My life has been pretty nutty lately, and I spent a lot of time writing a novelette about why I was shocked the world didn’t end when I finally made it to Toronto, Canada, so pardon me for posting this “Wednesday Weigh-In” on Saturday.
I was pretty dang happy when I stepped on the scale in my bathroom the other day. Much happier than the bathroom scale was to have me step on it, no doubt.
Despite a week of heavy travel, I managed to drop one and a half pounds.
Not to pat myself on the back, but that’s quite the accomplishment considering how I spent time in four fattening places: one of the culinary hot spots in the world (New York City), the birthplace of clam chowdah, cream pie and baked beans (Boston), the home of deep dish pizza, Italian beef and hot dogs (Chicago), and the Land of Ketchup Chips, Maple and the Canadian form of bacon (Canada).
The hard part for me when I travel is that I enjoy pigging out on whatever the local specialty is. I did that to some degree on this week-long trip, too. I had New York thin crust and Chicago deep dish pizza. I had an Italian beef sandwich at the famous Portillo’s in the Windy City. I thoroughly enjoyed a Tim Hortons Canadian Maple cream-filled doughnut. I even had a highly recommended burger with Canadian bacon on it in Toronto.
In other words, I probably could have lost another pound. But I stayed under control, eating reasonable amounts when I indulged on the local fare.
This is kind of a continuation of last week’s diet column, but I’m good with that. It shows that my dieting plan of attack worked. Good breakfasts (oatmeal, egg-white sandwiches and fruit). Frequent meals/snacks (protein bars and Mickey D’s yogurt parfaits were lifesavers). Occasional treats or fun meals while passing up on run-of-the-mill desserts, cookies and candy (gotta make those indulging calories count!). Salads (including amazing steak salads, which have now become my favorite meal). Self-control on portion sizes!
The biggest thing I did to boost my weight-loss efforts had added bonuses. I walked just about everywhere I could in NYC, Boston, Chicago and Toronto. My boss will be thrilled that I saved the company some cab fare. The bigger benefits were getting good exercise while being able to take in my surroundings in these awesome metropolises.
If you haven’t walked around New York City at night, you’re missing out on quite the experience! Especially in Times Square and the subways.
Chicago has some of the coolest architecture, and it wasn’t too bitterly cold so I had fun around the Magnificent Mile. Honestly, I made myself walk a bit extra there because of the pizza (only veggie toppings!) and beef sandwich I snarfed down.
I’d never been to Toronto, and it was memorable to walk and gawk in this diverse, international city. I’m just glad the elevator worked when I visited the famous CN Tower, considered one of the modern wonders of the world. It would’ve been a long hike up 1,135 feet of stairs to the observation level, eh.
Boston is so rich with history-filled buildings and churches that you feel like you’re on a tour just walking anywhere. I had a couple of hours before I had to work, so my I just started hoofing it around town. The woman at the hotel front desk suggested I take a taxi for that night’s Jazz-Celtics game (hey, being a sportswriter is work remember!) because the arena was about three miles away. Only a few minutes into my stroll, though, I decided that it’d be worth making the trek through Copley Square, the Boston Common gardens and different sections of the city on foot.
All told, I walked approximately 12 miles in the four different cities I visited last week.
One of my favorite moments during these walks came the morning I left Boston. I arrived at a restaurant (Stephanie’s) about a half hour before it opened for lunch. With time to kill, I started wandering around the shops on Newbury Street. Imagine this dieter’s pure thrill when seeing a sign in a bakery’s window that read: “Johnny Cupcakes: No Sugar! No Carbs! No Fat!”
My hungry stomach was intrigued.
Upon entering the cupcake shop, I realized the joke was on me. They sold T-shirts, sweaters, magnets and pins. The dessert that sounded too good to be true on the sign indeed was. I loved Johnny Cupcakes’ non-fattening and calorie-free stuff, though. I ended up buying souvenirs for me and my family.
Though I’m still in XXLs, I bought an XL T-shirt to give me an incentive. If you ever see me wearing a black shirt with a cool-looking crossbones-and-cupcake Pirate-like logo, you’ll know I’ve lost even more weight.
Starting weight: 271.1 (all-time high: 371)
This week’s results: Lost 1.5 pounds
Current weight: 265.5
Goal weight: 171
BMI: 41.6 (morbidly obese range)
Quote on my mind: “Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” — Steven Wright