I have really done very well lately, and not because I was going to be heading to a rib cookoff, but because it was what I had done before and had to get back to it. Having the rib cookoff coming up was certainly a great motivator though. Leading up to the long awaited trip, I stuck to very small amounts of bad fats and little to no carbs. My body works very well with this combination and I still have the energy to get in all the exercise I want.
Knowing what works for YOUR body is the ABSOLUTE #1 key to meeting your goals. If you are still looking for the things that your body doesn’t like, put off that plan of healthy eating and weight loss. You will only be met with frustration. For me, if I stay away from grains and high carb meals, the body feels wonderful and the energy stays constant. But I am O bloodtype, so it may not work for you A, B, AB weirdos. I also do not do well with Dairy, and nobody does well with Processed or fatty foods.
With the meals I make, I can eat all day and still feel like a million bucks, and shed fat off my physique. Alcohol is probably another thing that is very important to avoid, if possible, if you want to dump that loose luggage.
So coming to the rib cookoff wasn’t as big of a deal as it normally would be. Plus, I actually didn’t do too bad. Not everything I ate is pictured, but I’ll give you a quick rundown.
The day we arrived, I had to go directly to the event. It was a little past lunch and we were already almost 2hrs behind schedule. The original plan was to eat lunch, go to the hotel to relax a little and go back for dinner. It didn’t quite work out that way. Here’s day 1, all within an hour of arrival.
- Pulled pork nachos
- Large margarita x2
- Soft/hot pretzel (garlic/parmesan)
- Brisket sandwich
- Ribs (2)
Now, I shared most of that, so its not all that bad. I don’t normally eat cheese, so the nachos were actually probably the worst thing for me, but they were so damn good. It was all too much for my wife, who really just wanted the nachos, and the margaritas.
We left after getting a quick view of the venue, thinking we were going to return later that night for more outstanding food and live bands. We ended up choosing to relax a little and get a nice romantic dinner at the Italian restaurant in the hotel/casino.
We ended up being too full to take advantage of all the good things we saw on the menu. Not that we didn’t get everything we wanted from the menu, but we didn’t scarf it all down.
We picked at the wonderul fried calamari, we only had 1 or 2 pieces of the bread basket, we shared a Caesar salad and I only ate 2 of the 4 Kobe raviolis. She got some good pasta, which she hardly ate, but loved. The real reason she wanted to eat there was because her favorite dessert is Creme Brûlée, and they had it. She was too stuffed to order it so I told her I would split it with her. That’s why I told her I wouldn’t finish my food. So we ordered that as well.
Day 2 was pool, spa and return to cookoff day. We started the day off with room service breakfast. I had eggs benedict, which happens to be my favorite meal to try everywhere I go. It wasn’t so good here, but the massage I would go to next was well worth it. I met miss thing out at the pool and we planned to return to the spa for its other amenities, which included different temperature pools, comfy chairs and very little noise. We then went to the spa, had a few drinks and grabbed a snack before getting ready for a night out on the town.
We split a meatball sub. Don’t judge me…
We finally made it back to the cookoff and went after the other dish she couldn’t wait to try, pulled pork mac’n’cheese. Yep, you heard me right. I had already had the pork, brisket and ribs, so my only mission was a funnel cake.
I also really wanted some cornbread, but that didn’t happen. I’m probably better off. Here’s a rundown of cookoff day 2:
- Pulled pork mac’n’cheese (this was a sandwich but we got not bread)
- Ribs (3)
- Ribs (4)
- Funnel cake (with ice cream, strawberries and whipped cream)
Our plans for the rest of the night went out the window after she got ahold of that pork mac’n’cheese. When we got to the hotel, she was done. Lights out!!!
I had to have a root beer to wash down the filling food I had, so that counts against me as well 😔, but I don’t feel bad. Even after the amazing sandwich I stopped for on the drive back home.
That is something that is not on, but should be added to the menu. I needed something healthy, so I made my own sandwich. That masterpiece is between 2 thick slices of sourdough bread. The ingredients:
- Over medium egg
- Honey mustard
What a great end to the midweek foodfest vacation.
My point in this is, if you need a reason to eat healthy for almost every other day of your life, think of these days of absolute joy, and spread them out. Doing this gives you a great reason to keep it going every other day and gives your workouts a little more meaning as well.
You can have these meals when you put the work in during the times that count.
I came back and burned about 3500 calories yesterday and 5000 today, so I really don’t feel bad or notice the difference on the scale. Plus, having those extra nutrients in the bank gave me a little more energy to kill my workouts.
Enjoy your wellth. Do what you need to in order to eat what you want to.