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Post Wedding and Summer Ahead

Saturday, May 26, 2012

I'm back from my wedding and honeymoon! Everything turned out perfect! You know I like to tell my stories with photos, so I'll save the details until I get my wedding photos back.

While on wedding/honeymoon, I gained about 8 lbs. The strange thing is, according to my bodyfat counter, my bodyfat has stayed relatively the same. Did I gain muscle while on vacation? Even with all inclusive food and drink? It is possible! My husband and I aren't lounging on the beach types. We like to walk on the beaches, around town, snorkel, swim, and dive. We're action oriented vacationers. I was doing some activity pretty much every day.

It was pretty easy to stick with my low carb diet at the all-inclusive resorts where we stayed. I loaded up proteins and veggies, and indulged in occasional french toast for breakfast in the morning. Because of the heat where we were, my main drink was water. Wine and beer were my main alcoholic choices, with an occasional pina colada or daquiri, but I didn't down them one after another. Fruity drinks were like a dessert, and I had only one per day.

Before the wedding, my best friend said she wanted to lose some weight (didn't we all!). I told her to try cutting back on breads, pasta, rice, and sugar. Just load up on protein and veg. We're both half asian, so asking her to give up rice for a little while was scandalous. But she gave it a try. A week before the wedding, she told me my advice worked - she lost 20 lbs! She looked fabulous!

In the final stretch before the wedding, I was running low on time juggling my college class and wedding plans. Costco had a special on Nutrisystem, and I thought it might save me some time if I had prepared meals handy. This was a bad idea. Yes, I lost some weight, but I think I could have done better with my own meals. And they tasted awful. I'm still eating them for the next few weeks because I paid for it, and I have some left. But I will not be doing this again.

Now that I'm back home, I've just been working on getting the apartment back in running order. First priority was the kitchen, cleaning it from top to bottom. I've been watching too many episodes of "Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares" and "Restaurant Impossible", that I'm having nightmares about kitchen cleanliness. I may have to stop watching those shows because I may never eat out at restaurants ever again! It's almost to the point that if I can't see the restaurant kitchen, then I won't eat there!

I've bought some plants from the garden centers, and am rebuilding my balcony garden. I grew some balcony vegetables and herbs last year, if you remember, and it worked out pretty well. Until I went on vacation then all my plants died. Except this year I've already gone on vacation, so hopefully my plants will live! I'm growing cherry tomatoes, basil, rosemary, cilantro, chives, and lettuce in containers.

We honeymooned in Aruba, and the flowering cactus inspired me. I have a concept to recreate a small container cactus garden to remind me of our time there. Obviously I can't use the actual plants, but I bought cactus from the garden centers that looked similar.

Still hunting for work, but my other project is to get programming mobile device applications, and possibly some freelance work. I may start investing more in my cooking blog, too, and tie one of my iPhone apps along with it.

Shouldn't be getting bored over the summer, there's plenty for me to do!
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  • NEILITHICMAN
    wedding and honeymoon weight gain...water weight? I wouldn't be too concerned about it.
    3161 days ago
  • MYTURN11
    Congratulations to you and your husband! I cannot wait until you post your pictures! Knowing you from here on SP, it must have been fantastic!

    I love Restaurant Impossible (and Chopped too) ~ I agree, because now I always want to go back in the kitchens of the restaurants and see how our food is being prepped and check for cleanliness. My husband thinks I am nuts! I have been cooking more because of this but also for other reasons – I like to know exactly what is in my food :-D

    Congrats again and best of luck on the job front!!!

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    3161 days ago
  • DDOORN
    Too long away...what wonderful news! Congratulations!

    Don

    ps...no surprise, re: the "boxed" Nutrisystem meals...you know Michael Pollan's thoughts on those "boxes"...lol!
    3162 days ago
  • VHALKYRIE
    JustBirdy: Well other than I have a tendency to kill plants, we'll see how the cactus fares! I just meant that I can't get the actual Aruba plants because of export controls and all, but I found a few similar varieties at my local garden center for my cactus garden.
    3162 days ago
  • MNCYCLIST
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    3162 days ago
  • HEMA345
    Its good to grow some of your own veggeis or herbs 'coz they are more healthy and you don't have to worry where they came from.... Wish you a wonderful life ahead!!! Enjoy the tour...
    3162 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
    Can't wait to see the pictures!
    3162 days ago
  • MYLADY4
    Time for the next wonderful chapter in your life. Enjoy the journey.
    3162 days ago
  • JUSTBIRDY
    congrats!!!!!!! and why can't you grow cactus??
    3162 days ago
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