Yeah yeah yeah, it's been a bit since I posted. I have a good excuse. Really! I do! Toward the end of last week I started trying to get everything squared away for a week off of work. Yes, you read that right! A week of freedom! How awesome is that????
What were my plans? I did the necessary stuff on Friday after work, hung out with a friend on Saturday and finished up what needed to be done on Saturday night. Sunday morning I was up bright and early and ready to head out the door. My brother picked me up at around 8AM and drove me to the airport. By lunchtime I was in the air and heading for Florida. It was a quick trip. Flying down on Sunday and flying back super early on Thursday morning. I realized when I arrived that it was 24 years since I was last in Florida. Wow....how crazy to realize it was that long. But weirdly enough when I looked out of the window of the plane and saw the terrain of Florida, I instantaneously felt a sense of 'home'. It was odd. The trip was relaxing and an awesome step away from 'life' for me. Food. Sunday we hit up a Mexican Restaurant and I had a chicken taco salad. There may or may not have been some queso involved in that meal too. (I'll never tell...but it sure was tasty!) We had not had lunch so at midnight we were hungry and we hit up a McDonald's for a midnight snack. (no not healthy)
I took along my running clothes and I actually headed out for my scheduled run on Monday morning. Ahhh it was gorgeous! I was only scheduled for a 3 mile run but I decided to do the longer trail which turned out to be about four and a half miles. My foot rubbed a bit on the run but nothing worrisome. Or so I thought! And because I'm a foodie I will share that I had a danish for breakfast. For lunch I had a buffalo Chicken Sandwich and french fries. For dinner we had Italian. I ordered ravioli with a tomato sauce, a salad and of course bread.
Tuesday dawned and I decided to skip breakfast to run on an empty stomach. I typically run on an empty stomach so this was not at all an issue. It was actually wise as I had an interval run on the schedule. Why yes, I ran intervals while on vacation in Florida. I ran a pretty dang fast mile (for me) too considering the humidity was really killing me on this run. But the worse part of this run? That little 'rub' from the run the day before? Yeah, it turned into huge blisters and by the time I got back to the hotel (the big building in the distance....I was on my way back when I took this picture) one of the blisters had actually already popped. Uhhh yeah, OUCH. Good thing I was in Florida and had flip flops to wear! Have I mentioned that these are running shoes I've been using...shoes that really only have maybe 75 miles on them....(the exact number escapes me at the moment and I'm too lazy to go look the number up). Tuesday's food was another buffalo chicken sandwich and french fries (why yes, I do like french fries and why yes I did indulge a few times whilst away). For dinner we headed out for Mexican food again. No queso this time, but of course chips and salsa and I ordered the most delicious quesadillas! SOOO tasty!
Wednesday. No run scheduled for me. Honestly, even if I had a run scheduled I would have passed due to my blistered heels. Curious about the food? Brunch of Apple Cinnamon flapjacks and a dinner of Italian (yeah, we like what we like) where I had ravioli again...this time in a pesto sauce. Must you ask if I had bread? Of course!
All in all it was a good trip. I had time to hang out and visit with a friend. I had time to sit back and read. I had time to relax and watch tv with out the usual feeling of needing to do something (which permeates my relaxation time at home). I did spend time outside reading on more than one occasion, just enjoying the wonderful weather. The picture of the water fall was taken while I sat outside reading one day. (Ok ok ok, so what if I was reading, drinking a bottle of water and eating Reece's Pieces??) We may or may not have also managed to eat a few Ghirardelli chocolate bars. I will neither confirm nor deny.
On Thursday morning I awoke early and flew home to spend the day with Todd. It was his birthday so he had the option for our day of entertainment and food. He chose a really relaxed day. After picking me up at the airport, we drove toward home and we walked through a mall and then walked around downtown Frederick where we ended up eating at Brewers Alley. I had the macaroni and cheese. Tasty! :-)
It was a bit of a let down to come home. I was so relaxed and so happy while away. I could feel the sense of depression that has permeated my world of late settle on me almost as soon as I got into the car at the airport upon my arrival home. It has made my mind circle as I have settled back into home life.
Today was my first full day home and I was productive. I have done laundry, mowed the yard, and painted my kitchen cabinets. (I had settled for painting the old cabinets white a few years back to save money when we were moving in......ughhhh.....the white was looking dingy and icky....time to repaint....and I'm toying with pinstriping the cabinet where there is a groove that was routered out....red of course) I also took the time to go out and look for a new pair of running shoes. I bought a new pair....lets see how they work!!! I plan on putting them to good use tomorrow! (famous last words). Todd and I also got in a bit of a walk on the canal. I love love love fall! (and fall is the reason that I missed living in the north when I lived in Florida all those many years ago)
While I was in Florida we spent a bit of time browsing/shopping. I pulled the trigger on two purchases that I have been planning on making. I bought new headphones...blue tooth so that I don't have to deal with the annoying wires when I run. I also bought a blue tooth heart rate monitor. (the one I have croaked a while back).
So anyway it was with fear and trepidation that I stepped onto the scales this morning. Now I know that my eating was off yesterday (I didn't eat dinner because I just wasn't hungry and I drank next to nothing and what I did drink was diet soda...so one thing would drive my weight down and he other would drive my weight up). I about choked on my own spit when I saw the number on the scale. 228.8. What????? I've been struggling with my weight and I've been stuck in the 5 pounds of hell scale vortex for the last 10 months, I go to Florida and eat food that is not at all healthy and I lose 3.5 pounds? Really????? We shall see what tomorrow brings on the scales. I know that this morning my weigh in could very well have been a aberration due to circumstances (lack of dinner and lack of water). But regardless, seeing something outside of that 5 pound range was a REALLY good thing!!!! (and it made me chose wisely at dinner tonight!)