What a weekend I had. Exhausting. Exhilarating. Fun. Frightening. Stressful. Silly. Nerve-wracking. Nice. Tiresome. And totally awesome.
I left my house at 6 a.m. Friday morning and didn’t arrive back home until 9:30 p.m. Sunday night. I traveled to Milwaukee this past weekend for a Weight Watchers seminar.
But here’s the thing, this is the first time since I started my healthy living journey that I had no control over the majority of meals starting with lunch on Friday and ending with lunch on Sunday. When I realized this before I left, I kind of panicked. But really, why? I was going to a Weight Watchers seminar. Did I really think they were going to feed us unhealthy food? Not really, I guess, but I was a little nervous and worried.
I didn’t have to be.
The meals were awesome. Lots of fruit and veggies. Perfect amount of protein and carbs. Hardly any fat and just the right amount of grains. Every meal had a huge bowl of fruit with honeydew melon, canteloupe, grapes, pineapple and strawberries. We had apples, oranges and bananas for snacks.Â I have to admit, I was thoroughly impressed with the food. Especially because we were at a Sheraton Hotel and all but one meal was provided by the hotel.
On Saturday night, we – our group of 15 WW women – were on our own for supper. We ended up splitting into two groups – one group went to a restaurant called Stir Crazy (I think it was Chinese or something like that) and the other went to…believe it or not….Fuddruckers! Yes, the hamburger joint.
And yes, I was in that group. I chose Fuddruckers. See, the cool thing is, Fuddruckers has healthy choices. They offer a variety of burgers, including elk, ostrich and buffalo, which are healthier options because the meat is real lean. And the healthier burgers come on a healthier wheat bun. I opted for the turkey burger. I have been wanting to try one and haven’t gotten around to doing so. It came on a wheat bun that wasn’t all slathered in butter and toasted on a greasy grill. I did, however, only eat the top part of the bun and the whole burger. No cheese. No mayo. Nothing. It was plain. Although I did dunk it in ketchup.
And you know what, it was pretty dang good. Awesome actually. See, the thing that people don’t realize is that you can have a burger, even a “real” hamburger, but you don’t need to drown it in mayo or cheese or some other type of fattening dressing or sauce. Just enjoy the taste of the meat and the bun. Dunk in a little ketchup or even a little barbecue sauce if you must. Of course, I did have fries with my turkey burger, but I opted for the sweet potato fries, which are a tad bit healthier for you.
Before I left for this weekend, I had made the decision not to track my food while I was gone. I decided that I would just try it and see what would happen. Now, keep in mind that I hit the hotel fitness center bright and early Saturday morning (yes, it was at 6 a.m.) and I kept my portion sizes in check. Oh, and also, there were no desserts offered at any of our meals. No pie. No cookies. No cake. No brownies. No rolls of any kind. No chocolatey ooey gooey goodness. And you want to know what? I survived. I was just fine.
Now, here is the really, really, really cool part…….when I stepped on the scale this morning, I had no idea – I mean no idea – whether or not I had stayed the same or gained. Well, I was quite please when I saw that the number this morning was less than the number I saw on Friday morning when I left. It was less. I couldn’t believe it. Really, I couldn’t. I am guessing it won’t stay, but I don’t care. I didn’t gain and that makes me happy.
And believe it or not, this morning, I was actually excited to grab my tracker and write down my daily food intake. I actually missed it. Weird, I know.