What a fun family weekend! It’s always sad when I vacation is over, but we had a SuperBowl party at the husband’s mom’s to look forward to and some 70* weather coming up this week!
My mom bought a loaf of this sweet raisin bread at a local shop and we all had some with breakfast. I pinched off a piece of this guy and savored it while I cooked a batch of oatmeal with banana for my mom and Matt #2.
Topped with my leftover trail mix with hot tea on the side -
My dad loves hiking so we decided to take advantage of the mountains scenery and go on a hike, which was really just a walk down Appalachian State’s Greenway Trail, but it was along a river with some nice natural surroundings. We walked for about 1 hour and 20 minutes (down to the end of the trail and back). Thankfully it wasn’t too cold!
Here’s me with my two parents
We went to Blowing Rock, a really cute mountain town, for lunch. I imagine it’s just hoppin’ in the summertime, but it was kind of dead on a Sunday in the winter. We ate at this charming English pub – the Six Pence Pub – which was just like being back at Cambridge!
My dad order a bowl of “pub fries” for the table. I had a few – they were great fries.
For lunch I ordered one of my favorites – smoked salmon on pumpernickel. It was BLT-style with bacon, lettuce and tomato (obviously!). I ate some of the bacon, but it kind of covered up the taste of the delicious salmon so I gave it to the husband to add to his reuben.
It came with a side salad that was nothing special – just iceberg and the basics. Honey mustard on the side.
I ate 3/4 of my sandwich and most of the salad:
We got home around 4:00, unpacked, did some studying, had a snack and we were off again to the SuperBowl party. I had an apple with a tbsp of peanut butter around 4:45-
My husband’s mom lives in a new condo with quite the social scene. They had a party in the “common room” – it was just like being in college but with less beer and more fancy wine! And I don’t think many of the adults were very interested in the game because we had a hard time hearing the commercials I loved the one where the guys brought the cheese and bread to the party and had beer hidden in them.
The food selection wasn’t the healthiest, but I found some good food in the mix -
A turkey and bleu cheese sandwich (which had a LOT of mayo on it but good bread!)
Plus 4 shrimp, a spoonful of Waldorf Salad, fruity vegetarian baked beans, and 2 crackers with hot pepper jelly. I also had a small handful of kettle chips as I talked to some of the adults.
We also sampled some of the wines - I had 2 tiny glasses, a Chard. and a Cab.
I’m sad the weekend is over. And this coming week is going to be very busy - I have two tests on Friday and one is a super-hard Physiology one.
My body has always been prone to “second-day soreness.” I wasn’t very sore at all when I got up this morning, but I can feel the skiing much more tonight, especially in my knees and quads. I’m going to take tomorrow off of exercise to recover and study first thing in the morning instead so I can enjoy my afternoon.
There have been a lot of assumptions made lately about my personal life, eating habits, and the blog – many of which are just not correct. I am sincerely sorry if I have offended anyone in my posts or if you disagree with my lifestyle. I keep the comments unmoderated because I realize that the internet is a great place for discussion. If you have a disagreement with something I do or say, and can present it in a friendly tone that fosters conversation, I’m more than willing to talk about it. Otherwise, I politely ask that you refrain from posting comments likely to hurt someone’s feelings.
I created this blog with good intentions to share a small but enjoyable part of my life with a willing listener. It’s nothing more than a snapshot into my story of working to maintain my weight loss. The title of the blog comes from the fact that I think many dieters eat boring diet foods, are often never truly satisfied, and struggle with hunger. I realized early on in my weight loss that by eating healthier whole real foods, I could eat more satisfying meals, get creative with recipes, and never feel hungry. I do not claim to have the knowledge of a registered dietitian (that’s why I have 3.5 years of nutrition education ahead of me!) nor do feel my approach to a healthy lifestyle is one size fits all. My goal with this blog is to share my meals and recipes with those who want some tips on how to prepare, eat and enjoy healthy food. I wish happy chewing for everyone!