Back from a mini retreat to one of my favorite places in the world, Calistoga, California. We stay at Indian Springs Resort & Spa, it has been a special favorite romantic destination for David and me for almost 20 years. In the past it could best be described as rustic or retro chi-chi. Very classy and elegant but not at all pretentious. However I am a bit worried because they seem to be in the middle of a dramatic expansion that could completely kill the whole vibe we love so much about that place, but we’ll cross that bridge later. Calistoga itself is one of the few places I could see myself easily moving to after retirement. Just find a little one story, 2 bedroom, 1 bath cottage with at least 1/4 acre-1/2 acre parcel for a nice garden close enough to walk downtown in my our elder years, awesome biking territory, wonderful weather…I would be happy as a clam.
Too bad that like where we live now, the real estate prices are freaking loco! Oh well. A girl can dream anyway.
Oh yeah, this is a weight loss blog. So here’s the scoopage….
On Wednesday I had a bar in the morning and did not eat the rest of the day to save kcals for a special dinner at a favorite restaurant, the Calistoga Inn. I knew I would want steak and red wine. I had 1/2 of a rib eye (and asked they leave the béarnaise butter OFF the steak (thankyouverramuch), a serving of “greens au gratin” (SO GOOD!) which was kale, spinach and swiss chard in a light sauce of bechamel and Gruyère, a serving of broccolini, and then about 2/3 of a bottle of a fabulous 2006 Peter Murphy Cabernet. Never heard of it before and they appear to be a very small winery, but man – what a great cab! I estimated my calories for the day at between 1600-1800. More than I am planning on of course but not enough to gain any weight, especially as we had walked a lot after our mud baths. The next day, I had a latte, followed by a divine full facial with head and shoulder massage, and then used the rest of my calories for the day eating at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen in St. Helena for lunch. Another unbelievable delicious meal where I balanced eating amazing flavorful foods (roasted beet salad with greens, manchere (sp?) and horseradish + roasted pork soft tacos) in very small quantities. And then I had a light dinner. Again, more calories than the plan but well under 2000 for the day.
Then yesterday (Friday), I was back to meal replacements, no problem. I had actually expected that on Wed and Thu I would neither gain nor lose weight, but that after yesterday I would be down again some this morning. Nope, I was 201 pounds exactly – which is .2 above Wednesday morning. *shrug* Chances are despite the reasonable calories eating out, I did ingest a lot of sodium, so we’ll see what the next couple of days bring. Could be PMS too, though I expect that in more like another week or so.
Whatever the numbers, I am still ahead of The Plan, and just as important, had an absolutely fabulous trip where I was spoiled rotten by spa staff, and even more so by my wonderful husband, and was able to enjoy small portions of truly delectable foods. It was mindful eating at it’s best, something I generally suck at, but not this time.
It was so enjoyable that I promised myself that as long as I am below 180 by mid-March, I’ll reward myself and we’ll go up for another 1-nighter. Before April 4, if you go mid-week they have a great special where the mud baths are free if you get stay in one of the cottages.
I won’t look this good, but you get the gist….
And here is one of the two heated mineral pools…. Can’t wait to go back. See you tomorrow!