I hope you had a great weekend thus far. Mineís been super busy and fun, but boy am I *exhausted*. Actually, I canít remember when the last time I didnít feel so tired. I think I need a vacation.
This was the day I was hosting the most people at my house ever for dinner: myself, my fiance, my sister, her husband, and her three kids. I was particularly excited because I hadnít seen them in five years and they decided that this was the year the entire family would visit LA from my hometown Boston!
All week Iíve prepped for the night: deep housecleaning, furniture re-arranging, decluttering, meal planning, shopping and food prepping. My Type-A personality,perfectionist tendencies and people lover personality at reared its head in full-force, (No wonder Iím exhausted, right?)
Prior to Saturday, it was my intention to work out the dog in the early morning, but after examining my to-do list, I just couldnít fit it in. And with Bruno, I can usually get away with not exercising him one day after a hard workout but Ö
Bruno had other plans.
This dog knew something was up as soon as he woke up! He started running crazy throughout the house and pestering the cats:
Uh-oh! On Friday night, I bought an impromptu bag of frozen bones. I had a feeling I was going to need it today!
While Bruno conducted his shenanigans, I fueled my tired body and mind with some coffee from our favorite local coffee shop (which my awesome fiance fetched as I fed the dog and such Ė love him!):
We popped into our new favorite local diner for breakfast:
Egg white scramble with spinach, bell peppers and mushrooms with tomato slices on the side. Plus my fianceís buttered crusts from his toast. Yum!
So here is the deal: the menu I planned did not contain even one ounce of any ingredient that was sugar-free or fat-reduced. What was important to me was the taste of the meal and I was not going to compromise on it for guests I hadnít seen in five years!
I started the afternoon munching on a whole lotta tortilla chips dipped in either salsa con queso, bean dip, or salsa.
Then for dinner, I started with a salad, but then I had a large plate full of enchiladas that I topped off with a healthy spoonful of full-fat sour cream, Spanish rice, and refried beans. It was super fattening and high caloric, but OhhhhEmmmGeeee Ė it was delicious. And satisfying, as I felt no need to go back for seconds!
It was dessert where things went wrong though.
You know how I think Iím addicted to sugar? I know this, itís just hard to take to heart when my belief is to eat ďeverything in moderation.Ē But I Ö inadvertantly? decided to test myself by indulging in the full-fat full-sugar cheesecake I baked.
And so I ate it. A BIG slice (not kidding here) generously topped with cherries in glaze and cool whip. The sugar-y graham crust was unbelievable. The cheesecake itself creamy yet fluffy in texture. I think I died of sweet happiness in that moment.
But then the addiction kicked in: the cheesecake created a cycle that I could not jump out of. I tore into these mini-Snickers we had in a drawer, then took out a spoon out of a drawer to attack the rest of the cherries and whipped cream. I was just about to attack some other sweets I had in the house, if it were not for the fact that my stomach started hurting from too much food!
What I learned:
1) I am not addicted to high caloric foods; I can eat it and be done.
2) I am absolutely addicted to sugar; once I eat it, I cannot be done.
Post-meal, I did not feel one ounce of guilt. The last time I indulged was a few Fridays ago, and so I was overdue anyway! What I did feel about an hour after eating though, was nauseous, I think, from the rich food my body was not used to. After all, Iíve been eating so cleanly that Iím sure my body was choking all the crap that I suddenly started shoving into it!
It was a good night, but it put things into perspective how far Iíve come. I fell asleep in that night with full intentions on getting back on the healthy wagon Ė not because of any weight reason, but because itís what makes my body run at its prime and how I feel best. Itís a great place to be.
I woke up feeling really bloated from last nightís dinner! And terribly dehydrated from not drinking enough (too much fun socializing!). In addition, the redness in my face flared up a little, I think, from the sugar.
It was also incredibly hard to wake up. When I finally did, it was like Iíd slept for 10,000 hours and I wanted to sleep just one more, but Bruno was not about to be gypped on a workout again!
I finally got up and started my morning with the wonderful coffee my fiance fetched for me.
Spot the cat!
Despite the coffee, I was still not feeling the workout. Along with my mind, my body was soooo tired.
That would be my ďfake excitement for a hikeĒ face.
On todayís agenda: hike at Runyon Canyon with the dog!
Some pics of our day:
In the following pic, I was trying to get a pic of the Hollywood sign behind me, but my camera didn't take
I think Bruno had a good time. What do you think?
And as always, it may have been so hard for me to get going on the workout, but Iím so glad I went. After all:
Post-workout, we were starving! We decided to hit up another one of our favorite breakfast places: Du-Pars.
Me waiting for my fiance to grab our take out.
Veggie egg-omelette with sliced tomatoes on the side plus my fianceís generously buttered crusts off his white toast. I also had a cup of decaf over ice, because this sunny day called for it! :D
After breakfast and a shower, I was wiped! I plopped on the couch, passed out for an hour, then woke up feeling like a hundred bucks and ready for my next meal:
I had the strangest craving for a cheap, diner-style New York steak! I paired the steak up with some steamed carrots, green beans and a dinner roll. Yuuuuummyyyy.
I followed the meal up with frozen grapes, a seemingly important tradition around here to solidify my detachment from sugar.
Well, Iím off to catch up on some blogs before itís light out for me. See ya tomorrow!