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Monday, January 31, 2011

Weekend Wrap Up

We had a great weekend in San Antonio. It was a quick trip, but fun.  First I'll end any angst and say I did lose weight. I am very proud of how well I managed my temptations and challenges to my plan this weekend.

I woke up early on Saturday morning, partially because I was having trouble sleeping and partially because I had a lot to do. I got busy and finished all my left over work for the weekend. Packed bags and cooked breakfast. I had egg substitute, a slice of bacon and 2 pieces of reduced cal bread. I packed a snack bag with cheese sticks, fruit and drinks.

We left at 10am and luckily traffic wasn't too bad. We stopped near Austin at one of the famous BBQ joints. This was my husband's idea and I agreed because he was really gung ho. I was concerned that there wouldn't be any option for me to eat. When we arrived I realized that this place didn't serve chicken or turkey.  They didn't have salads or even veggies unless you count potato salad or baked beans, which I do not. As I stood there looking up calorie counts and trying to decide what to get my husband grew irritated.  He was really not happy when I pointed out that I didn't want to get prime rib as he planned because it was like 1600 cal per pound. The meat is smoked with a dry rub, no sauce, but STILL.

Let me stop here to say that he is very supportive. VERY. But, he is not really "with the program" yet.

His switch hasn't flipped. He hasn't had the realizations I have. He said to me, "It's not like you come here every day.  It's not like we'll be back here again next week,  if ever."  He had a point. But, as you and I know that thinking can lead to major binges and slip ups. I smiled and just said, "Oh yeah. You're right. This is going to be sooo good."  When we arrived at the meat counter I decided to order pork chop. I asked for 3oz and my husband looked at me like I was insane. Instead I got a 1/4pound(4oz) and cut off a bit.  They had tomatoes as a side so I ordered 1/2 pound which was like 2 whole tomatoes or so. I ate those w/ the pork chop. It was very good.  I ate one very small bite of his prime when he asked so I could taste it and not offend him.

After that stop we drove in to San Antonio and got changed for the wedding. I wore my size 18 black dress which I was proud of and which is nearly too big already.  The wedding was a small affair and I really didn't know anyone there as it was for a coworker of my husband. I'm happy to report I had no appetizers. I did drink one small rum and diet coke (it was an open bar after all).  I ate the salad and two bites of the chicken along with the asparagus on the plate. I did not eat bread or butter or cupcake.

We danced some and had a good time. After the wedding, midnight, we met the happy couple and some friends at a wine bar where we closed the pace at 2am. I will say that I am too old to be up until 2am. But, it was fun. I didn't drink anything there, only water. After we walked back to the hotel. My calories were around 1400 for the day.

Can you believe we totally forgot to take a picture of me in my new dress? Me neither. Luckily I took this one in the BR on my iphone. It's crappy, but the only one I've got.

We got up yesterday morning, packed our bag and drove north to the huge outlet malls south of Austin. On the way, we stopped at Denny's for breakfast. This is dangerous for me as I LOVE waffles and pancakes. But, I did the right thing and had egg white, dry wheat toast and fruit. I also had chicken sausage which I'd never tried. At 55 calories, it was really good. Breakfast was 320cal.  After breakfast, I decided to do some jumping jacks and stretches before getting back into the car. I did 100 jumping jacks. You really forget how good they are for cardio until you do them.

We shopped all day and did a ton of walking. We got some great bargains, mainly on shoes for my husband, but everyone in the family had something in the car before we were done. We skipped lunch as we were busy. I drank water, but when we got back in the car I was starved and tired. Luckily I had my snacks.  Husband wanted to stop at a different BBQ place, but luckily for me they were closed. Instead we hit Subway on the way home. Calories yesterday were 1217.

I weighed this morning. My weight was 201. This is the lowest yet and very close to the 199 I am shooting for. I realized that for a while there I was so focused on 199 that I forgot that THAT IS NOT MY GOAL WEIGHT. It's just my next goal and I can't put in effort as if I'm only a few pounds from goal because I still have a long way to go. 

So I'm pushing ahead. I have a lot going on this week, but that's my status quo. I will not give up and I will keep my focus on my REAL goal of being a healthy weight.  Hope you all had great weekends and stay focus this week as well!

PS:  Someone gave me an award about 1 week ago. I can't remember who it was and I can't find it in my inbox. If it was you, please let me know so I can post about it. Thanks! AND I'm sorry I didn't get to it before now.


  1. Sounds like a fantastic weekend! Look at you doing jumping jacks after breakfast!! I admit, I still at times have your hubbys ways, " we wont eat here again etc" keep up the great work

  2. So were the jumping jacks in the parking lot?

    I happy to hear you had a good weekend. Doc, I hope I can learn to be as strong as you. You make decisions about food the way I would like to, but just not as disciplined yet. You're a great example to follow. 199 will be yours in no time.

  3. You are looking totally hot!!

    Love that you were able to stay strong with your choices.

  4. You really made great choices over the weekend and away from home! I believe that very soon you will reach that 199. So close...so close.

  5. Your dress looked great, and good for you not giving in to the prime rib, i don't know if I'd have been as strong.

  6. Outstanding job resisting all the temptations thrown at you over the weekend. Success breeds success (building your self efficacy in the Stages of Change lingo). Don't minimize getting below 200. Sure it is only a number, but is another method of assessing how you are doing. That dress size is probably a better measure. Way/weigh to go!!!!

  7. You did an amazing job over the weekend! Great picks on the food, drinks, walking and still having a good time!

    I hear you about staying up so late, I am too old for that anymore!

    Love the dress, you looked beautiful!

  8. What a darling dress! I also focused on the One-derland stuff. It really helped me in terms of feeling like things were really really working for me! I'm stoked about your progress! AM INSPIRED!!! xoxoxooxo GP

  9. Great choices :) And gosh, dedication doing your jumping jacks! That exercise always reminds me of Jack Lalanne. You look great in that dress, too. Hope you get past the big 2 soon!

  10. It's really, really hard to stay on plan when you are traveling AND when the spousal unit wants to eat, well, less-than-healthy food. Kudos to you for staying true to your plan while making him happy!

  11. You are so close to a triple digit rollover! I love the picture of you in the black dress. Va-va-voom lady! Keep up the great job!

  12. Looking smart, doc! I mean that in the sartorial sense, not your brains. Great job pulling a loss on a trip, that's astounding.

  13. wow Doc, I gotta say, black dress is hot! I also gotta say, I get the spousal unit not making choices easy when you are out and about. Just last night, Kathy got a full dinner at the Mexican restaurant we go to, and it was hard to stick with my fajita quesadilla and pico de gallo, but I did. I am like you, I will take a bite of hers to keep the peace, but am really secretly proud of keeping my strength up and not caving to an "old style" way of eating.


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