First of all--I have to be honest. I ate too much. I was on vacation. When I went to St. Louis/Memphis, etc. earlier this summer/spring, I was very careful. I had one or two meals that I let loose a little but NEVER NEVER did I go crazy. I had a lot of barbecue meat, but no bread, and no french fries. My sides were things like salads and green beans. Once in a while I had some baked beans.
This trip to Kansas City was much shorter and it seemed each day I got worse. By Sunday, when we went to an Italian brunch buffet (Cinzetti's--it was WONDERFUL!) I was no longer being vigilant at all. Oh I take that back. If I took something and it didn't taste absolutely great, I didn't eat it. I figured why waste my calories on food that wasn't all that good? I did that with a big portion of spaghetti AND meatballs I took. It wasn't any better than anything I make at home (which I don't make anymore), with my favorite bottled sauce, so I only had a bite or two. I did however eat a lot of other stuff, and I also had dessert which I never do. I meant to only take a bite of each little (?) dessert I took, but this chocolate brownie/cake (it had some Italian name) was one of the BEST things I ever ate. I couldn't quit eating. It's been a very long time since I had a regular full-fat brownie, and a BIG one at that. YIKES!
So I didn't get on the scale yesterday morning (our first full day home). I was afraid. But I had a good day at home. I realized I have to be specially careful for a few weeks to repair the damage I did. But when I got on the scale this morning, it said 152.4, which is less than it said the day we left! WHEW! Of course it is still more than I would like, but I'm going to keep working on it. As I have often said, I'm a work in progress. I think if I ever achieve the perfect weight, the world would implode!
Our trip was wonderful. We left Thursday morning and met my son and his family (my beloved Duncan & Amber!!!) at Crown Center for lunch. We went to the only sit-down restaurant we could find, an Italian place and I had a strawberry spinach salad. So I was good up until that point!
Outside the Lego Store
Pretty picture Amber colored at lunch.
Duncan kept saying this was his Pacman pizza.
My oldest son, Mark, paying his family's lunch bill.
They went to Legoland after lunch, and hubby & I went on to our hotel, where youngest son was staying, while he is finishing up his engineer training. We got checked in to a room next door to son's, and spent the afternoon watching the Olympics. Is everybody else enjoying the Olympics as much as I am? I LOVE these games--especially the undefeated women's volleyball team (indoor), since the Nebraska Cornhusker's Jordan Larson is a starter on the team!
That night we went to Oklahoma Joe's for supper. It is an excellent barbecue place and there's always a waiting line. That's a sign it's a good restaurant. A couple of buddies my son has made from his training class went along with us. They are from Wyoming.
Son is on the left.
The next day we met older son, and his family at Worlds of Fun. He's 40 years old TODAY!!! (He's a little depressed about this birthday--I told him, "How do you think I feel? I have a 40-year old kid!" But in reality I FEEL GREAT!!! You're only as old as you feel.) We went last year and I loved it. This year it was MUCH HOTTER, but we still had a great time!
That's me on the left. On the count of 3, we would lift Amber up and she FLEW for a bit. She loved doing that as we walked and it wore me out so I knew it would good exercise!
Hubby and Duncan on the Snoopy Coaster. The kids loved the Snoopy-themed kid's area of the park. Duncan especially LOVED Snoopy!
Hubby & I had Royal's tickets for Friday night, so we left the amusement park about 5, and headed to the game, where we met youngest son and his friend. The Royal's lost, but the seats were great and it wasn't even too hot, although I downed TWO large diet Pepsis!
As I mentioned, on Sunday we had the Italian brunch and I OVERATE. After lunch hubby & I headed home. Son has one more week of tests in K.C., then has to come home, take a trip with the Yard Foreman on board the train, and if he passes everything, he will get his Engineer Card. After that--who knows? Business is slowing down, and he's not sure if he will be bumped back down to a Conductor, get transferred out of town (I HOPE NOT!), or be laid off. Since he lives at home and has saved most of the money he's made in this first year with the railroad, being laid off is not a huge hardship for him. So we'll have to wait and see what happens. He got 100% on his first test last Friday--so that's a good sign. They have to get at least 90% to pass. He got the flu last week and said he was was so sick all week, but never missed class. He's a good, hardworking boy, I am very proud of him.
Tonight we will be going out to dinner to celebrate son's 40th birthday. I hope to be able to eat LITE, to try and keep on track. Had some interesting comments on my last blog, and I especially liked the story Returntothin wrote about Lynn Haraldson. I LOVE Lynn. I read her blog and she really works hard at maintaining her weight loss. We need more people like Lynn, who maintain a loss and write about it. YES...I know it's never going to be easy. But when I get to enjoy doing so many things like I did this weekend, with absolutely NO limitations because of my weight, I want to keep trying! It's worth every thing I have to give up!!! REALLY!!!