Girls Write Out
Monday, July 14, 2008

Kristin, Denise and Colleen all went to a writer's retreat this past weekend and are, no doubt, on their way home today. Hubby had knee surgery and couldn't travel so I stayed home to pamper him. *g* We are now on vacation (two hours from home), and relaxing.  Of course, I am writing toward a September 15 deadline, so I'll be working some this week, but I love to write and in a beautiful setting, all the more, so it works out.

You would be so proud of me, I actually went to the exercise room last night and worked out. I do believe that's a first for me. In the past, when I've been on vacation, I hung up my gym shoes (which I've had for five years and still look brand new--wonder what that means?) till vacation was over. Okay, the truth is, I don't even bring my gym shoes. All right, all right. I don't own any gym shoes--or at least I didn't, until I got serious about this exercise thing. Hey, two miles--would you believe one?--every other day IS serious for me!

I bare my soul to you and I think it's only fair that you do the same. *g*  How about it, when you're on vacation, do you continue with your disciplines (yeah, I didn't know what that word meant either, but I heard an athlete use it and decided to toss it around) of exercise and all that or when you go on vacation, do you plunk your rump down in a comfy seat, eat chips and chocolate till you want to barf, then go home, feeling as though you've had a good time?

Be honest. I mean, it's just between us. :-)

(By the way, those are NOT my feet in the picture, just so you know.)
Diann Hunt  
posted at 9:39 AM  
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At 11:05 AM, Blogger hotcoffeenow said...

I drag all my workout clothes and my best intentions - and for the first day or two I'm putting forth the effort. Then I give in, bury the workout clothes in the bottom of the suitcase and treat myself to a full vacation. :)


At 11:48 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Thanks for your honesty, Cheryl. No doubt, that's what will happen with my things. But, hey, at least you put in a day or two of exercise. That should count for something--like, say, a chocolate truffle or bag of M&Ms?????? ;-)

At 12:17 PM, Blogger Andrea said...

Are you kidding???? Exercise on vacation! I'm getting away from normal life. Exercise is part of that. So it stays home as well. Usually there is too much going on to think of that. I try to get back on track when I get home.

Hope you are enjoying your vacation! Hope hubby is doing ok.

2 miles-good for you!

At 12:18 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Come on, Di, what does vacation mean anyway? Workout???

I did once. I got a visitor's pass to the Curves in Colorado Springs when we went through there to visit our son. It was kind of fun - I learned to line dance while I was there. :D

I know I "S H O U L D" workout every day, but ... okay, okay, so I'll workout on my next vacation.
Does walking to the gift sop to buy chocolate count?

At 12:26 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Andrea and Ane, you are so right. WHAT was I thinking????? This is vacation, after all. Ane, I so love the way you think--get a workout walking to the gift shop for chocolate.

You know, I'm like a hamster. Stick a piece of chocolate in front me, just out of reach, plunk me on a wheel, and I'll get those steps in. :-)

At 1:45 PM, Blogger Katy McKenna said...

Here is my never-fail strategy: When I'm scoping out hotels etc. online, I always notice whether they have indoor pools, exercise rooms and all. But I NEVER remember to tell my hubby! Then, we we get there, he says, "I wonder if they have a gym here?" And I say, "Well, too late to wonder now. We didn't bring the right clothes or shoes for that...." Hey, I am even able to pull this off on A CRUISE BOAT, and everyone knows there are gyms and aerobics classes and spinning sessions and every other abomination known to vacationers on cruise boats!! My husband is a holy innocent. I would hate to corrupt him with facts at this late stage! :)

Katy McKenna

At 6:00 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Too funny, Katy! I'll have to remember to do that! :-)

At 7:04 PM, Blogger Chelf said...

The only discipline I really have as far as physical activity is that Mondays are Laundry days. Weightlifting. Blogging. Catching up on the shows I miss the rest of the week.

I do no laundry on vacation. Therefore, no... I do not keep the schedule while away.

Hamster wheel for chocolate. What an awesome concept! Maybe I would move more that way.

