Wooh! First official day of Freedom and Fun! The goal of this weekend is to have fun! Plenty of it! But to also keep in mind the new healthy habits I’ve been trying to stick to. Now, I did buy up a good amount of alcohol for this weekend, so I know that it might do me in, but here’s how things went… Enjoy!
Started off the morning bright eyed and bushy tailed with some home cooked eggs, sausage and and english muffin and then we hit the road. We went into Erie to check out some of the bike (motorcycle) dealerships so the guys could check out models and prices, and I did myself as well… Working on saving up and getting my license to ride. Exciting! The highlight of the day, mainly for the guys, was going to get some Fireworks. And I mean big, gigantic, they spent way too much money, fireworks. Tradition more or less, that after dinner they set up in the field and we have our own 4th of July show! Check out the slideshow for the pics!!
That took up a good portion of the day, driving mostly, then went in to Wally-World and bought groceries for the rest of the weekend. This time around, I picked as much healthy food as I possibly could. Honestly, having a campfire ablaze constantly is super beneficial for cooking healthy foods! Grilling Zucchini, Squash, tomatoes, etc. are all my forte when out in the wilderness. There’s this recipe we make almost every time we go, so I’ll let you in on a little secret.
They’re called ‘Hobo Burgers’. They are the gift of the camping gods.
You get any and all vegetables you could possibly desire and cut them up into manageable pieces, have them laid out separately, almost buffet style. Then, rip a lot of long pieces of aluminum foil, big enough to fit all of the veggies and your meat in it. You take a good hunk of lean chuck or ground round meat?, and pat it down into a good size burger. Use a slice of butter for the veggies, the burger meat, then all of the veggies you want, and if you feel like it’s necessary, you can put in BBQ sauce or Italian dressing. The veggies we cut up and I put into mine were red peppers, green peppers, vidalia onion, mushrooms, potatoes, etc. Anything you want. Then fold it up really well, double wrap it with aluminum foil just to be safe and throw it (set it) onto the campfire in the coals. Flip them every so often and then you can add fresh lettuce, or tomatoes or ketchup when they’re done!!!! Simple as can be! There’s a picture in the slide show too!
Then I took what is more or less a hot dog and burger grilling contraption and cut stalks of zucchini and squash and grilled them over the fire with some lite Italian dressing. And I wrapped up a sweet potato in foil and threw that into the fire after poking some holes with a fork… BEST LUNCH EVER!
So, for a majority of the afternoon, I was a cook in the kitchen, and then there was a crockpot dinner for later on… Fire grilled corn on the cob, pulled pork, and more fresh veggies from the fire!
Then, it was off to set off fireworks! The night winded down with us all sitting around the fire, and I got a littttttle too carried away in my drinks… I had a few margaritas and a bottle of wine… a small bottle? Any sympathy here, no? Ok. Well that’s that! haha YOLO! …jk
Woke up early, had a bit of a headache from drinking.. duh! and managed to head down and get some good breakfast in! The infamous Gravy and Biscuits was just what I needed… to soak up the alcohol anyway. I literally haven’t had gravy and biscuits since I was a little kid and man was it good! Unhealthy but good!
For most of the day we were around the cabin, outside doing work, trying to stay in the shade, throwing around the football, playing catch, shooting guns, you name it. Didn’t do much for lunch (and it caught up to me later) Had watermelon, whole grain Sun Chips, and lots of water.
The day winded down wit h some muddy four wheeling back in the woods on the property. That was an adventure in itself… It can be rough with the terrain in the less traveled areas, but I made it out alive haha
Got back, changed my clothes, packed up the truck and the pup and headed home. We stopped at Wendy’s to get food and man did I regret it. It’s funny how after not having it for so long it actually changes it’s taste. It didn’t even taste good eating it, and compared to those Hobo Burgers, it was crap. Wasted calories and wasted stomach ache.
Made it home and then unpacked for a bit. Went to Applebee’s for a late night salad, the had a bite of my friend’s veggies and pasta, then called it a night. Quite the eventful weekend, but it was such a good time! Definitely needed and deserved 😉
Camping is a workout in itself! The heat, humidity, yard work, and constant moving around was satisfying! Can’t wait to get back into my routine however! Especially after a week of complete laziness.
