I just returned from a long weekend in Abingdon, Virginia which is only about 4 1/2 hours from where I live in Middle TN. It made for a fun little road trip, and a really nice getaway!
It’s a quaint little town in the beautiful Blue Ridge Highlands of Virginia, best known for it’s history and arts. Walking through the Heartwood Artisan Center was one of the highlights of my trips, along with driving the back roads and seeing some of the natural beauty in the area.
And of course the FOOD, which is always a highlight on my travels. 😉
I grabbed “my usual” when I headed out, which is a Sausage Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s ordered with double meat, double egg – which I’ve discovered is cheaper than ordering two Sausage Egg McMuffins. I also ordered an Iced Coffee w/Sugar Free Vanilla, which I request with half the cream and half the sweetener.
I ditched the muffin of course, and had one egg & sausage for breakfast. Then ate the other egg & sausage a little further down the road. Once I arrived I was ready for a real meal, and chose Pop Ellis Soda Shoppe & Grill on Main Street – a local spot with history and character. There were tons of carbs on the menu, so I settled for a Cobb Salad with grilled chicken instead of fried and Blue Cheese dressing:
For breakfast the next morning I just grabbed some sausage and eggs from the hotel breakfast spread. It was okay, nothing to write home about for sure, but it did the trick – and I avoided the waffle maker and the muffins. 🙂
On the side in that picture is butter and sugar free jelly, which tastes really good together even if you do have to eat it off a spoon instead of bread!
Next I enjoyed the sunrise and the rest of the morning, then headed to the Zazzy’z Coffee House on Main Street to work for a bit. I had an iced coffee, then for lunch ordered their Classic Chicken Salad which is made with only chicken, mayo and celery:
I was tempted to have the Broccoli Cheese Soup as well, but they weren’t sure if it had rice in it that day or not. Apparently some days it does and some it doesn’t – so I just skipped it.
I was quite hungry by dinnertime, so a friend and I went to Cheddar’s Casual Cafe in the next town over. If you’ve never been to one, I highly recommend it – plenty of low carb options, huge portions and great prices! I had the steak & shrimp, with loaded broccoli and green beans:
The steak came on a bed of crispy fried onion strings, which I removed – but I confess I did eat a few of them. This was quite a plateful of food. I made a good effort, but there was no way I could finish it, LOL…
The next morning I grabbed sausage & eggs at the hotel again, walked through the Heartwood Artisan Center, then met up with some friends at Zazzy’Z’s for a coffee. I had a late lunch that day at an Italian restaurant – and ordered the crab stuffed flounder w/shrimp and roasted vegetables:
I took about half of that with me in a to-go box, but never did eat it – *I* was the one that was “stuffed” after that rich meal (lol), and didn’t get hungry again that evening.
On my way out the next morning I stopped at McDonald’s for sausage & eggs and wi-fi, and did a bit of work before I headed back:
I always think I can eat two sausage patties and two fried eggs, but I got full again and took the other half with me on the road – and ate it later for lunch along with a small bag of salted almonds I had with me.
I continued to drink water on the trip, and I finally broke my weight loss plateau on Saturday morning. While I didn’t have scales there, I could just *feel* it. And I was right – I DID come home from my road trip weighing less! I find that interesting given I was eating so much less, and super low carb, while at home the last couple of weeks. Obviously I eat bigger portions and more carbs when I travel – more carbs in the way of greens: salads, green sides, etc. Maybe it was just the water that did the trick, or maybe eating more is a good thing…
Note to self: drink more water, and take more trips. 😀