Epic trip, epic fails: TOLT

I’m Thinking Out Loud about all the shenanigans on our most recent epic trip. And there definitely were some!

Missing all the bloggers
When it came to blogger meetup, my recent trip was an epic failure. Patty @ Mynoguiltlife lives in Phoenix — but guess was she there when I was? Of course not.

Then I saw that Debbie @ Coachdebbieruns was also there for a workshop. We were actually there at the same time. But we couldn’t hook up either. I really wanted to pick her brains on integrating dogs into the pack, too.

And my friend Paula @ Neveradullbing? We met last time I was in Seattle, but couldn’t manage it this time.

The trip was epic
The trip, however, that was epic. Best vacation we’ve had in a long, long time. In case you missed all my Instagram updates, we visited with relatives in Seattle, where Mr. Judy met Alton Brown at a book signing.

We went to the movies twice — “The Queen of Katwe” and “Sully”. While you might think “Sully” wasn’t the best movie to go see a couple of days before flying across the country, it’s also about trusting your gut and your training. Good reminders before my half.

Yoga on the rocks


We spent several days in Sedona and I loved every minute of it. The highlight was definitely hiking up a hill (a steep hill — a little foreshadowing for my half?) and doing yoga on the rocks with the guide. It was amazing looking through my legs during down dog!

Then it was on to Fountain Hills (Scottsdale area of Phoenix), which is named hills for a reason. It was a tough half marathon that I’m proud of.

Maybe it’s the angle? Outfit fail

This outfit was an epic fail
Well, it served its purpose — comfortable enough to fly in, cool enough (once I removed the sweater I wore on the flight) to travel up to Sedona in.

But flattering? Nope, I’d say this was not a flattering outfit on me. Sometimes you need the photographic evidence!

I can only hold out so long . . .
Well, yeah, that goal of watching the sugar I wrote about in Tuesday’s blog post? I’ve been watching it alright — watching it march right into my mouth (and probably adhere to my stomach and thighs).

Don’t get me wrong, I was on vacation and I ran a half and I did a lot of hiking, too. So I expected some sugar consumption.

That cinnamon roll we bought in Sedona? We shared it. As I said, we gave some to a woman at the next table. I think we both ate some more of it the next couple of days. That wouldn’t have been so bad, but then there was also dessert the night of my half (remember, I indulged in more cinnamon roll shortly after the half), then fudge pie at Z Tejas, some Pinkberry on the way home . . .

Eating all the carbs (and some salmon for recovery)

10 days is a long vacation, y’all! I start out with good intentions, do pretty good for a while, but usually somewhere towards the end the dam breaks and I start indulging more than I really ought to. It is time to slam down those floodgates again!

Bandit update
Well, obviously we haven’t been dealing with Bandit while we were away. Or any of the furkids.

The pet sitter said he was doing really well. She was able to clip his claws. She used his muzzle, but she didn’t think that she needed it for the nail clipping.

Unfortunately I’m doing a quick turnaround and heading down to my parents (probably there as you read this), so it’ll be a few more days before I see Lola or Bandit.

Gizmo is demanding why were you gone so loooooong?

Gizmo made it very clear this morning that he needed some lap time, and as I type this on Wednesday, he’s wandering around meowing at me. Unfortunately for him I have a ton of laundry to do, need to get some food in the house, and oh yeah, pack again to go to my parents.

Talk to me. Tell me in the comments:

Do you cats velcro to you after vacation, or give you the cold shoulder?

What was your last epic fail?

Ever think you looked really cute until you saw the photo?

I’m linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons for her:

Thursdays are for thinking out loud

16 thoughts on “Epic trip, epic fails: TOLT

  1. I did a yoga pose on a rock in the Grand Canyon and it was epic! Sedona is amazing as well! I feel you on the sugar; I’m on a no-sugar challenge and I’m just itching to go over to the local coffee house for a scone or muffin. 😦 Post-marathon and I’m just hungry all….the…..time. But I’m not burning as many calories as I was during marathon training, so I have to be careful.

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    1. You do have to refuel after that marathon . . . usually I’d start running again this weekend, but we’re moving my parents & I probably won’t be able to do anything. Although somehow I got almost 6k steps today without a lick of exercise.


  2. I go to Florida 3 times a year and there are many bloggers who live there. It never crossed my mind to meet up. Way too complicated to plan. It’s not a fail.

    Those desserts look amazing. Vacation is the time to splurge.

    I have 4 cats. They are interested in food not me when I return LOL.

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  3. I feel terrible about not being able to hook up while you were here, but I knew you had a quick stopover, and it sounds like everything worked out great! Love me some Sedona, but you knew that, 😉

    One cat turns his back on me for a short time, then I have to hold him for hours to make up for being gone. And I’m talking over-the-shoulder carry-me-everywhere hold, or he’ll climb up himself, lol. Sounds like Bandit is doing great, I’m so happy to hear. Just the fact he didn’t snap at the pet sitter is a huge score!!

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  4. The landscape in AZ is sooooo pretty! I love the red rocks and the Fountain HIlls was beautiful 🙂
    You are cracking me up….I do see pics sometimes and think – What was I thinking LOL I really love the top in the pic…maybe try the pieces with something different and you will love them 🙂 all very cute pieces!!
    I am glad you had a fun time! You needed that.
    I am very worried about vacation…I tend to get lazy when I have to eat out all the time, but you know if you had fun- it is worth it!
    Awww Gizmo

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  5. Yes, my cats velco too when we come back from traveling. So happy you had a great vacation and indulging is fine. Hope things back in NY with your parents are going well. xoxo

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    1. Well, at least they’re actually cooperating . . . Today was packing. Tomorrow is the actual move. It’s going to be a very difficult day.

      I truly believe it’s the right thing to do, but it’s hard to see them so unhappy, too.


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