It is good to be back.
I always think that vacations are most wonderful when you enjoy the heck out of them, but they remind you how much you love your own life back at home. This was that kind of vacation. I loved seeing what I saw, I loved doing what I did, but I never once felt like "wow, I wish this could be my everyday life." That is a great vacation.
I so want to share every single thing I did, I want to show you guys every picture I took, but I'm pretty sure you all don't share in those desires. So... I've decided to take Optimist's approach from her tri and spread it out. I'm thinking each day, I'll post a little about what is going on currently, along with a pic or a story from the vacation. This way, I can get out all my excitement without boring you all to tears.
Where I am at the moment is here - I actually LOST weight on the trip. Now, it isn't a lot, and having only lost a few pounds over a three week period is nowhere near an impressive rate of loss, but I was just really excited that I didn't gain! I kept active, avoided obscene levels of snacking, and treated myself to one BIGish restaurant meal a day. We ate breakfasts in our apartments (fruit and healthy stuff) and I had a light lunch each day. It worked! In terms of my weight loss journey, I think this is one of the things I am most proud of. Even without daily logging, I listened to my body and ate what I needed to fuel myself instead of going crazy and taking in every good-sounding food item I found. YAY!
I did get sick on the trip (I had untreated strep throat for two weeks - more on this in another post) but I was able to soldier on with some over the counter pain meds. We didn't miss a day of touring, but I came home totally exhausted and run down. I slept for two days straight! Between the jet lag, strep, and a timely visit from Aunt Flo, that was all I was up for.
Now though, I've gotten back in gear. I'm spending great quality time with my kiddos, I'm working out, I'm thrilled to find I didn't lose too much ground in terms of my aerobic capacity... life is good.
As for the vacation? I'll start telling the real story in my next post. But to satisfy my desire for sharing photos, I'll just leave it with this:
I love my family, I loved the opportunity to take a vacation like this, and I loved being fit enough to enjoy the heck out of it!
(Photo from the western highlands in Scotland, at the "rest and be thankful pass" - I'm the one on the rock in the skirt - my stinkin' kids clearly take after their dad in the tall department)