Last year, Carlos set a goal to get into the best shape of his life before his 40th birthday. He figured that was 2 yrs away so if he really worked on it he would have plenty of time...He had gained about 30 pounds since we started dating back in 2006 and was pretty unhappy with the number on the scale. He's a large framed 6'2" but he felt he was holding way to much weight around his middle at 236 lbs. So to reverse this gain he made a solid effort all year to trim back to his pre-girlfriend stats.
So guess what!
On Saturday ( his 39th birthday ) he jumped on the scale and clocked in at a lean 208 lbs :-) I'm so proud of him! All of those green juices and hefty salads really paid off!
So, How did he do this? Well, to drop almost 30 pounds Carlos first cut wayyyyyy back on his meal sizes. He also decreased his intake of beer, sweets and creamy pastas while increasing his intake of vegetables and grains like quinoa and couscous. Carlos is currently eating a high vegetarian diet with a protein emphasis of fish ( esp. Salmon and Ahi Sashimi ) nut butters and eggs but very little red meat and dairy........Anyway, he's pretty stoked and so am I :-)
So, to splurg this weekend we went to two of our favorite places to get cheap eats on Maui, "Thai Chef" and Bamboos Bar and Grill"!
"Thai Chef" on Friday Night....
Veggie Spring Rolls with lettuce leaves, cucumber and sweet dipping sauce ( I split this with Carlos) These are the best!
And my favorite ( vegan- no shrimp paste ) Green Papaya Salad on island for a "Main" and some unpictured Jasmine rice....yum!
"Thai Chef" rocks....it's in downtown Lahaina and it's BYOB :-) It's a must try if you are on Maui and love Thai!
Then Carlos chose "Bamboos Bar and Grill" for his Birthday feast on Saturday....
I started with an appetizer of Tofu Summer Rolls ( rice noodles, tofu, lettuce, bean sprouts, rice noodle wrappers ) with a peanut dipping sauce followed by 2 VeggieSushi Rolls ( avocado, carrots, cucumbers )
I also had 2 unpictured Lemon Vodkas and Soda instead of wine for a change....
Here's Carlos's choices ( from the carnivore part of the menu )
Fried Chicken with a salt and pepper rub and fresh lime juice ( FYI-He LOVES these!!)
Korean BBQ Chicken with sweet dipping sauce
Thai Chicken Salad ( a "Taste of Lahaina" winner! ) This was Carlos's first time having this and he raved about it!
and Seafood Rice Noodles ( yes, the boy can eat! )
This is our friend Richard who shared the evening of gluttany with us...
We don't know this guy ( on the left ) but he wanted a picture with Carlos before playing pool hahaaa....
I love Bamboos! It's sort of "divey" but the food is awesome and the locals are always friendly:-)
Then Carlos wanted his "Birthday Cake" so we went to "Coldstone" so he could get a himself a $10 ice cream....
He ordered a large Chocolate Mint ice cream with white chocolate chips mixed in topped with chocolate sauce in a chocolate dipped waffle cone ( I ordered nothing and just watched...I was way too full from dinner) I don't know where he puts it all but he ate the entired thing!
Hahaaa! He passed out soon after this....Hopefully he didn't gain all his weight back after this night ( wink )
See y'all soon! Aloha :-)