According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 2,980 calories and consumed 1,928 for the day. Started off the day with a wholesome breakfast consisting of some eggs, sausage, and an english muffin. Lunch was Hobo Burger Delight! Lean burger meat, mushrooms, onions, ketchup, a big ‘ol sweet potato, and lots of water. Dinner was homemade pulled pork, an ear of grilled corn on the cob, a tomato, barbecue sauce, and zucchini and squash. Then, my cup of care was empty when I decided to drink an entire bottle of wine and one too many margaritas! Oops…
According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 2,538 calories and consumed 1,475 for the day. Started off with delicious homemade gravy and biscuits. Lunch was pretty much snacking/munching, which caught up with me later on… I had lots of watermelon, and whole grain Sun Chips, and then water out the wazooo. Dinner was a stop at (YUCK!) Wendy’s and then Applebees later on for an Oriental Chicken salad.
Feeling like crap still. Could not stay awake or motivated at work = Not Good. At All. Only highlight of my day was going to lunch, which I ate LIKE A BOSS! and swimming! And damnit I’m still out there like a champ regardless of feeling like crud. Went to lunch downstairs at Bar Louie which can be tempting to those cravings in the back of my head, however I got a blackened tilapia po’ boy sandwich with a side of black beans and rice. Only at the blackened fish and lettuce/tomato off the sandwich, left the rice, and ate the black beans. Really proud of myself for that. After work, went up to the pool to renew my certifications and stayed and swam for as long as I could (definitely out of shape and hard to breathe being sick).
Body Update: Feeling sharp pain today, more nerve pain like my sciatic nerve because it’s shooting down my leg now.. awesome blossom.
I swam for 15 minutes doing full laps in the pool, alternating freestyle and breaststroke. So out of breathe and felt like I was sinking when I got tired from my huge tree trunks of leg muscle mass… Also, I loved my recovery/catching my breath slowing down the pace instead of just stopping completely when I did freestyle.
According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 2,607 calories and consumed 1,209 for the day. Breakfast was delicious! I heard trying brown sugar was healthier than white sugar so I had Oatmeal with some brown sugar, an english muffin, and some orange juice. I had a snack of two baby KitKats. Whoops. Lunch was blackened Tilapia and black beans. Dinner was barely over an ounce of lean burger, broccoli, meunster cheese, and half a bun. Had a handful (which I counted each cracker) of Cheez-Its. Today was full of processed foods/snacks towards the end of the day. Gotta watch those cravings when I’m sick I guess.
Weekend! Woo, Finally! It was nice to not have to deal with rush hour traffic today! I ended up lifeguarding (weekend job during the summer) today for the morning shift. I made a promise to myself that I would pack some healthy food to eat and carry my water bottle around like a crucifix because it was going to be a hot one! I made sure to put sunscreen on my shoulders and some on my arms because I know I burn easily however I failed to realize that when I got out of the water from swimming and cooling off that some had washed away. So I’m left with splotchy sunburn all over!!
I have it on my thighs, back of my neck, and my face. Lookin like a hot pig or a lobster, whichever visualization you prefer. I did manage to go swimming around the pool during the rest periods and do some lap swimming as well! Definitely a great workout!
I didn’t eat a huge amount during the day, but I did go to Chipotle for dinner and out for a few drinks as well, so I had my cake and ate it too! I was also craving a shamrock shake from McDonalds because (as sad as this is) we were sitting outside at Chipotle eating and there was a sign on the McDonalds across the street that said try a shamrock shake and I LOVED them around St.Patricks Day, I was practically drooling even though I had just ingested over 1,000 calories and then I took out my iPhone and googled how many calories are in a shamrock shake… HOLY SH*T! A small shamrock shake has over 580-600 calories. WOOF! Definitely did not get one! Go me! Hah..
Body Update: Feeling significantly less sharp pain today which is surprising! I was expecting to have a bit more pain from working all weekend long, but it does seem to be getting a bit better. Woo-hoo!
AyyyeeYYoooo Switch uppp!!! Yeah, you heard it right. Finally started swimming this weekend! So lucky to be at the pool and on breaks or when I’m done with my shift I can go and swim around the pool and swim laps for however short or long.
I swam for 12 minutes doing full laps in the pool, alternating freestyle and breaststroke. Since I’m not a particularly proficient swimmer, I get more of a workout since my form is not streamlined per say so I have more resistance from the water. Also, alternating between each style allows me to get a bit of recovery or catch my breath slowing down the pace instead of just stopping completely.
According to my Calorie Counter App I burned over 3,361 calories and consumed 1,852 for the day. Breakfast was Honey Clusters Cereal with Milk, some orange juice, and an english muffin with butter. I had a snack of leftover couscous and fresh cut kernel corn. Lunch was chipotle!! Yikes! I had a burrito, steak, rice, black beans, mild salsa, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, and guacamole. I drank a ton of water all day to help smooth over me getting that calorie and salt overload. I didn’t necessarily eat any dinner, I just went out for drinks, but I DID manage to avoid binge eating after all that drinking. Proud of myself for not hitting up taco bell!