Things I did this weekend:
1. Gave waterskiing a shot
2. Stand up paddle boarding
3. So much boating on the lake fun!
4. Played in a sand volleyball tournament
5. Caught up with two old friends from my casino days.
6. Relaxed on a beautiful deck with coffee and the paper on Sunday morning
7. Hung out with the cutest almost-2-year-old ever
8. Went grocery shopping.
You’ll never believe what I took a picture of…
Yes, this is me outside of the grocery store.
In my defense, it is the largest grocery store in the country – and I passed right by it going to my friends’ house this weekend. How could I not stop by. Also in my defense – no one here wants pictures of themself in a swimsuit on the internets…
I feel like I’ve been gone a week – that’s how restorative the last 24 hours have been. I relaxed on their boat, played in the water, gave paddle boarding a chance (I was pretty good!), tried waterskiing (I was NOT pretty good), and just enjoyed great conversation with my lovely, lovely friend. Becky and her husband have a beautiful home in this lake community. After a big Saturday of boating with her entire family (I sort of crashed her nephew’s birthday party) I slept so well (bamboo sheets – best sheets ever!) and woke up to another beautiful day that was much quieter. I made some coffee and brought my kindle out to their huge deck overlooking a lot of trees and felt happy. I felt relaxed, which I notice when happens because I’m not often relaxed. I felt very focused as well.
I did a great job staying true to Whole30 while I was out there. Which, I’m really proud of because Becky’s mom is the maker of my favorite alcoholic beverage of all time – Cherry Whiskey. She ferments the cherries herself and filters them through the whiskey and it is so delicious. I abstained. I stayed away from the two birthday cakes, the chips, the cheese, the whiskey and the wine. For a girl who was this close to a pizza on Friday night (and not even good pizza – we’re talking Little Caesar’s here) I could have gotten away with eating whatever I wanted all weekend. Becky didn’t know I was on this Whole30 adventure. But I knew. And I did it! And it led to a great conversation Sunday morning when it was just Becky, Bill and I.
I got a renewed excitement about the Whole30 plan while I was there. I continue to feel good and ready to commit to the workout plan that has to go with this. I was reading Runner’s World magazine on her deck Sunday morning and can’t describe the clarity and commitment to myself I was feeling. I’m on day 14 now. I got this. I got some great ideas for meals while there and because Becky is so beautiful I remembered one of my own goals of this endeavor – I’ve got the makings to be a lot hotter than I am. Let’s face it, I have great hair and crazy long legs. I should really be capitalizing on these things. (Please detect some level of sarcasm there – I’m vain, but I did make that comment tongue in cheek.)
To continue my full disclosure, I do have to admit I bought a few things at Jungle Jim’s (the grocery store) to have the occasional treat after this adventure is over…
With this special little number…
Etude Pinot Noir. It’s going to be great.
This bottle of wine was the first time I realized there was great wine. I was living in Louisiana and the restaurant Ex Hubs and I went to every Friday night was always introducing us to new stuff. This bottle….Yum. Now, this is a 2011 Pinot and not a 2005, but I’ll take it. It’s kind of surprising to me (shocking, really) that there has not been a single glass of champagne or other great wine toast to the end of school. The good news is I’ll be back in St. Louis in a couple weeks and plan to rectify that at a little graduation dinner I’m throwing for a few of my favorites. Nothing overboard, just a good ole fashioned toast with something delicious.
Speaking of delicious – my dinner last night was! I knew I had a mango in the fridge that had to get used, so at Jungle Jim’s I picked up items to make a mango salsa – radishes, red onion, green onion and cilantro. Threw those in the food processor with the mango and squeezed a little lime juice and salt over it and let it sit in the fridge while I prepped everything else. I roasted brussel sprouts. I pounded a chicken breast flat so it would grill faster and spread a little coconut oil on the grill pan before throwing it on.
Grilled chicken with mango salsa (radish, red onion, mango, green onion, lime, cilantro) and brussel sprouts