Saturday, July 20, 2013
Oh my! Getting up for work and actually working have been quite the adjustment this week. Funny how I woke up at 5:00 on vacation, with no alarm, and suddenly this week waking up to my alarm at 6:00 felt way too early! Why is that?!
I'm back to work, back to running, and back to trying to eat better. It's going pretty well. I'm down 3 pounds already.
I was inspired by my aunt on vacation to make better meals at home this week too. I actually planned ahead last weekend and did my shopping. We had good meals every night! I've always loved cooking and baking, but I think when I got into running, I quit making nicer meals. My husband cooks too, so I give him a lot of credit. Plus our kids are so busy - we often just don't have time for a meal that takes much prep. But it's so important to take that time together. So I'm going to really try to keep this going, as much as our schedules allow -- and still keep up with my running schedule. I CAN DO THIS!
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
* Worked out
* 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.
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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