We returned from Ocracoke late last night. The drive home was wrought with annoyances and delays, but it did have two positive results. 1. I think I might be able to convince Tim to fly next time we want to go someplace 1000+ miles away. 2. We discovered another vacation destination – the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. Who wants to be our DD??
Since we were on vacation, subject to the whims and offerings of the local restuarants and grocery stores, I decided to relax a bit on my diet while in Ocracoke. Well, actually, I relaxed it a lot. As I mentioned in the previous post, whiskey was hard to find on Ocracoke, but you can’t not drink on vacation, so I beered it up. I also ate hushpuppies, onions rings, chicken strips, clam chowder, fried clams, pizza, amazing tacos, bagel with lox and cream cheese, cream in my coffee, etc. etc. etc. Keep in mind I ingested all this while wearing a bikini for 6-8 hours a day. Not a good combo. I was positive I would weigh 7 lbs more on my return to Iowa. Maybe it was the steady homeward-bound diet of prunes, apricots, and walnuts, but I actually only gained 3 lbs. I guess all the biking and swimming and running on the island mitigated some of the effects of the bad diet.
I did notice other ramifications, however. My general appetite has increased, and my appetite for sweets has skyrocketed. I want CANDY, and I want it now, and I want A LOT of it!!
Hopefully a week of getting back on track will curb the cravings. I got off to a good start this morning by making us eggs fried in ghee and sauteed red & green peppers with onions and garlic, garnished with 1/2 an avocado. After my morning 3 mile walk, I snacked on beef jerky and a date. I kinda fell off the wagon for lunch though. Tim’s birthday was yesterday, and since we were on the road for 22 hours, we didn’t have a chance to do much for it. So today we got a late lunch at Granite City. You can’t go to GC and NOT get beer, so I got a beer. A huge beer. I’m a member of the mug club, so the huge beer was only $3.50. We’ve been members for a year, so we got a coupon for a free appetizer, so we split the boneless chicken wings (with ranch). My supper was actually pretty paleo – the Napa Valley Burger with no bun and a side of deeeeelicious steamed broccoli. I figure we are technically still on vacation since we haven’t gone back to work yet, so I can still cheat.
It’s supposed to be wicked hot this week, so exercising will be a challenge. Right now, my goal is to wake up at 5AM and jog. Tim says he’ll do it with me, so we’ll see. I only got about 4 hours of sleep last night, so who knows how I’ll feel tomorrow.
Tim and I are going on another trip in a few weeks – this one to visit my bros in NYC. I think eating well will be easier there than on the island of Ocracoke. Plus, I’m sure we’re going to be doing a ton of walking, biking, and hiking, so things shouldn’t get too OOC.
I’m kind of looking forward to August, when our schedule will normalize.
Take care, and have a wonderful evening!