Hope everyone is having quite the relaxing Sunday! Ours sure has been- we slept in late & then took the dogs over to Matt’s sisters house for a playdate & some breakfast!
Matt’s sister’s roommate [can you keep up with that?] made us breakfast. I had some scrambled eggs, a sausage looking thing, a slice of toast with grape jam, & an orange.
This is the second day in a row Ive had a bigger, heavier than usual breakfast. But its all about balancing the day out. Yesterday for b-fast Matt made some hashbrowns from some leftover mini red potatoes.
My portion: Some potatoes with 1/2 a slice of pepperjack, 2 slices of bacon, & a mixed fruit salad with red anjou pear & a banana.
Quite the difference! To his defense, he would of had some impromptu fruit salad, but I didnt want to share!
Does your significant other eat differently than you? If you are trying to lose weight or live a healthy lifestyle, how does that difference influence you?
I ended up taking a photo of my breakfast with my hand in it, not so I could show off my unpainted fingernails, but because I wanted to give you an idea of my plate sizes. I love to eat off of small plates. I truly feel like eating more food on a small plate vs. eating a smaller portion on a big plate really makes a difference to my psyche. I may just be crazy, but I swear I read that it works somewhere!
Since we ate such a late breakfast & it was on the heavier side I wasnt actually hungry until around 2pm. We were out & about in Cedar Rapids (which is a city 45 minutes away, which also happens to have the only TCBY in the area!) so naturally I grabbed some froyo as a sweet treat.
I have no idea why the cup doesnt say TCBY. I got a small 1/2 Chocolate & 1/2 White Chocolate Mousse. A classy steering wheel shot for you:
Dinner: Athens Style
Before Matt’s sister’s birthday dinner, we spent some time in a local book store where I got a few cookbooks. You can never have too many of those! Once we were done we headed to The Vernon Inn, a Greek restaurant. I was instantly impressed by their decor & their beer selection. So I ordered a Stella Artois to share with Matt:
The platter included some traditional Greek faves: pastitisio, moussaka, spinach pie, grape leaves, & gyro meat.
The amazing pita strips that came with the tzatiki- so good, so fried.
And my house salad smothered in feta:
I ordered the house dressing but a. it wasnt that good & b. the salad didnt need it so I ate it plain. Overall, the restaurant had a pretty good Greek feel & the slow service definitely reminded me of how the Europeans eat- by lamenting over their food and drinks and converstaion. The food was tasty & because its the only Greek place around Id go back. But after eating three meals a day in Greece for 20 days, it just doesnt compare.
After dinner we hurried over to our friends engagement party. I enjoyed a slice of the best dark chocolate & raspberry vegan cake & a glass of unpictured champagne.
Did I mention it was the best cake ever? Seriously, if you live in Iowa you need to go to Fairgrounds & try some of their baked goods. Environmentally and health conscious & to-die-for? Hell yes!
Today wasnt the healthiest, most balanced day but I ate what I wanted and I didnt go crazy on serving sizes. Sure, I could of had a more stablizing breakfast especially since I knew I was going to be going out to eat & to a party with irrestible cake. But, Matt volunteered to make breakfast and Im not about to deny him or myself that pleasure. As far as the TCBY- I had a healthier snack in my bag waiting for me when I got hungry, but I love froyo & I dont get to go to TCBY often, so I said what the hell.
I used to have this attitude that it was all or nothing. I would have one higher calorie meal & think my whole day was blown, so I would eat & eat & overdo it claiming that the next day would be a fresh start. Now I look at it as one bite is a new choice to be healthy. I try to make generally good choices so I have a little wiggle room on days like today. Im not on a diet so I dont have a diet to ‘blow’ but even if I did, I dont think I would of considered this a loss because I was always in control & I never felt like I ate beyond my ‘full’ point.
What are you attitudes on ‘blowing’ it for the day? What are your qualifications for plates, are they little, big, decorated with flowers? And how does your significant others lifestyle influence yours?
Enjoy your Sunday afternoon! I am planning on hitting a hot yoga class since I couldnt be the Weekend Warrior I planned to be yesterday [we had a leaking drain in our basement prior to heading out for the afternoon/evening, so ended up skipping the free yoga class!] & doing a few things on the blog & around the house!
Have a fabulous evening!