Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Rubber Eggs

Boy, what a day! This is going to be "just another update," nothing profound, just a share of my life! I am wiped out tired, but tomorrow maybe I will write about some other stuff I have rolling around in my head.

This morning at the hotel, I got a bit of a surprise! I was expecting a certain kind of breakfast, because I booked a room at a place that advertised its Free Hot Breakfast Bar, with things like scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, omelets, along with lots of different breads and cereals and stuff. Since I am "low carbing" it at the moment, I was excited to get some eggs or an omelet for my breakfast, even if it would be a bit higher in fat than I'd make at home. That and some tea, and I'd be happy as a clam!

When I walked into the breakfast room with my kids this morning, I saw the biggest display of carbohydrates known to man! There were cinnamon rolls, donuts of all kinds, monster muffins in several varieties, bagels, biscuits, white bread, Fruit Loops, Frosted Flakes, and on and on! My eyes got pretty big as I walked down the line, empty Styrofoam plate in hand, passing by item after item after item. Where was the bacon? The sausage? The scrambled eggs or omelets?? Um, well, I happened to show up when the "featured" hot food was biscuits and gravy... prepackaged, pasty, greasy, flour-thickened gravy in a metal serving pan with tiny flecks of "sausage" suspended in the gloopiness. Um, no.

I actually went back and walked the line again, thinking, okay... I can reintroduce a HEALTHY carb into my meals today. I'll have a slice of whole wheat toast.

Nope. No whole wheat anything. No whole grain anything. I went and got a small cup of coffee, added some low fat milk and Splenda, and took a sip. I set it on the table and walked the breakfast line a third time. I decided to brave the unfamiliar world of Pre-Peeled Hard Boiled Eggs On Ice, served naked in a metal pan with a set of tongs strategically placed on top. I've seen them before, but something about ice-cold boiled eggs from who-knows where has always scared me. I picked one up with the tongs, placed it on my plate, and reached for another egg. But the next one I tried to pick up was actually frozen to the ice. I tried several, but they were either stuck, or frozen rock-hard with chunks of ice stuck to the outsides. ::shiver::

I decided to go for a packet of plain, unflavored Quaker oatmeal (no sugar in that). I mixed it with boiling water and added a tablespoon of peanut butter (which did have sugar, but I was aiming for a mix of whole grains, fat, and protein to stabilize my blood sugar along with that egg) and I added a bit of 2% milk. Actually, it was a pretty good breakfast; even the cold, rubbery egg was okay. And the combination filled me up and kept me satisfied for about 4 or 5 hours. I also had a cup of plain green tea, courtesy of the tea bag I brought from home.

As an aside, I watched as a father helped his little boy choose his breakfast. "I want a Boiled Egg! And some Fruit Loops!" But the Daddy curiously told him he could only have the cereal and not the egg. Strange, I thought, unless the Daddy was worried about the condition of those eggs...

After breakfast, we were off to the doctor's appointment, which took about an hour and a half and went very well! Then back to the hotel to goof off for awhile. I had a handful of almonds when I got hungry, and some ice water.

Lunch was pretty late; we got on the road and I was looking for someplace that was NOT fast food. After I passed up a Jack-In-The-Box and a Wendy's on the way home, I realized I was out of options for another hour. No more stops til then! The kids were hungry but they got over it and fell asleep... and I drove for an hour in a surprise snowstorm/blizzard that gave me a headache. Seriously, it is April! What's with the snow??

For lunch we ended up starving and desperate at... you guessed it... a fast food place. We had few options by this point, and the packed food was running out. So we braved the deep fried burger world. I walked in and looked over the menu: tons of burgers, fried chickenwiches, tater tots, fries, onions rings, battered fish, milkshakes... yikes! There was a grilled chicken sandwich but I was kinda sick of that concept and wanted something different. There was a taco salad! I thought, ok! I will get a taco salad with grilled chicken instead of ground beef. I will not eat the shell/chips. I looove guacamole! Salsa for dressing. It works! But when I got up to the counter, the lady said no. That's right, she said no! Taco salad comes with BEEF, so get over it. (Well, she didn't say THAT. She said "we can't do that. Because we have to charge for chicken separately, on a sandwich. So we would have to charge you for the taco salad and an extra $4 for the chicken sandwich.") So I am allowed to scrape the greasy taco meat off my salad, take my chicken sandwich apart and put the chicken on the salad, throw away the beef, the chips and the bun... but you can't just make me a taco salad with chicken instead of beef?? Oookay. I was tired; I just ordered the chicken sandwich.

It came really sloppy... grilled chicken with shredded lettuce, a bit of tomato, a slice of ham, and some weird cheese stuff on it, but I just ate it and didn't eat the bun. I drank ice water. It was good enough. Then I went through the Starbucks (the only franchise you can count on to be in the middle of nowhere when you're out west) and got a sugar free caramel latte for the drive home.

Got home, crashed, got the little girl to bed. Had some water, an ounce of cheese, a couple of cauliflower florets dipped in hummus, and a bowl of nonfat yogurt with walnuts in it.

Maybe a little tea, then it's time for bed. I got very little sleep at the hotel.
I cannot wait for a couple of REAL eggs for breakfast in the morning!

14 comments:

Ang said...

Here's to a better day tomorrow :) great job on the choices you tried to make today..

Jules said...

,All i can think of is yippeee!! You took the challenges you were given and rolled with the flow in a whole new way. instead of just sticking with what's there, you looked for the best options for you instead of letting the options beat you into something less healthy. Even if it was frustrating and sickening in a lot of ways, it's also a reminder of how far you've come and I think it's an amazing example of how great your doing!!!

Twix said...

Yikes! Bravo! I think I would have starved or caved...

Hillary said...

What a change this was from past trips! Good for you! You are an inspiration and I'm hoping we can both stick to it this time TOGETHER!

Anonymous said...

Your determination under duress is inspiring! Glad the appointment went well!

Marie

Sarah said...

Starbucks often has some tasty and not too horrible for you sandwiches.... A little pricey, but better than some chicken thing from a fast food place.

Tina said...

You did so well Lyn!! Congrats on making it through another tough day. I travel a lot for work and it's hard to find anything healthy in the middle of nowhere. I know where every Ruby Tuesdays is in the southeast because they have a great salad bar. Also you might be surprised about Taco Bell's healthy options. They have a "fresco" menu and they even offer it in a bowl if you don't want a tortilla. It's surprisingly good and fresh.

Hang in there. You are doing great!

skinnyhollie said...

Doesn't it seem like all the odds are against you sometimes when it comes to losing weight? I hate it when I have the best intention to make good food choices, and it doesn't work out that way. But you did great...didn't let it get you down at all!

spunkysuzi said...

I think you did well under pressure!! And your looking forward to being able to make healthy choices once again, now that's an NSV :)

VeeGettingHealthy said...

OMG - don't you hate traveling!? I always carry a bar and decaf tea in my purse. But traveling is even harder when you have a kid who's gluten-free, and me too PLUS I'm on a getting-healthy-plan. Still, you did pretty good. Vee at www.veegettinghealthy.blogspot.com

IRJessica said...

I am generally strong willed, but would have thrown in the towel at that breakfast. You were amazing a resourceful! You kick booty!

Karyn said...

Wow...you did GREAT, especially considering the lack of healthy choices! WTG!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You are ON track. You should be so proud of yourself. That was not easy and making those good choices consistently is a major accomplishment.

justjuliebean said...

Wow, sounds like a food nightmare out there traveling around. I forget how spoiled I am around here with all the conscious eaters around. Congrats on neither starving nor overeating.