Oh The Holidays...

I took the past 2 days off from the gym to enjoy the Christmas holiday. And perhaps I enjoyed it a little too much... The Oregon Coast After having a fantastic Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the fun continued with a mini road trip to the Oregon Coast. Whenever we go to the coast, we normally go to Seaside, but this time, we ventured a little farther away, about 2 1/2 hours southwest to Lincoln City. We passed through towns, like Salem and Willamette; its always interesting to see small town life. While I'm from a small town, its an island, not exactly like the traditional small towns of America, so seeing places like these always fascinates me. Lincoln City was a bit bigger than I expected. It reminded me of a typical ocean side town that caters to a lot of tourists.

Having just been in Hawai'i 2 weeks ago, it was fun to be on the other side of the Pacific Ocean. While it was cold and windy in Vancouver, it was much warmer on the coast. We took our obligatory "jump" photo, plus a few family pics.

We had a delish seafood lunch there, then we let the spirit guide us...all the way to the Spirit Mountain Casino. :) Truth be told, we went to Lincoln City because of its proximity to Spirit Mountain. My parents have become what I call "Spirit Mountain regulars"; i.e., they go there whenever they visit Vancouver. Its always fun to do some gaming with the fam; we all left as winners...some more than others.

Lazy, Lazy Sunday Today was all about bumming it and watching football all-day-long. Its no wonder, with how competitive my family is, that we love sports (there was a lot of screaming at the TV). We watched each game, with my head spinning trying to keep track of all the playoff implications. Finally, I couldn't take any more and forced myself off the couch and to the gym. The pool was already open for public swim; i.e. kids, so I stuck to my favorite cardio combination of late - the elliptical and stair climber.

It was the worst workout I've had in ages. I felt nauseous the entire time and had no stamina. I had to drop down a couple of levels and even had to stop a couple of times on the stair climber just to catch my breath. I'd only taken 2 days off, yet felt like I was completely out of shape. I would have understood tired legs, but being cardiovascularly-challenged was something I haven't felt in a long, long time. Although I haven't run in 3 weeks, I've done a pretty good job of keeping up with my cross-training so I can only attribute it to my diet.

I think all the junk that I've been eating during the holidays finally caught up with me...but no more. I've been saying that I'm going to get back on the healthy-eating bandwagon when I start running again at the end of my vacation (next weekend), but I've changed my mind -- it starts now, the eating part that is...

After I was done at the gym I went straight to the grocery store and got fruits, veggies and other stuff to make some healthy meals. No more fried foods, no more sugary treats, no more second helpings. When I got home, I made myself a strawberry-banana-chocolate milk smoothie and had an apple with peanut butter, plus a few slices of turkey for dinner.

Since I am still on vacation for another week, I need to be realistic with how strict I can be with my eating. I think I can do a pretty good job of eating balanced meals, but probably not on the schedule that I'm used to. But once I get home, I'm going caveman again - six small meals and no more processed junk!

I've set some pretty lofty goals for 2010 and I'm counting on all of you to hold me accountable and keep me on track so I can be in tip-top shape (and injury free) to achieve them...(more to come on my 2010 goals later this week).