First off, I hope everyone had an enjoyable Mother's Day in one capacity or another.
Last week, when I asked SWMBO if she wanted to do anything special for Mother's day, she said, "Yeah, let's go to Sunday Brunch!"
There's this seaside place down the road that we really like and they do a mean Sunday Brunch and it's right on the Santa Rosa Sound.
OK, I asked her, so I couldn't back out, the best I could possibly do was prepare for it, which I did....starting Saturday.
I basically reversed my eating schedule yesterday, having the bulk of my food at breakfast and lunch, then made a green smoothie for dinner.
This morning, I had a banana and an apple a couple of hours before our reservation slot and I was feeling pretty good by the time we got there.
We know the restaurant owner real well, chatted him up when we got there and he took us around to show us all the goodies (this helped a lot too.....I wanted to know exactly what was in everything they made!)
As good as the chicken cordon bleu looked, as much as the egg casserole, covered with burnt sharp cheddar & sausage called my name, as tempting as the trays filled with crab legs & melted butter drew the crowd, I had a plan!
While SWMBO and #2 son went their own way, I made a beeline for the baked whole salmon! He was a thing of beauty! Everyone was going for the big trays of cheesy, saucy, buttery things.....King Salmon appeared to be all mine!
Next, I made my way to the very colorful tray chock full of 3 types of string beans; green, yellow, and purple! Loaded up a third of my plate with those, then heaped on some peeled shrimps and asked the chef at the carving station to cut me a wafer-thin slice of juicy roast beast!
I thought about taking a picture of my plate, but another couple we knew came by our table to say hello, and by the time they left, I had forgotten....oh well, take my word for it, it was very colorful, looked scrumptious, and probably had barely 500 calories on it.
My indulgence though was the bread pudding!! Growing up in Boston, I never liked it much, but somehow, I've grown nostalgic for a good bread pudding.....and Thom makes some seriously awesome bread pudding.
As best I can tell, I got out of brunch for about 1000 calories....probably a third of which was due to the dessert....as well as a second helping of King Salmon. Not too bad for a buffet, especially when all three of us sat gawking as the family at the table next to ours made what appeared to be 4 trips, coming back with plates chock full of bacon, eggs & potatoes, cheese & sauce covered foods, tens of crab legs with accompanying butter cups, and desserts out the wazoo.
That could have been me pre-Spark! I thank God I changed my outlook. I used to feel compelled to "get my money's worth" out of buffets. Today I just want to survive them.
We came back home, made all our calls (SWMBO's mom, my mom, #1 son called SWMBO, my sister, my sister-in-law, yadda-yaddda-yadda). We gave SWMBO her gifts (loaded her up with her favorite perfumes and #2 son and I collaborated, giving her a collection of books commemorating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting.....she's a fanatic!)
Then we had a family afternoon of Wii bowling (I won!). When she tuckered out for a nap, I hit the gym to do some HIIT on the elliptical and knock out a serious abs routine.
I've added plank intervals to change things up. Feet elevated on a bench, I hold it for 90 seconds, rest for 60, repeat 3 times.
They were brutal!
I read about them in a book I got the other day (a real book, not a kindle book!), The New Rules of Lifting for Abs. The NROL series is pretty good, and this one delivers like the others
It recommends starting out to hold them for 30-60 seconds. So of course I went for 90.
Did I mention they were brutal?
Then I came home and got out my ab wheel, which I started using again after having this annoying twinge in my back these past 10 days that not even back extensions has helped. Three sets of 10 a few days in a row has worked wonders.
Dinner was light. SWMBO opted to make her own Mexican stir fry. I opted out and broke open a bag of salad, sliced up some chicken breast we had cooked up earlier in the week, and I might just end this day under my calorie limits, which makes for a Mother's day gift even I can enjoy!
Have a great night Spark friends!