Poker, Steelers, Pennsylvania, Engagements…

by Christine on November 7th, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates

What a busy weekend for me!

I took a half a day off work on Friday, and we drove 5 hours down into the heart of Amish Country in Pennsylvania to visit a family friend, Doug, (who is really like a little brother to me) who was having a wedding engagement party. I was totally looking forward to getting out of town for a little mini-vacation!

Friday we were unable to hook up with Doug and his fiancee for dinner, so hubby and I were on our own for our evening. First we went to the Lancaster Brewing Company for 2 pints of beer. The Strawberry Wheat was really delicious! Light on the berry flavors, but a really nice hint under the wheat flavor. Very nice.  Afterwards hubby and I went to the Texas Longhorn Steakhouse for dinner. I had some grilled shrimp and mashed potatoes. OMG, the mashed potatoes were incredibly delicious! No doubt because they were swimming in butter, but they were divine. It was a super nice treat to have something so rich and tasty!

Afterwards we were finally able to hook up with Doug and Julia. We went back to Doug’s apartment and played a board game (Settlers of Catan) and met his roommates. It was great to see where Doug lives and get a little taste of his every day life! Doug is the best, and Julia is the sweetest, prettiest, most gracious person ever!

We were finally able to check into our Bed and Breakfast around 1:30 a.m. What a long day! We stayed at the Historic Smithton Inn in Ephrata, and what a fantastic place! I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the general Lancaster area. Our room was enormous and quite cozy, and our B&B mistress Rebecca is the best breakfast cook I’ve ever met! And she’s so sweet and outgoing too.  She was incredibly accommodating with our weird schedule and hubby’s strange eating requirements.  The Smithton Inn is that kind of place that gives B&Bs the reputation of being a warm, charming, wonderful way to travel.

On Saturday morning Rebecca made us a delicious breakfast. I had some fresh fruit, apple cider, and some fresh blueberry french toast with homemade whipped cream on top. So yummy! Of course I couldn’t eat it all, but I savored every bite!

Rebecca recommended that we check out the little town Lititz if we were looking for something to do.  First we twisted pretzels at the Julius Sturgis Pretzel Factory (tour costs $3). We walked and shopped for a while and bought some chocolate at the Wilbur Chocolate Factory. I picked up a few Xmas presents too! I attempted to have some chili for lunch, but it wasn’t going down very well, so I gave up after 2 or 3 bites.

Then we got a flat tire! Oh no! So the rest of our afternoon was consumed with calling AAA, getting a new tire, and killing time at the mall.

We rushed back to our B&B, showered, and hit the road to Harrisburg for the engagement party. It was wonderful! Catering, bartender with full bar (and a good wine selection too!), etc. It was fun representing Doug’s family for the evening!I nibbled on some of the catered treats, but I’m afraid all the salt from the Longhorn dinner had me restricted, so I confined myself to the wine for the night.

Sunday was another delicious breakfast at the B&B! This time it was a sausage, cheese, and onion fritata with more fresh fruit. Absolutely delicious!

We drove around for a while, checked out the river, and had a beer at the Bube Brewery, then hit the road for home.

But then the real fun began!

First, the damn Jets won. Seriously! What a tragedy!

But then the Steelers lost! We were ahead with 0:23 seconds to go and we LOST! How the hell does that happen? GET IT TOGETHER STEELERS! What a collosal failure.

But the real awesomeness was that my hubby’s friend Matt Giannetti was playing in the final event of the World Series of Poker.  We stayed up entirely too late to watch Matt G take home 4th place, which is some $3 million. He had a series of bad luck at the very end, but he played a really good, solid game throughout the tournament. It was fun to see our close friends in the crowd, along with Mr. & Mrs. G. (Mrs. G is the best home cook EVER, I swear!)  Congrats to Matt for a great run!

Weight this morning was 125.4, right on target, exactly on the goal weight. That’s great because it felt like I did nothing but eat and drink all weekend long, but it didn’t affect my weight. Hooray!

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I remember when!

by Christine on November 2nd, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

3 years ago, I’d go to Moe’s for lunch and eat a whole Triple Lindy (which is a burrito with rice, pinto beans, steak, shredded cheese, salsa, guacamole).

Calories: 845, not even including the side of potato chips they give you, which is easily another 400-800 calories. No joking, kiddos.

I can’t believe selling food that high in calories is even legal. It’s not even tasty!

Or my co-workers would head over to the Cheesecake Factory. I’d have the Pasta Carbonera, which has 2134 calories. Granted, I wouldn’t eat it all, but I’d eat a good 3/4s of it.

Oh my. Those were the days, huh?

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Who is on your cheerleading team?

by Christine on November 1st, 2011

filed under Christine's Life Updates, Diet, Food, Nutrition

This morning I came across this fantastic post by Krisz over at Chained to the Band. She was writing that she doesn’t give herself enough credit for her achievements, and that led into a discussion about who would you want on your personal cheering team, rooting you on for all your weight loss and weight goals?

Assuming that we’re following Krisz’s lead and accepting 4 cheerleaders on our own personal squad, here would be my picks:

First would be my husband. I’d choose him because his compliments and cheers are really scarce, but when he gives me a compliment I know that he means it. He’s not just saying it to make me feel better. This weekend he actually told me that I looked sexy, and I was like, “Woah…if he thinks so, then it must be true!” Also, my husband is a great voice of reason. If was trying to give myself kudos when they weren’t warrented, he would let me know, but he would also be the first to tell me if I was selling myself short. Yup, hubby would have to be on the cheerleading squad.

I’d also choose my friend Danielle.  I see her about once a week, since she lives down the street and often stops by the house to take her dog for a walk.  Danielle is fit and beautiful. She claims she struggled with her weight when she was younger, but for as long as I’ve known her it all just comes so easily to her. I admire her for that! Danielle is the type that is always game for trying some new exercise program. She got me to go to bootcamp with her when I was still losing weight. She tried yoga with me. She keeps trying to get me to sign up for spinning with her, and I really should make time to try that. Whenever we have friends over or go to a party, Danielle ALWAYS brings fresh veggies to munch on. She’s never a food pusher. She’s brought over healthy food options just for me, just because she knows that I’m trying to lose weight. Wow, that’s a good friend! Danielle would be on my list because she is always ready to encourage me to try something new and support me when I feel weak or like giving up.

And the last two cheerleaders would have to be my online besties, Sandy and Amanda. They’ve known me for, what, 7 years now? Maybe longer? They’ve seen me struggle with my weight and have been nonstop encouragement when I’ve tried different diets or exercise programs. They’ve kept me on task every single day (“Have you gotten your workout in yet? No? GET ON IT!”) and have given me advice when I’ve asked for it. (“Try cooking your chicken like THIS instead of like THAT to save a few calories!”)  They’ve totally been where I’ve been with the whole weight-loss and self-image issues, so they’ve been able to relate to where I’m at, literally, at every stage of my life. They understand, and they get me. And every single day they are there to encourage me to get up, keep moving, try something new, and to be the very best Christine that I can be. Amanda and Sandy are extraordinary women, and I’m quite sure that I would not have been as successful with my weight loss if it weren’t for their constant support and encouragement. (Thank you ladies, from the bottom of my heart!) 

My personal cheerleading squad:

What a good looking group, huh?

Who would be on your personal cheerleading team?

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