Friday afternoon when I boarded the plane to Chicago, I honestly thought “How am I going to survive this weekend?” Having had a BUSY and HARD work week, I was exhausted.
I took a serious AIRnap on the plane, and thankfully felt really refreshed by the time I got to Chi-town. I always say that I get some of my best sleep at 30,000 feet, and Friday was no exception. Thank goodness!
My trip to Chicago was to reconnect with my dear friend Jennifer from college and to see the fabulous windy city! We had a FANTASTIC time. Love this lady!
|With Jenn at Wrigley Field – Cubs WIN!|
EATING THIS TRIP
I’d like to say that it was all salads and fruits this trip, but lying to you guys just doesn’t seem appropriate. I didn’t even take any JC food at all with me this trip. Instead, I relied on eating out and making good choices.
|We met up with Melanie too – - Another KD sister that lives in Chicago. Hadn’t seen her since 1999!|
LET’S PAUSE TO DISCUSS THE TRUFFLE FRIES
I had to repeatedly remind myself that this was vacation. AND, to tell myself to be conscious of portions. For example: 1/2 a Marriott burger is not nearly as bad as a whole. Pizza with spinach, tomatoes, and chicken is a much better choice than pepperoni, and eating a just a few slices v. the whole pie is also a good decision.
Bottom Line: We all face challenges every day. You do what you can, and get back on track. I wouldn’t be disappointed in myself if this is what I did during maintenance, as long as I returned to healthy eating directly following the trip. I also would be pleased to see myself signing up for spin/yoga this week and another yoga class in SLC, which I have done. What great practice this trip has offered!
WALKING, DANCING, and SWEATING
I’ve never spent this much time in a city this big! Chicago is a city where people WALK everywhere. We cabbed a bit, rode the El, and rode other trains, but we did a lot of walking too. I am ALSO not a big dancer at all, and actually most people who know me personally would be surprised to hear this, but there WAS some dancing at the 80s bar we went to on Saturday night. Dancing = CARDIO, right??
I also worked to keep myself hydrated… drinking lots of water. I always like to think adding water in curbs the appetite and flushes out all of the naughty bites.
If you’ve never been to Chicago, I HIGHLY recommend it. I was there less than 48 hours and saw a ton, had a blast. I am excited to go back!