Just looking back on it now makes me feel so embarrassed. It is always at those moments where I would wonder when did this happen? How did I let myself get this way?
I kept on telling my mum how scared I was to fly to TN and she repeatedly told me not to worry...the seat belt would fit. I thought she was just doing the mom thing and telling me what I wanted to hear... but she was right!! It fit! Seriously...it has been a long time since I felt comfortable on the airplane!
So the opening dinner was a little tough. It was banquet/buffet style and when we sat down the desserts were already on the table - chocolate cake, lemon meringue pie, etc...pretty much whatever you wanted.
When I got to the buffet, I pretty much broke out in a cold sweat. I had been travelling all day and was starving. The options were: salad with caesar dressing, grilled veggies, veggie lasagna, sausage and penne, garlic bread (which, pre paleo, was my all time favorite food). I did the best I could and had a big salad with a little bit of dressing, the grilled veggies, and the sausage out of the pasta. I know people probably thought I was crazy...I am at a crowded buffet, people waiting in line, and I stand there and carefully pick out a pile of sausage to eat. A few months ago, if I saw someone do that, I would have thought they were being CRAZY! hah
I offered my dessert up to my non-dieting colleagues and got it away from as soon as possible. Considering the situation, I am proud of my eating for that meal.
When I got up this morning, I met my colleague and friend for a WOD outside on the campus where we are staying. She had never done Crossfit and I was excited to show her what a WOD could be...we did:
2 minute rest
do it again!
It was great - we both enjoyed it....it helped me feel energized, and then I was done with my WOD for the day! I think my exercise partner underestimated the WOD because it is only 16 minutes of actual exercise. But we just got out of a meeting and she was saying that her legs STILL hurt from the exercise! I just texted her the information about the CrossFit NOLA...we will see if I converted her!
Breakfast was great - big buffet with eggs and lots of meat options. Lunch, on the other hand, was a disaster. It was box lunches with a delicious looking sandwich, potato chips and a cookie. I knew the sandwich was mostly bread and eating the meat inside would not fill me up. I also knew that if I got the box it would be very had to resist the chips and cookie.
|thank you Quiznos!|
Dinner took a little more will power....the meal started with some unbelievable looking bread that I think was more like fried dough then rolls. From what I understand (I did not sample, just made everyone tell me every detail..hahah) they were great and came with a honey butter... :( There were two left in the basket that I know were meant for me! The main course was easier - I had a small steak and some steamed broccoli and carrots. I wouldn't say I was full afterwards - when you aren't eating the bread or dessert you have to eat more of the veggies/meat to be full! But I couldn't really ask for a second meal....I'm glad I packed some raw nuts!
|Thank You Robb Wolf!!|
The dessert was either cheesecake or key lime pie..I LOVE key lime pie.... but I didn't do it...not even one bite!
One thing that motivated me today was the pants I was wearing. They were 3 sizes smaller than when I started and I bought them about 2 weeks ago specifically for this trip. They were actually a little tight when I bought them but was sick of wearing baggie things. Well, I seriously spend the ENTIRE day pulling them up! They are almost too big to stay on me at all!
So, I am here for 2 more days. So far, I am VERY proud of myself. My eating/exercise was VERY different when I went to a similar conference just about a year ago!!