Friday morning we headed back into Chicago to spend some time in the city and then drop Seth off at the airport. I packed some snacks & breakfast for the road.
A banana and a fig flavored Voskos. In my opinion, Voskos is one of the best brands of Greek Yogurt but this flavor was seriously lacking. I couldn’t even eat the whole container! I dont know if maybe I’m an anti-fig person and didn’t know it or if there is just something off about this flavor (or maybe this batch?).
I traded in my Voskos for a Tall Non-fat Dark Cherry Mocha from Starbucks.
Throughout the drive I found myself snacky! I shared a blood orange with Matt, had a mini handful of Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares, & had 2 munchkins from Dunkin Donuts.
I’m not really a donut person and I probably have a one a year. With that being said now that I live in Iowa (and 3 1/2 hours away from a Dunkin Donuts in any direction) I jump on the chance to enjoy a mini jelly donut once in a while. I am from Massachusetts after all – the land of Dunkin Donuts!
Waiting in line for close to an hour was seriously worth it! The decor was so cute and hot dog-esque and the food was awesome.
I got the traditional Chicago Hot which was grilled and topped with ketchup, mustard, onions, relish, & a pickle. Matt got the Alligator Sausage Special which was made out of alligator meat – I had a bite, it was quite alligator-y! We also shared an order of fries. When it Rome!
After our hot dogs we drove around a little and the boys obliged when I asked to check out the Crate & Barrel Outlet. Imagine my surprise when we pulled up and they pointed out that their was a Trader Joe’s above the Crate & Barrel!
We got some goodies at C&B and then headed up to TJ’s where I proceeded to buy some goodies. Since the weather was so gorgeous we went for a little stroll and stumbled upon the Goose Island Brewery.
We headed to the airport to drop of Seth and then we made our way to Ikea for some new furniture!
In an effort to maximize our time at Ikea and save some money we ate a psuedo dinner in the car. I had a CPB Luna Protein Bar & a plum. Look at these two plums side by side! I went with the apple look-a-like on the right.
We spent a few hours at Ikea and probably walked 2 miles running back and forth through the maze of a place. We treated ourselves to $1 frozen yogurt!
Yesterday was kind of a revelation of a day for me. I woke up at noon and had ice cream for breakfast. Granted, I don’t always have ice cream for breakfast and I don’t always have ice cream but lately I’ve been struggling with my eating more than normal.
Like most people I have the mentality that I should occasionally indulge in treats but lately I have been indulging all the time. The last week has been a bit of an exception since I was away and entertaining a guest, but regardless I have not been in a positive place with food.
I do want to lose some more weight. But for some reason I am feeling less in control of my eating and more guilty for my food choices. I have decided that I am going to go back to calorie counting in order to lose the final 20 pounds or so. I have had conflicted thoughts about counting calories because I am prone to develop some distorted eating when I do so, but I have no doubt that if I keep that in mind then I will be able to work past it.
Ultimately I thought that blogging would keep me more accountable but it seems that the opposite has happened. Instead of feeling like I can be honest I feel guilt because I am comparing myself to the most healthy people in the world! The truth is I am still a work in progress. As hard as it is to admit that I still have issues with food, I do.
So from today forward Ill be counting calories. I haven’t decided if Ill be putting them on the blog or what my intended calorie intake will be, but Ill make sure to update you once I do!
Have a great Sunday!