I’m back! Well actually, we’ve been back home for a couple of weeks now. My daughter and I returned from our ten day trip visiting colleges less exhausted that I imagined. We had a great time visiting the different colleges on our list. We visited New York University, George Washington University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Emory University, and, Florida State University in our home state. This trip really brought home the fact that I have only one more year with her at home, and makes me feel quite sad at times. Where did the time go?
Finding food was not easy, since we were on-the-go all the time. One day, in New York, we walked for almost eight miles (my daughter tracks just about everything on her phone). As I knew, my daughter would NOT agree to eat at any plant based or vegan establishments. So we compromised, and bought what we each wanted, and took it back to the hotel to eat. So we were both happy. Eating strictly whole food plant based fare without out oil, added sugars, and salt was unfortunately impossible. So although I did eat a lot of fruits and raw vegetable salads when possible, cooked meals did contain ingredients that I try not to eat. The picture is of a meal that I bought at the train station in New York, on my way to visit my aunt and cousins in New Rochelle.
I must admit, that the roasted pecans at the street corner vendors, laden with sugar, were irresistible. I am unable to say how many of the little packets I consumed while walking around New York City. I recognize that I am really a work in progress and have a long way to go when it comes to restraint, and moderation. The added sodium that I was eating on this trip started to take a toll on me by about day seven. My feet began to swell more than usual. Not sure about any of you with diabetic neuropathy, but for me, increased swelling of my feet causes an increase in pain, and unpleasant symptoms. I knew that I was retaining water since, not only were my feet swelling, but my right knee that I injured several years ago was more swollen than usual. I mean really swollen. So I tried to mitigate this by eating more fruits for the remaining days, so I could control my sodium intake.
I usually only weigh myself on Saturday mornings. We had anticipated leaving on our trip on a Friday, and I had been debating weighing myself on the Friday, but we ended up getting a cheaper flight at 6:00 a.m., on Saturday morning, so I weighed myself at about 1:30 a.m., before leaving for the almost two hour drive to the airport. When we returned home, although it was Monday, after undressing, I made a bee line for the scale. Well, that very treacherous scale had the nerve to say that I had gained 4.2 pounds! So I have chalked it up to a learning experience, and immediately went back to my normal way of eating, and by the Saturday following our return, I was back to my pre departure weight. What a relief!
So, I had way too much added sugar, oil and salt on this trip, but am happy to report that my body is responding better to lapses in judgement, and I can get right back on track. I have 30 pounds to lose to reach what my doctor says should be a healthy weight for my height and build. Ha!! I know that you want to know what that number is, but you’ll have to stick with me to find out! I’ll only say that when I get to that weight, I will have lost close to one hundred pounds …a hundred pounds of diabetes, high blood pressure, lack of energy, and generally feeling run down.
While I still have a long way to go on this journey, I’ve come a long way on this journey. I wish you the same success on whatever journey you are on. Hope you stop by again.