Monday, July 14, 2014
Today was day 196 of my exercise streak. I jogged a total of 3.5 miles +, did weights, sit-ups, and stretching. Great workout!
I have to get back to a good routine again. We went on vacation! All the ice-cream, fudge, pizza, and other treats tasted great. We went to the Wisconsin Dells and had a blast! Noah's Ark was huge, but a lot of fun. We loved the wave pools and the medium level slides. I did do the Sting Ray, which made my heart race too much. I decided to tone down the slides I was attempting after that. No "Point of no Return" or "Scorpion's Tail" for me. I really liked the Bermuda Triangle, Congo Bongo, Kawabunga, and Bahama Falls slides. These all used tubes or rafts. I injured my shoulder slightly at the larger of the two wave pools. I was really into it!
We also enjoyed Chula Vista Indoor water park. My favorite there was the Matador. You slide on your belly on mats on this one and can race three other people. The kids always beat me down the slide, but I was better at going farther. There was also a slide that was a smaller version of the near vertical drop slide at Noah's Ark. This one only dropped about two stories and had a slow loop at the beginning. I was scared the first run, but couldn't wait to try again. It was fun, with just enough excitement.
I definitely got my exercise in the 2 1/2 days we were at the waterparks. I must have climbed over 100 flights of stairs. Lots of walking too. Unfortunately, I couldn't have my activity tracker on. I didn't want to risk it getting damaged or lost on all the slides. It would have been interesting to see how many steps it logged.
My favorite food place was in the downtown area. We found a small Polish restaurant called Vicky's Waffles. We tried everything there: every variety of Pierogi, Kielbasa with sour kraut, borscht with pierogies in it, pickle soup, stuffed cabbage, and cheesecake. If you go up there, you have to find this place!!! It's off the main street, down a little corridor, close to the Mirror Maze.
We also took some boat rides. We did the Ducks, although I think they are over priced for what you get. The kids really enjoyed the Duck ride. My favorite was the Upper Dells scenic boat ride. This takes about 2 hours, and has two stops where you trek on a path through the scenery. Witches Gulch was amazing! This cruise was fantastic. If hubby and I were alone at the Dells, we would have tried the dinner cruise which follows the same path.
The only bad thing that happened on vacation was that Mary (14) injured her knee. It really had nothing to do with the slide she came down on. She stood up, crossed her legs to show her brother how to hold his legs on the slide, put pressure on the crossed leg, and it gave out. So Mary took yet another ambulance ride. Yes, she's my daughter with the back injury last fall and the fall on the ice in the winter. If you watch the TV show "The Middle," Mary is Sue Heck. She even resembles the character Sue Heck. Nothing was broken, but Mary has a knee immobilizer on and crutches now. We let her go to Ripley's Believe It or Not and Wizard Quest to try to help her have fun on vacation. She did love those two stops.
Well, that's my vacation update. I'm staying away from the scale for a week or two to give myself time to work off the ice cream. I'm back to eating right and I feel like I got a great workout in today. The kids will help me with motivation for exercising and will help police my eating, although, I really have had enough sweets for a while. I miss my veggies!