Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Fair warning: if you're feeling weak food-wise, you might want to skip this blog, even tho there aren't a lot of food pictures. You've been warned!
We started out at the Saratoga farmer's market. Actually, we got there early so that I could shop a bit. Bought some plum tomatoes & some grass fed beef, which we grilled up that night. Pretty good! Unfortunately we didn't buy corn, cause we weren't actually planning to grill, so ended up buying it from the grocery store later.
Our first stop was potato chips (they gave us each a bag to take home) & tapenade. Good -- you could really taste those olives!
I took a photo of the next stop, but it wasn't terribly exciting (the photo, that is). It was the Argyle Cheese booth - where we had yogurt. Well, milk is good for more than just cheese, right? It was full fat greek yogurt and O.M.G. was it good!
Our next stop was the Old Bryan Inn.
Where they served us bruschetta with steak. They even would accomodate non-beef eaters, but we apparently didn't have any. And they told us about the history of the inn, which was quite interesting.
The Saratoga Olive Oil Company. I really never knew there were so many flavored olive oils & vinegars in this world. Coconut? Chocolate? Were we in a candy store? And you can taste everything (there are bread cubes out). We bought a garlic & a butter olive oil (yes, you could taste butter flavor in there) & some garlic salt.
The Saratoga Salsa store. They served us salsa on triscuits with a slice of cheddar on top warmed in the microwave. I may just have to add this to my snack ideas! Maybe not with triscuits, which can get me into trouble. It was yummy.
I bought a cranberry salsa.
The last stop could seriously get me into trouble. Bettie's Cakes (as in cupcakes), which opened around the same time we moved here.
Thankfully they were serving us mini cupcakes. Everyone got 2. I got one that was chocolate, with chocolate pudding inside & chocolate frosting. Another O.M.G. I didn't get one of the peanut butter cup ones because someone else snagged the last one (they really ought to let us choose rather than just having some different ones offered).
I could have bought one, but I decided 2 were enough.
The problem? They have a shop literally in walking distance from our house. Not like a minute close, but a couple of miles close. Maybe someday I'll take a run over there, snack on a cupcake, and run back. But that's only 4 miles . . . I suppose it could work for a mini cupcake . . .
I bought this ginormous catnip pillow at the farmer's market, too. The boys were too excited by it to pose properly. Simba snagged it first.
Simba has a tendency to throw all the toys off his bed, so Gizmo had a go at it.
They don't seem to realize that they can actually lay on it, but they enjoy it anyway.
It was fun, but I feel it was overpriced at $40 a person (we had half price tickets). In fact, because I'm a "glutton" for punishment I found a food tour of Pike Place Market in Seattle that we're considering -- for the same price -- but I suspect there will be a lot more food. I don't think this tour really had enough food, altho oddly enough I wasn't that hungry when dinner rolled around. I did snack on carrots & celery sticks in the car.
Unfortunately, it also took place on the one really warm day we've had in the last couple of weeks & I'd already run 7 miles that morning so I was just a tad tired out by it.
And yes, I did my best to track every bite.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
The scale can lie. Measuring tapes can be tricky. What is maybe the most accurate check of your weight loss progress? Clothes!
Those who have read this blog for a while know I love clothes. Even tho I'm not working at present. Even tho before that I worked from home. It was hard to find flattering clothes 30 lbs ago, and yes, I hid in black. A lot.
Today I'm more colorful. And I like form fitting clothes. So without further ado, my most recent purchases. Altho as usual, the photos really suck. Sorry!
While this dress isn't really special, I love the color, which is a deep emerald green if you can't tell. I should get it shortened. For $25, tho, it became an addition to my ever-growing dress collection.
I know it's a neutral gray, but I saw this & just knew right away that it would show off my figure perfectly. Funny story: I didn't think it had a zipper. I pulled it on over my head twice before I discovered it has a side zipper -- which doesn't work so well so I'm kind of afraid to use it.
