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A Wonderful Trip without Any Damage!

Monday, August 06, 2012

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!!!

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    I was so glad to read your blog today -- I'm not happy with any of my children at the moment, 25, 22, and 20, and it was so refreshing to see the pictures and read such uplifting, bonding, fun moments you had with your family. Even though you went over in the calories, you sure made it up in the exercising. I know this will pass with my kiddos and we will be back to great days, but right now - this is what I needed...thanks for sharing.
    2049 days ago
    glad you had fun with you family
    2049 days ago
  • EFAY32
    I live in the KC area and my fiance and we love Cinzettis!! He wants to eat there all the time, but it's super tricky to watch calories there, so we don't do that much. I try only to eat what I love there... but I love so much!!
    2050 days ago
  • GABY1948
    Wonderful blog...glad the vacation was a success and that you come to terms with food! That's emoticon
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  • ROCKMAN6797
    Sounds like you had a great time!
    2050 days ago
    looks like a fantastic family vacation! emoticon
    2050 days ago
    Our own minds is the hardest thing to get going in the right direction. So, in most cases, it's going to have to be mind over matter, or good sense over what our taste buds want put into our mouths! Just develop new tastes for the healthier foods in life! When you stay away from some of the "poison" we were used to eating, you will actually lose the taste for them! Just keep trying! You're right! It's worth everything!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2050 days ago
    Love your life. Live your life. It sounds so simple but somehow we get all wrapped up in the food fight. I can relate to your struggle. But you are have done this, can do this, want to do this, WILL DO THIS! Take your focus to eating right and moving today. Do not look back on days past or ahead. One day, one meal at a time. And keep moving. Find the balance and watch out for "deprivation mode." maybe denying yourself too much is bringing on cravings. Find your comfort deep within and not from food. You know all of this...just refocus. You have a beatiful family. Keep Sparking! (that's a step in a healthy direction.)
    2050 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    So glad you had such a fun relaxing enjoyable time with family while on vacation. You done very well with the food. God Bless You and Family. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care and Stay Cool.
    2050 days ago
    You and your family look so happy! How wonderful to get to spend such a fun time with them. I don't think you should get upset with yourself over an occasional food fest. It is more important what you do all the time. And it's important not to feel deprived. emoticon
    2050 days ago
    I figure that when I go on vacation and eat more than I should that it gives my body a "jolt". When I get home and get right back on track within a week I am typically back to my fighting weight. Glad you had a good time.

    2050 days ago
    What a great time you had with your loved ones. Now you will climb back on the wagon
    2050 days ago
  • AMBER281
    Looks like you had a great time!
    2050 days ago
    Happy that you had a good time and did well too. Where you splurged...I really believe that this is all about're gonna splurge some of the time when you go away. But you do it on stuff that is really worth it (like you did) and then either cut back when you come back, or before you go away. It'll all balance out, and sounds like it did just that for you!
    2050 days ago
  • GABY1948
    So glad you had a good time! I love the photos and the progress of your trip. I know what you mean...ds2 turned 40 last year and he was my BABY emoticon
    2050 days ago
  • JEANNE229
    GREAT photos! Love following your trips and family adventures. 152 is GREAT!
    2051 days ago
    What a beautiful family! I'm glad you had such a great time without feeling guilty about food. Yipee!
    2051 days ago
    What wonderful fun! Nice report from the scales, too!
    Who could believe you have a 40-year-old kid!
    I still say I don't trust anyone over 30...especially my children!
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    2051 days ago
    So glad you had fun....and made some precious memories! emoticon
    2051 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    One of my Friday morning coffee pals has a husband who has spent several years going around the country teaching those engineer classes. He's not doing it this year but he has done it in many locations. Good luck on their graduation and hope they all find good jobs. Looks you all had a wonderful vacation.
    2051 days ago
    That place does look like worlds of fun! What a great trip!
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    2051 days ago
    emoticon Phew your trip made me tired..but did want to tell you how good you look...and sometimes you need to take that break from dieting..So glaid you didn't gain. emoticon
    2051 days ago
    All that smiling and laughing you were doing must have burned off all the extra calories. Looks like you had a lot of fun with your family and were very active!
    2051 days ago
  • YOUNG2012
    Wonderful pictures it looks like everyone had such a great time! You have definitely earned the right to splurge occasionally and it didn't even hurt you so be happy!!

    2051 days ago
    Fantastics photos and lots of fun. No damage done-
    that was great! Once you are back on home turf,
    you can get back on track, knowing you had a
    good time with the family. Hope you have an
    awesome Monday! HUGS!
    2051 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/6/2012 11:34:28 AM
    So glad you had a fun day. I think it's OK to splurge once in a while.
    2051 days ago
    2051 days ago
    You know, sometimes it does you good to be bad and I think that you managed to reach a good balance and you know it too now that you have summoned up the bravery to weigh !
    What an awesome trip and what fantastic photos - thanks so much for sharing - for a minute or two there, I felt as though I had finally had a vacation this summer after all.
    You need to be proud of yourself - you are doing great even though you don't always think that you are!
    2051 days ago
    It looks like you had a great time! Over indulging occasionally isn't bad, especially when you know what you need to do to get back on track and you have the will power to do it. You can do it!
    2051 days ago
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