mom had already decided she was NOT going to gain weight on this trip. she hoped to lose but would be happy maintaining. in our family, when you go on vacation, you eat like food doesnt exist where you come from lmao. so just staying the same would be a huge accomplishment for her. she said she was going to eat whatever i ate. this was exciting for me because my mom LOVES milk & cheese and dairy, and she also has pooping trouble! (sorry mom, your business is now public lol, but its important!!) its not that she doesnt poop, she just would like to do it more often. i knew if she ate less dairy i could get her pooping. now i had the opportunity to show her.
she arrived at like 11am and unfortunately the weather forecast was rain. i showed her my new apartment and she dropped off her stuff and we went to chipotle for lunch. we had salads, no rice. i had no meat, no cheese. she had chicken and a small amout of sour cream. we split a bag of chips. we got our toes done and then i took her to whole foods and the farmers market to grocery shop. i explained why i chose certain things, what the difference between organic and conventional are. it was a hard task because i wanted to just give her all the information i possibly can, but i didnt want to overwhelm her or make her feel like shes not doing a good job with her efforts so far.
after shopping we went to my gym and worked out for over and hour. then we came home and i made a recipe thats similar to home made mac and cheese, with a broccoli and cheese twist. im posting new recipes either tonight or tomorrow. every day she was here she had shakeology and a smoothie, as well as 2-3 meals with about 250-400 calories in them. ill be posting many of the recipes, including shakeology.
the next day we got up nice and early and ran some errands, including buying new running shoes! my parents got them for me as a birthday gift along with some workout pants and sportsbras for my ever shrinking boobies. that day we also went to see my trainer. the original plan was for me to have my normal session and for mom to use the treadmill while i did that. my trainer had different ideas though. basically she sucked mom in with no choice, and i am kind of glad she did. mom deff got a good workout, and it was really fun working out with her! shes better than she thinks at a lot of things. my only concern is she doesnt like putting herself in pain, even though if she does it enough times the pain will go away..... i really want her to get familiar with the foam roller, but it can hurt. i think i am going to leave one at her house in MA so i can have it when i am in town, and maybe she will use it when i am not. my trainer kept us for almost 2 hours. mom didnt expect to sweat, and we were dripping. talk about a vacation! lol
the next day we rented beach cruisers and took a nice ride on hollywood beach. we went souvenir shopping and layed in the sand. we didnt eat out, i cooked at least 3 meals a day, every day. we brought nuts for snacks. i showed mom one of my favorite documentaries, FOOD MATTERS, hoping it would help her understand why i am doing what i am doing. i tell her i am one of those "weird people that doesnt even shop at the grocery store". she says shed rather have me be one of those weirdos than headed in the direction i was before. :)
that night we went to hardrock hotel/casino to gamble and get some wet willies. wet willies has a drink called the "naked willie" thats only 80 calories and a few carbs. i literally emailed customer support for that info- as i heard it was a "diet" drink but couldnt find the nutrition info anywhere. well people, its true- 80 calories! and it gets you tipsy! enjoy! we also won $163 playing black jack! mom deff had some beginners luck that was driving the old men at our table crazy lol since she was deff playing for fun she gave me her chips to cash in :) i considered this a pretty sweet tip for being a personal chef all week :-P (i kid, i enjoyed cooking for her :)
saturday i had to work allllll day. but i packed my lunch along with a lunch for mom to eat. she walked to the bike rental station, rented a bike, and rode a few miles to the beach, all by her self! if you know my mom, shes terrrrrible with directions. she cant find her way out of a paper bag, so to pull this off in a whole new state with no help was a big on taking for her. she had a 6" tuna at subway during her big day out, and felt guilty about it. i wouldnt have made that choice- mostly because of the animal aspect, but she only got one scoop of tuna. if youre going to eat restaurant tuna, thats the way to do it. so even tho she felt "bad" about it, she actually didnt make a terrible decision.
sunday morning bright and early, 730am to be exact, we ran the fort lauderdale color run! a client and her friends met us there and we were team Color Junkies! it was the first 5k for my friend, karen, and she did great. she wasnt able to run the whole thing yet, but she really pushed herself. i wanted to help her do better than she prob realized she could, but i also didnt want her to feel like she was holding me back. ive felt like that before & it sucks. so i would jog with her a bit, walk a bit, and then jog ahead. at a certain point mom and i would turn about and jog back to her or wait a color for her. it was actually really fun to not only be focused on time. we exercised, had a great time, and im pretty sure karens gears are turning as far as making a lifestyle change, you go girl!!
after the run theres a big huge party where everyone empties packets of color into the air and you cant even breath. it was insaaaaaaaane, and awesome. so much fun. the pictures will be up on the website tomorrow and ill be sure to post them here :)
we left the run looking like fucking crazy people and went right to the farmers market. we got a bunch of stares, plenty of questions asked, and delicious fruit & spinach smoothies. we also got a few veggies, pickled beets, and cupcakes from Half Baked Goods, no way mom was going to come to florida and NOT try my fav cupcakes ever! we split a mocha an a carrot, they were both amazing. after eating our cupcakes, beets, and salad for lunch we went kayaking! i looove kayaking and so does my mom so we always do it when shes here. that night i had a few friends over and we had a vegan zuchinni lasagna and salad, and a made a watermelon cake! we attempted a small fire outside, but the wood was damp from all the rain earlier in the week. i slept like a frieken BABY that night.
monday morning, all good things must come to an end. Moms flight was in the late morning. We got on the scale and MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! We each lost 2lbs! we had smoothies and went for a 4 mile walk on the beach. mom bought me this awesome insulated cooler/pillow/beachbag and i made breakfast wraps and put them in there for after our walk. they stayed warm and we got to eat under the warm sun! i dropped her off at the airport and was sprung back into reality real frieken quick. i prob missed her before her plane took off.
mom drank milk in her coffee and had sour cream and chicken from chipotle on her first day. saturday she had some tuna. other than that she ate 100% vegan, 90% organic. she pooped every single day, except one. the pooped first thing the next morning though. she said she deff thinks she will be buying almond milk instead of regular milk, and she cannot believe how sweet organic cherry tomatoes are. hearing my mom make these realizations and put things together just makes my heart SO happy!!! i want her to be healthy, and i hate to watch her try so hard and not quite get it, only because she didnt know better. now i feel like she knows a little better and i am super excited and proud of her. you only get one mom and i want mine to be around for as many trips to FL as possible!
Edit: if you're interested, there are pictures of literally EVERYTHING we ate in the FOOD section :)