arranged the symphony tonight! They played all of my favorite LoZ songs along with great footage of game play. It really took me back and made me feel good about the experiences I had playing those games growing up (thanks for providing those experiences Mom & Dad!). The LoZ Symphony is another experience I highly recommend–it is still touring throughout the country for a large part of 2012.

The one thing I am being lax about it my sleep schedule–I figured 2 late nights won’t kill me 🙂

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Today was a problem solving day at work.  I was really proud of myself–in the past, when I had a day like today, I would come home and use my day at work as an excuse to over eat and eat something loaded with cheese or gravy or whatever else I felt like I wanted.  Today, I didn’t do that, I didn’t even think about doing that.  I was fortunate, that my brother made dinner tonight–the whole thing start to finish so when I came home I got to relax a bit.  It was really good too, we had chicken marinated in a fajita sauce and baked.  He used his special marinating method so it was really juicy and flavorful.

 

I went on my walk today and I was really happy with the way it went!  A lot of times, when I exercise (even when its something as simple as walking) I get super itchy.  It usually starts in my legs then spreads to the rest of my body.  This, of course, is very discouraging.  Today I didn’t feel the slightest itch.  It’s so much easier to do whats good for my body when my body isn’t fighting me.  I hope this trend continues, but if it doesn’t I have to work through it until I can find a way to stop it (or if its caused by my weight, until I lose enough to make it stop).

 

All thats left is to do a load of laundry and pack for tomorrow, then I am off and can relax for two days.  Tomorrow, I am heading out early so I can meet up with a friend on the way to the hotel we will be staying at.  My game plan for tomorrow is to eat a nice light lunch (1/2 a lean & green) with my friend and a light dinner (another 1/2 lean & green) before we go to the concert.  I am also going to pack lots of Medifast meals so I have a few choices throughout the day.  Further, I am going to pack some almonds as a snack for during the concert, just in case.

 

Its always tempting to just say that “Oh, I’m on vacation,” but if I do that, it will be that much harder for me when I’m not on vacation.  I WILL NOT HAVE A PHILLY CHEESESTEAK!

 

Wish me luck!