Saturday Cheats and Sunday Snippets

Sunday, August 18, 2013


I hope you had a great weekend thus far. Mine’s been super busy and fun, but boy am I *exhausted*. Actually, I can’t remember when the last time I didn’t feel so tired. I think I need a vacation.

emoticon Saturday Morning emoticon

This was the day I was hosting the most people at my house ever for dinner: myself, my fiance, my sister, her husband, and her three kids. I was particularly excited because I hadn’t seen them in five years and they decided that this was the year the entire family would visit LA from my hometown Boston!

All week I’ve prepped for the night: deep housecleaning, furniture re-arranging, decluttering, meal planning, shopping and food prepping. My Type-A personality,perfectionist tendencies and people lover personality at reared its head in full-force, (No wonder I’m exhausted, right?)

Prior to Saturday, it was my intention to work out the dog in the early morning, but after examining my to-do list, I just couldn’t fit it in. And with Bruno, I can usually get away with not exercising him one day after a hard workout but …

Bruno had other plans. emoticon

This dog knew something was up as soon as he woke up! He started running crazy throughout the house and pestering the cats:

Uh-oh! On Friday night, I bought an impromptu bag of frozen bones. I had a feeling I was going to need it today!

While Bruno conducted his shenanigans, I fueled my tired body and mind with some coffee from our favorite local coffee shop (which my awesome fiance fetched as I fed the dog and such – love him!):

emoticon Saturday Breakfast emoticon

We popped into our new favorite local diner for breakfast:

Egg white scramble with spinach, bell peppers and mushrooms with tomato slices on the side. Plus my fiance’s buttered crusts from his toast. Yum!

emoticon Saturday Lunch/Dinner/Dessert emoticon

So here is the deal: the menu I planned did not contain even one ounce of any ingredient that was sugar-free or fat-reduced. What was important to me was the taste of the meal and I was not going to compromise on it for guests I hadn’t seen in five years!

I started the afternoon munching on a whole lotta tortilla chips dipped in either salsa con queso, bean dip, or salsa.

Then for dinner, I started with a salad, but then I had a large plate full of enchiladas that I topped off with a healthy spoonful of full-fat sour cream, Spanish rice, and refried beans. It was super fattening and high caloric, but OhhhhEmmmGeeee – it was delicious. And satisfying, as I felt no need to go back for seconds!

It was dessert where things went wrong though.

You know how I think I’m addicted to sugar? I know this, it’s just hard to take to heart when my belief is to eat “everything in moderation.” But I … inadvertantly? decided to test myself by indulging in the full-fat full-sugar cheesecake I baked.

And so I ate it. A BIG slice (not kidding here) generously topped with cherries in glaze and cool whip. The sugar-y graham crust was unbelievable. The cheesecake itself creamy yet fluffy in texture. I think I died of sweet happiness in that moment.

But then the addiction kicked in: the cheesecake created a cycle that I could not jump out of. I tore into these mini-Snickers we had in a drawer, then took out a spoon out of a drawer to attack the rest of the cherries and whipped cream. I was just about to attack some other sweets I had in the house, if it were not for the fact that my stomach started hurting from too much food!

What I learned:

1) I am not addicted to high caloric foods; I can eat it and be done.
2) I am absolutely addicted to sugar; once I eat it, I cannot be done.

Post-meal, I did not feel one ounce of guilt. The last time I indulged was a few Fridays ago, and so I was overdue anyway! What I did feel about an hour after eating though, was nauseous, I think, from the rich food my body was not used to. After all, I’ve been eating so cleanly that I’m sure my body was choking all the crap that I suddenly started shoving into it!

It was a good night, but it put things into perspective how far I’ve come. I fell asleep in that night with full intentions on getting back on the healthy wagon – not because of any weight reason, but because it’s what makes my body run at its prime and how I feel best. It’s a great place to be.

emoticon Sunday Morning emoticon

I woke up feeling really bloated from last night’s dinner! And terribly dehydrated from not drinking enough (too much fun socializing!). In addition, the redness in my face flared up a little, I think, from the sugar.

It was also incredibly hard to wake up. When I finally did, it was like I’d slept for 10,000 hours and I wanted to sleep just one more, but Bruno was not about to be gypped on a workout again!

I finally got up and started my morning with the wonderful coffee my fiance fetched for me.

Spot the cat! emoticon

Despite the coffee, I was still not feeling the workout. Along with my mind, my body was soooo tired.

That would be my “fake excitement for a hike” face. emoticon

emoticon Fitness emoticon

On today’s agenda: hike at Runyon Canyon with the dog!

Some pics of our day:

In the following pic, I was trying to get a pic of the Hollywood sign behind me, but my camera didn't take emoticon :

I think Bruno had a good time. What do you think? emoticon emoticon

And as always, it may have been so hard for me to get going on the workout, but I’m so glad I went. After all:

emoticon Breakfast emoticon

Post-workout, we were starving! We decided to hit up another one of our favorite breakfast places: Du-Pars.

Me waiting for my fiance to grab our take out.

Veggie egg-omelette with sliced tomatoes on the side plus my fiance’s generously buttered crusts off his white toast. I also had a cup of decaf over ice, because this sunny day called for it! :D

emoticon Lunch/Dinner emoticon

After breakfast and a shower, I was wiped! I plopped on the couch, passed out for an hour, then woke up feeling like a hundred bucks and ready for my next meal:

I had the strangest craving for a cheap, diner-style New York steak! I paired the steak up with some steamed carrots, green beans and a dinner roll. Yuuuuummyyyy.

I followed the meal up with frozen grapes, a seemingly important tradition around here to solidify my detachment from sugar.

Well, I’m off to catch up on some blogs before it’s light out for me. See ya tomorrow!

Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
  • ELISA322
    My sugar addiction is very bad. Once I start, I can't stop. Last week I had dessert at a wedding reception and it wasn't enough, I actually stopped at Mcd's to get a vanilla cone. How sad is that!
    2752 days ago
  • PROT358
    I know what you mean about the desserts. One bad choice (or sometimes in my case, often a salty choice) can prompt a whole domino effect of other bad choices and cravings. This moderation business is tricky!! ;)
    2752 days ago
    I almost feel like we went through an "overly-indulgent" weekend together after reading your post... I fell off the wagon a little bit too. But we are back on it now, right? :)

    Lovin' all your pictures! That's what a good blog looks like. :) I really look forward to reading your posts!

    Have a great day!

    2753 days ago
    I feel like I have had a fabulous meal, cheesecake is maybe better vicariously!

    You are working so hard, you are bound to succeed.

    2753 days ago
    LOVED you blog! And your photos.

    And I think I am falling in love . . . . with Bruno! He is such a handsome fellow!

    Your walk in the canyon looks astoundingly healthy, scenic and beautiful.

    Keep blogging. I am subscribed!
    2753 days ago
    Oh man! you really are addicted to sugar! The way you sounded about that first bite of cheesecake was like my first cup of coffee in errr ummm 4 years? It was like a hug inside my body. I'm trying to cut down to one cup a day now :P.

    You totally inspire me to eat better and plan ahead. I bought a bunch of Tupperware because of you :P Thanks for being so inspirational! emoticon
    2753 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

More Blogs by KITTYROXX