Monday morning I worked out at the YMCA. I would definitely need it for what the day had in store for me. The plan was to swim but the swim team was in the pool when I got there so I switched things up. I warmed up with a 10 minute run on the treadmill then I spent about 30 minutes sweating on the elliptical.
The YMCA was nice. I was upstairs overlooking the pool and kept checking for a free lane. One opened up and I hit the pool. I swam 50 lengths in about 30 minutes, feeling so good to be in the pool and then finished up. I liked changing my routine a bit. I might repeat this at home.
I was just along for the ride. I had no expectations and had no idea what to expect. Their tradition was to get a Fletcher’s Corny Dog as soon as they arrived so that’s what we did. The lines for the Fletcher’s Corny Dogs were really long but they moved fairly quickly. How the Fair works is that you buy coupons and use those to purchase things. I think my corn dog ended up costing about $6. Water was about $4!!
We walked around the Fair to see the sights. A little while later I got a Catfish Taco. It was small and absolutely delicious. I loved the spicy flavors. I’m not sure what sauce they used, maybe Chipotle, but it was to die for.
I would most definitely have another Catfish Taco. It was worth whatever calories were in it. (As you can guess, I wasn’t counting my calories that day!) We went to some museums and saw the history of Texas…complete with debutant dresses.
I ate about 1.5 balls of the cookie dough and they ate the rest (thankfully). It was so rich and decadent. The outside was crunchy and the inside had the texture of a partially baked chocolate chip cookie. It was rich but not overly sweet. A girl behind me in line got the fried pineapple….mmmm.
I saw the prize-winning butter sculpture. Which was an impressive–and bizarre–piece of art. It was really big (I didn’t get a photo of the whole sculpture). If you love butter, there was also deep fried butter for purchase at a booth to eat. YUCK.
There was a lot of walking, which was good because of all the food we ate. It was really crowded, I guess a few schools were out for a holiday. I can see why the State Fair is so popular. It was a blast.
It was a fun day and a unique experience I’ll probably never experience again. I did experience some food guilt after I got home. I felt like I for sure had gained weight from the food choices I made. I tried to resist going totally crazy and trying everything that appealed to me but it was hard. It was a once in a lifetime kind of experience, though, and I’ll probably never eat those foods again.
QUESTION: Have you ever been to the Texas State Fair? What was the craziest food you’ve eaten?
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.