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Back to the Real World (sort of) ... and a recap of vacation

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

So, it has been a very busy couple of weeks for me... I got out of school for the summer just two weeks ago. Although, admittedly it seems like it's been a lot longer.
So, what have I been doing all that time?
Neglecting sparkpeople? a little bit. emoticon
Having fun? absolutely! emoticon emoticon
Traveling the world? Not quite, but it sure felt like it... emoticon emoticon
Getting engaged? Yeah, that too emoticon

We started off our whirlwind week the Friday after I got out of school by driving up to Montreal. We made the journey fun though, by stopping at some attractions (read: breweries... Brett is considering it as research for the brewery he now wants to open himself)

When we arrived in Montreal, it was actually pretty late since we made so many stops along the way. Brett was dying to have me try one of his favorites meals in Montreal: smoked meat. So we went to this restaurant.... their small sandwich had 10 oz. of meat! Brett decided he wanted the 1-pounder, but luckily the waitress rang it in "wrong" and he got 10 oz., which as it turns out was more than plenty and he went away too full for dessert. emoticon

We spent the next couple days walking around the city, swimming in the hotel's rooftop pool, and just taking in the sights. We even stumbled upon a fireworks show one of the nights. emoticon Another highlight was trying some bagel places and breweries in the city.... (you're getting the picture: this trip was not kind to my waistline)

Next, we drove through Quebec, into Vermont, and then into New Hampshire. Again we made a few stops along the way. We had to pick up some soda in Quebec (Brett always gets A&W Root Beer and Gingerale in Canada because they use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup). We also got some syrup and ice wine, so we had a very full car.

In New Hampshire, we first stopped in Littleton NH at a really neat little brewpub. They had a few of their own beers on tap and a small menu of food that was cooked in a brick oven right in the middle of this little old mill (complete with slightly slanting floors) We both really liked it. After lunch there, we headed up the hill to Main Street where we explored the longest candy counter in the world and picked up a few pieces of candy that reminded us of our childhood a bit. We were a little too full to eat any candy right then, so we packed it away to save for later.

We drove the rest of the way to North Conway and checked in at our hotel. First things first, more swimming, and hot tub time. That's one of the best things about staying in a hotel afterall. After that we ventured out to another local place for a late dinner/beer tasting. Brett was definitely still on city time, so he was shocked to see that almost everywhere in North Conway closed up by 10 pm...

The next day was spent walking around North Conway, after a stop at Glen Junction for a pretty big, and delicious breakfast. Brett's a train guy, so eating at this restaurant with model trains running around the restaurant was a must. Plus they have good food. We also ended up buying Brett some better socks and shoes... apparently he's not used to doing this much walking and his feet were kind of hurting. I have a tendency to walk everywhere when I go on this sort of a vacation and think nothing of it... but he and I are a little bit different in that regard. We actually got caught up for most of the afternoon at the Mount Washington Observatory Museum. They have this exhibit where you are supposed to use a set of 24 fans blowing in different directions to maneuver a toy boat into the little dock... It was not as easy as you might think. Between the two of us and a little girl who was at the museum, we finally got it! (Thank God, I would have hated to be bested by a child's toy!)

Anyway, that evening we went on the Conway Scenic Railroad dinner train. It was a beautifully restored little dining car, and perhaps because it was a Tuesday night, it was not even crowded. Brett and I got our own little private table. They served a nice four course meal on the train. Luckily for me, I guess... the first course was a salmon chowder which I didn't like, so I saved some calories there. Then we had a caprese salad, which I very much enjoyed, with a molasses oat bread which was quite tasty. We both chose beef medallions as our meal, which was served with green beans and potatoes. All very good. So they serve those courses on our way up to Bartlett, where they have to run the engine around to change direction and get us back home. So, while we're stopped, Brett takes my hand and says, "How about we have something to celebrate on the way home? Will you marry me?" I think I said "yes", although it might well have been more of a "yeah".... So we definitely did lots of smiling over dessert on our return trip. Somehow, he also managed to do it so discretely that our waitress didn't even know until we told her... After the ride was over, we got the engineer of the train to take a picture for us under the Conway Scenic logo, and Brett got a chance to be a train geek and talk about stuff that I don't know anything about....

