This was my view Sunday morning. My family had a mini-reunion with some of the local Northeast Ohio folks at a house rented on a lake in western Pennsylvania. So I got to spend my mornings this past weekend on a deck. I don’t really have a porch or anything at my apartment so I take advantage of one when I can. And, yes, that is a hunting mug I’m drinking my coffee from. The owner of the house is apparently a hunter and no I don’t want to talk about the bear skin on the wall or stuffed antelope head in the closet.
I headed up early Friday morning to help my aunt get everything ready and the rest of the family showed up a few hours later. We spent the afternoon pretty much just hanging out (although I did squeeze in a twenty minute run) and catching up. And, of course, admiring the view.
|My cousin’s boyfriend|
Later that night we settled in the TV room downstairs. Cards were played and books were read, although there might have also been some showing off.
|Muppet PJ pants courtesy of Old Navy|
Not too shabby for 220 lbs, eh?
We were talking about yoga and various poses and I was doing some, like headstand and I just wanted to try with Wheel. I know I can do it, but it’s one that is hit or miss in my weekly Ashtanga class. Part of it, I think, is because it’s at the end of Ashtanga. It requires immense upper arm strength and after an hour, my arms are just too tired, so sometimes I can get it, other times not. Friday night though I popped right on up. And then a few minutes later I was able to pop up again when I wanted a picture snapped.
This, ladies and gents, is what six months of weekly yoga classes will do. Make you so flexible that any ol’ time you feel like it you can pop up into Wheel or bend over with your head on the ground in Wide-Legged Forward Bend.
Speaking of yoga, I’m pretty sure my family thought I was kidding when I talked about waking up early for an hour of sunrise yoga. But I wasn’t.
I woke up around 5:45 am and originally planned on doing yoga on the deck attached to the house, but when I woke up the dock on the water was calling my name so out I went. It wasn’t my usual Ashtanga practice, but being outside with the sun rising directly above the treeline was so calming and added so much to my practice.
|View from Savasana|
And then, because I’m a weirdo, yoga wasn’t enough and so I went for a 40 minute run. Oh yeah, I’d done almost two hours of exercise before some of my family was even awake. Which was a good thing, because I needed as many Activity Points as I could get (I ended up earning 43 for the week). In terms of what I ate I was fine, I wasn’t grazing on Doritos or really grazing at all. It was more that I don’t keep a lot of desserts around my apartment, so there was the cookie after lunch, brownie after dinner, etc. But in terms of the actual food, it was pretty much the same sort of thing I would have eaten at home, I just ate more of it, I guess, since I ended up eating almost all of those APs. My family had pulled pork and chicken, etc., and I had my veggie burgers, always going for a hamburger instead of cheeseburger. Actually, dinner Saturday was awesome: grilled zucchini, corn on the cob, watermelon, and a salad bar. This vegetarian was very happy: while the rest of my family ate chicken I didn’t even bother with a burger, the veggies were enough. But, y’know, then there was the graham cracker and small bit of chocolate over at the bonfire. Silly sweets. Anyway, I tracked everything I ate and all my APs came in handy because I ended up losing 2 1/2 lbs this week! No joke, I stepped on that scale about 4 times to be sure. That brings my total to 93.4!
But back to the lake house.
So Saturday we just kind of lazed around. Hung out by the water for a bit and played some cornhole. My cousins and I piled into the car and drove around the lake to check out the neighborhood, which is quite gorgeous. After we got back I settled in for a relaxing afternoon and evening.
|“A Clash of Kings,” George RR Martin|
After a late dinner we all headed down to the dock where there was a firepit and after an hour or so of hanging out down there we headed back to the house to watch a movie.
Most of the family woke up early Sunday morning to go golfing while my one aunt, cousin, and I stayed back at the house. Hence the coffee and netbook on the deck. I planned on a lazy morning, but after breakfast I was itching for some endorphins and went out for a 30 minute run. That’s three runs in 36 hours. I…just…what? That doesn’t even sound like me, yet those runs were the perfect balance to the rest of the weekend.
Of course, the whole weekend left me exhausted and by 6pm Sunday night I was back home and already in bed.
|Is it just me or is there something very 1960s about this?|
(That photo was for Day 1 – “Self Portrait” – for #Photoadayjuly on Twitter. If you wanna see the rest, you can follow me there or on Instagram (JillGrun))
This is probably about the only type of vacation I’ll get this summer as I have no real plans for the rest of it and here it is already July! This was without a doubt one of the most comfortable weekends I’ve ever had. I spent the entire time in tank tops and yoga pants, reading and lounging about (well, y’know, except for the runs and yoga). Got some sun and some sleep. My aunt who rented the house wants to do it again next year, so hopefully it will become a regular thing. Best part, though, is that I’m only working today and tomorrow this week! Hello Wednesday holiday, a 4 10s schedule and one vacay day for a five day weekend.
Have any summer trips or family reunions planned? Do you make time to exercise on vacation or do you stay super lazy when you have time off? Also, this is post #98! Still have time to get in a question for my Q&A 100th post!
Love from the ashes,