Greetings From a Restaurant Patio in Minnesota

To simulate my deck, I’ve parked my butt at a table on the patio of Houlihan’s in Maple Grove, Minnesota. This is my only “free” evening and I didn’t want to spend it cooped up in my hotel room. It’s wonderfully hot and humid here in the Cities and while I don’t know anyone here on this patio, I feel at home. I grew up in Minnesota and I was born in the heat and humidity of August (45th b-day is the 14th) and I feel comfortable among my “people.”

In fact, the song “Back On The Chain Gang” by the Pretenders is playing on the speakers right now and that was one of my late husband Bruce’s favorite songs. I’ll go visit his grave on Friday, although I don’t feel his presence there. I feel it at the oddest times, but never at the cemetery.

But I digress.

Eating right when you vacation in a city is pretty easy. Even at the Original Pancake House, where my daughters, son-in-law, grandbaby and niece had breakfast this morning. I ordered an egg-white omelet with spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes (no cheese) and asked the server to ask the cooks to use no or very little oil to cook it. It was p-e-r-f-e-c-t. I coupled it with an English muffin and some fruit….I was in heaven. I did take a few bites of my daughter’s pancake (OPH syrup is really quite yummy) and my other daughter’s hash browns. It’s the simple indulgences that matter most to me.

I stocked up at Trader Joe’s and have plenty of veggies and fruit for dinner tonight when I return to my hotel and lock myself in my room to write and listen to iTunes.

Thank you all so much for your supportive comments about this trip. I’m not anticipating any weirdness in the next few days. Had a little bit yesterday (long story….might tell it some day in my book), but otherwise, the friends I’m meeting in the next few days won’t dwell on my stuff. I’ll eat my food without comments and our conversations won’t revolve about weight loss. To them, I am just Lynn, the person they’ve known for ____ years.

I discovered my hotel has an exercise room and while I’d figured I wouldn’t have the opportunity to exercise while on vacation, I’m going to hit it hard tomorrow because I’ve got a little pent-up energy and will feel really good after an hour on an elliptical.

My battery is getting low and the wine glass is empty. It’s time to head back to the hotel. I might go for a walk later and take in some more heat and humidity. I can’t believe how much it doesn’t bother me.

I am sad, however, to listen to the food people around me are ordering. Of course this might be their one indulgence for the week or month. I don’t know and don’t want to jump to conclusions. But chances are, fried calamari is consumed frequently. I do hope they order a little broccoli, too. A girl can hope. These are still, after all, my “people.” And I wish them a healthy life.

10 thoughts on “Greetings From a Restaurant Patio in Minnesota

  1. I’m following your trip with interest as I return to the midwest later this month for 4 weeks with family. I am incredibly concerned with how to maintain the new ‘me’ while back among family and all the related issues. I have a history of falling into bad habits when with my sisters/friends……and I don’t want to do it. I’ve worked too hard for these changes to slide backwards.Keep up the healthy habits, Lynn. You’re setting an example for me to follow.

  2. Glad to hear the trip is going well! You mentioned the heat & humidity not bothering you. I just realized this summer that it no longer bothers me now that I'm not insulated with a 100 pound layer of fat! Add that to the list of benefits gained by losing.

  3. I’m glad you’re enjoying your vacation without the focus being on what you’re eating and your weight loss.It’s such a relief when enough time passes that your loss doesn’t define who you are to people.And you’re probably not bothered much by the humidity because of your “new” body!

  4. As we drove by Maple Grove on our way to St. Paul yesterday, I waved! I hope you are having a great trip!(And I did pretty okay eating and drinking while traveling to and from the cities all day yesterday.)

  5. Enjoy!!I love vacationing in our little camper, I’ve found I like to eat what I’m used to (with the occasional splurge).Fat or thin I’ve never done well in the heat and humidity, and I’ve never experienced the humidity I’ve heard the midwest has!

  6. I read you fairly faithfully and admire the heck out of you, but frankly i found your last paragraph about other people’s food habits judgmental, sanctimonious and preachy – and I have never felt that way about anything you have written. You, as a former large person and unhealthy eater, should remember that you have to be the one ready for the journey – and the person sitting in the booth next to you has no right to judge. Your comments remind me of the reformed smoker who makes a big stink every time someone lites up! Worst kind of person to be around (and I do not smoke). All I would like to say is lay off the mini-sermons. I still admire the heck out of you – just a bit disappointed.

  7. Kym, I am glad you posted your comment and respect what you had to say. I stand by my comment, however, because what you heard me say and what I meant to say are two very different things. I get sad when I see the poor food choices people make, but I don’t judge them as bad people for having made those choices. I made it clear that I have no idea if that was a meer indulgence. If I offended you, I apologize. If you heard preachy in my tone, that was certainly not my intention. Thank you for your comment and for reading.

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