Monday in NYC
Monday I went into what everyone around here refers to simply as “The City”. The purpose of the excursion was to meet up with a friend from a past working life. CP and her son were up from The South for a winter visit to New York to see the sights. WE met up at the Museum of Modern art and then wondered around looking for a place for lunch. We settled on “Hunan House” on West 56 and had good conversation and good food. It was a last minute plan that came together the night before thanks to Facebook. Always good when things like that happen.
Working the plan.
Tonight’s diner was Vegan “Mac and Cheese”. No cheese, just delicious. Made with pureed squash, green peas and such, it has no actual dairy in it and yet it does have a hint of cheese flavor to it and it definitely gets the texture right. We enjoy it. I am not a vegan, not even all the way vegetarian but we do make an effort to eat a primarily plant based diet. Recipes like this make it easier to do so.
The eating is going well. I am back to the pattern that worked so well for so long. Light breakfast. Very light lunch (just enough to get me to the end of the work day) and a medium sized dinner. I follow that with a light snack at around 8:00 PM and then we star tall over in the morning. It works. I am not uncomfortable, I am not overfull and I lose the weight.
The hard part was the maintenance. I will have to work more diligently at that when I get back to my goal weight of 210 pounds. No doubt that I will get back there. Working the plan.
The thing I am having trouble with is the exercise but I am spending a great deal of time on my feet at work and today I walked 5 miles at work. Not bad. I do need to get in more walking and so I need to get on the treadmill.
My great excitement right now is that Christmas Day is expected to be warm by Northeast standards and that means I may be able to get in a short ride. Maybe I can stretch it out to 20 miles and see how the shoulder holds up. The roads should be less busy than even a typical Sunday. Could be a good day to ride even with the late afternoon forecast for rain…
Working the plan… Eat Right, Eat Less, Move More…
Christmas Eve: When and Where this all Began
If you have been reading this blog for a while you have read the story.
It was Christmas Eve 2011 and we were at the party at the home of dear friends, really more Aunt and Uncle than anything. One full wall of their kitchen is all French doors and in the blackness of the night, the doors acted as full length mirrors.
Out of the corner of my eye I saw a fellow. HUGE guy. For a fleeting moment I thought to myself: look at the size of that guy… Oh. Wait. Reflection in the windows…
Yeah. Well. The huge guy was me.
Three days later I started this journey.
On Thursday we will be at that party again.
I am a much different person than I was in 2011.
Each year when I go back I feel as though I am returning in triumph. Strange right?
It feels good.