We’re not big into a traditional Valentine’s Day. It’s not that we don’t take time to dote on each other, it’s just that we don’t go by the traditional means of flowers and chocolates. Not that I’m opposed to a box of chocolates, but we both know they’d be gone in 24 hours, so it’s best to avoid them from the start.
Since Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday this year, we decided to celebrate last night instead of making plans after the gym tonight. So I booked us reservations at Seasons 52 because I remembered the fare is primarily veggies and protein. When I looked up the menu before we left, I saw that every meal is less than 475 calories. Oops, I shouldn’t have said this out loud because James replied with, ‘Great, now I’ll have to eat three meals just to get enough fuel food.’
Last week, James went to CrossFit North Atlanta to have his body fat tested in the Bod Pod using a coupon he’d gotten from the Garage Games. Not surprisingly, he came in at 7.8% body fat and 165 pounds of lean muscle, putting him in the elite athlete category. He took home a sheet outlining his stats, with recommendations as to how many calories he needs daily to sustain his body fat and muscle mass given he works out 4 to 5 times a week. Guess what that number was: 4,071 CALORIES! That’s daily, people. I could devote weekly posts to James and his crazy body, but I try to spare you all. The Bod Pod tester told him she’s never tested anyone with that low of body fat.
I was a bit hesitant to take advantage of the Bod Pod and know my true stats, so maybe that’s why I subconsciously chose Seasons 52 for dinner last night. James enjoyed the Buffalo Chili and Rainbow Trout, while I opted for Chicken Chili Relleno, Spinach Salad with Pear and Pine Nuts, and for dessert, a mini indulgence in the choice of Mocha Macchiato. Thank goodness it came in a shot-sized glass so I couldn’t go overboard.
In lieu of a traditional Valentine’s Day gift, I’ll just share 10 reasons I love my husband:
- He’s a smartie…borderline brilliant. Maybe that’s the love goggles talking. But I’ve always believed I could never marry someone who wasn’t smarter than me. I’m not saying I’m not better at some things, because I definitely am 🙂
- He cooks me steaks. So simple, yet so impactful. This girl likes meat.
- Gifts are always a surprise. I’ve gotten everything from bed sheets to a Kindle. I think I’m even starting to train him a bit. Last week he asked if we were getting each other gifts for Valentine’s Day. I told him nah, let’s just do dinner. I’m just happy he asked.
- He’s cheap. I don’t ever have to worry about him going out and blowing money. At the same time, he believes he can wear his clothes for decades. Thank goodness Polos will never go out of style.
- He’s a dreamer. He wants acres and acres of land one day. Maybe I’ll become the next generation of the Pioneer Woman.
- He loves meat and curves. Thank goodness, because I’ve worked hard for these muscles.
- He’s an entrepreneur. He loves building a business from the ground up, and he always finds the money-making angle in new ideas.
- He eats any food. The world is my oyster when it comes to cooking. Even if I don’t like a dish I cook, I’m guaranteed he’ll like it.
- He encourages me to be independent. He never puts up a fuss when I want to hang with the girls or take a weekend trip. In fact, it’s like he wants me gone 🙂
- He holds my hand when we watch TV, just like he did while we were dating. Sometimes it’s all about the little things.