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post-vacation blues

Monday, February 23, 2009

i have felt really down ever since getting back from vacation. i think its partially due to the winter blahs, partially hormonal, entirely due to wanting to be on vacation forever.

on our ski trip, i was able to handle the pressure of learning to ski. i fell only a few times and by the third day i could stand up straight and gently turn left and right. i noticed my knees were very tired and shaky halfway through the day and felt like i was really pushing myself. even walking around in the ski boots was tough work.

overall, i ate more heartily than i deserved for the effort that i put into skiing. i did exercise in the gym at the spa, burning about 300 calories on wednesday, but then i kind of took it easy the rest of the week since the weather turned and we didn't go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing since the baby was kind of teething and the rain was kind of ruining conditions.

when i got back, i had gained some weight. i kind of expected this, as i mentioned i ate too much, but also some of my weight loss had been from having the flu and i wasn't really eating properly.


when we got home, we were able to do a big grocery shop and we spent over two hundred dollars at trader joe's. some of that was for odds and ends for the cat and paper products, etc, but overall we did a good job of stocking me up for successful eating last week. we're running a little low this week but i have enough to make do until next week. it was money well spent to be prepared.


since i've been back, i feel stronger and more capable of doing physical activities. what i loved about skiing was that it did not feel like a workout but it built up muscle quickly and made us all ravenously hungry at the end of the day. it was really awesome.

i've been able to work out with my xbox fitness trainer this week and see some results. feeling really good to have some muscle tone under all the weight i'm carrying around. i think i'm sleeping better, too.

i'd like to say that i have improved mood, but, well, see my first paragraph. i am continuing to work hard and keep working out to combat this poor mood. i like how when i log in to the xbox trainer i can tell her i am in a bad mood and she'll be extra nice to me. :) haha.
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