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My husband had this bright idea. . .

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

. . . that we would go on a family vacation out west. I was upset. "be gone 10 days. . . go to a cold place when we have it warm. . . . go the sat after the last wk of school? . . . too busy . . . . How can I continue trying to loose wt?" I said. But as a good wife I mustered up all my strength and I packed myself and 3 children and off we flew. We flew to Colorado, and drove to Wyoming, "Yellowstone", Idaho, and Montana. It was awesome. Simply a great vacation!

Highlights:

A black bear at yellowstone. So cool!
1) It was great family time!
2) The country was absolutely beautiful.
3) It was cold, and it snowed, but it was great fun.
4) We saw moose, antelope, bear, fox, eagle, deer, buffalo, coyote, and so much more.
5)The people were so nice, {except in the not-so-tourists parts, they stared at us, I found out due to our southern drawl (accents)} lol
6) I drank my water everyday.
7) I made smarter choices when we ate out. (It was a must at times)
8) We carried healthy snacks for on the road and hikes.
9) My whole family did a 4 mile hike in the Tetons! Awesome!
10) I exercised almost everyday.

One quick story about the exercising: We arrived in Cody at the hotel, after a 7 hr drive from the airport and a 3 hr flight. I was determined to start off the vacation right and exercise. I put on my warmest clothes, and set out for a jog. It was getting dark, and very cold. I was a little nervous since I didn't know the area. But I walked out of my room and found a paved and well lit area in which I set out to jog. It was by a lake, with some ducks, and as I started jogging I noticed it was a memorial. (This was the Sunday before Memorial day) So, I would stop here and there and read the memorials for those that were lost in war. It was an awesome tribute and an excellent jog. I couldn't help but think how proud these men and women would be to have their names in such an honorable place and have me stop as I'm out trying to better myself and read the names. It was a good feeling. One of which I would have missed prior to SP.

Anyway, enough of my rambling. What I felt like was such a chore turned out to be a great and memorable time for me and my family. I have missed Sparking as much as I usually do. But I'm back now, settled back into life as usual and I'm proud to say, I actually lost 3 lbs on the trip.

Thanks Spark people and all you encouraging Sparkers! This is a great place. I'm happy to be back in full swing. . . . . emoticon


My family on a hike.
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  • SHOOTIN4STARS
    Sometimes getting out of our comfort zone is just the thing we need.
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    3141 days ago
  • CIVIAV
    Mmmmmmmm, Vacations....
    3141 days ago
  • no profile photo BRILYNN79
    Looks like an awesome family time! I can't wait to head out west and see those states.

    Where in Idaho did you go? My husband and I are working on doing all 50 states so any tips on this part of the country would be greatly appreciated:)
    3165 days ago
  • HIKETOHEIGHTS
    Nice blog Tracey, I have always wanted to go to Yellowstone! Everyone says it is fabulous. I did watch that show on National Parks on P.B.S & they had quite a bit on Yellowstone. I am grateful to your husband for planning such a great family trip. How cool to be memorializd there! Had to be so enlightening for you. Nature does bring the best in one. Your family photo is so nice. How in the world did you get that bear photo? YIKES!

    Victoria
    3166 days ago
  • MILTONS_MAMA
    Good for you!
    3168 days ago
  • CIVIAV
    I was so excited to see your blog! And it was worth it. Glad you are back as an integral part of SPARK!

    Funny, you made me think about how many times I wimp or cancel out of stuff because it's too 'hard', too much of a chore. Usually I am happy I went after i do it. This wins out for exercise too!
    3170 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8603687
    That sounds emoticon Thank you for sharing your fun vacation with us,that's fantastic and snow? Brr,glad you had a great time! We are happy you are back,you have been missed. emoticon emoticon Diana
    3171 days ago
  • JUSTJUSTY
    Sounds like a wonderful time. Glad you enjoyed yourself! emoticon emoticon
    3171 days ago
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