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Jessie Baginski, a Mayfield Heights resident, is back for a second try at Lighten Up. The 2013 contestant says she's ready to take what she learned last year and give it a good go this year.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Travails of Travel

Traveling is a challenge when dieting. Not only is it difficult to find menu items that meet your diet preferences, but you have to let go of control of preparation and portion sizes as well.

Now let's talk about traveling to the City that Care Forgot, my hometown of New Orleans - a foodie heaven! All things considered, I did well for my ten days with my sisters and my dad. My sister Sharon had saved for me Gambit's 700 places to eat in New Orleans so we could try out a new place to two while I was home. Lunch at Sun Ray Grill off of Metairie Rd was a great choice - outstanding grilled fish tacos and shrimp quesadillas! Mr. Ed's was happy to grill my trout instead of panee (coated and fried) it- topped with crabmeat and green onions. So that was all good.

Parade season brings its own set of challenges. Shrimp po-boys and ham/turkey sandwiches ruled the days and evenings. You just can't eat salad and catch beads at the same time! I accepted the fact that all that white bread was definitely going to disrupt any thoughts of weight loss. I did however, add my little diet twist to the sandwiches - instead of mayo I used sliced tomatoes and cucumbers to dress them. My sisters loved the change; the brothers-in-law, not so much.

I only succumbed once to my beloved beignets and thoroughly enjoyed every wicked bite of the sugar coated puffy pastries with a great cafe au lait. REally, you can't have them at least once while in New Orleans!

I was thrilled to stay in touch with my Lighten Up friends through FB and really looking forward to seeing everyone on Monday night. It's good to be home and get back on track toward my goals!


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