Rest Day! Although after you read this post, you’ll likely agree that I might have benefited from a lap or 20 around the block…
So, I had a BIRTHDAY BLOWOUT on Saturday. And I don’t mean the kind of blowout Olivia had during her 1st birthday party. I’m talking about the kind of fun day that throws calories to the wind.
It started out innocently enough. I did my work-out in the morning (it was Legs/Back and Abs) before Olivia’s soccer game. We took O to a friend’s for a sleepover and then hit the ferry. I even packed healthy snacks for us since I knew we’d be having a late lunch! John had a protein bar and I had an apple – plus my body weight in water. Not really, but close. I knew I’d be enjoying some celebratory cocktails so I wanted to stay hydrated.
We needed to go to University Village to the Apple Store so I had already planned ahead and found a restaurant for lunch with healthy options (look at me taking this all seriously and stuff).
We went to Sonrisa Modern Mex and sat out in the sun. It was the perfect day …. for margaritas. BUT, they were “skinny” margaritas which I’m positive have way fewer calories (no, I do not need you to verify this claim, thank you very much).
I had a salad for lunch to counter-balance the margarita and plaintain chips (not pictured):
No cheese and the dressing on the side! Go Melisa, go.
But now, we must remember: it WAS my birthday, after all. And U Village DOES have a Trophy Cupcake store. OK, I won’t keep you guessing. After lunch, this happened:
I ate a whole cupcake and didn’t feel one ounce bad about it. I am trying to lose weight and get healthier, that is true. But I am also trying to enjoy life and have some fun, too.
Speaking of having fun, I decided to grant myself a “free day” and enjoy the crap out of dinner as well. We went to El Gaucho in Seattle because I was craving a steak (truth be told, it was good, but a little pricier than I think is necessary. That’s just my .02.)
It’s sort of become a tradition to toast the start of our date nights with a Lemon Drop for me and a Manhattan for John and I sure hate to break from tradition, especially on a special occasion:
The over-priced steak was juicy and delicious though, and yes that is homemade mac n’ cheese in the background. Go big or go home, I always say:
I was hell-bent on NOT getting dessert. I’d already had a cupcake for pete’s sake. But when the restaurant offers you a free root beer float just for turning a year older, frankly it would be rude to say no:
I did manage to get a work-out in before this tasty glass of goodness arrived, though. The after-dinner nuts they brought us required CRACKING, can you believe that nonsense?! So my right hand is totally buff now:
And now it’s Confession Time: my day of indulgence might have spilled over into Sunday just a teensy tiny bit. It’s not my fault that our hotel was RIGHT DOWN THE STREET from Top Pot Doughnut! You could practically smell the place from our room!
If you know anything about me, you will know how I feel about my beloved Maple Bar. I’ll just leave it at that.
OK, that was for sure my last indulgence for the weekend. Yes, I felt a little bit guilty about the doughnut, I’ll be honest. But I knew that the next day was a chance to get back on track. And just to further remind myself that I don’t need to go like a bat out of h-e-double-hockey-sticks when I get near sugary temptations, I was UP TWO POUNDS the next day, with a net loss of 4 lbs. instead of 6.
I’m not going to obsess about the numbers (probably) but I do think it was a pretty clear picture of what I need to do (and not do).
And tomorrow is a new day!
What are some of your weaknesses when it comes to food? I’d love to hear from you!