My trip...the first three days with pictures.

Your blogger in Illinois....

Sophie in Kansas on our first day driving...Her head is obscuring a house that had BLOWN OVER.
We pulled over to have lunch.
We packed lunch meat...lots.
I am a little tired of lunch meat.

Hey all...
first off, let's get the whole challenge thing out the way.
I exercised 11 out of 14 days.
On the three days I didn't 'exercise' it was an all day drive fest.
The day we drove to my mom's house in michigan from Ohio...all day.
I did play tag at a rest stop.
Then I didn't exercise the two days it took us to get from Michigan back to Colorado.
(around 1250 miles total...I did do jumping jacks and lunges at rest stops...but don't count it since I didn't time it.)
(our usual three day trip was frowned upon by all...we wanted to go home.)
I had three high calorie days.
I weighed in yesterday morning at 156.
I weighed in at my mom's house at 155.
It's a maintain...maybe one pound loss.
ah well.
I think I may be retaining a bit of water from my two day death trek across the middle of America.
without further ado...
a quick recap.
On our way out,
We drove through Kansas, missouri and Illinois/Indiana.
Kansas was Kansas.
We stopped the first night in Junction city Kansas....
The hotels in Kansas are always top notch.
I don't know why.
Lack of people?
Very clean, awesome breakfasts.
(Although I did avoid the biscuits and gravy...um, not diet friendly lol)
I swam and did calisthenics the first night.
While doing jumping jacks my oldest decides my new nickname is Jiggles.
The second night we stopped in Highland, Illinios.
That was the best stop we had while traveling.
It was a nice little town.
We ate at an italian restaurant and ordered pizza, and they had a really good Salad bar.
I had an awesome salad and two slices of pizza with fresh tomatoes.
After we went to a local park called 'Silver Lake'.
There were two ducks that were so used to being fed that when we got out of our van they ran up a hill to greet us, and followed us down to the lake a good quarter mile away.
We fed them some pretzels.
The lake was beautiful and the Sunset was golden.

Some pictures.
I don't know why...but we loved this place.
I would have stayed an extra day or two here.

Me, and my two girls (Kate 16, Sophie 8)

The Ducks...They were a couple.
Aren't they cute?

Tim (my husband) and Sophie at Silver lake in Highland, Illinois.
It also had an exercise room where I got one huge workout in....one total hour on an elliptical then treadmill...I was sweating up a storm...then did pushups.

We got to Ohio after three days.
I will write about that tomorrow...
*insert banjo music here*
I got back home yesterday and managed to take the family out to dinner at Carrabas.
Today I did a three mile walk, 100 situps, 50 pushups..laundry, dishes, weeding and watering and scraping the bugs off my bumper.
I kept my calories today at 1500.
Tomorrow it's back to the gym.
So, Have a great night guys...
Hope every else's two weeks went well...


Rettakat said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful vacation! It's fun to hear about it, and see the pics. Look forward to more. :-)

The_Exquisite_Christine said...

:D Love the pics, beautiful family! ♥

Sheilagh (60 x60) said...

Great phot's, sounds like an awesome drive!

MrsFatass said...

You're baaa-ack. Two weeks on vacation and a maintain maybe a loss I think is a pretty freaking awesome success.
Can't wait to hear about Michigan.
I'm headed out on vacation Wednesday, white-knuckling on this diet business like you wouldn't believe. But really? I'm kind of okay with that. Food is not the reason I'm taking this trip, soo...
Welcome home.

Alix said...

It's so hard staying on plan when your "normal" is out the window. I'm proud of you Chris! You did good and you look marvelous. Stunning and happy. What could be better than that. Worth all the clean breakfasts in the world!

And those ducks! Well, you know I have Mallard on the brain right now, so I zeroed in on them! So adorable.

Glad you're home safe and sound.

Leslie said...

Huge victory overall! Sounds like you made the best of all of it. Your girls are beautiful, and you look wonderful. Silver Lake looks great too! There must be at least a hundred Silver Lakes in this country!

Glad you're back in one piece, and even a pound less!

Tricia said...

great pics! and awesome job on the exercise

Alexia said...

love this post! welcome back. i love getting to see your beautiful children since you're always talking about them.

Melissa said...

I love all of the pictures. Your kids are adorable and you look AWESOME!

Ice Queen said...

It sounds as if you had a great time and gave proof positive that one can vacation and take care fo their health, too. :D

Robin said...

The drive sounds killer. But it looks like you got some awesome pictures. Can't wait to hear about the actual vacation part of the vacation.

bbubblyb said...

Way to go on maintaining or losing on vacation, that's huge.Glad you made it home safe and sound.

Linda Pressman said...

"Death trek across the middle of America" - ha ha. Isn't it funny that there are still some parts of the country that only have food from the heart attack 1950s? Several years ago my husband and I went to Milwaukee and the only salad dressing in restaurants (it seemed) was Thousand Island, and every dish was meat and potatoes!

SeattleRunnerGirl said...

Welcome back! The blogiverse is not the same without you. Maintaining (and maybe a loss?!?) is awesome after two weeks on vacation!

Mom to the Fourth Power said...

Hi Chris!
I just stumbled on your blog and was enjoying a good read. I LOVE your "weight loss advice"! Wow, what a gifted writer you are!

My man and I are on our own journey to claim back our lives and enjoy our lives and live loooong! It really is an incredible and emotional journey.

I love that you have conquered losing so much weight! That is So awesome!!!


Kimberley said...

Woohooo!!! You did a terrific job of sticking to it while on vacation.

Thanks for the pics and the stories. I love seeing vacation pics!

Morgan said...

Soooo glad you are back, and impressed with your maintenance. Way to go! Welcome home.

rObrak said...

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