Over the weekend, I played tourist in New Orleans with my granddaughters. We first visited a beautiful life size gingerbread house built inside the Ritz.
You could walk through the house and the walls were icing and decorated with candies. The outside of the house was real gingerbread paneling.
The books on the bookcase were made of chocolate. My girls were understandably in awe that they were inside a real life honest to goodness gingerbread house. LOL
We visited an area called Miracle on Fulton Street where they have beautifully decorated trees, reindeer to feed and New Orleans style snow (bubbles falling through blowers).
Then we rode the streetcar uptown to the Garden District to view the magnificent homes decorated for the holidays. What a sight they were! We purposely stayed in the downtown/uptown areas. My girls have lived 4 years now with nightmares and everyday reminders of losing their homes. I wanted to be sure to avoid all the desolate areas. Many areas on New Orleans are still ghost towns filled with abandoned flooded homes.
We ate at one of our favorite local restaurants. One thing about Cajun food, there are very little choices that are healthy. Our menus are filled with rich sauces, fried foods and starches. I finally settled on a seafood pasta and when it arrived, I could only eat a few bites of seafood before I felt that restriction tightening inside my chest. I pushed the plate away and didn't think about food the rest of the evening. I was able to order like everyone else, I just ate less. What a wonderfully liberating experience!
p.s. My exercising has all but stopped. I realize my losses will not come without the exercise, but I cannot seem to get myself to the gym. I need to work out!