Monday, January 10, 2011

Weekend on the Town

Happy Monday Blogger Friends!

Actually, I've never been a "happy Monday" person! Makes me grumpy to come back to work and know I have a 5 day work week! That's neither here nor there!

Matt was in this weekend. Weekends go by too fast though! I also still haven't mastered the fine art of tracking on the weekends I'm with Matt. But I'm kind of in that 80/20 mode. I can track all week and do what I'm supposed and then give myself a little leeway on the weekends I'm with Matt.

I don't go crazy...burgers, fries, ice cream, etc! No, no, no! I know better than that. But when I'm around him on the weekends, we really don't eat much. We eat about two meals a day and hardly any snacks. So my meals may be bigger and contain more calories but I need more calories during those meals because there is nothing else to supplement me the rest of the day. So, as long as I can keep the other days in check, I think right now I'll be fine. It's not ideal but it's not every weekend either. So it's more of a 90/10 motto. 90% of the time, I'm on plan or tracking, 10% of the time, I'm just letting up slightly.

I'll figure it out soon. The most important thing to me right now is the things on do every other day that I'm not with him! That's what has been getting me in trouble.

So my goal this week is to continue to track every day! Also getting my minimum 30 mins of activity in every day.

I had a "cheater" day on the 30 minutes of activity for Saturday. Matt and I went out on the town!

Now, I've lived in the southwest suburbs of Chicago my whole life. I even went to college in the city and have worked in the city for 6 years. But it's a rare occasion I actually do anything fun in the city! And I love Chicago. It's beautiful and there are so many great things to do. My problem is...I never really know what to do or where to go.

But we took the train on Saturday into the city and went to a pizza place and a few drinks! It was nice and fun. My "cheater" activity was walking instead of taking a train to get from point A to B.

After the pizza, we decided to check out the skating rink at Millennium Park. Unfortunately it was about 8:40 pm when we arrived on Saturday night and they informed us the rink closes at 9:00 pm and they weren't renting skates anymore. Really!?! On a Saturday night? I thought they would be open until about 10:00 pm. But Matt snapped a few pictures. Here is one of the skating rink.

So we had time to kill before the train and just went to have another drink at a really expensive place. Kind of disappointed in that place, drinks were small and expensive. Oh well, no big deal. Live and learn.

During the night, I woke up at 4:00 am with major flu like symptoms and was miserable. Couldn't go back to sleep until nearly 5:00. It was miserable. But I'm mostly better now.

Sunday, Matt and I went to eat at my dad's restaurant. Matt wanted to try a Chicago style hot dog and also got a mini burger slider. I had half of the spaghetti, which at my dad's work (since it's a chili place), is spaghetti covered with Chili. I got turkey chili (even though it's not necessarily better for you) and only ate half. The other half is my lunch for today. Here is a picture of Matt's food.

And I was so upset the other day because I weighed in and it showed 170.6. Now, I weighed in on Friday morning instead of Saturday morning and I had work clothes on. I weighed myself at home on Sunday morning at was 167.6. So, I'm not as upset about the weigh in as I was before. I'm going to track all week and workout and see what the number is on the scale this weekend.

If you live in a major city, do you visit it often or do you visit it once in a while and act like a tourist??


  1. Anonymous1/10/2011

    Which restaurant did you go to? I have never had a pickle like that on a hot dog at the one in Bridgeview.

  2. I love chili mac! And its funny Amanda. When I lived in Oak Park and worked downtown, I was at Heaven on Seven once a week, Frontera grill once every couple weeks - I miss all the good food!

    Now that I live in the "sticks" of NW suburbs, we go downtown maybe once or twice a year - so sad!

    Glad you had fun with Matt and hope you are feeling better!

  3. Nick, he got a "Chicago Style" hot dog so my dad make it differently than normal.

    Biz - I really should try to do that more often!

  4. And we went to the one on Archer Nick.

  5. Anonymous1/10/2011

    Well please tell your dad to hook it up with pickles like that in Bridgeview, not that I will be able to get there anytime soon, but I would appreciate it.

  6. Anonymous1/10/2011

    Sounds like it was a fun weekend! It is harder to manage healthy eating and activity/exercise on the weekends. I tend to do a little more extremes (long run, then post-run refueling), but I would like to be more balanced generally.

    I'm in downtown Chicago every day for work, so sometimes it's hard to get down there "again" on the weekend for touristy fun. But I love it when people come to visit and I get to play "tourist" with them!