What a fun week it’s been. My mom has been in town since Tuesday, and she’s leaving today. She’s on a little tour visiting most of her children – first my sister and her family in Colorado, then me, and next up to the bay area to see my brother and his family. (I have a sister in Chicago that didn’t make this itinerary, but they saw each other a few weeks ago).
The Los Angeles leg of her tour coincided with a wedding we were both invited to (my dad was invited as well, but he was unable to come out), so on Saturday, we got spiffied up to celebrate the nuptials of our friends Greg and Ali. I clean up good!
We had a fantastic time, and there was excellent food, and I enjoyed all of it. (I danced, too, so that offset of few of the calories.) There was excellent food the next day as well, at a brunch for the newly-married couple, and I enjoyed that as well.
What I’m getting at is I’ve been lenient this week with my food choices, and I’m okay with it. I’m far enough along in this process to know that I’m capable of getting myself back on track quickly, and that’s exactly what I’m going to do. Plus, there’s a ticking clock that’s gonna be a big help: my next race, up the stairs of the tallest building in Los Angeles, is less than two weeks away, and I want to crush my time from last year.
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Plus, it’s not like the past week has been a free-for-all. In my last post, I shared a photo of a healthy salad that I made when my mom and I went to visit other local family. Another night, I invited a couple friends over for dinner, and I whipped up a healthy stew in my crockpot. It started with a ton of veggies (sweet potatoes, broccoli, onion, bell pepper, zucchini)…
…then I added big chucks of lean chicken breast and a jar of Trader Joe’s Garlic Sauce (which only has 80 calories per serving)…
…and then I completely forgot to follow up with photos of the finished product. Whoops. You’ll have to take my word that it was delicious.
For dinner on Sunday night, we stopped at Whole Foods and hit their salad bar, which has lots of options and is fantastic. I made a salad that has 19 different vegetables, plus tofu and garbanzo beans.
We took the salads home, but before I ate mine, I went for a run. I wanted to get in one final workout before the weekend ended. I’ve loved having my mom here, but because of our busy schedule, I ended up missing two workouts during the course of the week. Again, it’s no big deal. I’ll get myself back on track. I have to, because of the race.
I didn’t think I’d have a great run on a Sunday night at 8pm, but I went 4 miles in about 45 minutes, and I felt good. Tonight I’ll go tackle some more stairs, and when I get home, I’ll figure out a plan of attack for the rest of the week.
Keep it up, David!