Saturday, May 19, 2012
With each vacation/day off while on this lifestyle change I have noticed changes and a difference in what I find myself doing. These past several days (mini vacation) has been the most dramatic of all.
We would travel to our location, making numerous stops for snacks and drinks. Upon arriving at our hotel we would set up camp by unpacking our snacks and then I would check out the tv to see what channels they would have. (We don’t have cable so it was a treat to have the extra channels) We would then start talking about where we were going to eat and it seemed as though all our outings would be centered around what restaurants were close to it. My favorite thing was to just stay in the room as much as possible so I could watch TV and of course that would also mean snack. I really didn’t feel like doing anything. Mostly because my back and feet would hurt and I couldn’t walk far without making them worse. I was always miserable and unhappy. In short a grump. I had a hard time even enjoying where I ate at because I didn’t fit in a vast majority of booths. But I was willing to endure if the food was good and the servings plentiful. As for memories…well we never took many pictures of our vacations or at least I would make sure I was taking the pictures because I hated to have my picture taken.
POST PAST VACATIONS:
Upon returning home I would drag our bags into the house and wait till later that day or the next day to unpack. My energy level would be at or below 0. And to top it off I would need a vacation/ or several days off to recover from my vacation. About the only thing you could get me to do upon arriving home is talk about where I could take my wife out to eat so she wouldn’t have to work so hard to fix the meal. Then that evening we would watch one of our movies and eat (usually something that would include us eating over a pound of cheese and most if not all of a bag of chips).
What a difference being fit makes in one’s life. This vacation was really different. We live about a mile from the last metro bus stop so we loaded up our laptops and a duffle bag for our clothes and we started our vacation off by walking to the bus. From there we either walked or rode the public transportation (including light rail). There is a lot to see and do in the Valley of the Sun (Phoenix AZ and surrounding area) so we stayed in central Phoenix at a hotel and from there we ventured as far as Tempe (AZ). Our first day included more than 7 miles in just walking. How strange it was to spend more time out and about than in the hotel room watching TV. We would leave by 9am each morning and not return by to the hotel till 8pm or after. I was even blessed to find a fitness club in the ground floor of one of the high-rises.
Another difference was the way we selected where to eat. We would select where we wanted to go and then my wife searched online for restaurants we could eat at without over doing it. (And before selecting it we found ourselves checking out their menu and if possible the nutritional info for each of them. Then we would select several that would work and choose from them.) Ok they say confession is good for the soul. We’ll here is one for you.
PRESENT POST VACATIONS:
How is it possible to be so active and return feeling so rested? In fact I am very rested and looking forward to all that is ahead. I would have never dreamed in a million years the difference this lifestyle change would make. So tonight after dinner I’ll still sit down and watch a movie with Debbie but between the meal and the movie I’m going to go for a long walk. No better way to finish a great vacation and a great day. My only regret is I didn’t take any pictures of our trip. But how could I as active as we were and as caught up in the moment as I found myself. And who wouldn’t be caught up in the moment when you are with the love of your life and your very best friend.
Thanks Debbie for a great Urban-Walkabout!!!