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Monday, July 15, 2013

We've been to Texas and back, and have the stories (and extra pounds) to show for it.

Here's a quick run-down of everything we did:

* JFK museum
* Dallas Museum of Art
* Nasher museum
* Dallas Cowboys Stadium
* Billy Bob's
* Shopped
* Worked out
* Swam
* ATE... lots and lots and lots of really good food

I loved every minute of it! Even better than all of the activities listed above was gabbing and laughing with family. We stayed with my aunt and uncle, and I just loved spending time with them. They've traveled all over the world, so they have amazing stories from all their travels.

I was so proud of my boys for hauling out their good manners for the week. So often when we're home and have guests over, they'll scatter and do their own thing. But while visiting my aunt and uncle, they stuck around and joined in the conversation.

Even the long drive in the car was fun. When they weren't sleeping, we talked and listened to good music and an audio book. This was like tonic for a sometimes rocky mom-teenager relationship.

We also got to see my husband's brother in Iowa and a dear friend of ours who lives in Kansas City. Such a treat to catch up with them too!

As for the fitness side of things... well... I ran once! And I ate everything that was offered to me. My aunt is a really exceptional cook. Everything she made was fabulous. And we went out to eat a bunch of times and had really excellent food out too (Tex-Mex, seafood, Italian, oh my!). So, yes, indeedy, I gained 5 pounds in a week and am back to tracking and everything now.

If you happen to be in the Kansas City area, do check out Oklahoma Joe's for the best BBQ. My mouth is watering just remembering it! Also, we had the most amazing fish tacos at Fish City Grill in Dallas. I think they are in multiple cities in the south. It's worth a trip, yum, yum, yum. I can't remember the names of the other restaurants where we ate, but I wanted to pass along those two recommendations.

Happy trails!

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FRENCHSEAMS 7/17/2013 9:13AM

    One of the nest things about traveling is all the different food. Sounds like you had a terrific time and you did it AF! emoticon

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AHAPPYLIFE 7/15/2013 10:04PM

    Great - now I'm hungry to travel! LOL, sounds like you had a wonderful time - aren't those just the best vacations!!

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CAROL_31649731 7/15/2013 9:44PM

    Your blog made makes me hungry--everything sounds so delicious (no wonder you gained a few pounds)! Thanks goodness the frig is closed at my house. emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 7/15/2013 1:14PM

    I'm so happy to hear that you had such a nice trip.

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JACKIE542 7/15/2013 10:50AM

    What a wonderful vacation, you were busy and had a great time, that's what they are for, right? Glad to see you back. emoticon emoticon

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CLRWILLIAMS25 7/15/2013 9:24AM

    sounds like you had a great trip. You'll be back to your normal weight in no time. Everything really is bigger in Texas. I gained a few pounds each time I flew out there for work emoticon

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    Glad to hear you enjoyed your time away!! Welcome back!!

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CAPECODBABE 7/15/2013 8:21AM

    Sounds like a great time! Always nice to laugh with family!!!

I love BBQ, but have never tries fish tacos.

Welcome back

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KALIGIRL 7/15/2013 8:21AM

    Sounds emoticon So glad you enjoyed!

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Vacation! Have to Get Away!

Friday, July 05, 2013

Remember that song?

We are off on a road trip, so I won't be sparking as much. I'll catch up with y'all soon!

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KALIGIRL 7/8/2013 11:50AM


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CAPECODBABE 7/7/2013 1:42PM

    Have a great vacation!!! emoticon

(love 80s music)

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FRENCHSEAMS 7/6/2013 11:53AM

    Have a great time. emoticon

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CAROL_31649731 7/5/2013 9:01PM

    Nice of you to drop by . . . be safe on the road & have fun!

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MIRAGE727 7/5/2013 3:50PM

    Stay healthy, be safe, and enjoy!

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KNYAGENYA 7/5/2013 2:10PM

    Have fun.

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JACKIE542 7/5/2013 10:45AM

    Have a great time. emoticon

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    Enjoy your vacation time and relax!! We'll look forward to hearing all about it when you get back!!

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HIKING-4-ME 7/5/2013 9:45AM

    Enjoy your vacation

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The Bike Ride

Thursday, July 04, 2013

First, Happy Independence Day to all my US Spark Friends!

Second, a quick update on my 100-day challenge: Day 15 AF! After today's run, I'll be at 12.96 miles.

Now, the biking story. Yesterday I biked with my son and his friend on one of our local bike trails to a small town 15 miles north of here. It's been a tradition for our family every year since the boys were little. We bike up there and eat lunch at this wonderful hotel with a view, and they serve walnut burgers, which I am personally in love with. So part-way through the ride if you're losing steam, you start thinking about what you're going to eat when you get there!

We made good time, but honestly on the ride there and on the ride back, my legs just had no more energy the last few miles. It wasn't that I was sore or panting -- I just ran out of steam!

Still, I was thinking it's funny how things change. Years ago when we did this ride, I thought of it as a big, major, all-day deal. Major exercise! I figured I'd be wiped out for the day. And I usually was. I'd take it easy the rest of the day and probably even take a nap.

