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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What a weekend! And Lots of pics and....call for recipes.

What a wonderful weekend away I had!  We left town Friday at noon and arrived in Huntsville in time to eat BBQ at a very famous hole in the wall place there. This place has been on the Food Network and Travel channel multiple times. We have tried to stop here several times in the past, but it's only open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11-6pm.  It's actually next door to a church and run by the members there. It's called New Zion Baptist Church BBQ.   We got there just in time before they closed. I had one rib. It was the best I've ever had. It is NOT fine dining, but it was super yummy.
We arrived in Galveston just in time for sunset. We checked in to the hotel and then headed right out to the beach for a walk.
This picture is a NSV for me. I've never been brave enough to go out in sleeveless tops. But, it was hot and humid and although I don't care for how my arms look, I didn't think I looked terrible. The water felt great!
Saturday morning we got up early and hit the beach. We went for walks, swam, and spent time reading under the shade of our umbrella. It was a great day.  I was even brave enough to take a picture in my swimsuit.
It was very hard for me to post this. When I looked at these pics yesterday I realized (again) how far I still am from where I want to be. And you're right Allan, I need to step it up again. That's already in the works, back to basics on the plan this week and lots of exercise. I've come a long way, but I cannot take my eye off my goals. I have gotten distracted from the goal of losing weight at times by emotional turmoil when I lost my cousin, health issues and my exercise goals. But, the ultimate goal is to get this weight off and that needs to be priority. I'm proud of what I've done, but I'm clearly not done!

I tried to find a pic to compare, but no surprise, finding one of me in a suit was hard. I'm very good at avoiding the camera. Here's the two I did find.

I spent some time picking up shells. It struck me how each one is so different, but they are essentially the same in so many ways. Each one is pretty in it's own way. Not unlike us as people.
Saturday night we went out to our favorite restaurant on the island, Gaido's.  I had grilled shrimp and red snapper. It was wonderful. They also serve it with tomatoes grilled with Parmesan cheese, such a wonderful tasty and light side dish!
I didn't eat the rice or the sauce. It didn't need it. Just a little fresh lemon squeezed on is all.
Me being silly at dinner. Like my new beach hat?

After dinner we drove out to the end of the island near where the big ships pass through and took some pics of sunset.

Again, some silly pics. Another outfit I never would have worn before. It's  a light summer dress and comfortable in the heat. I got it for a bargain of $12 AND it's a size 14.

Yesterday it was back to work. I headed in with a great attitude for a Monday. It's amazing what a little time away will do for your outlook. I weighed in and I was the same as last week. I find that a decent achievement for a trip. This morning I'm down a pound and I'm dedicated to get that scale to budge and get back off that steroid gain I had from 2 weeks ago.

The office was chaos yesterday. Really crazy with lots of complicated problems. Patients showing up with what seemed like simple issues, but turning out to be complex ones. Hate that. So my lunch time workout got scrubbed for work. Last night I went home and swam laps for 40 minutes. Felt good and it was hard with my breathing issues. But, a good workout nonetheless. I had to give up and use the kick board for part of it so I could breathe. I woke up this morning and I was actually a little sore. My calories yesterday were 1008. I was hungry last night. I really wanted to snack late, but instead I ate a sugar free jello and drank more water. Gotta remember that will power is really just a simple choice.

Today I've had my breakfast shake and coffee and tons of water. TKD class in the works for noon. I'm hoping that between being off the steroids, back on track with the diet, exercise and back on lots of water, I can get the scale to head back down. Plus, I'm back on the thyroid meds so hopefully that issue will be straightened out. At least my energy level is starting to improve back on the meds.

I need some new suggestions for veggies. Any new ideas? I'm just getting bored with my veggies. I love them lots, but I'd like some new ideas. I'm really trying to include more of them. Give me some new ideas. I'll be reading and commenting as usual today. Can't wait to see what all of you are up to. You guys really help keep me going! Have a great day!


  1. All love, and always here for you !!

  2. You look terrific!!! Beach life "suits" your new figure.

    I love Galveston - many fond memories from childhood with my grandmother, sibs, and cousins. Heck even medical school at UTMB was cool. Being a faculty member, though, was soooo much better. LOL I just luv the island. Where did you stay this time?

    Veggies, hmmm. I'm in a rut with broccoli but kale is my new fave now. I use it like greens - wilt the leaves in olive oil (or bacon if you can spare the calories) that has minced garlic and onion already sauteed then finish with some vinegar or lemon. YUM!

  3. Give this a try: slice yellow squash and zucchini long and kinda thin, drizzle with balsamic vinegar and either grill in a george foreman type grill or a grill pan on the stove. when you have some nice char marks take out and sprinkle with a little bit of feta or goat cheese. YUMMMMity! And this isn't veggie but I have to share because it is THAT good: if you like Fage 0% greek yog, mix in a 1tsp of any flavor crystal light, stir it a lot and even more. It is SOOOO good like that! And the crystal light has stevia in it so there's no additional calories. The lemonade crystal light in Fage is incredibly refreshing. I put fresh strawberries on mine too. YummmOHHHH so good. Oh here's another idea that is good: take a whole tomato which is so good right now and carefully cut out the seed/slimy parts and then drizzle again with a good vinegar like balsamic, not too much but you want to see it on there and then a light layer of skim mozzarella and pop under a broiler until the cheese melts a bit and starts turning just brown. That is really good too.

  4. Love the pics; thanks for sharing. I prefer almost all veggies roasted. But that would be pretty tough for you at work. I try to incorporate them into recipes when I can. And cut peppers are a great snack that I pack in a little thermal bag when I need something on the go.

  5. Loved the photos! You look great, and I like the new outfits too. As for veggies...I've never been the greatest fan of vegetables, but these days, I've been roasting them for dinner and I eat the leftovers for lunch (microwave them). I just toss them in a little olive oil and season to my taste, and roast. I like cauliflower, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, peppers, and both summer and winter squash. They are great when they get a bit crispy.

  6. I love broccoli and brussels sprouts roasted!
    I haven't been to the beach in so long so I really enjoyed your pic's

  7. You look amazing in that dress - what a bargain for such a cute dress! We are going to Galveston in late September and I can't wait! I notice you did not post about hitting LaKings - hello, I thought it was a law or something that you had to stop there for a treat! Or maybe that's just in my head, lol...

    I am in a veggie rut, too - I pretty much have been grilling everything lately. Although I haven't tried broccoli on the grill, but why not?

  8. A vinaigrette coleslaw is nice. One head of cabbage lasts for days.

    I like to eat peppers with a bit of dip at night.

    And cucumbers dipped in some fancy salts (truffle salt) might be fun.


  9. Great progress, Doc! I'm partial to tomatoes these days (a fruit, I know), such as caprese salad (tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil, and olive oil). And my latest creation, a hollowed out green pepper, filled with 2% cottage cheese and small tomatoes.

  10. wow your arms and everything really is much smaller and GOOD for you for butting it in a swim suit lady...wait til you see next year aye?

  11. You looked so happy in all of those pictures, like you had a really good time. What a fun weekend!
    Good job avoiding the rice, I might not have been a strong as you.


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