Does anyone outside of Mexico and Texas celebrate Cinco de Mayo? As I learned last night, it celebrates a long-ago battle when Mexico beat up on France. Not to be a hater, but who hasn’t beat up on France at one time or another?? Cinco de Mayo is now primarily a holiday to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride by drinking a lot of margaritas.
It’s also a holiday where Carrie obviously feels the need to celebrate with her neighboring country by drinking margaritas and eating like a gluttonous fat pig! We went to the most “unMexican” restaurant last night (Moonshine for the Austinites) and still managed to partake in some margarita action. The one thing I remember from my Weight Watchers days is that margaritas have like 5 points each and that shit adds up fast! So do the appetizers, entree and my share of the THREE desserts that the 7 of us ordered. Bread pudding, peanut butter pie and apple crisp aren’t exactly endorsed by Valerie Bertinelli these days, ya know? Of course, at that moment, I didn’t care! Woo Hoo–I’m going to Italy this week. I’m celebrating for the next three weeks! Live every day like it’s your last!
Well, I definitely want to live every day like it’s my last, but I don’t want my last day on earth to be in a freaking sugar-induced diabetic coma! Needless to say, I got home last night and told my husband that I wasn’t getting up early to go to swim or workout. And guess what?! I sure as heck didn’t and now feel more crappy and lethargic as a result! I actually went on a 2-mile walk at lunch with some co-workers and that helped a smidge. I still hate when I fall off the wagon though and I seem to be dragging behind that thing in a big way right now. I haven’t stepped on the scale since I was weighed at Ironman (that was fun) and I’m probably better for it. I can feel a difference already. Real or conceived, I feel heavy, sluggish, gooey and soft. (and not in a good way) I’m watching my belly pooch reemerge from the fortress I had built for it before the race.
I’ve discovered a major thing about myself. I respond well when a plan is devised and laid out for me step by step. I do well when I am “coached” and have some accountability in the plan. Therefore, when I return from Italy in June, I’m going to see a nutritionist to help outline some good meal plans for my activity level. I definitely know my weaknesses–sugar, sweets, wine and portion control. I’m not really a bread or salt girl, but I’ll save room for a chocolate godiva lava cake anyday! I just want someone to help devise some meal plans and food lists I should and shouldn’t eat because quite frankly, it can be confusing even for well-researched dummies like me. Is wheat bad? What about peanut butter consumption? Is it ok to have one glass of wine a night? I hear it’s heart healthy, but it’s also over 1,000 extra calories per week. That means I have to cut elsewhere. I’ve improved a ton over the years and most of my meals consist of plenty of fruits, veggies, grains and lean protein. It’s those moments of temptation (social events, candy at work, etc.) that I fail 95% of the time. Seriously–95% of the time.
So…a couple more weeks of “Calorie Carpe Diem” and then it’s time to hop back on that wagon for the 2 Half-Ironmans and 1 Marathon I’ve committed to between June and October! I just hope I’m not too slow to catch the wagon!