As you noticed, I've been too busy to blog here at This Mama Cooks! lately. The reason? I went to San Diego for a blogger event. I have a theory that if you spend X days away from home you spend twice that time packing, unpacking, and making up for all the work you missed. I did work while on the road - from the hotel, the library, Starbucks, and at the airport - but not as much as I usually do. That's because I spent most of my time eating.
Here's the slide show:
One evening my group had a meal at Azul, down the street from La Valencia. I had the Maine Lobster and Artichoke Risotto, some wonderful appetizers, lots of wine, and a white chocolate cheesecake. No wonder I passed out in my hotel room before 10 p.m.
Then the real eating began! I went to stay with my mom and her husband, Joe, over the weekend. Mom mom loves seafood, sushi and vegetables. Joe is a steak, potatoes and dessert kind of guy. They're so different in their dining preferences that they almost never cook at home. (My mom is a fabulous cook, but Joe complains she uses too much seasoning.)
To prevent culinary calamity, they go out to buffets. Between the casinos like the Barona Valley Ranch, and the local Asian restaurants, there's lots of buffet dining going on in San Diego. In fact, I was so busy "buffet-ing" that I never had time to go to In 'N' Out Burgers or Roberto's. I was too full to care.
So now I'm back home, feeling HUGE, and trying to get back to my good eating habits. However, when your body gets used to having chocolate, wine, and rich seafood dishes every night, you go through withdrawal. So it's been tough. Yet, I'm determined to get back to losing weight, working out, and fitting back in my clothes that feel a little smug these days.
After all, I have a goal. In July, I'm speaking at BlogHer. It's a little embarrassing showing up looking chunky when you have a diet blog. If that doesn't motivate me, I don't know what will.