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Eating in the USA (aka 5.5 weeks to go!)

Friday, November 30, 2012

I'm on the home stretch. 5 weeks, 4 days and 13 hours until I leave. Not that I'm counting. Or excited. No... Not me emoticon

So, while I make my plans for my 3 week adventure my mind wanders to the issue of food, exercise, my weight, and the USA. I know that the states has a bad food reputation. And I am going to be eating out every day for 22 days. So, how am I planning on NOT gaining 30lb while I am away?

emoticon My first week will be in hostels, and both hostels have a 'make your own eggs' bar, as well as toast, cereal and fruit, for breakfast. I figure 2 eggs, a piece of toast and 2 pieces of fruit will be a good breakfast. After that I am staying where ever my tour stays, but breakfast is included most days. If not my plan B is finding a supermarket for some yogurt and fruit.

emoticon I am staying in central city locations, so I hope I will have a lot of options when it comes to food!

emoticon I am walking a lot. I plan on taking public transport and foot power as much as possible. I am on a tight budget, so anything else is out! I hope to fit in some ST (bodyweight stuff) every 2-3 days. Although I am in a hostel, so who knows where I will do it... I'll work it out!

Any tips from the americans out there? Any places to watch out for that have lower calories options? Any must eat places in San Fran, Seattle, or LA (the places I am doing on my own?)

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ALIHIKES 12/3/2012 1:59PM

    There are lots of wonderful food options in the states. 'I travel frequently and eat out. You should have healthy options at most restaurants. Problems sometimes arise from serving sizes -- they can be huge! You can avoid that by ordering appetizers, salads, or soups. For budget dinners, my friends and I usually go early and order off the happy hour menu. Seattle area is famous for using fresh local ingredients and has many healthy eating choices. In San Francisco I love the diversity and quality of food, I really miss first class Chinese food so I always have some there. San Francisco and Seattle are both great cities for walking and public transportation -- lots of hills and wonderful views. (I'm less familiar with LA) Enjoy your stay!

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KIMCOLLINGS 11/30/2012 1:44PM

    Here's a few things you could try:

-Ask the restaurants to grill items and not add extra butter or oil. Extra veggies instead of starchy sides
-veggie omelets (ask for no extra butter) and tomatoes on the side instead of hash browns
-you can pick up baby carrots, fresh fruits and keep them for snacks
-for an indulgence in Seattle, try three girls bakery at Pike Place Market and get the chocolate drop cookies. If you're going to have a splurge, this is a really yummy one. It's right next to veggie stands, so you can counter-act it with veggies..he..he! It's also close to the 1st Starbucks in case you need some coffee to wash it down.
-I think fast food might be part of the bad wrap. They are everywhere. I'd stay away from them completely if you can.
-There aren't a lot of grocery stores downtown Seattle, but there is a Target store close to Pike Place market and they have a fairly large grocery area where you can get fresh fruits, yogurt, etc. The other market I can think of downtown is on 3rd ave and just south of Pike. It's a little hidden but they have wonderful fruits, veggies, nuts, etc. and a very good deli/salad bar. I get their chicken breasts and remove the skin and they are super juicy and tender.
-Seattle is known for seafood. Shrimp salads or crab salads with a small amount of dressing or just a bit of lemon juice are terrific options. Or grilled salmon. Oh man...I'm getting hungry now!

That's all I can think of off hand. Can't wait to hear about your trip. What an exciting adventure!!

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LYNSEY723 11/30/2012 1:02PM

    I can't think of anything right off the bat, but I'm confident you will heve plenty of healthy options! If you get on google and put in your the address of the hostel you can search nearby for food and maybe check out menu's and nutrition info online. I THINK King County (Seattle) is required to have nutrition info available, but it MIGHT not be in affect yet. I'm not sure. Good luck!!

