I came home feeling like I’d gained about 5 pounds over the weekend. It was hard NOT to feel that way after eating fried foods at the Fair. It’s funny because it’s actually hard to find fried food here in Portland (or maybe I just don’t know where to look) so it’s not something I have much experience with. I don’t crave fried foods, I don’t seek them out. The Texas State Fair was a once in a lifetime experience. I’m glad I did it, I’m glad I tried the foods I tried but I can’t say it’s something I want to experience again!
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We got home from the airport after running some errands and getting groceries and I headed to the gym. I desperately needed to move my body after being in a cramped airplane for most of the morning. It felt so good to run. I ran on treadmill since it was raining outside. I missed running outside like I did on vacation.
Dinner was easy and quick–and healthy, which was sorely needed after the fried foods I’d eaten. I made quick polenta with sauteed shallots and Michael blackened salmon.
I am so glad that I found an easy polenta to make. It’s so delicious!
Wednesday after work I went to the gym. It was my fourth day in a row of exercising and mentally I was starting to wear down. I didn’t give it my all but something was better than nothing. I know myself–and four days or more of exercise in a row is mentally trying. That’s one of the reasons I try to schedule my rest days split up.
I hit the stairmaster for 30 minutes and started to ache a big in my left knee. I switched to the elliptical for the rest of my cardio workout. I finished up with weight lifting- chest, arms and shoulders this time. I was a bit sore from Tuesday’s lifting even though I was using different muscles.
Calories Burned: 520
Dinner was something simple: Costco ravioli. I know, I know, nothing spectacular. But after a long day at work and after being out of town two weekends in a row we barely have any food in the house. This time I made the butternut squash ravioli from Costco, which I like a lot. It’s sweet. My only complaint is the serving sizes on the package are confusing as hell.
I roasted the last of our cherry tomatoes from the garden and topped the ravioli with a little olive oil, sprinkled some shredded white cheddar cheese on it, salt and pepper and then topped it with the roasted tomatoes. The tomatoes balanced out the sweetness of the squash. It was nice.
I’d eaten my spinach salad while I was waiting for the ravioli and tomatoes to cook. I was famished after my workout. I added chopped carrots, red onion, croutons and broccoli to the salad and used Light Ranch dressing for a change.
I’m avoiding the scale for a few weeks. I think for my mental health it’s the wise decision. I’m back at my normal eating, my normal calories, I’m working out regularly. I think in a few weeks I will be able to get back on track. In a few weeks it will be time to own up to any weight gain that’s hanging on and right the ship. I hope the damage isn’t too bad (I did work out while on vacation, that has to count for something right?)
QUESTION: How do you detox? Do you avoid the scale for awhile in order to even things out?