Monday, March 30, 2015

That Time I Ate a State

Georgetown #1
Georgetown #2

I'm backkkkkkkkk! I think this has been my longest blogging hiatus and hopefully you have missed me. I've returned from my New York trip and am trying to get back to normal life. I was so ready to sleep in my own bed, go to my gym, grocery shop and catch up on my DVR. Before my trip, I made the conscious decision to not track my food. I've been consistently tracking my food for over a month in the My Fitness Pal app and aiming to hit my macros every day. It doesn't always go to plan but each day gets a little better than the last. I was able to get to a low number on the scale and really scared myself and began to regret my trip ahead. I knew the temptations would be too great and I was looking forward to taking a break from life, so I decided to enjoy myself and not care. I vowed to still work out but eat as many cupcakes as I wanted to. Boy, did I.  Getting back on the scale this week will not be fun but I made a choice and I chose happiness and pizza, which are pretty much the same thing.  I wouldn't say that I went overboard but I did eat dessert at least once a day.  In case you don't follow me on Instagram (BTW, you totally should @sarahstew15), then you missed out on all of my fabulous eats.  I did make it to my beloved Georgetown Cupcake on two separate occasions!  There were too many flavors to fit into one visit!

Cronut and ALLLLL it's filling
I had a lot of pistachio stuff while I was gone.  I've always been obsessed with pistachio and was introduced to pistachio muffins by my friend, Jen P., a few years ago.  I. Can't. Even.  They're SO yum and amazing.  I had two on my trip and a macaron, a cupcake and Cronut.  Those of you unfamiliar with the Cronut craze, they are a doughnut made of croissant, which were popular a few years ago and the originals are sold at a bakery in Soho by Dominique Ansel.  The flavor of Cronut changes monthly and you get no choice.  Upon arriving at the bakery, we discovered the flavor was pistachio orange.  INSTANT EXCITEMENT.  Mom and I each ordered one and we sat down to pose for photos before digging in.  Holy disappointing.  Each layer is filled with either orange jam or this pistachio cream.  It sounds amazing but was basically all filling.  I was squeezing it out and wiping it off--gross.  It didn't taste anything like pistachio.  I'm hoping this was just a fluke in the flavor but I'm completely lost on the madness surrounding the Cronut.  You can keep it and I'll be visiting the tried and approved Donut Plant for yumminess instead.

I regret the Cronut.

I did so much walking around the first few days in the city.  Mom and I cranked out at least 20,000 steps each day.  We schlepped all over despite the 5 inches of snow that arrived the first day we were there.  I managed to get 4 days of the gym in and I even went on Friday night because it was snowing and there wasn't much else going on.  The gym at the hotel in the city was quite amazing.  They had several weight machines, a whole rack of dumbbells and even a rack of barbells.  I was very impressed!

My week was filled with all of my favorites: chicken parm, pizza, bagels, cupcakes, Italian cookies and so much more!  I don't regret anything but am so ready to get back to my new way of eating.  By the end of the trip, I was feeling so gross and one major meal even made me sick.  I can't eat the quantity or types of food that I used to.  There's no way around it that life is different now.  I actually missed my daily eggs and ham scramble breakfast.  Today is day 1 of the NY detox and I'm back on track and logging my food.  I will probably gain a few pounds from the last week but this is life.  You can't be perfect all the time and everyone deserves a break now and then.  The real challenge, dear friends, is not letting the week turn to three (or more).  Put down the cupcakes and get your butt in gear.  Are you listening, Sarah?  Happy Monday!  

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