When did the East Coast get so humid?

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Seriously, after spending the last couple summers in California and Santa Fe, I cannot believe the humidity here!! Here = CT, where I'm here spending a few days with my parents before heading up to NY for the rest of the summer.

Oh, speaking of my parents, my mom has a Spark account of her very own (Yay!) and reads this blog now (HI MOM!)

Anyway, my last bit of time at home in California went really well. In the past 10 days, I've finished Body Revolution, run something like 20 miles in 10 days (including two 10Ks), and have been hovering between 1350-1500 calories per day, including my cross country flight day. (Btw, I now love the Philadelphia airport because they had a salad place in every concourse and I was not forced to eat pizza, a burger, etc. to avoid starvation.) There was very high calorie day last weekend due to an impromptu sushi date with my hubby, but at least I had run 10K and burned 750 calories that day. Maybe it was a good thing I ate more that day, and at the very least, the sushi was great and the company was better. :-)

I haven't actually weighed myself in awhile, but I feel good and don't care what the scale has to say. The last thing I need is the scale making me feel inadequate when I know that I've been doing so well. I'll weigh in when I get to NY and use that number as a starting point for my summer goals.

So yeah, now I'm on the East Coast, and things have been going well! Since my mom is working hard to get her blood sugar levels down, healthy eating has not been a problem and there are fewer tempting foods around than usual. Just the way I like it!! The food has been delicious as always... It's been a nice mix of mommy-cooked favorites that I look forward to (sea scallops!!) and my own healthy offerings/suggestions (hummus, Ezekiel bread, low fat cottage cheese, etc.) My mom has been a champ about being open to suggestions and trying new things, and I'm really proud of her efforts.

The only really challenging food moment so far was taking my little brother out for lunch today. He wanted to go to TGI Friday's (not my favorite place for many reasons), so I ordered a turkey burger without the bun and a side salad instead of fries. That seemed like the only decent way to go, and it was still about 500 calories! What do those places put in their food to make it SO bad for you?! (That's a rhetorical question. I know the answer is fat, sugar, and chemicals!)

Anyway, exercise has been decent too. My parents recently moved to a house on a lake, so yesterday my mom and I took a walk around part of it. We kept a decent pace, plus I challenged her to do some quick jogging intervals, which she totally rocked despite an arthritic toe. Go Mom!! I didn't burn a ton of calories, but it was nice to get moving and spend the quality time. Today I went out on my own for a run around the lake, and despite being a very manageable 4.6 miles, it kind of sucked. There was so much humidity that the sweat just would not evaporate and I felt like I was a big melty puddle of misery for the last 2 miles or so. The humidity will be the same (or worse) in upstate NY, so I will definitely have to suck it up and get used to that. At least I burned a bunch of calories! Tomorrow we're going to do the Zumba DVDs I got her for Christmas, and maybe I will do a Jillian DVD too. I don't want to lose all those hard earned Body Revolution muscles!

Ok, I think that's it for now. I've been mulling things over and trying to figure out what exactly my goals are for the summer. Once I figure that out, I'll blog about it, of course! emoticon
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    Your doing such a great job.....
    2171 days ago
    Wow! Good for you for sticking out with that run in the humidity!! :)
    2184 days ago
    You're doing an awesome job!!! You so inspire me!
    2185 days ago
    2186 days ago
    Haha I'm from Philadelphia and we have the worst humidity during the summer. It's like you're breathing in water and it's miserable being out in the heat for longer than a few minutes. Glad your trips went well and you were able to eat healthy throughout traveling so much. Have a good weekend!
    2186 days ago
    coming from an upstate NY'er.....yes, the humidity here is AWFUL lol. where are you staying?? maybe someplace close by me??? =)
    2186 days ago
    Way to go! You really have this whole traveling thing down! I think it's great that your mom joined Spark (Hi Amanda's mom!) and that your both able to work on your goals together! I'm staying with my parents now too and since my mom is doing WW now and watching her weight it makes it a lot easier for me! She even weighs and measures everything for me when she cooks dinner so it's really great! Don't let the scale get you down (not that I'm saying that it will, but just in case), just remember how great you feel now and don't mind the number!
    2186 days ago
    Wow, way to rock your calorie intake even when you're out of your routine! So good of you to be a great influence on your mom. I look forward to the day my mum is off Jenny Craig (boooo) and I can help her learn a normal healthy lifestyle. (She's yet to quit the yo-yo rollercoaster, so my challenge is cut out for me!) Super proud of you for getting your mom out for little jog intervals - that's fantastic!

    Humidity... oh it's so not my friend either. LOL have you seen the Friends episode where they go to Barbados and Monica's hair poofs up into a giant afro? Yeah - that's me (in more than name!) Max and I are planning to head to SouthEast Asia in Nov/Dec for our honeymoon and I don't know what I'm going to do in that heat. Let me know if you learn any heat/humidity-acclimatization tips!

    Can't wait to hear about your summertime goals. You're doing great!
    2186 days ago
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