So there's my exciting news! I'm getting married!

Anyway, the next day, we went to another brewery and then went and played in the water like little kids, until it started to rain, but it was fun anyway...
We did get into bathing suits, FYI... it's just that I couldn't take photos while we were actually in the water with my phone not being waterproof and all...

We took our time getting back to the Boston area, and then spent the Fourth with my family.

The trip culminated with a ferry ride over to Long Island and then driving back up to Brett's house.

So, now, we are back to the real world: working out, eating right, and hopefully getting back into shape.... not just for the wedding, but for a long, healthy life together!

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MELITAG 7/8/2014 9:02PM

    Love blogs like this - they make me smile - Congrats

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IRP1114 7/8/2014 4:38PM

    Awww : ) You made me smile. Yes lots of good reasons to get back to routines. Sounds like it was a great trip in many ways!

Food sounded worth the calories lol. I am sure I would have enjoyed and indulged just the same.

Congratulations girl!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLHODKINSON 7/8/2014 3:17PM

    WooHoo! Awesome!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/8/2014 1:58PM

    That is so fantastic ! Sounds like loads of fun! Congrats on your engagement!

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    What a great blog! SO happy for you :) Sounds like it was a fun trip & Im happy to know Canada is doing something good in their fast food chain...haha (I LOVE A&W rootbeer...always has to be cold though otherwise it tastes too sweet! lol) I try to "forget" there are TWO A & W's within 20 minutes of me... either direction I drive down the highway! lol. Gotta love little towns, guaranttee Tim Hortons, and some sort of fast food...but that train ride sounded great..everything on your trip--so fun! & I like all the pics...the water shot is fun too :) Well, you guys keep smiling away! Again.... emoticon emoticon
PS that is one beautiful ring!!!

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SHOAPIE 7/8/2014 12:47PM

    So much fun!

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Weekend report

Monday, June 23, 2014

This past weekend I knew I would face some challenges and I wanted to try to stay on track over the weekend. I came up with a basic plan to drink water, exercise, avoid alcohol, and eat a bunch of fruits and veggies. This is how I did.

Friday- Fifth grade moving on party was full of a bunch of greasy crap. They served the kids pizza, mozzarella sticks, fries, hot dog bites wrapped in crescent rolls, and fried chicken tenders. I took some chicken and a few bites of mozzarella sticks and went upstairs where we had some fruit leftover from our teacher lunch the day before. I did get plenty of water in for the day and I danced with the kids for at least half an hour. It wasn't too bad. Then in the evening, we went for a walk around Plymouth, and split a couple of sandwiches between the three of us for dinner. I did give in and have a beer because my youngest sister really wanted one, and I didn't want her to be the only one drinking. But, I stopped at one, so I count that as not too bad of a day.

Saturday- Started off the day with a greasy egg sandwich. I did have them throw onions and peppers in the homefries, but I don't think it counts as health food. I did find some time to exercise. My sister and I went for a walk in a local park with a few fairly steep up and down sections. Nothing too strenuous for her with the baby and all, but it was a good little bit of exercise. We went to Plymouth again in the evening to go to the restaurant where my youngest sister waitresses. I drank water and avoided nibbling on nachos by choosing to feed the baby instead. I split a burger with my sister, so that wasn't totally horrible. I never felt like I totally stuffed myself, so that's another plus.

Sunday- Another breakfast out and splitting meals with my sisters, followed by some downtime at home. We took the baby for a couple of loops around the cul-de-sac to try and put her to sleep. We tired out the dog, but the baby wasn't particularly interested in going back to sleep. In the evening, we had a cookout at my grandparents, complete with a delicious salad, so I got some more green stuff into the weekend. I also got to go in the pool for a little bit, so that was fun.

All said and done, it could have been better, but it certainly could have been worse. I think it helped to continually remind myself to drink water and look for opportunities to exercise.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/23/2014 5:43PM

    It sounds like you had a fairly successful weekend! I'd call it good. Eating out doesn't help, but you did opt for water most of the time and splitting meals is always good! Good on you! I don't think I did as well as you on the food front!