This time though, I smugly thought to myself, wow, I am so much more fit now! I don't feel exhausted. I can go home and carry on with my day. I had plans to go to a concert last night.

We got home, and I drank a lot of water. I made a cake. Gradually I realized I AM BEAT! I sat down and watched some TV. I attempted napping several times, but I guess I wasn't that tired.

So much for my smug thoughts!

It was a great day, a great ride, and great exercise -- oh and a GREAT meal!

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JACKIE542 7/4/2013 11:41AM

    What a great tradition, such a great feeling to be in better shape now. Great treat at the hotel, those walnut burgers look great. emoticon emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 7/4/2013 10:51AM


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CAPECODBABE 7/4/2013 10:17AM

    emoticon Now I'm hungry! Yummmm emoticon

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CAROL_31649731 7/4/2013 9:09AM

    Now that's read progress--one of those NSV's that we all hope to have often. emoticon

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    emoticon Yum! and what a nice day!

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JERZRN 7/4/2013 8:55AM

    Looks delicious!

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    The pics look great (and yummy)!

So happy to hear how you are much 'fitter' and able to enjoy it more than before! You Go Girl!!

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Lucky 13!

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Today is Day 13 in my 100-day streak. Still AF! Still eating right (minus Sunday's indulgences)! Still exercising faithfully!

I intended to run yesterday but instead played tennis with my son. I can run tonight instead. Gotta be flexible! And it's soooooooooooooo important to me to spend quality time with my family!

Yesterday at work the thought crept into my mind to tack a day or two onto my vacation (meaning today and tomorrow). It's a funny thing how as soon as that thought enters my mind, it's pretty much a done deal. And then I'm short on PTO later when I want to take more time off! So I'm going in to work today... will keep the possibility open for tomorrow.

I love summer!!!
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AHAPPYLIFE 7/2/2013 11:19PM

    Congrats on your LUCKY 13!! I've heard that tennis is really quite a good work out. It requires a great deal of strength, speed, & agility. Talk about a calorie burner!!

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CAROL_31649731 7/2/2013 8:49PM

    Keep counting those AF days . . . you're doing great!!! emoticon Being AF allows you to fully enjoy that family time, emoticon

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JACKIE542 7/2/2013 11:44AM

    Good job emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 7/2/2013 9:58AM

    You are doing great!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/2/2013 9:17AM

    Fitness activities with family is a win-win. Enjoy that vacation!

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Too Much Food

Monday, July 01, 2013

I visited my mom yesterday. She's a great cook and served chicken salad and hot fudge sundaes for lunch. I splurged. I can't tell you the last time I had Mom's homemade hot fudge sauce. OMG. The best.

Then we went to a movie, and I had popcorn. Movie was great, btw. The Heat with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. We all laughed so hard!

So I'm up a few pounds today. Maybe just bloated from the popcorn? I'm hoping a day of good eating again will drop the extra pounds in a hurry.

I'll also run tonight. 2.5 miles is the goal for today.

Day 12 AF emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/1/2013 7:23PM

    Those "few" pounds are water weight and will be gone soon. Mom couldn't serve 7000 calorie sundaes, right? LOL (although my DH can make some that look like Mt Vesuvius)

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MAMASPLASH 7/1/2013 5:19PM

  You can splurge occasionally.

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KNYAGENYA 7/1/2013 2:06PM

    I am sure it is due to water weight.

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CAROL_31649731 7/1/2013 12:19PM

    I'm glad you had a nice visit with you Mom. That's the most important thing to take from yesterday. That pound or two will be right back off, but the memory of that wonderful time with you Mom will last a lifetime.

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-LINDA_S 7/1/2013 11:04AM

    Yeah, you're probably just bloated. We don't gain fat that fast! I ate everything in sight yesterday, very high fat but not too bad on carbs, and was down from a few days ago. That was a relief! Hang in there!

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JACKIE542 7/1/2013 10:02AM

    Glad you had some fun. I have been wanting to see that movie, I think I will plan for it.
Have a good run and a good day. emoticon

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WALKIN4JEANIE 7/1/2013 9:45AM

    Sounds like you had a great day with your mom. You need to cherish that memory and forget about the food! Concentrate on the good day you had and just get back on track. No beating yourself up!

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JAOTAO 7/1/2013 9:24AM

    You'll run it off - just drink your water and get back on track. The indulgence is fine now and then. Gosh, wish I could run again. Nothing quite like it...

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CAPECODBABE 7/1/2013 9:20AM

    Sound like you had a great day. Glad you enjoyed.

Remember the day fondly and don't worry about a little overindulgence!
(it's the popcorn)

I couldn't tell you how many years since my last hot fudge sundae!

I'm looking forward to watching The Heat.

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/1/2013 9:07AM

    Mmmmm hot fudge sundae.... I probably would have splurged too!

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    Sounds like you had a well deserved day of indulgence in food. It's good for the soul to have those every now and again.

emoticon on your 12 day streak!!

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