At 12:03 AM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

I dont seek out gyms i may check it out at the hotel but dont use it.
if there is a swimming pool depending on weather and what im doing i often use them (when going to the cricket i dont have time.) But I tend to do more walking when away. In Canberra thanks to some slightly wrong info i walked nearly an hour to get where I was going I followed the road only it i had to detour cos there wasn't anywhere for pedestians for the last part did nearly 20,000 steps that day.
even when the crickets on I walk to and from the venue so i do tend to do more on the exercise side than at home walking wise.
But I also eat more takeaway. I stay near a McDonalds! we dont have it in my town so i tend to go overboard and the english lolly place (candies) there are some I love. normally I dont put on weight (except last time but it was fluid cos I injured my knee yet again)

At 12:26 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Diann, picturing you as a hampster running on a wheel brings up a very funny mental picture. It's too bad I can't draw or I would draw it and send you a copy.
Hmm ... maybe you should find a cartoonist and ask them to draw it for you ;-)

Me exercise? - you have to be kidding. I'd rather be reading or doing cross stitch.
Ok, so on my last holiday (er, vacation) I did a lot more walking than I normally do - I went to 2 national parks and explored some of the shorter walking trails (it was raining, freezing cold and very windy or I would have walked more than I did).

At 2:00 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I'm in Vegas now, almost home! Yay! There's a bald weirdo in an orange sheet who just got off a plane. I wonder if he'll gamble. He's certainly gambling on fashion.

I own running shoes! Two pairs! In case I wear one out I guess. I walked in Orlando heat, but I wore thongs for that. Flip flops. Whatever the youth calls them because I HATE to have hot feet. So that's why I can't work out on vacation, ya know? But I had a huge suitcase, and I figure that has to count for something calorie wise. Oh and it's 11 p.m. in Vegas, and I'm drinking a soy mocha. LOL

At 2:30 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Exercise AND vacation? Together?What a novel thought! (just kidding).

Enjoy your time away...and tell your husband to keep moving his knee to keep it from getting too stiff. As a veteran of three knee surgeries (one of which required more than 150 hours of physical therapy), I learned that. After one surgery I even walked around and around the plane (between Frankfurt and the US)--every half hour for the whole trip. I'm sure I drove the other passengers crazy. Hmmm. Does that count as "vacation exercise" or is it "mileage plus?" LOL.

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Lori said...

Our vacation this year was to Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando. It felt like we walked about 20 miles each day. That was all the exercise I needed!

At 10:49 AM, Blogger Never2manybooks said...

I take the same discipline with me on vacation that I have at home-That means none! I do take lots of books-Very disciplined about that! Unfortunately this time I got a terrible eye infection and could not read-still battling it two weeks later. Ughhhhh. I usually read at least one book a day on vacation and this time barely got through 2 in ten days. But I did get to play lots of games with the family. That's good!

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Aww, poor Di left home while her 'girls' are off in the fun and sun in Florida. At least you get your own vacation with hubby!

As for me and vacation and discipline? I always take a pair of sweats and sneakers because you just never know. More often than not, I don't do anything rigorous, but a shin-splint injury years ago keeps me from a lot of high-impact stuff.

I usually just go walking. If I do that for at least an hour, I feel good about myself. :)

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Great comments, all! Yesterday, I didn't do the treadmill, but we did walk AND--are you ready for this--played ping pong!!! For about a half hour or longer! Yes, my husband beat me unmercifully, but I had fun in spite of it all. I figured I got in a lot of steps because I had to chase the ball every time I missed it. Sigh. But it was fun! :-)

At 11:30 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

i always have the BEST intentions about exercising in the hotel and I've never done it ONCE! LOL

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Inspire said...

I'd just like to have a vacation.

At 4:00 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

We're on vacation right now. And, silly me, I started my diet and tried to start my exercise routine before we left so I'd have (ahem) a running start.
This vacation is a little different. We are house-sitting for my mom in Payson, AZ in the White Mountains. Much cooler here and she has an exercise machine on the porch. So, I set my schedule--stick to the diet, exercise 30 minutes each morning and write a minimum of 1,000 daily.
Been here 6 days. I've exercised 4 of them--2 times on the machine (handled 20 minutes) and two long walks (it rained buckets for 3 days so I really do have an excuse). I've written every day but it's been more like 500-800 words but still, that's progress.
The hardest part has been the diet. We're staying with my grandmother who just turned 102 last Wednesday. I try so hard but my husband and her are amazingly crafty at sabotage and looking so innocent at the same time--"Thought I was doing you a favor!"
I'm afraid to go home and get on the scales! Yikes!

At 4:02 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh Jenny, I LOOOOVE Payson!!!! Zane Grey country. You lucky girl!


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