Since I returned from Indy, I’ve been exhausted. I attribute this to the following:
2. Late nights and early mornings
3. Sitting in sessions all day – my brain is tired.
Heavy meals. REALLY heavy meals.
5. TONS of walking
While I had a good time, I was very happy to be home. Of course for the last few days, all I’ve done is nap off and on and go to the bathroom. TMI?
I traveled with some serious food-lovers. This wasn’t a negative, I love food as well so it worked out to the benefit of all of us. I tried a few new things and we tried to hit up as many local places as possible. I ate my first etouffee – a chilly cheese version with crawfish. YUM! I love crawfish!
Then I discovered a pecan praline. Maybe I’ve had one before? It couldn’t have been that good because I forgot all about it. Needless to say, I won’t forget about this one anytime soon!
A bison burger… I’ve had bison before so this wasn’t the epiphany part of my meal. I had a fried egg on my burger for the first time ever. I was hugely hesitant and voiced my concerns. Soon after this, I wasn’t talking at all because I was stuffing my face with this goodness. Definitely a treat and definitely something I could only eat on special occasions.
We went to a combo Thai/jazz bar restaurant (yep, we are probably thinking the same thing) and it was delicious. It was a huge plate of crab fried rice and one of my coworkers enjoyed the other half. We also found a local pub with such excellent fare, it won our patronage twice during our week-long visit. All in all, there were some seriously good eats. BUT all of the restaurant foods made me swell up like a balloon! I’m sensitive to water retention and considering I don’t eat out very much, I was shocked by the outcome of all the eating out (and a few adult beverages) had on me. How do I know?
I lost 5lbs of water in a 24 hour period! On the drive home, I went to the bathroom before we left and MAYBE a half hour later I had to go again. This was happening the whole entire time I was in Indy as well. I was being very intentional about drinking water while there too as I was constantly thirsty. And while this is kind of a funny story, the fact is, I know it’s really bad for me. My ankles were swelling on a daily basis and my not-tight-at-all socks left indents on my lower legs. YIKES!
Yep, I peed out every last ounce of water from my body (and hopefully all of the sodium). Alas, how does this fit into my body image (semi) crisis of last week? Well, I tried to walk as much as possible and avoided snacking. My meals were packed solid with sodium and calories but I also knew I would be back home soon and I could focus on a healthier routine then. Stressing about it while there wasn’t going to help me at all. I also left food on the plate and tried to ensure I wasn’t overeating. It wasn’t easy, the goodness would call to me! I ate breakfast every morning and didn’t drink any pop. Small victories but victories nonetheless. And wouldn’t you know it? I didn’t gain any weight (aside from the water) while I was there. I just feel crappier health-wise.
One good thing about going on a vacation is coming back and being able to jump into healthier habits. My body is CRAVING some quality nutrients! OH! And not to be a total coffee snob but I’m going to be… I’m happy to be back because I couldn’t get a good cup of coffee to save my life! One day it was marginal and that was it. I tried a new place everyday – some local and some chains, nope. Sad.
We walked back and forth (and back and forth – times this by a lot!) to the various restaurants and by the end of the week, I could find my way around without the help of google maps. In fact, I would say I know some areas of downtown Indy better than areas here in Kzoo! Indy is a fun city. It closes down fairly early in the evenings though and at times were walking home and NO ONE was out and about – not even cars. It was so strange.
From our hotel, I saw this funky building. I was fascinated by how it appears to be paper-thin. I mean, beyond obsessed!
Then there was this funky little door/window that led to a roof access. The door is my size!
Again, happy to be home, getting back into a routine and hanging out with Simon. The poor dude missed me and has barely left my side since coming home. If you get the chance to visit Indianapolis, do it!