A Travelers Tale


The past few days have been a whirlwind of traveling. I’ve stuck mostly to fruits, coconut milk yogurts, and salads. Traveling can be a bit challenging for me sometimes. I’m sure it’s difficult for my parents – I’m staying with them, and they don’t eat the way I do. I know they’re worried I’ll have things to eat in their house!

Monday night was a salad and some stir fried veggies and rice. Not too bad. Tuesday morning was a vanilla So Delicious yogurt and a banana. Lunch was a bagel – not my best lunch ever. Dinner was a salad and some pasta with veggies when out to dinner with my folks.

I just woke up, but I’m planning on making a lentil and rice dish after having some coffee. This afternoon is the funeral, so I don’t imagine we’ll be eating until dinner.


I signed up for a Women on Weights class at my YMCA. We meet Mon/Wed at 5am for 6 weeks. Even though my flight was Monday morning, I didn’t want to skip the first day! So I set my alarm for 415, had a cup of coffee, and headed to the gym.

There were five of us and the trainer. She put us through a full body strength training session over that hour. Because of needing to give us detailed instruction, we didn’t do as many exercises as we will, but she stressed the importance of form, so we really focused on that.

What we did:

15 crunches with feet in the air
15 reverse crunches


15 dead lifts with a 40 lb barbell
15 walking lunges on each side
15 reverse lunges on each side
15 sumo squats with a 20 lb dumbbell


Chest press…lying flat..15 reps with a 30 lb barbell
Dumbbell flys on an incline bench. 15 reps with 12 lb dumbells
Didn’t have time, but I guess decline dumbell flys will be in there too


Bicep curls using a bar. I don’t know what it was called…it’s a weighted bar, but not a barbell. There are three colors (green, yellow, and red). I used yellow. 15 reps

15 bench dips



15 lat pull downs while sitting on a balance ball – 85 lbs

15 back rows while sitting on a balance ball – 65 lbs


There will be a lot more I learn, but it’s a start. And…my entire body is sore!!

Yesterday I took a break from family stuff and went to the gym to hit up a Zumba class. While my workout was good, it ended up being a bit of a pain in the butt. First, TSA took my padlock, so I didn’t have that. Then I got to the gym, and realized I forgot towels. Ugh. So I bought two at the Bally’s store.

Today I’m taking a rest day, but will be at the Y by my sisters house bright and early Thursday morning to do the strength routing and maybe (big maybe) do a quick run on the treadmill.


I am in WI this week for a family funeral. I left VA early Monday morning, and had a rather enjoyable 3 hr layover in Philadelphia. I got to see the entire Chelsea soccer game while having a bloody mary at the terminal’s bar. My flight to Milwaukee was delayed slightly, but not too badly.

My Dad picked me up, and he went straight to Outpost, which is a natural foods store here. I picked up my yogurts, lentils, Mary’s Gone Crackers, hummus, and some Gardein chickn scallopini.

I went to dinner with my mom, then got back to their house. Mom went to bed, and Dad and I stayed up for a few more hours. It was about 1 am when I went to sleep!

Yesterday was going out for coffee with my mom, going to the gym, going to my sisters house, and then meeting back up with my parents for a birthday dinner for my Mom.

I’m hoping that today goes well for all of my family. There will be people there I haven’t seen in a very long time

I’ll try and blog again before heading home Friday, but may not have the chance. If not….I’ll be back this weekend!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

2 thoughts on “A Travelers Tale

    1. Doing anything but sleep at 5 am is just nuts! Alas…I should really get in the habit. Life seems to get too busy for me in the evenings! And yes, you are right. Home tomorrow! Though someone else better provide dinner after a day of traveling!!

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