Greetings everyone! It has been a long time and I am in blog withdrawal. Over the past weeks I have been traveling across the state of Texas back to Colorado in preparation for the beginning of classes again. It has been a great summer and these past weeks have been a perfect finale to the whole ordeal. I have a lot to catch up on with my trip, activities, recipes, and even some loose ends to tie before I even left Texas. So here goes nothing… I began my journey by saying goodbye to all three of my dogs (Annie the oldest seen above). I love my dogs more than anything and it makes my heart sad to say goodbye, especially to Annie who grew up with me, but I said my farewells and my family and I headed out on the road.
I may have overestimated the amount of stuff I was bringing back to school and packed the car tightly. An essential though was my baby pineapple plant that I have been growing all summer. I love plants (and pineapple), so I wanted to be sure that my pineapple plant survived the move.
As every Texan knows, you can NOT have a road trip without Buc-ees. You just cannot. For those of you that do not know, Buc-ees is a “truck stop” if you will, but not just any truck stop/gas station. It has a huge store, novelties, food, deli, and the best bathrooms ever! It sounds silly, but they are so clean and there is never ever a line for the restrooms, no matter how crowded–and just look at the line of cars going in!
Just because I was on a road trip does not mean I stopped my healthy diet. I packed tons of healthy snacks like carrots, strawberries, seaweed chips, and edamame. For “fast food” my family stopped at Subway and I ordered their salad with tons of veggies and sometimes a scoop of avocado too. I find it very important to stay on a routine healthy lifestyle, even on the road.
After finally arriving in Fort Collins the next day, I fueled myself with some hotel coffee (not the best, but hey caffeine!). Later that morning, my family and I went to Panera for a better cup of joe and breakfast. I must give Panera credit. They are a very nutrient away chain restaurant and offer many healthy selections. They also put the caloric fact right on the menu! No hiding the facts for them. I ordered their Power Breakfast sandwich with egg whites, avocado, spinach, and tomato on a sprouted english muffin. It was delis after I scraped off the cheese.
Later that day I headed for the hotel gym for a much needed sweat sesh. Hotel “gyms” are not that state-of-the-art, but they do get the job done. My workout consisted of a 40 min HIIT elliptical cardio session, weighted sit-ups, and a lot of arm work. I always recommend staying in a hotel with a fitness center or one by a gym to which you are a national member of.
Sorry this post is so quick and to the point, but it is still a busy week for me, and I just needed to post again! I will fill you in with more details about my last days at home and Colorado adventures soon.