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Road Trip June 2014

So we went away for 3 days visiting family and I had no control over what was being cooked but I did help in the kitchen.  The challenge came when all the food was all on the table.  Now that’s when I had control of what went on my plate.  I always went with grilled meats, grilled veggies,  raw veggies & hummus, salad, OK I  did have half a cup of mashed potatoes.  Then when dessert was set out on the table, and I mean the was dessert, Oreo ice cream cake, Tiramisu, strawberry shortcake, angel food & pastries.  I chose to have a few slices of watermelon & a cappuccino without sugar.
I have to say that I felt so empowered because I had control and it felt great since it’s been a really long time since I found that will power.

Below are a few of the meals I had while away.

I find that when I’m away visiting family I tend to not drink enough water so I bought this for the first time & I brought it with me.  Zero calories & zero carbs plus it’s tastes pretty good.  I don’t like sweet drinks so a small squirt is plenty for me.
imageWhat are some of your road trip strategies & foods you like to bring with you?


Low Carb Road Trip Food


Here’s what’s in my cooler for our 5 hour road trip.  It’s meatless Good Friday, keep in mind I have two teenagers in the car 🙂

Clock wise:
Apple juice
Granola bars
P&J sandwiches
Eggplant dip
Artichoke dip
Pasta salad
Bocconcini cheese
Gouda cheese
Bottled water (not in picture)

What are your favorite foods for a road trip?

Home Sweet Home

Hey everybody,

I arrived back home Saturday night, it was a great 5 hour drive, the weather was perfect and I was listening to some podcasts that helped pass the time so quickly.In a Jillian Michaels podcast that I was listening she was talking about facing your fears.  Here’s a little bit of what she had to say.

Face your fears and in looking at fear you have to have a game plan , never jump into it, set up to succeed.  Educate yourself and when you give yourself some knowlege you will  give yourself a boost of confidence, resilience and peace of mind to take that risk.  Information gives you power.

Attitude of failing:
You need to think of failure as an opportunity to grown, learn, to become better, so many of us have poor self esteem.  In life the thing you fear the most, you manifest in trying to avoid it.  If you look at the patterns of what your afraid of for example, you’re afraid of being alone, afraid of going to the gym because you’re 400 lbs.  You’re creating it by not facing it.  You need to start off by building your confidence up so start asking people for feedback and criticism and remind yourself that this is my way of getting better, and getting ahead.  By working on these weaknesses that’s what’s going to make you stronger and improve and move forward. You’ll survive the feed back, you’re strong, you’ll come through it.  When you see that you’ve faced these things you’ll build your confidence. Also surround yourself with supportive people that will be there for you.  So if you fail you need to realize that you’re still loveable.
We learn from failure not from successes.

OK that’s the best I can do at transcribing her podcast she talks so fast, anyhow I find her very motivational and true to the point.

Ok now back to me…haha.  Our 3 weeks away from home visiting family was fun filled.  We spent quality time with family and friends.  My parents are amazing and I miss them already.  My sister introduced me to some really nice people that I know I will see again the next time I’m in town.  You know who you are, I will check up on you and find out if you went insane hahaha.
Speaking of my insanity workouts I did manage to do it a few times plus we did so much walked too.

These pics were taken in Old Montreal, it’s beautiful there with their cobble stone streets and horse draw carriages, artists selling their goods and performing acts singers, comdiens, jugglers etc.

I made this smoothie for breakfast a few times for those days when I had to eat and go.  It contains low carb vanilla protein, 8 oz water, raspberries, blueberries and pineapple.  I combined all ingredients and with my immersion blender, puree and enjoy.My sister who is the BEST sister anyone can ask for,  is a nail technician and she did my nails with gel and put colored gel on my toes.

I love waking up in the morning and seeing my happy toes.  They will last for weeks without any chips.  Happy Happy 🙂

Road Trip

We’ve packed up and are on the road trip back home.

It was really great to see everyone But I’m looking forward being home and in my bed, seeing my cat (she hates road trips) and getting back to my food and exercise routine.

My kids have no school tomorrow so I hope it’ll be a nice day so we can spend it in the park and maybe we’ll met my husband for lunch since he’ll be working.

Good Friday

Yesterday was Good Friday and we drove 4 hours to spend the Easter weekend with my in laws.
There’s no meat today so as for my food choices here’s how I did.

Breakfast: Tim Hortons coffee & vanilla yogurt with berries.
Sounds like a good choice right? Well after grabbing their nutritional pamphlet on the way out, I noticed that a donut had less carbs and sugar than that yogurt!!! What !! Seriously I couldn’t believe it.

S: I drank my 32 oz bottle of sugar free nestea & chia seeds.
3 bathroom breaks later we arrived at my in laws.

L: There was a ton of food but I was very picky since I didn’t want to throw all my efforts out the window, nor did I want to stay awake all night with heartburn.

I ate dandelion even though it had a ton of raw garlic which burned after a few bites but I ate it since I needed the fiber, hummus, falafel, salad,celery and ranch dip.

D: was the same as lunch

S: I ate watermelon & cantaloup while everyone else chowed down on dessert.

Here where I screwed up: at 9pm we’re watching tv and the chips where put on the table. I avoided them in the afternoon by eating celery and ranch dip.

Anyhow other than the chips I did pretty good. I need to drink my water today as I didn’t have enough yesterday.

Oh ya people are all saying “wow you look great, you lost weight” & “you’re so skinny” & “how much have you lost?”

My husband said something really nice while as someone gave me a compliment. He says “she didn’t have to lose any weight, she’s always been beautiful to me”.
Aawwww!!! isn’t he a sweetie. He earned brownie points with that one lol.

Road Trips and Low Carbing

Yesterday we took off on our third road trip of the summer.  I’ve gotten pretty good at packing a cooler with snacks and eating out on the road is easier than I thought.  But staying at a friends house can be more challenging since I’m not in control of the food that’s put on the table.

For yesterday’s 6 hour road trip my cooler consisted of:

Bottled water
Homemade hummus
Celery sticks
Almonds raw

I also brought some food to keep me on track while I’m away from my kitchen:

Low Carb Protein shake
Brancrisp  — a.k.a. Particle Board 🙂
Sugar free Meringues
Sugar free Sesame Halva
Low carb Lilly’s Biscotti
Crystal Lite

Bunless Burger

I wish McDonald’s made something like this Bunless Burger.  But I must say that they make the best salads.  My fav is the Chicken Caesar Salad Yum!!

McDonald's Mighty Caesar Salad

Road Trip

We are back from another family road trip.  We went to Niagara Falls,  went on the Maid of the Mist.  It’s a boat that takes you to the falls, we were soaking wet by the time we got back to the dock.  We did a lot of walking and stayed away from fast food restaurants.  We ate really well and I managed to stay on plan as much as I could.

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