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JLHODKINSON 6/23/2014 4:36PM

    Way to be mindful the entire weekend! Good job!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 6/23/2014 3:16PM

    I think you did a great job! hope you had an awesome weekend!

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Weekend plan

Friday, June 20, 2014

I'm heading down to my parents this weekend since my sister will be up with the baby for a couple of days. Unfortunately I do have work Monday and Tuesday, so I'll only be able to spend a couple days with her. Anyway, I'm starting to get myself back on track and I am determined to not let this weekend derail me. So here's my plan:

Friday night: dinner in Plymouth and a stroll down by the waterfront. We will probably end up splitting something unhealthy like nachos or fish and chips... I don't have a plan exactly what, but I'm hoping to either split the meal or eat only half of what I order. I plan on refraining from alcohol the entire weekend. I will also try to make good choices today at the fifth grade moving on party. They never have healthy food, but I'll make whatever the best choice is in order to stay on track. I also have a healthy breakfast and fruit/veggie snacks ready to go so I will get all that good stuff in, no matter what.

Saturday: I have no idea what we're doing yet. My plan is to drink plenty of water, find at least one opportunity to exercise, avoid alcohol, and eat fruits and veggies whenever possible.

Sunday: Also, no specific plans yet, so... same plan as Saturday.

Hopefully with these thoughts in mind, I can keep myself on track over the weekend.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/20/2014 11:16PM

    You can do it if you just keep your eye on the end goal. and if you do have a slip, it is NOT the end of the world.

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STRONGCOURAGE 6/20/2014 6:25PM

    Good plan! Give it one more read before you take off (for good measure :D) & enjoy :)

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KABMPH 6/20/2014 4:33PM

    Slightly off-topic, but are you part of your school's wellness committee? Some schools/school districts restrict unhealthy foods at parties. Perhaps other people will want to try to be healthier at those functions, too.

Enjoy your time with your sister and her babe! (Niece or nephew?)

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BRAINYBLONDE5 6/20/2014 2:46PM

    sounds like a good weekend!

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RUDITUDI2000 6/20/2014 12:29PM

    Sounds like a good plan. I think having lots of veggies and some fruit certainly make it more realistic. They are so filling if your focus is on them, the rest will fall into place! Lifting you up for the weekend. Enjoy your family! :-) emoticon

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SPORT410 6/20/2014 10:10AM

    Sounds like you have a plan, the hard part is sticking to it, but YOU CAN DO IT emoticon Have a great time. BTW, is that Plymouth Mass??

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Monday, June 16, 2014

I started off today determined that the next ten days, I would be super committed, eat only fruits, veggies, and lean protein, drink a bunch of water, and get myself back on track... As the day has gone on, that determination has begun to waver. I've started to think I can't really do that. We have a lunch/dinner party for a coworker today, a union meeting tomorrow where dinner will be served, a field trip in to Boston culminating with ice cream, a birthday party lunch on Thursday, a party to celebrate the fifth grade moving on... It's going to be food, food, food, everywhere I look this week. That's going to make sticking to my guns ridiculously hard. But, at the same time, I realize that something has got to give. If I don't change something, then I will remain exactly where I am, or worse gain even more weight. That is not what I want. I'm not really okay with saying, again, "I'll start_____ (fill in future date of choice)" This is just the way that life is. There will be parties, there will be temptation, there will be obstacles. It's my job to say, "that's okay, I don't need the _______ (insert delicious treat here). There will always be another opportunity to indulge, but which decision will make me happier in the long run? " I already know the answer. I've been here before. I've made the right choices. I lost the weight once, not totally, but close. I felt awesome. I had more energy. I felt better about myself. I liked it a lot. I felt strong. I loved the feeling I got after I worked out. I don't know why it's taken me so long to get back with it, but hopefully now is the time. I can't keep finding excuses. I've got to find a way to manage my weight and fitness goals in the real world. It will take preparation and determination, but I can do it.

