If you thought I was being lazy and failed to blog, you were only half right - I did keep up my Wordpress blog at wheatontrial.wordpress.c
Anyway, there is such a thing as too much vacation. Being away for 10 days is too much. I have a mountain of “real life” that didn’t exactly go away just because I did.
- Anniversaries to celebrate ( wp.me/p1N36Q-bC
- Work to catch up on;
- E-mail and Mail to read/respond to;
- Housework, pets, and other personal matters to attend to;
- Vacation weight gain to deal with.
I won’t get on the scale because I just know. I overdid it. I left Minneapolis last Wednesday to stay with friends in Duluth for the rest of my time in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Duluth was only a 2.5 hour drive from Minneapolis – but weather-wise – might as well have been Alaska. I think I saw the sun for a few moments on Wednesday, and then never saw it again until the plane touched back down in NJ.
It rained. It was cold. So we entertained ourselves with food and drink. Lots of it.
The bars in Duluth, just like in Minneapolis, all had cider on draft. Still a big fan of that.
At Sir Ben’s, they rim the glass of your cider with cinnamon. It’s like drinking Apple Pie.
I also learned that the Mid-West is a big fan of popcorn. I mentioned trying the Flavocrunch at Candyland in Minneapolis, but it pales in comparison to the Caramel popcorn at Fannie Rose in Duluth. I ate the rest of my lifetime’s worth of popcorn on Thursday I think. I will be ok if I never have popcorn again – it was just that good.
We then drove the North Shore route, but didn’t get to see much because of the rain. My friends wanted to stop at Betty’s Pies and Rustic Inn to a pie taste test. I was trying my best to stay wheat-free, but couldn’t resist eating some of the topping – 5 layers of chocolate filling – of a slice of pie that my husband ordered at Betty’s Pies.
According to my friends, Betty’s wins for cream pies and Rustic Inn wins for fruit pies.
These were some of the more memorable food stops. Don’t be fooled though, there was lots more junk food scattered throughout my remaining days in Duluth. Cheese and Gluten Free crackers. Chips and Salsa. Reese’s Peanut Butter cups (peanut butter is a binge trigger of mine). A Gluten Free Cookie (or two – they were also made with peanut butter). I was so stuffed by the time our last meal rolled around at Gordy’s (maybe I’ll write about this tomorrow), I didn’t care that there was nothing on the menu I could be sure was gluten free. I just didn’t want to eat anymore. (But I did anyway).
So the good news is that today is Day One of a new binge free streak AND wheat free streak. I just need to get past these first few incredibly hectic days back at home and am confident I will be celebrating meeting a new 14 day streak exactly two weeks from today.