Saturday, July 4, 2009

Still Day 1: 4:45 Check In

Feeling Good.

Hark, Is My Stomach Saying Enough?
Ate the breakfast I said I would. Could have stopped 5 bites before I did (leaving food on my plate is not a current strength) but I allowed for it all in my count, so it's OK.

Getting on My Feet
Went to Marietta Square for the 4th activities and stood up to watch the parade for more than an hour. Standing is one solution to heal yourself from what Levine in Move a Little, Lose a Lot refers to as the Sitting Disease. Then we strolled around a craft fair. In Levine's book, strolling counts toward living a more active life, too. If I'd had my camera, the shot of the day would have been watermelons chillin' on ice in several plastic kiddie pools. . . waiting to be cut and sold. Is that the South for ya' or what?

I Can Make Picadillo at Home
We ate lunch at a place called Hemingway's Tropical Bar & Grill. I got the Cesar salad, dressing on the side, with the grilled mahi mahi. I removed the croutons and didn't eat the buttered French bread that came with it. I was friggin' proud of myself.

I debated about getting this picadillo dish (ground chuck with capers, raisins, & other stuff in a tomato sauce served over rice with plantains), but when I started trying to look up individual ingredients on my phone on the Spark People site, it was too tedious, so I dropped back to get the salad. Best choice! When Hubby pointed out that they had the same beef blend on a bun and called it a Sloppy Joe--it greatly lost its appeal. HE ordered it and I tasted the meat--too sweet. Yay! My salad was nothing special--just romaine & fish but it was enough to make me feel nutritiously self-righteous!

Acoustic Music Is Good Stuff
We sat and listened to their live music, which was really great. It was this duo called Last Call Paul, singing great singalong songs from the Eagles and such. It was the most relaxing thing I've done in ages. I'd still be there if I had my way and didn't own a puppy who deserves to empty her bladder! I really wanted to buy a T-shirt of theirs as a motivation to fit into it and a reminder of this my starting day--a good one. The front said something like an island oasis in GA. Perfect.

The Rest of the Day
Dinner plans are to grill catfish and corn on the cob and summer squash. I've cut up some pears, peaches, and a lemon with a few cherries which is marinating in some Reisling for Sangria; 8 oz = 154 calories; I'll toss in a peach on the calorie tracker since I'll be noshing on the fermented fruit!

We'll likely watch the fireworks on TV--Boston (been there once--it was enough!) & NYC & DC. . . I think I'll suggest we take an evening--perhaps after dark walk. . .


  1. Happy "independence" day!

    My journey started on a holiday, too (Easter Sunday).

    Here's to a great start!

  2. You're off to a rock solid start! Once again, awesome choices my friend!!

    My best always. I'm so excited to be following your journey!


  3. You can do this! You want to lose the amount of weight I did, so I know it can be done.

    Moving more was great today, and you know - you can make piccadillo at home - I have a recipe. Email me if you want a good one. My husband's grandmother was spanish and made a mean one. (But not too sweet, because I don't like that either!)

    I'm glad to have found your blog!

  4. I wish you all the luck in the world! I hope you have a wonderful July 4th weekend:) You're off to a great start.

  5. The Sitting Disease - Sititis? Never read that book but it sounds interesting!

  6. Good for you for making such good food choices. Your sounded like a fun and relaxing one.

  7. "Nutritionally self-righteous." I love this. I may have to steal it :)

    You did great! Saying no is so empowering. Now repeat yesterday today :)

  8. You should be proud of yourself for the brilliant choice you made at Hemmingways. You will succeed on this journey. Oh and I only realised when I read the previous comment: WELL DONE for starting yesterday. So many people leave it for after the holidays, on Monday, when I turn 50, after Christmas, whatever. You are to be commended on your good planning and I trust you enjoyed the 4th all the same. (((Hugs))) Jo

  9. Sounds like you had a really great day! I'm glad!

    I swam in a friend's pool for a bit...does that count as exercise? ;)


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