Weekend in the sun

So much to talk about!

I had one of the best weekends in recent memory, filled with friends, fun, good food and the SUN! Hooray for daylight savings (and extra coffee!) and spring 🙂

My good mood can also be somewhat attributed to the fact that I quit my job! My job that had me commuting for 3+ hours a day into NYC. I’m pretty wary of sharing too much on the internet…but here’s what I can say: In two weeks I’ll have my last day at my current job, then I’m off to Florida for a week to lay on the beach with my family, then I start a new gig much, much, much closer to my apartment with increased flexibility and just an overall better feel.

Life is sweet.

This week was full of successes. On Friday night I went out to happy hour with some coworkers and stuck to water AND managed to have a great time. Who would have thought that was possible?

Early Saturday my best friend Amanda came to hang out and bought me coffee. She knows the way to my heart. We spent a few hours catching up and relaxing.

coffee

Following her visit I embarked on some bread making. Thanks to Brenna at Running with Guts I’ve had a serious jonesing to bake. I followed her recipe for seeded multigrain bread and it came out amazing.

There were a few bumps along the way – I’m very impatient and a cold kitchen made for slow proofing – but thanks to my friend and expert bread baker Norm, the loaves turned out just fine.

dough

I devoted my whole day to this bread. Buying the ingredients, measuring everything out, kneading, proofing, baking, and then tasting.

The bread is thick and hearty with a slight sweetness and a nutty taste from the sunflower seeds. I plan to eat it for breakfast with a side of Greek yogurt this week. Salivating just thinking about it.

finished loaves

The rest of Saturday was devoted to planning for the future. First, I booked a two-week trip to England in June to meet up with a friend I haven’t seen in THREE years! Then, I chatted with my other best friend Amanda (yes, this does get confusing having two best friends with the same name) who is in the midst of planning her wedding. We discussed dresses, colors, food, and photos for over two hours. Following that, I spent some time with my friends and jungle adventurers Paul and Gowri. We went out for South Indian food but I was too stuffed from bread and ended up passing on the dosa.

Sunday involved lots of chores – laundry, food shopping, cleaning – with a nice 4 mile walk at the park to break up the day. It was my first time back to my favorite spot in months and I was ecstatic! The paths were crowded with people running, rollerblading, walking dogs – I love watching people get active!

duck pond

This weekend was great for a lot of reasons, including that, for the first time in a long time, it felt like I had some kind of balance. I was able to go out and be social while maintaining my focus on weight loss goals. I didn’t feel pressured to drink or eat and stuck to my calorie counting.

The weekend is usually the time when I’m tempted to binge and I stayed in control the whole time and tracked everything I ate. Huge accomplishment!

I don’t want to let anything dampen my excitement at all the fun trips and exciting life changes coming up in the next few months so sticking to my healthy intentions is going to be really important and this weekend gave me a confidence boost that I could do it.

“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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28 thoughts on “Weekend in the sun

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