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JSTETSER 11/30/2012 6:10AM

    What a great plan!
I'd be excited if I were you

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APED7969 11/30/2012 4:49AM

    America does do junk food really well so while it won't be the best thing for your diet I highly recommend enjoying some. I love a really good diner over there for pancakes and bacon or a burger but have no specific recommendations since I'm from the east coast. As for healthy food there's really good premade meals available at Trader Joes and Whole Foods as well. Plus grocery stores in different countries can be a fun adventure. Even though I'm from the US it is fun for me to see how many more food options there are in the US than Australia. As for exercise there's lots of fun places to walk and run. I gave up trying to do ST while I was in the US last month but went on some great hikes and runs. Won't be too hot while you're there either. I hope the next 5 weeks go fast!! O and another favourite of mine is clam chowder in San Fran :-)

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AMSPARKER 11/30/2012 3:28AM

    ALMOST THERE! No suggestions, I'm from the east coast....just know that when I came to the UK, I noticed there is always the option of fresh fruit everywhere. Not so much in the US (at least in NYC, Philly, etc.)...unless you go a museum or other such place, it is hard to find fruit in the little stores, pretty much outside of grocery stores. But, once you get into a grocery store, you will be all set, most have lovely salad bars...some diners have "free" little peanut butters in to go packets, if you see them, I would grab some, along with a fruit that would make a great non-pershiable snack....they also have mini PB tubs in the grocery store. Sushi is always good, I think. Most fast foods have salads, etc. One thing I bought here that has been so WONDERFUL for yogurt, etc. is a cold pack that I put in the freezer, it has some kind of gel in it that gets frozen solid. Then, when I'm ready to leave in the morning, I throw in yogurt, string cheese, etc, and it stays wonderfully cool for at least 3 or 4 hours...nothing gross like warm runny yogurt or limp string cheese. yuck! try to invest in a bag like that if you have access to a freezer, mine cost me all of 5 pounds, so worth it!


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Enjoying my active life

Monday, November 26, 2012

I never thought I would love exercise this much. Ever. I always hated it as a kid, and now I can't get enough. I am working out six days a week, and I look forward to every workout. Yesterday I went for a run. 5k, a distance I haven't done in months. It was hot, so I took walking breaks and didn't push it too much. Still shaved 3 minutes off my last time on the same route! Today was boxing day. I went earlier and did a short strength workout before the boxing class. So I hurt now, but at the time i was happy!

It is getting SO HOT here! Yesterday and today I was sweating buckets. Like, running down my face and into my eyes. Makes me feel good, ya know, getting a sweat on, but I know that it is just the heat and not my effort emoticon

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LYNSEY723 11/26/2012 3:03PM

    Awesome job!! You are doing so fantastic! And I would take the hot weather over our below freezing temps! Okay, it's only below freezing at night... But it doesn't feel like it gets much better during th day!

Keep up the great work!!

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LIVEDAILY 11/26/2012 6:39AM

    Actually...it IS your effort. Your body has to work harder when it is hot outside. That's why people who exercise or work strenuously outdoors are cautioned to drink more water when it is hot; your body needs it!! It's getting colder here...snow on the forecast for tomorrow!!

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Active rest day

Saturday, November 24, 2012

After working for the past 6 days in a row (WOW! 1xboxing, 2xboot camp, 3xweights) I took today as a rest day. I was also tired from supervising the school disco last night. I had a boogie, acted as crowd control (quickest way to get 100+ kids to be quiet? Get on a microphone and say "be quiet"!), and walked around making sure the kids were OK. So today I didn't exercise, but I kept active.

The morning started with curtain shopping. The curtains in my room were 20 years old, so it was time for an upgrade. We found some nice silvery coloured ones on sale, and put them up this morning. We'll need to take them off to hem them, but for now they are fine. Putting up curtains is hard work! It doesn't sound like hard work, but it really is! After that I had a massage. OK, I got to relax for that! After that I raced to coffee with a friend, did some shopping ($10 OPI nail polish, score!) and started my report writing. 4.5 done, 18.5 to go!

The scale has been bothering me lately. 71.5kg. Every. Freaking. Morning. It is driving me nuts. I know I have to wait and it will sort itself out, but, seriously, I hate working so hard and not getting anywhere. If I were going over my calories by heaps (I'm sometimes over by 50-100) I would understand, but I'm not.

And that's my life. Coming up is heaps of planning and report writing!

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COLETTEISGREAT 11/26/2012 5:49AM

    Active rest days are awesome!!

And I think it's awesome that you got new curtains... I just told my boyfriend 2 days ago that I'm fed up with my curtains (10-15 years old) and want new ones!

