Right back at it

I spent the past weekend visiting with my in-laws in Missouri. It was fairly relaxing and some good quality family time with my two nephews, mother- and father-in-law, brother-in-law and The Husband.

Visiting Missouri means some amazing home-cooked meals from Marilyn, my mother-in-law, with a few things sprinkled in here and there from Ed.

Over the long weekend we had delicious items such as pork tenderloin, pumpkin pie, rib eye, hash brown casserole (which I plan to make for Thanksgiving), ham, wine, beer …

You get the idea.

Marilyn and I did practice yoga once together. We were hoping to practice at least once or twice more. We had one afternoon to ourselves and I thought about suggesting a yoga practice. But we were having such a nice visit chatting away that I preferred that.

Yesterday Curt and I got home at a decent hour. I had time to get my work bag and clothes ready for the rest of the workweek. And I had time to hit my regular 6 p.m. yoga class.

Unfortunately Vickie was not teaching. But most subs are great. And the one last night gave me a harder practice than I planned for. But … Continue reading

Thanksgiving morning walk

I had to pick up a few things at the grocery today. So I decided to walk.

It was a nice, quiet walk. Just listening to my iPhone.

The gym is closed today. And I figure when we get home this evening from my dad and Hilda’s I am not gonna feel like working out with my own yoga or the little stair climber I have.

I think I am gonna have a cup of my garden veggie soup before we head to Dad to Hilda’s. That way I won’t be starving and gorge on all that food. I am sure I will still eat too much. But hopefully I won’t go nuts. But if my dad has that dressing he made last year … I am in trouble.

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2 pounds of weekend weight gain

Curt and I were in Missouri over the weekend visiting his parents.

On Thursday, the day before we left town, I weighed in. And I weighed in today–day after we came back. I gained 2 pounds.

Musta been the fried shrimp dinner and beers at the Ground Round in St. Joe; or fried tenderloin sandwiches; or the homemade (from scratch) pumpkin pie; or the homemade apple crisp; or the enchiladas; or the eggs and bacon at Poppa’s; or the many glasses of wine; or the cream cheese shrimp appetizer …

Ed, my father-in-law, said he wanted to make sure I left Albany heavier than when I arrived. Ha! Well, it is a done deal, Ed.

But I had some amazing meals–home cooking, good Midwestern comfort food. And it was a great visit with the in-laws.

I really pushed myself in spin today–knowing I gotta work off those 2 pounds plus .2 to get back to my goal weight.

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My version of garden vegetable soup

I owe a lot of my weight loss two years ago to a Weight Watchers recipe of garden vegetable soup.

Because of upcoming parties, a wedding, holidays, etc. I fear that my oh so close to goal weight is gonna go in the other other direction, especially with work getting ready to gear up even more than it has been lately and I think visits to the gym won’t be as frequent.

I got to the grocery today and realized I had forgotten to look up the recipe. I figured I would remember most of it. I got the basics–but basically I created my own veggie soup. Really you can add any non-starchy veggies to broth and get the same results.

I sprayed Pam into a pot and satueed carrots, garlic and a red onion.

Then I added three cans of 100% fat free vegetable broth to the pot.

I then added green beans, celery, red pepper, a poblano chili from the garden, a Hungarian pepper from teh garden (which is spicy), green onions and 2-3 tbsp. of tomato paste and let simmer for 30-45 minutes. Once the green beans could be easily bitten into I knew the soup was … Continue reading

Oh, so close to goal weight

I normally weigh in on Mondays, which I did last Monday and was, I believe, 2.4 pounds from my goal weight–on track with losing weight.

I decided to weigh in on Thursday–right before heading to Missouri to visit the in-laws (eating home cooked food and, of course, Midwestern food). Really, I was curious how much I would gain over this weekend.

When I weighed in Thursday I was just .2 away from my goal weight. I couldn’t believe it. I seriously have no idea how I lost almost2 pounds in four days.

Anyway, so we’ll see what the scale says when I weigh in on Tuesday.

Oh, I did get some exercise in yesterday. Marilyn, my mother-in-law, and I went for a walk with Katie, little doggie. It was a nice walk–about 45 minutes.

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Home-cooked Mexican food by Mom

Most of this weekend has been consumed by alcohol and good cooking by Mom.

My mom and stepdad were in town for my birthday. They go home tomorrow. And my plan is to get back to my regular workout and eating schedule tomorrow.

Friday (my birthday) I had a big breakfast; then Mom and  I spent a girls’ day together, which also included cocktails and appetizers; sushi dinner–which was pretty much the only healthy thing I had all day. Saturday my mom cooked a feast for me, Curt and some friends: chicken flautas, rice, beans, etc. It was good but greasy and so unhealthy. Today we had a light breakfast, then cheese, salami and crackers, wine, then a visit to McNally’s for drinks. And then tacos–cooked by Mom. Man, they were good. I have my fat pants on at the moment and am feeling a little gross. But it was worth it. 🙂

Check back and see how my attempt at getting back on track goes …

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