July 28, 2012

Rockford, Day 1

Well, I am writing this from Rockford, IL, at my sister's house.

This morning, I woke up early to finish packing for our trip and to get in a Wii Active workout before we left. I finished workout #8 of the 30-Day Challenge today. I had to do the "kick ups" or "butt kicks" again--those kill my calves! But I've noticed that I'm getting better at the exercises I hate--and they are feeling a little easier, which is a good sign.
After I finished the workout, Jerry and I finished getting ready to go. I was worried about leaving the cats... normally, people can just put out a bunch of food and water for their cat when they go away, but we can't do that. Because we have FOUR cats, we have to have someone come take care of them the same that you would a dog. The litter box has to be cleaned out every single day. And it's gross--nobody likes doing that for their OWN pet, let alone someone else's!

We finally got out the door at around 9:45, and we went and picked up the kids, who had spent the night at my parents' house. Then we headed out at about 10:00. We stopped at Tim Horton's, since we didn't have breakfast at home. I got a blueberry bagel with cream cheese while Jerry and the kids got doughnuts.

The drive is about six hours, and it actually passed pretty quickly. We stopped at about noon for lunch--the kids wanted Steak 'N Shake. I looked at their menu and saw that they didn't have a single vegetarian item, and decided to just wait in the car while Jerry and the kids ate. I was hungry and irritated, and after we left, I ended up getting a Blizzard from Dairy Queen--definitely not a smart choice for lunch, but options on the Ohio Turnpike are completely limited, and I ate that out of frustration.

We got to Jeanie's house at around 3:30 (we gained an hour going there, because we are in different time zones). Jeanie ordered Chicago-style pizza for dinner, and it was fantastic!! I had a piece with green pepper and feta cheese, my favorite. I definitely ate a lot of junk today, but I don't feel guilty about it in the slightest. I do need to be careful that I don't gain a ton of weight while I'm here though!

After we had dinner, we went to Rockford Speedway. We all picked cars that we liked and hoped would win. Eli kept changing his mind throughout the race, always making sure his favorite car was the one that was in first place. But it was cute to watch him, because he got SO excited.
Jeanie taught him what the different flags meant, and he loved waving his flag for the last lap.

The kids didn't want to stay very long, so we left after about a hour or so. I'm not sure what the plan is for tomorrow yet. I'm super excited for Monday, because Jerry and I are going to Chicago to meet up with Mary from my Ragnar team!

If I happen to post at odd times this week, it's just because I'm at my sister's--but I will post when I can. Have a great weekend!


  1. It can be harder with vegetarian options at Burger Places...most have salads that you can get ( just tell them to leave off the chicken, or get the chicken on the side if you still have to pay for it and you're with someone who might eat the chicken later).

    The other option is to just get them to dress a burger again, minus meat. So think bun (I don't like too much bread, so I'd get the bun from kids meals) and then cheese, mayo, mustard, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions and whatever else they might have. You can usually get a good sandwich out of the ingredients they have!!

  2. AnonymousJuly 29, 2012

    I think steak and shake has grilled cheese if you happen to stop there again!:)

  3. SNS does have grilled cheese! Get it with tomatoes! They also have cottage cheese, apples, a side salad, a chicken salad that you can get sans meat. There is also mac n cheese on the kids menu.

    We love the "french fry store" as my mini-me calls it. I'm veggie and so is my 4 year old, and we eat there with the carnivores just fine! :)

  4. Have fun at your sister's! Question: Are you eating any fish? I can't remember if you've been eating salmon or not since going vegetarian. Sometimes places have a fish (fried, unfortunately) sandwich.

    1. No, no fish for me. I normally don't eat out very often, so I don't run into any problems.

  5. Have a fun week! Enjoy Chicago and meeting Mary - I love her blog too!

  6. Enjoy Chicago and have fun with Mary!

  7. Hi Katie! I am a new reader, and I love your blog! I have a lot of weight to lose, and have also been experimenting with intuitive eating and running. I have lost some weight(20 lbs), though not as fast as I would have if I were counting calories. Do you think you could have lost the weight using intuitive eating, or do you think the calorie counting is necessary?

    1. I tried numerous times to lose weight with intuitive eating, but being a binge eater, it was extremely hard for me. I think that for ME, the calorie counting was necessary for the 16 months I did it. Now, I don't count calories (once in a while I will, just to keep in check), but I have a good sense of portion sizes because of the calorie counting. I know when I'm eating too much or too little now, without the counting. But that's just what is best for ME--you might be totally different. If you've lost 20 pounds without counting calories, I think that's awesome!! Even if it's coming off slowly, I would stick with it.


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