Well, I'm back! I've actually been back a while but have been so swamped I never even got time to journal! Thanks again to all who wished me a happy birthday! I/we had a great trip to San Diego, a whirlwind 4 days! We met our new SIL (DH's brother's wife), I got a body scrub (a first!) and a mani-pedi at the resort spa (she manages the restaurant there). I visited my brother & his wife -- I had no idea we were invited for dinner, but it worked out fine. They had flank steak, salad, potatoes, and asparagus, and so I got away with just a little oil on the potatoes and salad--and maybe too much of the lovely berry tart for dessert.
Then Saturday was the big cookout at DH's brothers' house. I had plenty of nuked potatoes and corn on the cob, cherry tomatoes and carrots--almost like home!
At every turn, of course, people were blown away by my weight loss--I hadn't told anyone about it, so my bro & his wife especially were floored! All my in-laws were just thrilled, and proud of me, and it was very nice to have that recognition. My SIL and her daughter especially were excited--my niece is a vegan, but she had never heard of giving up processed oils. The cookout was nice, because even my nephew and his wife, whom I have also never met, got to come for a nice long visit!
Here's the best part: I didn't gain a pound!!! DH's brother, whom we stayed with, had a Costco-sized pack of instant oatmeal for me, so that was my breakfast every morning, with fruit, and I just kept up on the nuked potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and baby carrots the whole time, with us stopping at Wendy's to eat when we needed to, and at the resort restaurant, I got my roasted-without-oil veggies and steamed rice, because my SIL was the manager on duty!
So I'm back, and I'm trying to work on getting fitter and toning up more. I am changing up and stepping up my yoga routines, making them more challenging, and this morning I did a 20-minute run! Yay me!!
I have to say, it is so much easier to exercise when I', 90 pounds lighter. Who would have thought, right?
We're having friends for dinner Friday after work, so I have to clean and plan food tonight (Thurs is Board meeting, so home after 7:30.) I will make Aztec Salad--I have all the ingredients on hand (although it would be nice to have a red onion instead of white...)
DH & I, once again, had a long talk on Sunday about me trying to help him eat this way. We made a little progress--but he really hates my glop! On Sunday, he asked me to try to make more plain stuff, so we had potatoes nuked, then roasted tossed with curry powder, with Brussels sprouts on the side, and corn on the cob. It was good, and I didn't pout about having 2 pans to clean instead of 1... We are doing OK. He also volunteered to pick up veggie sushi for himself daily as an alternative to going out to lunch. He has tried a million times to take salads, thermoses, and it never works--mostly because he wants to LEAVE the office! It is good for him to have the sushi at home, too, for when he wants something and can't "find" anything in the fridge or on the counter--I call it male pattern blindness--and I'm not around or I'm busy.
We'll see how it goes. Last night we had refried bean burritos with lettuce and rice. He had 2 helpings which is a good sign, I hope. (He usually won't do 2 helpings, instead looking for "a little dessert".)
Busy day at work and house cleaning tonight. What fun!