Election day: drown your sorrows, or celebrate

I have to say, I received a lot of good input for the blog-naming endeavor. Some were really great. Unfortunately, Eat Pray Love is already a book. And a movie.

I’m very close to naming the blog. A few combinations of suggestions have been awesome, but like Eat Pray Love, they already exist. Back to the drawing board.

Today is the big election, so I feel that almost anything I post on here will be lost in the shuffle. Donkeys and elephants aside, I’m still here writing about what’s for dinner. Probably some homemade mushroom soup.

Just a bit of exciting news: Not only am I down 25 pounds, but I am back in familiar territory. I’ve had to put away some clothes that are now “too big,” a phrase that I haven’t used in quite some time. I’ve accomplished a mini milestone: that old pair of jeans. The jeans that required every ounce of strength to zip, admit that “just because it zips, doesn’t mean it fits,” and then ultimately decide to put them away because “I’ll wear these again eventually.” Three years later, eventually is now. 🙂

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Thanks for reading. All food and frivolity aside, please vote today. We all feel small and might wonder how our one vote could make a difference. We question if anything will ever really change, even if our candidate is elected. No matter what, whether we re-elect our current president, or choose a new one, today is an important day. Make an informed choice, go vote, and then go drown your sorrows or go celebrate with some good food and drink.

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milestone #2: 20 pounds down

The big weigh-in day, after being on the road and off the scale, was a bit delayed. My Sunday flight home was cancelled due to severe weather in the Midwest. Stranded in Sioux Falls and at the mercy of bar food, I knew that it would be another 2 days before the much-anticipated weigh-in.

Today, I stepped on the scale, and had to re-check it 3 times, unsure if the batteries had been playing a cruel joke on me. I managed to not gain, not plateau, but lose 3.2 pounds on the road. I’ve met my second milestone: 20 pounds.

How did I do this?!? It’s not a secret. I really prioritized my days as best as I could.

Subway. Lots of Subway — hold the cheese, mayo, oil, etc. Bread, meat, veggies, mustard. Mmmm.

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Salad. Lots of side salads instead of fries (I’ve mentioned once or twice that I love potatoes).

Sitting. Lots of car time. Long drives, very little time to do anything but get to the gig, set up, eat, play, mingle, tear down, drive, sleep, repeat. I am reminded of this exercise show that used to be on TV when I was little: “Sit and be Fit.” Great title.

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The Miller Lite vs. Craft beer battle. What a battle it was. I did indulge a few times. It is Oktoberfest season, after all. And when you end up at a karaoke bar and strangers buy a pitcher (or 2) of beer for you and your friends, you don’t want to be rude. Don’t worry, I was polite.

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Free food and drink! Burger joints. Pizza parlors. Wineries. Home-cooked feasts. We were so fortunate to be so well taken care of by our friends, families, and venue owners. It’s hard to plan your day when you don’t know what’s for dinner. Still, it can be done.

Tracking. I tracked everything. Even the days that I thought “I am way over, I’m not going to count my points today,” I did. It really wasn’t as bad as I thought.

I didn’t have a whole lot of time to blog while I was gone. Let me just recap and say that I tried a lot of food. Sometimes it was really hard to say no to make room for what I wanted. Sometimes it was no problem at all. I really and truly feel that if I can do this, anyone can. Once I got over the hump and started seeing results, getting out of the woods (past the 10-pound mark for me), I really started to feel like I’m going to do it this time.

Thanks so much for reading, guys. I really appreciate it! 🙂

Cheers,
Lesleigh