Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Discovering Cafe Express

A few weeks after starting my new downtown job, I ran into my friend, Kim. We've known each other since junior high!  We used to get together for regular lunches back when she was a stay-at-home mom and I worked in Tomball, but that stopped about five years ago when she went back to work. I was thrilled to learn that we work in the same building.  Small world!  We've been meeting for weekly lunches ever since.

Kim had mentioned Cafe Express as a place I should try. When she told me that they had sweet potato fries, I was sold!  The restaurant is a 3 block walk from the office - best visited on a good weather day - and I was impressed with the bright, roomy interior. There were several people working the counter, so we didn't have to wait long to place our orders.

I had the Rustica Chicken sandwich ($8.99) with sweet potato fries (extra $.99).  The sandwich was delicious - grilled chicken, roasted tomatoes, red onion, black olive tapenade, lettuce, basil pesto and vinaigrette on ciabatta bread. The fries were good, but not quite up to my expectations - I got the impression that they were frozen.  My favorite part of the meal was the black current iced tea.  I would go back just to have another glass of that tea... and maybe to try one of their gourmet burgers.  Yum!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Weighing In - A Year Later

It's hard to believe that I started this weight loss journey over a year ago.  During that time, I've tried several different exercise program, and most recently completed Jillian's 90 day Body Revolution. The exercise portion of the program is great. It challenged me and kept me interested. I have never been very good with diets, so I didn't follow that portion of the program.  I'm sure that I would have lost more weight if I had.  I am stronger, though, and now I can breeze through other exercise videos that I used to find difficult. 

Just because a year has passed, doesn't mean I'm finished. Not by a long shot!  I still have 48 pounds to go, and I don't intend to stop until I reach my goal. Rather than run right out and buy a new program, I'm putting together my own using the various DVDs in my library.  When I get it figured out, I'll share it with you. After I've done that for a while, I may look for something new.  P90X sounds like it might be interesting.

You can expect to see continued posts on my progress in the coming months. I might even post a new picture.  Just thought I should warn you. 

My numbers for the week(s):
Pounds lost (-) or gained (+) this week:  -0.4
Total weight loss:  21.8
Inches lost (-) or gained (+) this week:  0
Total inches lost:  33.5

My current motivation:  the Meet My Goals Challenge from Mom In Management. I didn't meet my goals for week 5 or 6, but I'm not giving up.  I'm too stubborn for that!