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RUDITUDI2000 6/16/2014 11:48PM

    It is hard to stay the course! You are worth it though! You know what you want, now go after it! Don't give up. Make the next best decision. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/16/2014 3:58PM

    Yes you CAN do it! Great attitude!

Making choices everyday in every moment is just what happens in life. It's not always going to be easy, but if we want something bad enough, we know what needs to be done.

I am also in that same boat. Pizza?! Woo! 4 slices later not feeling so fab. That was last night. Shoulda stuck to my guns and went home for my chicken caesar salad as planned...

I think that you have a great plan for the day. Make it the goal to successfully finish each day and then plan for the next.

You got this!

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IRP1114 6/16/2014 1:56PM

    Determination is the key! You know how to do this. There will always be something going on to keep us from our goals. But it is up to us to make the best choices we can in each moment. One day at a time! Don't overwhelm yourself with what is to come. Make the best choice you can right now and cross the next bridge when you get to it! YOU CAN DO IT! Le't stick to our goals girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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In a rut

Thursday, June 12, 2014

So... I feel like I've fallen into a rut on my road to a healthy life. I had been doing great about a year ago. Then I stopped exercising. I started dating my current boyfriend. We started going out a lot, enjoying good food and lots of microbreweries. Then I realized that this wasn't good, and I started making some changes. For a few weeks, I was really good again. I was eating right. I was exercising. I was doing lots of good things. But, I saw no results. I got discouraged. And, to compound it all, I got busy. Between family, and friends, and craziness at work. The end of the school year is always crazy, plus we seem to be having a lot of excuses to celebrate (eat) lately. So anyway, last night between being physically tired, feeling generally yucky (for any number of reasons), and feeling pretty large, I found myself at my wit's end. I am now trying to figure out a way to jump start my self and get out of this rut. An old high school friend posted about a "24-Day Challenge" that she and her husband are doing. It's through a company called Advocare, I guess. They have meal-replacements and stuff, but she says that you don't need to use those. A part of me still feels like this and my boyfriend's herballife are gimmicks. They're not how I'm going to live my life, so they're probably not a good choice right now. However, the super frustrated side of me is thinking that maybe I need something like that, or some sort of cleanse at least, or anything that would shake me up enough to get me going on being healthy again. I have all sorts of plans to work out over the summer, but something has got to give now. Waiting until June 24th is not good enough. I need to get out of this rut now because when my weight is up and my fitness level is down and I start allowing myself to eat junk, then I feel like crap. And I am sick of feeling like crap. I want to be healthy, happy Stephanie again.

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RUDITUDI2000 6/13/2014 12:01AM

    Despite my NSV's this week, I'm feeling in a bit of a rut myself. The scale is stuck because I've been overeating... ugh.
Time for some extra sleep, some new recipes and maybe some old school workouts. I think you should go for it with the challenge, or something similar to help you jump start your mind and body again! emoticon

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/12/2014 11:15AM

    I've been in a rut lately too. Sometimes, life just gets in the way or you get in the way of yourself. Like you said, we find reasons to celebrate, with food, and then feel crappy later. Perhaps we need to find other ways to celebrate occasions!

I've been eating a lot lately, not being active enough and just feeling blah. What I AM excited about is that the Summer 5% challenge is starting June 21!

Perhaps you should join if you haven't already and that could be the jump start and accountability you need. I know I do!

Like another sparker said, track, Track, TRACK! Biggest thing! I stopped tracking, started adding weight back. I'm starting up again here and hopefully, will see some changes again in the right direction.

Always here if you need us though Steph!

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 6/12/2014 9:11AM

    Do you log your food? I have to admit that logging really, really helps. I would log faithfully for months then in May I got very busy and didn't and I felt just awful because I was eating the wrong stuff again without realizing it just because I wasn't logging it and reading what I put in my mouth. Try it for a week and see if it helps.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 6/12/2014 9:02AM

    I am in a rut too. It stinks to be here, but you havent given up! sometimes its easy to get stuck when life gets in the way. its a matter of finding the changes that work best for you - I think that is the hardest part! maybe there is a class you LOVE or some easy meals you always have on stock to help you...I am here if you ever need to chat but I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS!

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