Sunday, May 12, 2013
We're back from our most recent trip, and while it was a lot of fun, I'm really looking forward to just being home for the forseeable future. I love to travel, but April was a little bit insane. All said, members of my family spent time in 9 different states in the past 6 weeks.
I did end up gaining a few pounds while at Disney. I expected that, and the good news is that it's already mostly gone. Unlike past vacations, this time around, I got right back on the wagon and immediately started working out and eating well again.
I also joined a second Dietbet. I have no idea whether I can reach my 4% goal this time around (especially since I joined a week late, so I only have 20 days to lose 10 pounds!), but I figured that at the very least, it would keep me motivated. I'm about 5 pounds away with two weeks to go, so I do think it's doable, but it certainly won't be easy.
The HLC Spring into Summer Challenge starts on Monday, and I was asked to be a motivational leader. I'm pretty excited about this, and I really hope that I'll be able to inspire and support others. These challenges always keep me motivated, so I'm really looking forward to getting started.
In other news, my husband and I got tickets for Next Restaurant's Vegan Menu. For thoe who don't know, Next is Grant Achatz's newer restaurant in Chicago which has a themed tasting menu that changes three times a year. I've been waiting for years for him to offer a vegetarian friendly menu, and the current menu is completely vegan. There are about 23 different courses, and it promises to be a phenomenal experience. Instead of paying when you dine, the restaurant sells tickets that vary in price depending on the day of the week you choose. Actually procuring tickets is extremely competitive-- they sold out within 20 minutes -- so I'm thrilled that I managed to snag a table. This will be my birthday present!
We're also looking at joining a CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture and basically different farms offer weekly boxes of produce for a set cost. We subscribed to a CSA a few years ago, but traveled a lot the past two summers, so joining didn't make as much sense. This year, though, we're ready to get back into it. I love the freshness of the produce, the fact that we're supporting local agriculture, and I love that getting different fruits and veggies forces me to think outside the box and try new recipes. Figuring out what to do with everything is always a fun challenge.