I did something really stupid last night. I gorged. On sweets. This is something I haven't done in about forever, and I honestly have no idea why I did it last night. I won't upset you with all the details, but let's just say that during the movie at home that my dear hubby and I watched, I dispatched of at least four servings of chocolatey desserts.
This morning? I was three pounds from my goal, when only a day ago, I was six tenths of a pound from my goal. UGH.
I know that this isn't a permanent gain, but I am thinking "what the heck????" I did this to myself and I'm wondering if it was being that close to my goal... did I engage in a little self sabotage? I'm not sure. I hadn't even posted my most recent loss - I just told one sparkfriend that I was so close to my goal. Well, I'm not going to dwell, I'm going to kick these extra calories to the curb and get back to where I was.
The good news is that I've been eating healthy stuff generally, and My workouts have resumed. Now that I'm home, I've not yet missed a day. So, I'll fix this, and I'll post from the flip side soon.
A month ago? I was enjoying my second day in Scotland.
On this day, we found our way back to the train station and took a short trip to Stirling. My older daughter had found during her travel research that there was a cool monument to William Wallace, and wanted to visit it. She also wanted to see Stirling Castle.
The monument was really cool. It was on top of a beautiful hill, made of stone with a TINY spiral staircase that went up one corner. Here's my family in front of it at the bottom of the hill. I'm hoping you can see the bulge of the staircase on the center corner, but it is pretty small on this page.
There are no windows, just thin openings in the stone for ventilation. You can't really see out or see how high you are going until you are at the top, but you sure do notice how windy things are getting! I wish we had taken pictures of the climb, but really, it was too narrow for that. Once we'd made it up the 247 steps (yes, we counted) we were up on top for an amazing, but very WINDY view. Here I am on top:
That is Stirling down below, and it is so picturesque that I kept saying it looked like it was part of legoland! I was just too perfect to exist in the real world.
Next, we took a bus and a hike to Stirling Castle. It was pretty cool, and there was lots to see and do, but they just completed an enormous renovation inside. Sadly, this meant that everything looked a bit weird. It was this amazing ancient castle, painted with obscenely bright colors, and it just all seemed out of place. Everything was on an enormous scale, and didn't really translate well to the tiny pictures I can show you here. There are a few shots to share though, this is my husband and I in the great hall, sitting in recreations of the thrones of the King and Queen. Just to be funny, I stole the King's throne, so my husband is now the Queen.
Here is another of the two of us with one of the lovely views off of the castle wall. Stirling the town was the real star of this trip for me, much more so than the castle.
Despite that, the architecture of the castle was amazing, and here is tiny daughter on a flagpole showing you some of the lovely stonework.
We grabbed some take away dinner at two of Stirling's restaurants, and brought our food on the train ride home. The girls both loved that the trains had tables, so we wanted to make use of them. No pictures of that, but you are probably glad for the break by now!
We ended the day with the walk home from the station, back up the royal mile again. This shot is a better one of St. Giles, which was one of my favorite buildings on the mile. Here are the girls, showing that yes, Optimist, you do build quads of steel doing this walk each day!
That is all for day two. Six pictures today. I'm sliding in my editing skills as well as my dessert avoidance. :)