I hope you had a great weekend thus far. Mine’s been super busy and fun, but boy am I *exhausted*. Actually, I can’t remember when the last time I didn’t 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 hadn’t 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 I’ve 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 I’m 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 couldn’t fit it in. And with Bruno, I can usually get away with not exercising him one day after a hard workout but …
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 – 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 fiance’s 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 hadn’t 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 – 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 I’m addicted to sugar? I know this, it’s just hard to take to heart when my belief is to eat “everything in moderation.” But I … 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, I’ve been eating so cleanly that I’m 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 I’ve come. I fell asleep in that night with full intentions on getting back on the healthy wagon – not because of any weight reason, but because it’s what makes my body run at its prime and how I feel best. It’s a great place to be.
I woke up feeling really bloated from last night’s 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 I’d 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 “fake excitement for a hike” face.
On today’s 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 I’m 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 fiance’s 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, I’m off to catch up on some blogs before it’s light out for me. See ya tomorrow!