For the first time ever, the hubs and I went on a vacation together. Don’t be too shocked, we have only been married 4 years and have done long weekends away. With the responsibilities of “adulting”, choosing new puppies and buying a new house, we haven’t had the extra money to fly away someplace. I know for some that is unheard of, they can’t live without that annual vacation to tropical location, but for me I would much rather have my dogs and my house. I guess I am more of a homebody than most would assume. I like traveling, experiencing new places and adventures, but often I have to push myself to commit to a trip. One of the big bonuses of my recent travels has been I have met folks in real life that I have met via the internet in various groups of common interests. I’m happy that, to date, with one exception, all of the meetings have been better than I could have hoped for. I told my husband that I would love to plan travel around meeting with more “friends”, I’m lucky he is open to that and doesn’t think me crazy for wanting to do so.
Along with being away from the dogs, the hardest part of vacation is coming back. For us, this trip was in a warm, sunny location with picture perfect weather every second of every day. While at home, there was non-stop rain and flooding, to the point we sat poolside having breakfast while watching footage of flooding at home on the Weather Channel. We came back to the same cold, rainy weather we left the week before. And with that, for me, the aches and pains of my arthritis.
Then you have the work factor. That reality is the hardest to come back to. From facing the alarm after sleeping in, if you choose, morning traffic and the dreaded backlog of emails there is nothing good about the post-vacation days at work. Each day I have felt out of sorts, overwhelmed and exhausted. And today, COLD! It’s freezing in my office, just a cruel reminder that time last week I was sipping a fruity drink by the pool.
Another downfall of vacation is the vacation from the diet & exercise routine. I was really worried about stepping on the scale when I got back, but I’m happy to report that with all the yummy food and amazing adult beverages, I only gained one pound! I guess all the walking we did helped keep me in check more than I realized. But I’m back on the plan, drinking my water instead of rum runners, eating healthy choices vs. decadent gourmet meals and working out on schedule. I will get that pound and then some off this week!!!