When I looked at my side view in both dresses, I thought Wow! Really? That's me? Even after hovering at the same weight for 2 long years, I'm still often surprised at how I look -- in a good way.
I really don't think the photo does this coat justice. It's a Betsy Johnson, tan, leopard print faux fur trench coat. Love it! And I didn't have any heavier dress coats.
Don't be afraid of photos. I know it's really hard in the beginning and you probably won't like them, but trust me, down the road you'll be glad you had them.
Monday, August 22, 2011
What you believe, you achieve.
One of my mantras. I'm not saying you will never doubt yourself. You will at times. At least, that's certainly MY truth.
But deep down, when push comes to shove, you have to believe you can do it. All the exercise & planning & tracking will probably get you diddly at some point if you don't believe, with every fiber of your being, that you can do this. No matter what other people think or say.
A funny thing happens when you start believing in yourself, too: things have a way of falling into place. I'm not saying things become easy, because they don't, but making the right choices become easier & easier all the time. At some point they even become habits.
I'm finding the more I make good choices with my food, the less cravings I have - and I'm less hungry, too.
I have seen a lot of things recently that I want, but don't need. That's sort of a good thing. Because I need some more rewards to work towards - this upcoming trip will definitely be challenging & I need a carrot (or two) to get me thru it.
Hopefully today I'll have some time to work on my photos & get photos taken of my most recent purchases, too. I think they'll need to be 2 separate blogs. Found an awesome dress coat for colder weather yesterday - wasn't actually looking for one but I do actually need one. All I have is down coats. And maybe there was a dress . . .
I am believing that I have figured out what will finally move me to my GW (which could hopefully lead to a need for all those dresses). What do you believe?
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Hopefully tomorrow I'll have some time to process my pictures from yesterday. We went on a food tour in Saratoga Springs - named for their famous mineral springs.
One of the things I learned was that different springs had different mineral compositions - which totally makes sense when you think about it. Different rocks.
2 women in bikinis were lounging by one of the springs, filling water bottles with the water & then pouring it over themselves. At first glance, they looked like Hawaiian beauties, but when you looked closer, one looked pregnant. She had a great body, but a pretty big pooch. Didn't seem to make her self conscious at all.
I would never wear a bikini if my body looked like that (maybe she was pregnant; I don't know). I do wear bikinis these days, and my body is certainly far from perfect, but I still feel I can't wear one unless it's close to perfect for ME.
I wish I could borrow just a little bit of these women's body confidence - they were European, btw; we talked to them a bit later on.
I don't know why we feel in this country that we must be perfect to be beautiful - I know this is a twisted belief - but it's hard to shake beliefs that have been pounded into you since childhood.
Love your body a little every day, no matter what your size, & maybe eventually we'll develop that european self confidence.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
A small screwup last night, which isn't tragic in the scheme of things, but could keep me away from my next reward - I've got to get below 140 for the next reward, which only requires me to lose anything over 1 lb this week. Totally doable - but only if I'm really on my game.
So I decided to try a dessert from that free PDF I mentioned a few blogs ago - a "cookie" that is simply protein powder & an egg white microwaved a few seconds. I suspected it wouldn't taste good & it didn't, so I had a backup plan. Only then I was still hungry, so I had a couple of goji gourmet cookies & chased that with a couple of squares of dark chocolate.
I admit, I didn't want to track it - but I did. Always disappointed with myself when I eat more than I planned to - especially when I did less exercise than planned (even tho it was my rest day), due to waking up at 3 am. Thank God I did a half hr of yoga at 4 am because that was my only exercise except for walking the dogs! I'd only planned to do some runner's yoga later in the day, but my energy just petered out in the afternoon.
However, i'm back from another nice run at the park - same distance as last week but 2 minutes faster. About halfway thru the run I started to concentrate on shorter strides with faster turnover. Not sure it really made a difference, but it's supposed to.
Shortly we're off to the Saratoga farmer's market & our food tour. Do you want photos? Only planning to bring my cell phone.
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