Happy Heart: Hello Bike Rides, Goodbye Beignets

Whitney Health Guide
  • These last few days back in Maryland have been hard. H.A.R.D! I miss the sunshine and laid-back feel of New Orleans. Back home, it's been a lot of work and trying to get back on track. Last week, I was slightly dismayed that my five-pound weight loss had plummeted to only three after a week and a half in the Big Easy. I figured it was probably a fluke, but when I weighed myself again the scale read the same. Bummer.


    I really wanted to jump back into my diet and exercise routine with a vengeance, but it's been hard. Really, really hard. The first few days I had no food in my apartment, so I ate lots of snacks from Starbucks, including their Hot Panini sandwiches, which are supposed to be pretty healthy, and those little "Food Should Taste Good" chip packets that boast gluten-free, cholesterol-free properties, while working. When I finally did make it to the store, I got all of my usual, boring omelet-sandwich-chicken staples. Again, hard! I missed the po'boys and beignets of New Orleans, even if they did pack on the pounds in a relatively short amount of time. So, I treated myself a little with three homemade beignets that I made from the box of Cafe du Monde beignet mix I bought before leaving New Orleans.

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    On the exercise front, the amazing weather has done wonders for my routine! I've been taking hour-long strolls (not exactly power walks, but it's something) around my neighborhood, which are great because they don't really feel like a chore. I just turn up the Lady Gaga and before I know it, I'm a couple of miles in. I also ventured to Union Station in Washington, D.C. over the weekend to practice bike-riding.


    Backstory: I never learned to ride a bike as a kid. Weird, I know. I went through all the pre-steps, including a Big Wheel, a tricycle and a brand new bike with training wheels around age 6. But somehow, when my peers were learning how to ride off into their young independence, I just couldn't get the hang of it. And after a couple of times of falling and scraping my knees, I decided it just wasn't for me. But now that I'm an adult, I think that a bike could provide a great exercise and stress outlet, while helping me get errands done on the weekends (very green!). My friend (she learned how to ride as a kid, but forgot. Ha!) and I rented one of the bikes from the futuristic-looking dome outside of the station for two hours and took turns trying to learn. It was a lot of fun, but I'm not sure if we are actually advancing our causes, although I'm sure we burned a few calories.


    So, this week's goals are to keep up the exercise (including a fresh bike jaunt this weekend) and go back to eating at home 90 percent of the time. We'll see how I progress!

Published On: March 25, 2010