Day 6 of my 30 day challenge proved how difficult it is to socialize/travel and “diet” (again, I am not on a diet but for lack of better terminology I will use that awful word).
I went to Prospect Park here in Brooklyn today with my 3 adorable pooches and spent a few hours enjoying the amazing weather we are having here in New York. Normally I would have taken something to snack on and bought something there if I got hungry. But when you cut out bread, pasta, cheese, sugar and alcohol you can’t really rely on being able to easily buy the things you can eat. I went to Washington D.C. on day two and put on a basketball clinic and took all kinds of things to eat for the very same reason.
I decided to pack some mixed nuts and dried fruit, an apple, celery sticks which basically serve as a spoon for creamy peanut butter, and the amazing fruit salad I had made a couple days ago…along with plenty of water. It required a bit of planning but even worse I had to haul all this along with the other necessary items like magazines, book and a blanket while being walked by 3 dogs over 2.5 miles each way! And yes, I did mean BEING walked…I am outnumbered so therefore believe it qualifies as ME being walked!
The food was fine. Salad was delicious and refreshing in the heat but what I really missed is what is best on nice sunny hot summer days….a really cold beer! I am not much of a beer drinker in my old age. I’m much more of a wine person in my advancing years…beer makes me feel full and bloated and that’s not really what I’m going for. But in the summer, on a hot day there is nothing better!!
As much as I would have enjoyed a cold one, I wasn’t in the least bit tempted to get one. I call that a successful day out! However, I do live right around the corner from a Dunkin’ Donuts and in the 6+ months I’ve been in my apartment I have never once gone in (AND I LOVE DONUTS!!!), which makes me feel like in a small way I actually have been dieting for the six months!
I was supposed to go into the city tonight to a friend’s party but after the day out paired with the fact I had beer on the brain I decided going to a party where everyone else was drinking and I would have to explain countless times why I was not wasn’t at all tempting. So I opted to stay in and make myself a great dinner.
When I got home I walked a block and a half to the produce market down the street. I got all kinds of fresh fruit and veggies for my dinner. I decided to make a hodge podge of a bunch of things and put it over white rice.
Day 6 dinner was a complete success! I sautéed a chicken breast with diced red onions, diced yellow bell peppers, cilantro (my all-time favorite herb), then added some frozen corn and frozen mango chunks from Trader Joe’s. I added a little rice vinegar and a bunch of Cholula Hot Sauce (which I can honestly eat on anything) and let all those wonderful flavors meld together. It was amazingly delicious, very healthy and completely filling!
And to think my boyfriend told me today that he hates when I don’t eat because it makes me grumpy! First off…I am eating a ton (as you can see by the picture of my dinner plate!) and secondly one might be able to associate the grumpiness with other obvious things (like the fact that I haven’t seen him in 18 days and still have a while until I do!!) Men think they know everything but it is shocking how little makes sense to them!!
Tomorrow (Sunday) is day 7! I’ll be a ¼ of the way done. This is a piece of cake…oh, that would be really good right now…a nice moist red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting…oh crap. Gotta go!