Monday, August 19, 2013

Age, Location, Weather

After the kid and I got back from visiting my family, we still had a few days before having to go back to school/teaching, so we took one last trip to Lake Tahoe. It was great to spend some quality time together.

In fact, it was the best trip we have ever taken together. First, the kid is at a great age to travel (especially shorter trips). While I enjoyed all the trips we took when the kid was younger, they were a lot of work and not very restful. This was the first trip where I felt I could actually relax. Second, we stayed right in the center of South Lake Tahoe, close to everything (including the arcade – very important for the kid!). Lastly, the weather was perfect. We are very thankful for a great trip and amazing memories.

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When we travel, we usually try to stay in a place with a small kitchen so that we can prepare most of our meals ourselves. This time, we didn’t have a kitchen, but we had a small fridge, and I packed a lot of fruits (cherries, grapes, melon slices, bananas, and blueberries), veggies (carrots and cucumber slices), cheese, almonds, trail mix, corn chips, and hummus. The hotel provided breakfast, including some delicious oatmeal and fresh fruit. Hubby also enjoyed the eggs, potatoes and various sausages. I also had a few sausage patties to get some more protein. 

While I usually don’t like buffets, we decided to go to a buffet one night, mainly because of the great view from the restaurant, which overlooks the lake. I enjoyed a big plate of salad and delicious sushi as well as a glass of sparkling wine. There were amazing dessert offerings (most of which I couldn’t eat as they contained flour), but I found a perfect, small chocolate covered strawberry. I also picked up a little chocolate cup which I thought was filled with some sort of cream. Once I started eating it, I realized that it was a tiramisu cup, so it had some ladyfingers on the bottom. I decided to eat it anyways. My stomach wasn’t too happy later that day as well as the next day. In the future, I will make sure of what is in something before I eat it…

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We walked quite a bit while we were away. I forgot to wear my Fitbit several times, so I’m not sure about the exact steps/miles, but I know that we hit 10,000 steps every day and often more than 15,000. That was a lot of walking, especially for the kid and considering the high altitude.

While it was nice to get one last, short family trip in, it’s good to get back to a regular schedule. I look forward to planning our meals again and getting back to a regular yoga/walking/workout schedule. Hubby and I may also do another Conscious Cleanse in September. While I’m pretty happy with the way we ate during the summer, there is definitely room for improvement, and a cleanse is a great way to focus on us and how we treat our bodies. Since the last cleanse, dairy, condiments (especially ketchup), and snack foods have made more of an appearance again than I’d like. It’d be nice to clean my eating up a bit more again…

Questions: What was the highlight of your summer? I am very grateful that I got to visit my family with the kid in July. I’m also very thankful for our Tahoe trip and the time together and the memories we made there. Do you usually eat “better” during the summer? I feel I eat “better” during the summer months because of all the fresh veggies and fruits that are available. However, there is always room for improvement…

Be well,
Andrea

16 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea! As always, I enjoy your photos. Your son still has a puppy tummy--those little kid tummies. I used to love it when my two youngest had puppy tummies. I used to roll them over and rub their tummies like I do with Keebler. :D

    This is the first summer in a very long time where I ate really healthy. It was wonderful to wear shorts with slim legs underneath and not go up and down in sizes either.

    :-) Marion

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    1. Thanks, Marion!

      You have been doing amazing and sticking to your plan! Great job!

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  2. Looks like a blast! I love summer because of the fresh veggies.

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  3. LOVE the family photos, the fun & the beauty!!!

    I eat the same all year round plus living in CA helps that! :)

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    1. Thanks, Jody!

      Yes, the produce in CA is definitely awesome!

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  4. I definitely think I eat better in the summer because once the fall temps come into play, I think comfort food - pot pie, beef stew, etc.

    Glad you snuck in one last getaway!

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    1. Thanks, Biz!

      And, yes, it's a lot easier to eat healthy in the summer.

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  5. It's so much easier to travel with older kids. I love South Lake Tahoe - it's where my husband and I got married. It looks like you had a great time. Camping and traveling have been the highlight of my summer.

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    1. Sounds like South Lake Tahoe holds very special memories for you.

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  6. Oh so much fun in the sun Andrea! Oh I sure do eat better in the summer. The meals are lighter and filled with lots of fruit!

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    1. I love all the light summer meals.

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  7. Wow! 15000 steps - that's amazing! It sounds (and looks!) like you guys had a great time hiking and on the beach :) There's nothing like one last hurrah before the school year starts.

    I would say one of the highlights of the summer was that Peter and I could arrange our schedules to have lunch together most days. No longer, sadly, but it was glorious while it lasted!

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    1. Glad you guys got to have lunch together most days during the summer! It's so nice to break the day up with a nice lunch!

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  8. LOVE the pictures Andrea!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

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