Healthy and Sane

We’re back in Boston

March 5th, 2009 · 13 Comments · chicken, pasta, Russian, yogurt

We’re back in Boston.  I took yesterday off to recover but I still can’t sleep well.  I’m about to get ready for work, but I probably slept 5 hours max.  At around 5 am I finally got up because I was just lying in bed, thinking about how I should be sleeping but I can’t (my alarm was set for 6:45)… and I was kind of hungry.  Let’s hope I can last through the work day today!

I promised more vacation recaps but there is just too much to write about and my brain doesn’t function well at 6am.  So I’ll give you a recap of yesterday instead.  I went right back on the healthy wagon.  It felt pretty good.  Unfortunately because we’ve been eating so much on vacation, my body wants to continue eating this way, so I still ate a lot more than on my pre-vacation healthy days.  Today I’m back to counting calories.  Hopefully I can really get back on track soon (although these sleepless night have to stop asap!!!).


I woke up bright and early on my day off.  We had no fresh produce but I was so happy to find a chobani in the fridge.  I missed yogurt so much!!  This really hit the spot!

chobani with dried apricots + TJ's nutty american trek mix


After a few hours, I got dressed and hit the gym (it’s been 13 days since my last workout!).  I took it easy-ish and did a 5K on the treadmill (preset program that changes inclines and speed). On a good day I can do level 3 all the way, but I started with level 2 since it’s been so long (after a quick warm-up walk, this makes you run at 6.6mph, and switches between 0.0-2.0 inclines) and actually after 20 minutes switched to level 3 (7.0 mph).  I was happy that I could run without dying.  Then I did another 30 minutes on the elliptical, and finished off by 15 minutes of the stationary bike.  Not bad for a day after 30 hours of traveling and hardly any sleep!  Workout stats…

  • Duration: 1:17
  • Calories burnt: 612 (40% fat)
  • Ave HR: 138; Max HR: 210 (must be wrong!)


I was pretty proud of this meal because I used everything out of the freezer and was able to produce a real balanced meal :)

spinach fettuccini, grilled chicken, artichokes and green peas in a light pesto sauce

And then I was still hungry (damn stretched stomach!) so I had one of these babies.  I’ve tried a bunch of kinds in Hong Kong and plan to do a whole post just on these.  Love ’em!!

Asian cake with red bean paste and egg yolk

inside of pastry

Dinner was at my parents. It was very delicous.  My mom is quite the cook :)  Here is my first plate…

chicken pie, beef brisket, roasted veggies + tomato/cucumber salad

And my second piece of the pie.  Yum!

second chicken pie slice

I also had a bite of a cookie that we brought for my parents (not pictured).  This dinner really stuffed me, but aparently not enough to get me through the night.

I’ll do more vacactions recaps soon.  I promise :)  There is some really good stuff there…

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13 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Lara

    Welcome back! Glad you got there safe! I think it’s a good idea to sort of ease back into your pre-vacation eating habits. It can be quite a harsh transition otherwise in my experience :) Looking forward to the recap post(s)!

  • #2 - not sister inna

    I’m so glad you’re back- I missed reading your daily posts! It DEFINITELY takes time to get back to normal eating after a vacation so don’t worry about it. Plus you got such a great workout in! If that’s taking it easy I’m practically napping at the gym :)

  • #3 - sister inna

    you’re back! i love how your “frozen” meal is completely green hehe. that egg chocolate roll looks so strange… im not sure how i feel about it

  • #4 - Sharon

    Welcome home! -lol- Delicious eats! And ooh wow, your mom can cook tasty eats, for sure!!!! Love it!

  • #5 - K

    Welcome back!! I’m glad you guys had such a fabulous trip and I can’t wait to see that future post because the Hong Kong treat intrigues me!

  • #6 - Lauren

    Welcome back to Beantown! I’m intrigued by the pink pastry – and looking forward to more recaps from your vacation :)

  • #7 - Mandy A

    Welcome back! Your vacation looked incredible!!! I’m so glad you got to relax and enjoy yourself!

    Great first workout back, too! :) I wish I could burn calories like you girl!

  • #8 - Adam

    I have to say as good as the food in Asia was, its nice to be back to eating ‘normal’ food :)

  • #9 - ttfn300

    Glad to see you guys made it back safe and sound! And what a wonderful trip, can’t wait to hear about the rest :) great first day back!

  • #10 - Kelly Turner

    is that an egg? My boyfriend’s parents eat something similar to that but its savory with meat. they are pretty good

    Kelly Turner

  • #11 - Elina

    Yes, Kelly, that’s an egg yolk. I think Chinese (at least from what I gathered on the trip) really like mixing savory and sweet. The red bean paste was sweet, as was the pastry shell, but the egg was salty. They also had a lot of meat pastries in super sweet buns. Kind of interesting…

    Heh, Innz, I didn’t even realize that everything was green (except for the chicken) until you said it. Funny :)

    Glad you guys are happy I’m back 😀 I’m definitely dragging at work today…

  • #12 - Katie

    Welcome home! Cant wait to catch up!

  • #13 - sue

    good to see you made it back in one piece! :) great workout and eats!