I’m back, and guess what the first topic of conversation is? You only get one guess. Yep, that’s right. Its food. I can’t help myself. In reviewing the past ten days, I’m actually pretty excited about how I ate.
I have SO MUCH to tell you about this trip, but I think I’m gonna go backwards in time, like that crazy Seinfeld episode about the Indian wedding. So let’s start with this morning’s breakfast, shall we?
Those amazing protein pancakes, topped with a really juicy, delicious ripe peach. Yumm. I got some great peaches at Costco before I left on the trip. They travelled very well, and two of them made their way home with me and were still good!
Last night I called my ‘babysitter’ on my way home to tell her I was coming home a little early, and she told me that Sophie had refused to go in her crate after the first couple of days. Her comment was “she acts like she’s the boss.” Hmmm, looks like she understands Sophie perfectly. So, when I walked in the house at 9pm, it smelled a tad like a kennel. Guess who was shampooing the carpets at 10pm? But you know what? This kind of thing even makes me happy, because I had the energy to do that after driving all day, and also because I had cleaned the house just before I left so it was relatively easy to spot clean the carpets. This is a different scenario than would have happened in my former (fat) life. My late dinner last night was also a classic. One of those little ‘puffy’ cheese-filled tortillas with some enchilada sauce and my simple salad, and some greek yogurt with frozen blueberries and some walnuts. Yumm.
It just seems natural to go back to my ‘regularly scheduled eating.’ This is also different than my last trip back from Oregon, where I obsessed about food the whole way home. This time I had quite a few healthy snacks with me, and I ate them all. The only thing I stopped for was coffee. Do you guys have Dutch Brothers coffee where you live? I LOVE these places. I mostly go to them when I’m in Oregon. There’s only one in California, as far as I know. They are all drive through, and they always have the nicest young people working in them. They prepare each drink individually, even the ‘just coffee’ that I usually order. This time I had one frozen ‘Dutch freeze,’ and one ‘regular coffee.’ Coffee perks me up a little better than coke, so I was able to keep driving without getting sleepy.
So. That little phrase I stuck in there–I ate them all. That is the only criticism I have of my eating on this trip. I ate a little too much food. I can’t believe it, but in ten days of travel, I NEVER went in a restaurant or a fast food joint. Can you believe it? I had lots of thoughts about them. And gave myself permission to go. But when I thought about the food I would actually eat at a restaurant, and how I would feel afterwards, it lost its appeal. This is also a big improvement for me.
Let’s see now. In the interests of full disclosure, I will say that four baked goods (from bakeries) were consumed, and four servings of frozen yogurt were enjoyed. Oh. And there was that giant bag of Costco Trail Crack Mix that disappeared over the course of the ten days. This is something that ‘intuitively’ I will not be buying again for a long time. I was fully aware that I would eat too much of it when I bought it. But I have wanted to eat it for four years, and I decided that that would be my treat for the trip. And really, that is probably why I didn’t eat more junk on this trip. I was content eating this junk.
The scene this morning:
Mr Monk enjoys ‘his’ chair.
And me. Au naturel ‘morning’ photo. Hey, I haven’t gained back ALL my weight!
A big batch of my homemade yogurt is incubating. I will be picking up the big guy later today. All is right in debby’s world at the moment. Come back later today for more pics and chat!