Settling Back Into Reality

I’m back from my vacation “home”.  I had the best time, I got to spend time with my family and let’s face it, that’s the most important thing in life.  I got to eat all my hometown favorites and brought lots of goodies back.

Today, Monday, marks the start of my weight lifting regimen.  My friend Jean set me up with the program she does.  Let me tell you, this is going to be hard!  Today I did chest and calves and then hit the treadmill for 30 minutes (5 minute warm up, 20 minute run, and 5 minute cool down).  Then I came home and showered and had a hard time lifting my arms up to wash my hair.  Tomorrow should be interesting.  Ouch Jean, what did you get me into?

I started the morning with oatmeal and a hard-boiled egg:

I got some Apple Butter in Amish Country so I added a dallop to my oats with PB and banana.  Then I went to the gym.  My stomach was growling while I was there.  I came home and immediately ate leftovers:

A salad and chicken tikka masala, made from this excellent spice pack:

I worked in the afternoon getting things in order for the fall weddings.  Then I came home and prepped lots of healthy eats for the week.  I made a big pot of brown rice and chicken to have for meals and snacks throughout the week.  I also made dinner and packed hubby’s lunch for tomorrow.  Here’s dinner:

Salad with spinach, romaine, grape tomatoes, carrots, brown rice, with a warm honey Dijon dressing.  I seasoned the chicken breasts with creole seasoning and pan-fried them in a little olive oil.  Yum!  Now, I’m off to rest, more weights tomorrow. G’night.

Great Grandma’s Fried Swiss Mac and Cheese.

I think every family has that one special dish passed down from generation to generation, ours is Grandma Yockey’s Fried Swiss Macaroni and Cheese.  There is nothing healthy about this meal except that maybe one serving of it would be enough to keep you alive through a long cold winter.  But it is delicious and special and I got to have it this week.

Here is my dad preparing the historic family meal:

It is just macaroni noodles and swiss cheese, great grandma used to add lard, we leave that out.  Does that make it healthier?  I guess I could use whole wheat noodles and low-fat swiss cheese……Um, I don’t think so, I won’t mess with perfection.

Oh and that sweet corn and tomatoes, they are perfection too.  I think I ate a half a dozen corn and a dozen tomatoes this week.  I also had some turkey sausage that didn’t make it into the picture.  Here’s some pics of the farmer’s market:

I should also mention lunch.  I had to make a stop at the drive in root beer stand for a frosty mug of the best darn root beer I’ve ever had, and a coney dog because that’s just what you get there:

And of course there was breakfast, another hometown treat:

If I have gained five pounds this week, it has been totally worth it!