I have a baby bump.
The problem? It's a food baby...not a real baby.
Food baby bumps aren't cute. They don't make me squeal or glow. They just make me hang my head in shame as I reminisce about all of the food I've eaten this summer. I've had a little too much fun!
For example...this past week my parents have been in town visiting. Whenever anybody comes to visit, I have to take them to Napa Valley.
I took them on a tour of the amazing castle winery...
...and the best winery ever...
While tasting wine at each of these (and more!), I found out the darndest thing...wine has calories! Who knew?
(Judging by the smiles on their faces, I don't think Mom and Dad knew.)
Then, we ate the best...the best...hamburger I have ever had at a roadside stand in the cute little Napa Valley town of St. Helena.
I know what you are thinking...roadside stand? Don't scoff. Taylor's Refresher (aka Gott's Roadside) is phenomenal and one of the most popular places in the area. I've never been there when there wasn't a line.
Dad got the basic cheeseburger...freshly cooked to medium well and dripping with flavor.
Mom and I got the Wisconsin...a beautiful burger smothered in bacon, grilled mushrooms, cheese, and BBQ sauce and sandwiched in between two pieces of fresh sourdough. I was a very happy girl.
On the side, we had some delicious potato and sweet potato fries...
...and onion rings.
Oh, and then Mom had a chocolate shake. I stole a sip and just about died. It was made the way that chocolate shakes are supposed to be made...with real chocolate ice cream and milk.
I think I gained 5 pounds with this meal...do I look fatter?
Okay, maybe not. But that picture was taken before I devoured all of that food you see sitting in front of me. Yikes!
I put my parents on a plane back home this afternoon, so now it's time for me to get back on track. I don't plan on giving up flavor (heck no!), but I do plan on cutting down on my mass consumption of fat and calories.
I've signed up for the Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans' latest challenge - SHRINKVIVOR. Based off of Survivor, this contest puts each participant on a tribe and engages us in both physical and non-physical challenges. I'm on Tribe Beige Booty Busters, and we are going to kick some...you know.
This week's physical challenge - mileage. Walk/jog/run as many miles as you can. Prize = immunity. I've committed myself to 2 1/4 miles every day.
This week's non-physical challenge - water. We are supposed to take what we weigh, divide it by 2, and use that as our number of ounces of water to drink each day. I wasn't going to tell you what I weigh, but let's just say that I'm drinking about 73 ounces of water a day. My water bottle is currently the bane of my existence.
What am I eating? Familiar favorites from Delightful Country Cookin'! Things like creamy chicken and rice soup...
...and bacon-infused risotto...
...and the favorite spicy peppered beef.
All of these foods are low in fat and calories, high in taste, and perfect choices to keep me off Exile Island.
Roadside stand...I'll miss you.
Food baby bump...won't miss you so much.