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Back from vacation!

Monday, July 19, 2004 by  
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July
19
2004

Hello everyone! We’re back from our vacation, safe and sound. We had an awesome time – everything was perfect! I feel rested, relaxed and recharged. I’ve got a lot of ground to cover this morning, so I’m going to dive right into it:

First off, if you have not seen the pictures, here they are. I’ve also added a short (and boring) video of our hotel room, which is linked just above the first picture (the snake sign).

Ok, I went completely nuts over the past nine days when it came to food and drink. In just nine days I’ve gained about 10 pounds, and I am currently at around 10% body fat. I added an inch to my waist, a quarter inch to my thighs and 3/4″ to my hips. Yeah, it bugs me but it’s nothing that a few weeks of cutting can’t fix.

After over a week of unrelenting indulgence, I was really starting to feel bad this past Saturday. I felt run down and I had a headache all day. Junk food sounded horrible to me, and I was craving my typical diet of chicken breasts and broccoli. The thought of drinking any more alcohol sounded repulsive. I decided to end the junk food part of my vacation early and started eating right again on Saturday. I don’t know how I used to eat so poorly before I started my fitness program. No wonder I felt like crap all the time! Proper diet is everything.

Even though I did a lot of walking on the beach, I didn’t work out at all until yesterday. I really missed working out, so I did 10 miles on the elliptical yesterday morning. It felt GREAT! I’m going to do another 10 miles this morning.

I feel much better now that I’m back to eating good foods and working out. Because I have about 10 pounds to lose, I decided to end my maintenance phase and start an “official” cutting phase.

You might be wondering how I gained so much weight so quickly. Basically I ate and drank everything I’d been missing for the past year and a half. Here’s a list of what I ate over the past nine days (from what I can remember): Bacon sirloin burger w/ cheese & french fries (I had that 2 times), Doritos, chips, snack mix, trail mix, 12 Oz. NY strip w/ blackened shrimp, baked potato w/ butter, many rolls and bread w/ butter, a fried fish sandwich w/ french fries, a huge piece of 4-layer chocolate cake w/ ice cream, large pepperoni pizza (actually 2 of those), California Pizza Kitchen pizzas (um, 3 of those), ice cream sundaes w/ whipped cream and sprinkles (2 of those), buttered popcorn (had that 3 times), chocolate w/ nuts (too many to count), pulled pork BBQ, sliced pork BBQ, BBQ ribs w/ french fries & garlic bread, pork chops in wine sauce w/ wild rice & garlic bread, Popeye’s fried chicken w/ french fries, red beans & rice and biscuits (had that twice), 12″ roast beef sub w/ Doritos, an iced coffee, a milk shake, 4 Pepsis and a great deal of beer, wine, vodka, tequila, rum and bailey’s Irish cream.

My god, no wonder I felt so bad by Saturday night. I definitely overdid it and I’ll never do that again. Next time I go on vacation I’ll still indulge, but in moderation.

So now I’ve got about 10 pounds to lose. I’m sure some of it is water, but most of it is fat. I really don’t look different, just a little bloated around my lower abs which is where I gain weight first. I’m still going to stick with my monthly picture updates, so don’t even bother to ask. 😉

I really enjoyed my vacation but I’m extremely happy to be back to my normal routine. One thing I learned over the past couple of weeks is how much I truly enjoy working out and eating right. I could never go back to living the way I did prior to January 2003!

As you can imagine, massive amounts of work and emails have been piling up in my absence. I’m going to go work out and then start trying to make a dent in my workload.

Well, I sure missed you all. It felt really weird not updating this page while I was gone. It’s great to be back!

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