Need another detox day

I started out my real, out-of-town vacation resolved to stick to my low-carb plan. And I did, at first.

But where there are writers, there’s chocolate … free chocolate … and lots of other goodies that looked too tempting to turn down. My choices grew progressively worse as the week went on.

I’ll start at the beginning:

So that’s what sunrise looks like! 😉

The Boyfriend and I woke up extra early last Tuesday so I could meet my chaptermate for a carpool to Anaheim. Sunrise, which I don’t normally see, is really kind of pretty.

It was my first ride in a Prius — pretty cool … and so quiet. Better yet, it got 46 miles per gallon. I could get used to that!

After about seven hours on the road — and two stops for a restroom break and lunch — we arrived in Anaheim. I remained on-plan for lunch, eating the insides of a roast beef sandwich with a side of cheddar cheese for dipping.

The hotel lobby was decked out for the occasion:

Up in my room, I was stoked to find a balcony (and an in-room refrigerator). It made the hotel’s outrageous price per night a little more palatable. I immediately stocked the fridge with pickles and protein shakes … but it soon became a repository for restaurant leftovers.

Our balcony overlooked the pool.

Not a bad view, eh?

Our Tuesday night dinner group walked a mile down the street to the Anaheim Garden Walk.

Y’all have probably figured out I’m not a big drinker, but I felt the need to order a chocolate martini with my dinner. Why? We lucked into $1 burger night at the restaurant. A basic burger was just $1 with the purchase of any drink; a specialty burger was $4.50. The deal included all drinks, not just alcoholic ones, but when I saw the name of this martini, I had to indulge.

A “Kiss My Aztec” from Bar Louie American in the Anaheim Garden Walk.

Kiss My Aztec, indeed. Guess I’m just a sucker for a good pun. 😉

I had the Stockyard burger, bunless. It featured blue cheese and grilled onions and was really quite tasty. Sadly, I also ate a handful of tater tots. Two of my fellow diners ordered “sides” of tater tots and got baskets of them, big enough to share.

I did, however, manage to avoid the ketchup. Those crispy little carb bombs were delicious without any extra carbs.

After dinner, about half of the group headed back to the hotel. The rest of us went on a quest for dessert. (That’s a story for another day.)

Wednesday morning, I started off on the right foot with an Atkins bar and a fruit cup. Lunch was a sandwich bar, so I stuck with fillings like meat and cheese. But then I indulged in dessert. (Sensing a theme here?)

For dinner, a couple of us headed back to the Garden Walk — and ended up at the Cheesecake Factory. I’ve never eaten at a Cheesecake Factory before. I ordered some delicious chicken-stuffed corn tortilla dish that came with sides of black beans and corn cakes. I could have/should have stopped eating long before I did, but at least I left most of the beans on my plate.

Of course, I couldn’t have Cheesecake Factory without having cheesecake, so I ordered a slice of banana cream cheesecake to go. I had a few bites after walking back to the hotel, mainly because I wanted to eat the banana slices before they turned brown. But I stashed most of it in the fridge for later — and I was glad to have it when the dessert at Thursday’s lunch, a flan, turned out to be pretty tasteless. I took one bite and gladly left it on the table. Then I slipped back up to my room for a few minutes to get my leftovers.

By the time Thursday’s dinner rolled around, that old “what the hell?” feeling was in full force. I ordered the “lasagna fantasy,” mowed down on the free cheesy bread and took home a piece of tiramisu for later.

Kicking back before Saturday’s awards ceremony.

By Saturday, I was eating sweet potato fries and a burger on half a bun. My post-awards dinner was a personal pan pizza, and I ate way too many sweets at the ceremony, where they served beautiful fruit platters and even more beautiful plates of chocolate-dipped cakes/cheesecakes on a stick.

From a diet standpoint, the conference was a bust. But I learned so much — and met great new friends. I also fulfilled my goals of walking as much as possible and drinking at least 32 ounces of water.

It’s not much, but at least it’s something.

And now it’s time for me to get back on the stick. Today (Monday) was fairly well-controlled. I did eat extra wasabi-soy almonds.

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