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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

I spent a week at a beach hotel in Tunisia with my family and my BFF and her two kids and her mom.
The hotel was a disappointment because it was overcrowded and poorly organized, and we got decent rooms only after complaining to the hotel director, BUT despite all this, it was the most enjoyable and relaxing holiday I ever had.
I usually stress a lot about catching the plane and other practicalities totally indifferent to other members of the family. But thanks to the positive mindset I developed here on SP and reading the Awakening Joy book, I was relaxed and happy from start to end. I never had a holiday before without getting upset / angry / disappointed / snapping at my family.
Food was very good, and we had 3 buffet meals every day. That endless variety of food was a challenge. There was a lot of fresh salads and vegetables, so it was easy to fill half or two thirds of my plate with them, but the plates were big.
So I ate more than I usually do, and definitely much more fat and salt.
Today's weigh in was not surprising: I gained 2 pounds, I guess I'll be back to target after eating normally for a few days.

I did my runs or walks everyday as planned and 30-60 minutes of swimming.
By trial and error I found that I had to get up at 5:30 a.m if I wanted to enjoy my workouts. After 6:30 it was far too hot to run or walk.
Early morning was better for swimming too: I like to swim in a smooth sea toward the horizon for a half an hour, and then back, enjoying the silence, feeling how the sea holds and supports me. I could do this only in the early hours. Later there were unpleasant waves, and the swimming area was restricted because the water skiers and parachutes pulled by motor boats came rather close to the beach.

One morning we went to see the city of Sousse, and I had a strange, kind of spiritual encounter. As we went through the crowded marketplace, I felt someone took my arm. It was a very small old lady, in traditional clothes and headscarf, she fastened the headscarf by holding one tip of it in her mouth. She walked with me for a few minutes, then let go of my arm, smiled and waved her hand. I figured she reached the shop she wanted.
It was good to feel her old hand on my arm, trusting me without speaking despite our differences. My dress didn't cover my shoulders and arms, so I was far from being dressed properly in local women's dress code. It felt so unreal, as if I was only imagining it.
Miraculously, DH made two pictures so I know it was real : )

And one more picture, me walking with DD and DS, I'm posting this because I'm proud that my body size and shape is comparable to theirs.

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    634 days ago
    That sounds like an amazing vacation! Loved the pics! Gaining only 2 lbs on vacation is a true success! WTG! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    1637 days ago
    What a lovely vacation! And you do, indeed, look fantastic!
    1638 days ago
  • OWL_20
    Your vacation sounds pretty wonderful--love the local sites you brought up and the pictures were lovely. Especially the 3 of you together--that's a neat way to gauge how far you've come! Whew, not too sure how I would have reacted to someone on my arm, but she must have felt you were okay ;-). Thanks for the post!
    1640 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    Very cool experience with the elder. When we connect with our hearts, rather than ears and mouth, we truly are connecting on a spiritual level. A small ordinary interaction - that will stay with you for life. Very moving. I'm so glad you are able to relax and enjoy this holiday.
    1642 days ago
  • MONA791
    I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation. Great pics!
    1643 days ago
    When I had a job planning and taking a family vacation was much more taxing than going to work -and I had a hard job. that doesn't mean I would have given up a single one though. I'm glad yours left you relaxed and renewed. That is the whole idea behind vacations.
    1643 days ago
  • DEB9021
    Looks so beautiful, and must have been a great place to run. My dad was in the Coast Guard, so my family always lived near the coast. I feel a bit lost sometimes being in the Midwest now and land locked. But I've learned to enjoy lakes. I never swam in the ocean because the waves and tide spook me, but lakes are wonderful for swimming. They don't have the energy or power of the ocean, but are peaceful and therefore relaxing.

    Sounds like a really cool experience, and the bright colorful pics will keep your memories of it sharp. Glad you were able to relax and enjoy it.
    1643 days ago
    What a delightful, exotic vacation - and even at the beach! I'm so glad you all had this opportunity. You look very relaxed and happy - and very serene! - in these pictures, Kriszta! I think you chose vacation destinations very well :) I have heard the food in that part of the world is legendary in its deliciousness and am so glad you got to enjoy it - at such a tiny cost - two little pounds! - for as tempting as I know those goodies must've been :) You all chose very wisely when you decided to go there! emoticon
    1643 days ago
    Nice photos
    1643 days ago
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