Usually I dread the start of a new week since it means it’s the end of the weekend but this week I’m pretty jazzed to start over fresh. I had a pretty exciting end to my week, which included but is not limited to the following:
- climbing over a train parked on the tracks
- falling down a muddy hill with flip flops on
- getting a $100 speeding ticket in Des Moines
- running over an animal crossing the highway
Anyway I’m pumped for a new week which includes tons of fun stuff and of course my first friend from home is actually visiting me in Iowa [I’ve only lived here for 3 years!].
To my friends from Massachusetts & St. Joes:
Your failure to visit me causes me great woes.
Besides corn and farmers there is more to see,
It’s really not that lame, you have to trust me.
We have football and beer and a huge state fair,
I’ve got plenty of black & gold clothes you could wear.
Sure it’s not Hawaii, California, Florida, or South Carolina,
But its where your friend Kate lives & it’s the only place to find her!
Aside from poetry and having chaotic adventures I’ve been eating frozen yogurt and drinking green juice.
Yesterday after our girls only sleepover at my sisters house we headed to a Vegan Restaurant in Omaha called Mc Foster’s.
I ordered the Huevos Racheros which came with a tofu scramble on top of rice, beans, and some blue corn tortillas. It was topped with some homemade salsa, avocado, and raw cheddar. It was amazingly tasty.
I also ordered a juice that included spinach, carrot, beet, & ginger. It was a little bit too hardcore for me but I ended up drinking about half of it. The ginger was so strong, I should of thrown some apple in the mix.
It was definitely prettier looking than tasting 🙂
After brunch I started my voyage back to Iowa City but made a pit stop in Des Moines to visit my friend Kristen and make my obligatory stops at TCBY and World Market.
We headed to World Market where I bought some dishes & bowls & a chocolate orange or two. After World Market we stopped off at a Brewery to grab some dinner. I went with the Chimichurri Turkey Burger which came with lettuce, chimichurri sauce, and a pickle de gallo. I thought the pickle in pickle de gallo was a typo for pico de gallo, but it definitely was made with pickles and it was fabulous.
Dessert was some Chocolate & White Chocolate Mousse Frozen Yogurt from TCBY and flowing conversation for on the topic of all things food blogs. Kristen is the person who introduced me to the world of food blogs and she would be such a fabulous blogger! She gave me tons of ideas and suggestions for WhatKateAte and of course it’s always fun to listen to someone else’s take on a blog ‘topic’!
I’m glad to say no police officers or animals were involved on my drive back home!
Vacation Eating & Exercising
Today I am working a 13 hour day, but I am determined to fit in a swim in between shifts. Yesterday marked 4 days in a row sans exercise – so I definitely need to get my body moving!
I have to admit that I am far from being an avid away-from-home exerciser. In fact, I generally am so concentrated on making decent food choices and worrying about overindulging/eating that I let exercise fall to the side – It’s almost counter effective in a way.
Of course the best thing to do would be to rise early and get in a good work out or trot off to a class with someone but the less I have to do in a day the less likely I am to work out! Eek!
When I am away from home I lose the consistency I have in my day to day life and I also seem to lose some of the confidence that I have instilled in myself over the past few years by eating mostly healthy and making exercise a part of my life. I still struggle when I go on vacation or visit my parents or my sister because I am being directly challenged by things that have defeated me before (think chocolate, not exercising, losing inhibitions after too much alcohol, eating when not hungry).
It still takes a lot of reminders and trial and error, especially since I fall victim to the “Last Supper” mentality when I’m on vacation or out to eat.
How do you stay on top of your health while you are away from home? What kind of situations tempt you?