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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in Reverb 10. Each day gives a new prompt, which is a chance to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next in 2011.

December 22 – Travel
How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year? (Author: Tara Hunt)

I didn’t travel at all in 2010.  Sadly enough, I didn’t even go to the beach much.  I did make it to SF a few times, and I went to Napa, but since those are local trips, I don’t really consider them traveling.

I really need to make up for lost time in 2011!  Money permitting, I’d like to travel to:

  • Vegas for my 40th birthday in July.
  • Boston to visit CTLB (or, she can come here)
  • Michigan/Chicago to visit my uncle.  I’m hoping my sister & nieces can make the trip with me.
  • I’d also like to take a road trip in the Bug.  I’m envisioning somewhere coastal, so maybe north to Seattle?  Who knows, maybe SeattleRunnerGirl and I can meet up.

And in the spring, summer, and fall of 2011, I want to take plenty of weekend trips to great local places:

  • Half Moon Bay
  • Santa Cruz/Capitola
  • Napa/Sonoma

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I hope everyone had a fantastic, long weekend.  As you know, I was away for Thanksgiving visiting my uncle in Niles, MI and then off to a quick jaunt to Chicago.  I wrote a bit about my trip here, if you’d like more details.  I took over 200 photos, many of which turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself:

Thanksgiving 2009 – Michigan & Chicago

My eating & exercise while I was away?  Not too bad, but not great, either.  Some highlights:

  • We didn’t eat 3 meals a day, but when we did eat, we had heavier meals.  I’m hoping that the net calories work out to about the same that I would’ve normally consumed, but we’ll see for sure on the scale tomorrow.
  • I didn’t track any points, but I  tried to make wise choices whenever we ate.
  • We got tons of exercise, especially in Chicago.  On Saturday alone we walked over 2 miles, which was great.

So, that’s about it, as far as the Thanksgiving report.  I’m so glad we went away, and I’ll definitely go back again as many times as I can.

Getting back on track for the week:

  1. I went grocery shopping at Trader Joe’s on Sunday and got tons of great, healthy food.
  2. Sunday I made the quick soup that I posted about, along with the HG crock pot chili that I love (I don’t think I’ve ever posted that recipe, so I’ll do that soon).  I felt so organized by making two dinners like this that I can have for lunch and dinner all week.
  3. I’m going to ease back in to working out this week.  I still have some congestion in the mornings and at night, but during the day I’m feeling back to normal.  Baby steps on working out is the best plan, I think.  So this week, it’s all about the Wii – Fit Plus and EA Sports Active.  I contacted Jimmy and told him I was going to slowly work my way back to the gym, and would probably put off our training sessions until the first of the year.  I don’t want to go too fast with working out and wear myself out, so I think this is a good plan.
  4. Track everything.  Scale Warfare and I are still emailing our food journals daily, which is such an awesome way for both of us to stay accountable to someone besides ourselves with our food intake.
  5. Catch up on all of your blogs!  I really missed reading them while I was away, but I really didn’t have computer access on the trip (other than my iPhone), so I’m going through some withdrawal.  🙂

I hope everyone is doing well and embracing the holiday spirit that’s swirling in the air!

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