But I made the conscious decision to eat it. I looked online at Ruby Tuesdays nutrition information before we left and was totally blown away by the sheer number of calories and fat grams in each burger. I was not feeling out of control, nor sad, nor depressed. Instead, I was totally celebrating my 30 pound weight loss.
Well, correction, the cheeseburger wasn't really part of my celebration, it was more of, I had a taste for a cheeseburger, and since Marigold and the Flowers wanted Ruby Tuesday for dinner on Saturday evening, the cheeseburger seemed like the perfect dining idea. Well, far from perfect nutritionally, but just what I wanted.
And it was a tasty burger! And I only swiped six french fries off Chrysanthemum's plate.
But, as per usual, when I make poor food choices, I feel it in my hips, knees and shins when I run. (don't you hate it when people say 'as per usual?' me too.)
However, the afterglow from my run is awesome. I'm feeling back on my toes again. I was extra sore all weekend after my beating on Friday night in Afro Brazilian dance class. I could barely make it up the stairs at home. I was hobbling around like a 95 year old man. Marigold convinced me to stretch more once I got home, as I could feel a middle-of-the-night leg cramp coming my way. Ouch! Yowser! With Marigold's gentle stretches and a few Aleve, I was able to dodge that painful bullet. The soreness, nonetheless, stuck around for the entire weekend.
And yes, you heard me right, I have lost an astounding 30 pounds! Only 60 more to go...
January 2009 Gratitude Journal:
Thursday 1 January: Today I'm grateful for family and friends who are willing to make the long trek to my home to celebrate the New Year with us.
Friday 2 January: Today I'm grateful for the pretty light blue sweater I'm wearing thats bringing sunshine to a gloomy January day.
Saturday 3 January: Today I'm grateful for the love and laughter of my daughters - they really are my pride and joy.
Sunday 4 January: Today I'm grateful for God's everlasting mercy and grace. Without it, I shudder to think of where I'd be.
Monday 5 January: Today I'm grateful for weight loss and maintenance blogs that give me valuable information.
Tuesday 6 January: Today I'm grateful for good hand lotion. Constant hand washing and harsh soap have done a number on my skin.
Wednesday 7 January: Today I'm grateful for the anticipated arrival of Spring and the longer days and flowers it's sure to bring.
Thursday 8 January: Today I'm grateful for good health and knowing it will only improve as I continue my weight loss efforts.
Friday 9 January: Today I'm grateful for my mother and her love for me. Happy Birthday, Ma!
Saturday, 10 January: Today I'm grateful for tasty cheeseburgers from Ruby Tuesday.
Sunday, 11 January: Today I'm grateful for Marigold, and his awesome willingness to be the strong head of our household and father to our Flowers.
Monday, 12 January: Today I'm grateful for my new shiny jewel-colored bracelet off the clearance rack at Macy's. Just looking at it makes me happy.