Lyuda and I had a great time this year for Valentine’s Day. We celebrated in Palm Beach at a beautiful and festive gala with other spirited (and granted, slightly more senior) couples. Valentine’s Day is a fun holiday because you can do something romantic and out-of-the-ordinary with your significant other, as every restaurant and event venue seems to offer some “special” for the occasion.
As you already know, Lyuda and I are on a very strict diet, and therefore it’s nice to let loose a bit when the time is right. At dinner last night, we feasted on oysters and stone crab claws, enjoyed Chilean sea bass, and treated ourselves to a spread of luscious dessert.
It wasn’t just the food that was great, but so was the ambiance. The party was hosted inside an immaculate ballroom, adorned with crystal chandeliers. A live band played romantic classics, and after we were through with dinner, we slow danced to a few of our favorites. Holding hands on the dance floor, bodies close and eyes interlocked, was an especially romantic moment from the evening's affairs.
Because Lyuda and I cook the majority of our meals at home (and make no mistake, doing so is the only way to stay truly fit), going out is always a treat. It’s nice to leave the food-preparation and the dish-washing to someone else. Even more, it’s humanizing to dress up every once and a while and interact with others – and not only the bok choy leaves you’re about to steam.
We certainly enjoyed ourselves last night, and we will be sure to head out for an intense run today. If you eat food you aren’t accustomed to – especially if it’s calorie-dense – you need to go for an extended workout the next day. Doing so will not only burn off the stored calories, but it will also revitalize and rejuvenate your body so that you’re ready to get back onto your diet and fitness routines for the week to come.