Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I'm Back and He's Married

Yep, my son is married. What an amazing experience. Watching him kneel across the altar at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple and gaze with so much love into the eyes of his eternal companion was absolutely breathtaking. I've never seen him smile so big or be so happy. Truly a "parent payday."

And, I didn't worry about dieting. In fact, we found the greatest, most delicious restaurant ever in Provo--my new favorite restaurant. It's on Center Street in Orem, but actually in Provo at the Riverwoods (I think) shopping area close to Provo Canyon. It's called Tucano's. It's a Brazilian buffet and the food is spectacular. They have an all-you-can-eat buffet with cold sides on one side and hot side dishes on the other. So many salads. Then a waiter comes by with meat on a skewer and you let him know if you'd like a piece of bacon-wrapped turkey, garlic sirloin, tenderloin, chicken wings, BBQ chicken, pork, etc. I stuffed myself so much that I was literally sick when I left the restaurant, but what a glorious sick feeling. And the lemonade is to die for. So good. I could easily have kept to the South Beach diet while I was there, but I didn't want to and I'm not a bit sorry. We plan to go to this restaurant every time we're in Provo. The lemonade alone is worth it!

We also ate at Olive Garden--my next most favorite restaurant. I had the pasta stuffed with portobello mushrooms. I also ate a few bread sticks and loaded up with salad.

On the day of the wedding, we had a catered luncheon with croissant sandwiches, sausage-stuffed mushrooms, deviled eggs, and spinach artichoke dip. Since we stood in line for a full two hours at the reception, I didn't eat too much but I did eat cake and cookies. Again, not a bit sorry. (I think my feet may have recovered from wearing high heels all day).

We then went to Chuck-a-Rama the day we left to stuff the kids for the ride home. I enjoyed whatever I felt like eating, including some delicious frozen drinks.

The result? I gained 5 pounds. But, I went right back on South Beach when I got home and I've already lost 2 pounds. So I'm up 3 pounds, but it was such an incredible weekend, I'm not sorry. I know I can take it back off. I've still lost 27 pounds and I fit into my dress.

My goal: stay on South Beach Phase 1 this week. Phase 2 next week. Lose 9 pounds.

While we were on one of our many last-minute shopping sprees before the wedding, I put on a pair of pants I hadn't worn for a few months and they were big. In fact, big enough that I could remove them without unbuttoning or unzipping them--yay. Love to put on pants that a few months ago cut off my breathing and circulation and now are too big.

Sorry I've been AWOL for the last little bit--too much to do for the wedding and I still have the open house in a few weeks. I'll be better about posting. I love to read your posts. You guys are awesome and together we will reach our goals!!


Jenn Wilks said...

That's totally not fair for you to make me crave Tucano's! ;o) What I really love is their grilled veggies. I've never enjoyed veggies so much as I do there.

I'm glad the wedding went so well. It sounds lovely, and your dress is gorgeous! And I'm glad you enjoyed yourself and ate without regret. I think it's healthy to enjoy a celebration every once in a while without worrying about our diets.

Good luck getting back on track, though. :o)

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Cami Checketts said...

You look fabulous in the wedding photo. Great work! What a beautiful couple as well. I'm so glad it was a great day,

Melissa J. Cunningham said...

My word, you have my mouth watering! lol

You look fantastic, by the way. Congrats on the wedding and having it over with! I'll bet that's a relief. Now back to the old grind. Not as exciting, I know, but oh well.

Marta O. Smith said...

Wow, Rebecca! You look great. In fact, in that picture you look like you could fit into the bride's dress.

Rebecca Talley said...

Wow, thanks everyone--you're all my BFFs!! I love the support on this blog!

Tristi said...

Rebecca, I'm a little late chiming in here, but you look HOT!! Way to go, woman!