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PAMATX 11/24/2012 3:49PM

    Silvery curtains! Sounds so pretty! Based on your awesome workout schedule, I'd venture to guess great changes are occurring that can't always be measured by the scale. Hang in there!

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PATSYB7 11/24/2012 12:42PM

    The curtains sound lovely! Hang in there--that scale will move soon. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMERKIWI 11/24/2012 4:20AM

    Plateaus happen and you haven't been this weight for a long time! You WILL start to go down again, but in the meantime you STILL look fantastic!!! Remember that when you are pee'd with the scales not moving!

I'm glad that you had fun with the new curtains.... and YES - it DOES take a fair bit of hard work to put them up!

BIG hugs,

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Watch out, I've got gunz (pic)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Excuse the self portrait on the ipad, the just been to the gym attire, and the no make up look.


Show off, party of one

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PAMATX 11/21/2012 7:47PM

    Wow, super duper definition!

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LYNSEY723 11/21/2012 2:02PM

    WOOOHOOO! That is fantastic!! emoticon

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CARLA-216 11/21/2012 11:59AM

    Wow-wee, quite impressive! Too awesome!

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L1ZB3TH354 11/21/2012 11:02AM

    Nice guns! emoticon

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JSTETSER 11/21/2012 6:45AM

    Looking good!

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/21/2012 6:41AM

    Awesome!!! You go girl!!!!

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SLIMMERKIWI 11/21/2012 4:00AM

    I can even see the muscle definition - LOL!

VERY impressive :-)

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My week so far

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

emoticon Monday is boxing day. Gosh, I love hitting things. I pushed myself and got a good sweat on. I had awful chocolate cravings yesterday. Terrible. I went over my calories a little because I stopped resisting. I don't have those days often, so I will live. Maybe I get PMS cravings even though I don't get a period?

emoticon I had boot camp tonight. Fun, as always. The trainer played a game with shuttle cocks, and as you can imagine, the 'cock' jokes were flying. So, so funny. The poor trainer was really regretting not having a game with another prop to collect. I think I overdid it, and my quad hurts tonight. Icing it and gonna see how I feel tomorrow.

emoticon I have been starving all day today! I can't get enough food! I have eaten nearly 1900 calories and I am still hungry! I was too high on fat, a little low on carbs, so maybe that is why? Or maybe I am hungry because I am kicking the exercise up a notch? I have changed my goals to reflect my new exercise level, but my range only changed by 30 calories, so that was no help...

emoticon I'm on strike tomorrow afternoon. My first strike, how exciting. It is a stop work meeting that all NZ teachers are encouraged to attend, so off I go to...do... union stuff!

emoticon My trip is now fully booked. I just need to start saving some spending money!! And pay off credit cards. And get a second job so I can actually afford this holiday!
And thats me!

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CHARITY1973 11/22/2012 4:14AM

    But who will look after the my kids if all you teachers go on strike?? I couldn't possibly be responsible for looking after them! Just kiddin'! My sister in law is a teacher in Chch. Your gunz are looking awesome. On the calorie issue...It appears that girls get hungry when they exercise a lot more than boys. So I battle away at the hunger. My only advice (which is rather flimsy) is to eat loads of fruit and vege and fibre and see if that fills you up. I'm also a Coke Zero fiend...I lost 1kg this week while averaging over 2000 calories a day. I think exercise just starts to kick the metabolism up a notch. Don't stress about the hunger, enjoy the exercise, and take care of yourself!

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LYNSEY723 11/20/2012 12:47PM

    Awesome job with the workouts! I don't know what to tell you about the hunger issue... I'm feeling the same way lately.

I can't wait for your trip! I can't imagine how excited you must be!

You are doing awesome!! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 11/20/2012 7:15AM

    It sounds like you're getting some great work outs in!!! Good for you!

I'm curious about your "On strike" statement... what are you referring to here? Are your teachers striking?

Have a wonderful day!

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PATSYB7 11/20/2012 6:08AM

    Wow! Your workouts sound fun! How is your water intake? Sometimes our body signals hunger when it's actually thirsty.

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JSTETSER 11/20/2012 5:59AM

    On strike! I hope that all is safe and positive. People can get pretty mean when talking about money.
Enjoy the day! emoticon Read my blog "Pressing on!"

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