We went to a few small shops, then had lunch at a local famed restaurant that has been around since 1906
After dinner we spent a little time on the beach, it was already getting cold as the sun began setting, but the view was so worth shivering through. Then we took a quick drive through Penninsula State Park, and stopped at Eagle Bluff Lighthouse to look at it before heading home. We have been there a million times, and knew it was "off season" but discovered the lighthouse was open for their Twilight Tour, one of only 4 nights a year that they have nighttime tours. So we toured the lighthouse and by the time it was over it was pretty dark/late so we headed home. It was a great time but we were all pretty tired.
Sunday for me, is never very restful. It is a day of seemingly never-ending housework. The one good thing about it, when I'm in my groove, I am not even thinking about food until my stomach growls. So, Sunday was easy. By the time my husband and I settled down to watch a show, I had a cup of herbal tea and a mini bag of Skinny Girl sea salt and lime popcorn. I really don't like all the hulls, that's why the box has lasted me a couple weeks already and it's not even half gone. I have it for an occassional treat when I want to crunch a little. I did decide to bike on Sunday. My favorite band (Green Day) just released a new album and I put on my headphones and decided I was going to see how far I could really make it instead of stopping at a mile. I ended up biking for more than 19 minutes, which ended up being 4 miles. That is a new record for me, and I was super proud of myself. I knew I'd be sore from it, and I am, but it's good to know I am not stuck in five minute sessions. Now, I just need to figure out how to get them into my day.
The week is going super easy so far. Yesterday I had a trigger when I went shopping at Kohl's and walked out empty-handed because everything there looked pukey on me. Seriously, some of it was like they think if you are a 1X or 2X you must really need a moo-moo, and the designer lines like Simply Vera assume that XL is like a size 10. I walked out reaffirming that Kohl's is not a place that "gets" people like me. To be honest, I really didn't even like the styles. I couldn't even find shoes or a purse there that I liked, I really wanted to buy something new, but I just couldn't force myself to like any of it. I must march to my own little drum. Anyway, leaving the store, I noticed myself feeling down, partly because of how aweful I looked in everything I tried on, and partly because I wanted a shiny new thing and that didn't happen. It has been a long time since I've walked out any store with nothing in hand. But, I realized what was happening, so when I got home and assessed that I wanted to get food because of genuine, physical hunger and not to lift my mood, I tried a little experiement with cheese, and it turned out good. I have eating cheese crisps before and wanted to try baking some myself but didn't have time before getting ready for work, so I tried it in the microwave. It really is just slightly overcooking cheese until it turns crispy. IT IS SO STINKING GOOD! But I might be biased because I live in Wisconsin and I LOVE cheese! I actually ate too much of it, but it kept me full for five hours so I think it balanced out. Besides, I am not stressing out about how much and all that, I am just focusing on replacing awful foods like candy and cakes with a lot less awful foods. I must say, I am eating way more veggies than I used to, and it doesn't feel like a chore. That is a good thing.
I am starting to notice some things thinning and tightening up on my body, and some clothes fitting looser. One goal I want to accomplish is being able to cross my legs with ease again. I love wearing long skirts and dresses because it makes me feel so feminine, but it's been a while since crossing my legs was simple or easy, and when I was thinner I always crossed them, it was just a comfortable position when there wasn't so much "in the way".
Another goal I have is to find a good bunch of healthier recipes I can cook for family meals during the week. It will be a challenge to find things that satisfy all of us and our different dietary needs, but I think I'm up for the challenge.
Well, I don't know about you, but the weather is absolutely gorgeous today and I am hoping to spend a little time outside tonight to take in one last feels-like-summer evening before the cold sets in. I hope your week is sailing smoothly! Hey, tomorrow's already Wednesday, how did that happen?!