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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

* sneaks back onto spark slowly *

I realized I never really talked about our Honeymoon! I think I will start there with something positive.

We took a Viking cruise down the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland and then we hopped over to Paris for a few days. It was WONDERFUL. The cruise was a delight, and we got to see so many things in such a short amount of time. It was NOT a relaxing honeymoon! I calculated it and we had walked something like 90 miles in 10 days. Just like a normal cruise, we were wined (and beered) and dined like crazy. I have thousands of pix but here are a few:

Being Dutch at the UNESCO Windmills at Kinderjink



We did a Kolsch house tour in Koln/Cologne Germany, good times!


We also did a special wine dinner in Rudesheim Germany. This was before things got a little crazier!


Strasbourg was beautiful, highly recommend!


Colmar, France - AMAZING!


Colmar again, it was unreal! We don't have any cities like this in America at all...


My favorite spot in Paris, at the Jardins du Luxembourg


We had this view of the Eiffel Tower from our AirBnB! It was so so so cool, especially at night to sit and watch the tower sparkle!


I'm already itching to plan another Europe trip. I think this year will be a "beach/lazy" vacation year and then a 2018 return to the continent!

We came home from the honeymoon and I found that the post-wedding depression/emptiness people talk about is in fact real. All of the sudden your brain is much more empty and you suddenly lose that focus point you'd been working towards for so long. It was tough. Then a week later, the election happened and it set the spiral going faster. THAT depression was real.

I've been in this rough/darker spot for two months. I have committed so many eating sins that it is embarrassing. Fast food trips, snacking constantly, you name it. I even bought a tub of ice cream and I don't even LIKE ice cream.

Over the weekend my husband and I visited two breweries and ate a ton of junk. We capped it off with mexican food Sunday night and at 3am we both woke up feeling super awful. We looked at each other and said that we couldn't keep doing this anymore. And I can't. I felt so so sick and I don't WANT to feel like that because of the way I treat myself.

Yesterday and today I woke up, did a workout video, packed all my food, and tracked it all in Spark. It. Feels. Good. I am trying to hold onto that - past behavior felt bad, this feels good.

I have doctors appointments scheduled in two weeks. I'm pretty sure physical therapy will become a thing again. My neck has been getting worse and I'm worried about other parts of my body. I went to do crunches yesterday and even laying on my back on the floor hurts my hip bones... that isn't cool?! So I'm not trying to go too hard on these workouts just yet. But I LOVE the Jessica Smith TV indoor walking videos and they really get me going in the morning. Baby steps. My apple watch is out for repair so I'm not getting anything "counted" there which kinda sucks but I'm hoping to get all of my food/fitness stuff tracked going forward and see some results. Even if it isn't on the scale and just in how I feel, things HAVE to change.

So that is where I am right now! Not looking to become a fitness sensation overnight but definitely looking to make positive changes. Hope to see you around!

And now, Beatrice and her Cheezburger:
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  • JACKIMOON
    I'm back too!!!! Let's DOOO This!
    1119 days ago
  • SOUTHPONDCAMP
    Your honeymoon sounds absolutely delightful and your wedding pics are super cute. I totally hear you on the post wedding blahs--all that fun and anticipation---and then---what? meh. I really clearly remember that phase! :) Totally here ya on the election. my poor mind remains boggled.
    1138 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12765175
    I also had the same epiphany and get my move on the next day. I think alot of people were feeling in a black hole for the past couple months, or at lest id like to think that to make me not feel so bad for the mouth hole i've been filling.
    Good on you for getting back to it and we are all here to support you. no need to feel embarrassed coming back, its a good sign!

    much love girl, we got this!
    1145 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15228402
    welcome back keep focus were her to help you
    1145 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    Sounds like a fabulous honeymoon!!!!

    And yes, I think many of us were depressed about the election, and now the upcoming inauguration.

    But you know, and I know, that eating more isn't going to change the world, or the situation. And it doesn't really make us feel better in the long run.

    I keep telling myself that.

    Oh, and post wedding - thank you letters, printing photos, making albums for family and yourselves. Lets you linger over all the wedding fun.


    1145 days ago
  • WHYNOTSOON
    Adorable dog! emoticon
    1145 days ago
  • SLEE103
    I had to stop myself from liking literally every picture from your honeymoon on Facebook. Looked like such an incredible time and so much fun! It has been such a rough last few months, the election, the holidays, so I'm in the same boat...
    1145 days ago
  • ADARKARA
    Great pictures! I've always wanted to try a Viking River Cruise, do you recommend them? Glad you're able to do stuff with your hubby as a team!
    1145 days ago
  • MARILLY
    I am new to Spark, and your blog is one of the first I read. I didn't understand why we should blog until now. I feel like we had a good visit and laughs at Starbucks, and now I am ready to follow through with my goals for the day. Love your pictures
    1145 days ago
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