Seriously, after spending the last couple summers in California and Santa Fe, I cannot believe the humidity here!! Here = CT, where I'm here spending a few days with my parents before heading up to NY for the rest of the summer.
Oh, speaking of my parents, my mom has a Spark account of her very own (Yay!) and reads this blog now (HI MOM!)
Anyway, my last bit of time at home in California went really well. In the past 10 days, I've finished Body Revolution, run something like 20 miles in 10 days (including two 10Ks), and have been hovering between 1350-1500 calories per day, including my cross country flight day. (Btw, I now love the Philadelphia airport because they had a salad place in every concourse and I was not forced to eat pizza, a burger, etc. to avoid starvation.) There was very high calorie day last weekend due to an impromptu sushi date with my hubby, but at least I had run 10K and burned 750 calories that day. Maybe it was a good thing I ate more that day, and at the very least, the sushi was great and the company was better. :-)
I haven't actually weighed myself in awhile, but I feel good and don't care what the scale has to say. The last thing I need is the scale making me feel inadequate when I know that I've been doing so well. I'll weigh in when I get to NY and use that number as a starting point for my summer goals.
So yeah, now I'm on the East Coast, and things have been going well! Since my mom is working hard to get her blood sugar levels down, healthy eating has not been a problem and there are fewer tempting foods around than usual. Just the way I like it!! The food has been delicious as always... It's been a nice mix of mommy-cooked favorites that I look forward to (sea scallops!!) and my own healthy offerings/suggestions (hummus, Ezekiel bread, low fat cottage cheese, etc.) My mom has been a champ about being open to suggestions and trying new things, and I'm really proud of her efforts.
The only really challenging food moment so far was taking my little brother out for lunch today. He wanted to go to TGI Friday's (not my favorite place for many reasons), so I ordered a turkey burger without the bun and a side salad instead of fries. That seemed like the only decent way to go, and it was still about 500 calories! What do those places put in their food to make it SO bad for you?! (That's a rhetorical question. I know the answer is fat, sugar, and chemicals!)
Anyway, exercise has been decent too. My parents recently moved to a house on a lake, so yesterday my mom and I took a walk around part of it. We kept a decent pace, plus I challenged her to do some quick jogging intervals, which she totally rocked despite an arthritic toe. Go Mom!! I didn't burn a ton of calories, but it was nice to get moving and spend the quality time. Today I went out on my own for a run around the lake, and despite being a very manageable 4.6 miles, it kind of sucked. There was so much humidity that the sweat just would not evaporate and I felt like I was a big melty puddle of misery for the last 2 miles or so. The humidity will be the same (or worse) in upstate NY, so I will definitely have to suck it up and get used to that. At least I burned a bunch of calories! Tomorrow we're going to do the Zumba DVDs I got her for Christmas, and maybe I will do a Jillian DVD too. I don't want to lose all those hard earned Body Revolution muscles!
Ok, I think that's it for now. I've been mulling things over and trying to figure out what exactly my goals are for the summer. Once I figure that out, I'll blog about it, of course!