Saturday, March 01, 2014
We went to Texas Roadhouse for dinner last night with two other couples. I was mildly stressed about it all day. What the heck can you eat at a place like that without blowing your calories for the day??!?
I checked out their menu online. I contemplated eating a side salad and feeling bitchy about it while everyone else ate a meal. I realized if I skipped my afternoon snack at work (a healthy muffin), I could "afford" a few more calories for dinner. So, my planned meal was salmon. If I ate slightly less than half of the salmon, with two veggie sides, and one light beer, I'd still be under 1300 calories!
Let me tell you it was tough getting through my afternoon at work with NO SNACK. I never ever ever do that! I always have some kind of healthy snack. So instead I drank a lot (no, not that kind of drinking!). Water, tea, diet soda, sparkling water..... I was starving!
One of the couples was running late, so we ended up eating around 8:00, which is really late for me and my husband. It ended up I split the salmon dinner with my sister. AND I SKIPPED THE 230- CALORIE DINNER ROLLS. (I've had them before and they are soooooo good! But 230 calories?! No way!)
So the evening was a success. And we had a great time!
Yes, it does feel obsessive to overanalyze food like this and be sooooo careful. But, being not careful is what made me fat! Now, knowledge is power. Foods that I used to think weren't too bad are shockingly bad. The caesar salad at Texas Roadhouse is 1030 calories!!!!! Good Lord! No wonder we have an obesity epidemic in this country.
But it does suck to feel like you can't go out and eat like a normal person. I don't want to feel deprived either. So last night was a good compromise.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Tonight I finished the last of my biking miles for my indoor month-long triathlon. WOOHOO!!
I started off the month doing a 3-day rotation (swim, bike, run), and finished the swimming portion mid-way through the month. Thank God, cuz I really was not a big fan of the whole swimming scene (see previous blog). Once the swimming laps were done, I turned my swimming days into biking days. I would have finished the biking miles a few days ago, but then with the party last weekend, I skipped two biking days. So I finished my last run last night and finished my biking tonight!
I'm so glad I signed up for this! It gave me some extra motivation to keep working out -- and actually work out MORE than I had been -- and do OTHER workouts. I tried swimming! I biked more! I was mostly running and walking, and this made me branch out. Hurrah! Can you tell I'm pumped up?!
Friday, February 21, 2014
I've had so much fun today getting ready for our luau tomorrow. And I've gotten so much done! Shopping, cleaning, some food prep.
Not everything has gone well. I discovered two leaks in our sunporch, which led to some unplanned, non-party work. Then I decided I could use this giant decorative bowl filled with shells and blue marbles that has been up on a shelf in the basement for many years. Perfect decoration for a luau, right? I just wanted to rinse everything off because it was dusty. So I set the whole thing in the kitchen sink, filled the bowl with soapy water and went to do something else. My son came along and attempted to slide the bowl an inch or two in the sink, and it shattered! Marbles, shells, glass... some of it went down the garbage disposal. That led to a lengthy clean-up as well. Thank God he didn't cut himself! I, on the other hand, after shooing him out of the way (he felt so bad for breaking it!), proceeded to clean up and cut my finger. Nothing dreadful. Eventually I got the marbles out of the disposal and everything all cleaned up. That was not fun.
So... what do with all those marbles and shells, now that my big bowl was gone? I just love how this turned out:
The shells went into a beachy display in our entrance:
[Turn your head to see this one LOL]
Now I'm pretty much exhausted and about to hit the hay. I'll have more pre-party jobs to take care of tomorrow before party time!
~~~ Aloha ~~~
Friday, February 21, 2014
I haven't blogged for a whole week! No reason, really. Just busy, I guess, and nothing to say! LOL.
I've been doing really well with my eating and working out. I've lost 7 pounds since the start of the year, and then the weight loss really slowed. Some of my friends and family members say stuff like, "You don't need to lose anymore!" I appreciate hearing that, in that it tells me I appear to be a normal, healthy weight. However, for myself, I want to lose more. I know how pudgy I still am (they don't), and so I continue to work on losing 10 pounds or so.
Since my anemia issues are a thing of the past (mostly), my running is going MUCH better. This makes me soooo happy! Before I started taking iron, it was such a struggle to run! I had no stamina. And I thought it was just me, just part of getting older. Whew! Am I glad that turned out to not be the case! Now I am increasing my pace and mileage gradually. I'm doing speed training once a week. It's SUCH a great feeling to set goals and achieve them!
This weekend, we're having some friends over for a luau. We are all SO SICK OF WINTER, we decided to pretend we're in Hawaii. I had good intentions of doing party prep all week so I wouldn't FREAK OUT in the 24 hours leading up to the party. Alas, I have done almost NO prep so far! So tonight I need to do the shopping. Tomorrow I'll be making food and cleaning the house. Yeah, totally doable. I've relaxed a lot about entertaining in recent years. My house doesn't have to be perfect. I don't need to serve 20 different foods and drinks. Enough is enough. I'm not Martha Stewart. I'm a working mom. So... yeah. It should be fun! I'm excited to finally wear my grass skirt!
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Yesterday I stopped at a nearby convenience store to pick up a few supplies for my sick kid at home. While I was there, I thought I'd get myself a fountain Diet Pepsi (tastes better than canned/bottled). Believe it or not, the Diet Pepsi spigot was "Out of Order." I put my cup back. I didn't want another flavor.
When I got home, I tended to my son and then made myself some lunch. After lunch, I just wanted a little something... You know that feeling? I'm not talking a piece of cake or a bag of M&Ms. Just something small. My husband had bought some Trader Joe's dark chocolate peanut butter cups. One of those sounded really good to me. I went to get one where I had last seen them, and they weren't there. I searched. They weren't anywhere. Either he hid them really well, or someone ate them all, or he took them to work. Either way, I was foiled again.
No soda. No treat.
I had to appreciate the divine intervention -- or whatever you want to call it! Left to my own devices, I don't always eat/drink the best. Remove the bad choices, and I don't have any choice!
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