I usually go to my parents' house once a week to eat dinner and catch up on the latest episode of Justified (best show EVAH!!). It does make tracking a bit difficult, though, because while they do watch sodium, they don't watch much else in their recipes. My mother isn't an extreme southern home cook as in she doesn't fry everything in lard, dish out a side helping of lard, and fill your glass with some nice hot lard on top of it all. However, she does cook a LOT of food and she channels Paula Deen in her belief that she's not going to eat anything unless it tastes good (MOAR BUTTAH!). Which is pretty funny considering she's rail thin. My dad's average in terms of weight (maybe 20-25 pounds overweight). However, my brother has the bulk and height of a linebacker without the exercise regiment, and we all know my story :)
So I went over there last night and they had baked this pasta dish. It's basically tri-color rotini, italian sausage, pasta sauce, and cheese. I normally try to convince her to at least email me the recipe so I can come up with a basic calorie count, but that didn't work for this one, so I had to make a guess. It also DOESN'T help when she alters the recipe without telling me. She's found the Red Lobster Cheddar biscuits and makes them all the time now. I did give in and have one, figuring I could work that in easily. She then says, "It's probably more than what you think because I put more butter in there." (MOAR BUTTAH!)
. Now there's no telling how far off I was with the calorie count of last night's dinner. AND I have leftovers. I did go slow during eating last night and took my time, so at least I didn't stuff myself miserably. Still not sure how bad the damage was though.
I've got to do a better job of planning on Tuesdays. At least seeing if they can send me the recipes of what they are making.
Managed to get some swimming in yesterday (YAY!). I'm starting off with some drills. One includes a pull buoy between the upper legs and swimming freestyle. It's suppose to elevate your hips automatically and create muscle memory that will make it easier for me to achieve this on my own eventually. I plan on incorporating some others like the catch-up drill. I'm following Coach Robb's swim videos on Youtube and this is where I'm at:
Rule 1: Stay "tall" in the water
Rule 2: Get your body balanced in the water
Rule 3: Breathing (can't do this successfully without achieving #1 and #2)
For those of you who are curious, the pull buoy explanation:
Kicking without a kickboard:
I need to get together a set schedule of these drills so I know what I'm doing, which day, and for how long. Didn't get to the pool this morning like I wanted, but will get there one more time this week.