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Monday, July 23, 2012

Ah, Paris

View from the top of Sacre Coeur

Paris is a great walking city. There were long lines in Paris, and more Americans than I have ever encountered there. It was Bastille Day, a few days from the end of the Tour de France and a few weeks before the Olympics across the English Channel, so maybe that was why. Along with lots of walking, we climbed A LOT of stairs. Hundreds of steps, my 7 year old got a lot of joy out of counting them! My boys were awesome troopers on this trip.

When we were climbing to the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower it occurred to me there were no warnings, no "Don't take the stairs if you have a heart condition are pregnant, etc". My husband claims that is the French attitude... you want to climb then stairs? Then climb 'em. But the stairs at the Eiffel Tower were nice and wide, room for you to stand aside, take a break and be passed by others. But when we climbed to the top of Sacre Coeur, it was a tiny, winding dark stairs case. I got total vertigo, but my kids loved it and tromped ahead. The view rewarded us all. (That is the photo at top, with rain on its way behind the Eiffel Tower in the distance.)
Steamed Mussels
Except for breakfast, I found it very easy to stay on my diet. Load up on proteins, like steak, chicken or fish and avoid the carbs and starches. For lunch there was always a good filling salad choice. But I always chose a salad that is loaded up with some kind of protein/meat and healthy fats (avocado, eggs, olive oil, etc). That is key! Instead of splurging for a croissant as planned, I had a Croque Madam. It is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, topped with a fried egg. While it's not ideal on the Belly Fat Cure, they are delish and not super crazy carb overloaded. Actually, with the right bread I might make one for lunch today...

Coffee? (apparently I forgot to brush my hair that day)
Do I look tired? This was our last full day and I was SO tired. Biggest lesson from this trip is that I need a great pair of ear plugs and I need to use them every night. I'm a real sensitive sleeper and I got very little sleep on this trip. Whether its the Disco across the alley, the Metro rumbling under the hotel, or the kids waking up at all hours due to jet lag. Coffee is my true friend, ha! It woke me up and made me feel satisfied while the kids scarfed down chocolate croissants. In Paris I ordered a Cafe Creme whenever we sat down and rested our feet for a bit.  It is supposed to be coffee with cream, but it could have just been milk. All the caffeine later in the day could have also kept me up at night, but I didn't really think about that until it was too late...qui vivra verra.

Next up I'll share our travels in the Netherlands and the island of Terschelling in the North Sea.

17 comments:

  1. I wish I could go on a vacation like you did some day. Great pictures and you look so skinny!

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  2. I think my husband would sell his body for those Moules(mussels) and the frites(fries) that he gets in the South of France. He introduced our 15 yr old daughter to them and now she loves them, too. Seriously, my husband and daughter drove from Spain to Cannes, France for the moules AND for an Irish bar called The Quays (pronounced Keys).It's just a small bar in Cannes, but after being around the French, it's a bunch of drunk people speaking English.....Hahaha! The bartender/manager is a really nice guy, too. BTW, I could never survive/sleep all the noise! I think having kids really kills the ability to sleep. It doesn't matter that my kids are 15 and 10, my ears are still open to hear and protect them all night long. I wish that would go away so I could sleep :)
    Carey
    Carey

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  3. Oh, you look sooo tired! It sounds like you still have a great time anyhow. :)

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  4. Looks like you had an amazing vacation!

    Amber....do you know anything about Jorge's new carb cycling menu? He has posted on his Facebook that he will put it up and now when you go to his website, it says next week. This is extremely annoying and from all of the comments on his page it appears I am not the only one annoyed. Just curious what it looks like.

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    1. Hallie - I have seen it! The official word is that he has had server troubles. But I think you will see the new and improved version on Tuesday. I like it, and think that it is a good combo of the Fast Track and BFC. But don't wait to get it! Start the BFC today.

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  5. What a great picture of the storm and the eiffel tower! Someday I'd love to go there! I love coffee, it gets me through lots of times when other people are ordering stuff I shouldn't eat. :)

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  6. I never go anywhere without my ear plugs. I'm a very sensitive sleeper too (much more so since I had my kids). We went away for only 2 nights a few weeks ago and I barely slept ... ugh. My kids are not good when they get off their normal schedule. I can't wait to take them on an amazing vacation like yours (maybe in a few more years) :) I wish I didn't love coffee so much but I do too.

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  7. Amber, I know you are/were into running. I just posted links to a great interview with Professor Tim Noakes (author of The Lore of Running). He's changed his opinion of nutrition and is now embracing low carb/high fat. Thought you might find it interesting (I sure did). http://empoweredeating.blogspot.ca/2012/07/legendary-exercise-professor-embraces.html

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    1. Trina I will totally check this out! I struggle when I am training for a Half marathon and doing Fast Track, and Im not totally sure that is the right thing for my body. But Im 100% BFC right now and I think I get plenty o' carbs with it. Thanks for the link!

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    2. It is a fascinating interview - you must listen :) Tim Noakes has run over 70 marathons and ultramarathons and he's a professor of sports science (he knows of what he speaks). He explains how his health started to decline (he gained weight and his running suffered). When he gave up carbs he fixed it all. He now believes most people cannot tolerate carbs and for some (him included) they are toxic. He said dieticians keep telling him some people do better on a higher carb diet and he said, "that may be true" but he's still looking for those people (lol). He talks about some of the top ironman athletes as being high fat/low carb. Let me know what you think after you listen to it (if you can). It’s funny, I sent it to a ironman friend and she replied by telling me some people do better on a higher carb diet – you need to know your own body. Funny thing is Professor Noakes thought he knew his body but he was dead wrong and the unfortunate thing is it may not show until you get older.

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  8. forget the hair, you looks so skinny and pretty. Tre chic!

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  9. Help amber!! Where did u find happy belly diet!!!

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    1. Jorge's staff sent me a copy, but asked that I not distribute it :( I bet it comes out today, Thursday at the latest! Start the BFC or Fast Track today though... no need to wait. Just make the changes suggested when it comes out!

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    2. K! Thanks for answering. I'll be on the lookout!

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  10. Mack's silicon earplugs are great. A couple years ago I decided to get custom earplugs made, but they were too hard...it felt like a piece of gravel in my ear, so I went back to my trusted Mack's.

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