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Vacation Recap

Sunday, March 31, 2013

We finally arrived home last night after a week-long road trip that took us through 4 different states. Of course, the very first thing I did was to hop on the scale to assess the damages. I figured I'd be up somewhere between 3-5 pounds. Last night, the scale showed me 3 pounds up, but since I typically weigh myself in the mornings, I just re-checked and I'm happy to report that the final verdict is that I gained one pound!

I consider this a great success! I'm also extremely proud of myself because I kept up with my couch to 5k training, waking up at 6 am 4 of the 7 days we were gone so that I could run in the hotel fitness centers before the rest of my family even woke up. A body in motion needs to stay in motion- even while on vacation!

I also managed to walk at least 5 miles 5 out of the 7 days we were gone. There was only one day that I didn't really walk at all, and that was only because we were stuck in the car most of the day. I also used my resistance bands daily, and swam when I could.

Food-wise, I'm sure I could have made better choices. We did have dessert every night, but the four of us always shared a single dessert so that I could have a taste without over-indulging. Most of the restaurants we went to were pretty healthy. We focused on farm-to- table vegetarian (or vegetarian friendly) restaurants and stayed away from fried and fatty foods. I felt like we definitely got to splurge without overdoing anything.

Here are a few of the highlights of our trip:
1. Visiting the Louisville Slugger Museum, where they just so happened to be making the baseball bats for opening day.
2. Visiting the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington where we got to meet Cigar.
3. Glow in the Dark Mini-Golf in Gatlinburg, TN.
4. Hiking in the Snowy Smoky Mountains.
5. Watching a movie about the Blue Ridge Parkway (sadly it was closed due to the snow, so we didn't get to go for a drive on it).
6. Gorgeous views as we drove through the mountains in Eastern North Carolina.
7. Great food and art in Asheville, NC.
8. Exploring the Biltmore Estate in Asheville.
9. Visiting the International Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro- the site where the Woolworth's Lunch Counter Sit-Ins began.
10. Learning about the history of North Carolina at the Free Museums in Raleigh.
11. Visiting the campuses of Duke and UNC.
12. Exploring the Botanic Gardens in Chapel Hill with friends.
13. Having Lunch in Charlotte at a table next to Omar Epps.
14. Watching the kids dance to a Bluegrass band in Nashville.

The best thing of all was just getting to spend time with my family. My kids are rock star travelers, and several times on the trip, people approached me to say that they were so impressed with how well-behaved and happy our kids are. I was such a proud mama to hear that others can see the innate joie de vivre my kids have!
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    Sounds like a great trip!
    1850 days ago
    Great Trip recap sounds like a grand adventure. Glad you liked the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh - I worked on that exhibit project - the exhibit design firm I used to work for designed the main chronology galleries.

    Way to go on maintaining exercise, not eating fatty or greasy foods and that one pound will be gone in no time once you resume your regular routine.

    1850 days ago
    Awesome on only the 1 pound!!!! I think the time you spent with your family was definitely worth it. I love doing road trips with the kids too!!! We have done Disney, and other big trips, but the ones they remember most seem tom be the impromptu last minute long weekends, that aren't as costly. Thank you so much for sharing, and I will be using you as my example when we set out traveling this summer. Happy Easter!!!
    1850 days ago
  • SUNSET09
    What a vacation and it's just proof that eating healthy and fitness is a lifestyle change! The U.S. is a beautiful place to visit instead of us a lot of the times, needing to travel to far away places. I've done only three of your 14 visits and loved that you shared your venture with us! Good going on the 1 pound gained, with dessert sharing every night! My parents also would take us places as that's how they taught us how to behave. It's confirmation when someone notices. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1851 days ago
    Thanks for sharing
    1851 days ago
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