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All Good Things…

…must come to an end. I’m blogging from my kitchen table instead of my parent’s balcony. Vacation is officially over and it’s time to get back to my normal routine. Although that routine has shifted slightly and I’m now forced to deal with it and not be distracted by travel. We’ll see how this goes. Luckily, I enjoy what I do so I don’t dread going back to work whatsoever! I actually can’t wait to see everyone. I just have to figure out the yoga piece of it. I really miss teaching.

I’ll share my last day of vacation with you before I make my way to the gym for work. My flight didn’t leave until 6:30 so I was able to spend most of the day relaxing. It was kind of like a bonus day of vacation!

Breakfast was overnight (more like 30 minutes) oats with Greek yogurt, old fashioned oats, skim milk, cinnamon, peaches and bananas. Topped with peanut butter and blackberry jam.

After breakfast and blogging I headed out to get a workout in. I decided to do a spin of the CrossFit WOD that Metro was doing back home.

The WOD was “Tumilson”

8 rounds for timeย 
200 meter run
11 dumbbell burpee deadlifts

I changed the run to 400 meters so that I would cover 2 miles total and went lighter than prescribed on the burpee deadlifts. I finished in 27:42. The way the burpee deadlifts work are that you hold the dumbbells by your side, keep them in your hands as you jump back for the burpee and then keep them by your side as you come ย up (no clap overhead) and then perform a deadlift holding the dumbbells. Is that complicated? If so, I can do a quick video for you. I did this workout outside with a set of dumbbells I grabbed from the gym (only used 15 pounds!).

Remember that chocolate peanut butter donut? It didn’t stand a chance after I finished my workout. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I got all showered, coated in sunblock and dressed for the beach. The second I arrived at the beach and set up my chair, it started to pour. My mom and I quickly packed up and headed back in.

I got caught up on some work emails and then it cleared up enough for us to head back out. I was determined to spend my last day at the beach, cloudy or not!

It was actually really beautiful after the storm. The water was so calm and the reflection of the sky and clouds on the ocean was very cool and almost mystical.

I’m tan but not this tan, I swear! This is a dark photo. I cross my heart that I wore SPF 30 the entire time and reapplied often!

Before long the clouds had all but cleared and the sun was shining. I soaked up a couple of hours of sun while finishing Richard Paul Evans’ latest novel, The Walk. It took me all of three hours to read and I was not super impressed. Apparently, it’s the start of a series of books about a man’s journey walking from Seattle to Key West but I can’t say I’ll be following along with the series.

I said farewell to the beach and then came in for a late lunch and to pack up. I made an open faced sandwich with sourdough, mayo, mustard, avocado, chipotle chicken and monterey jack.

My mom drove me to Pensacola to catch my flight. We said a tearful goodbye (I can never keep it together when I’m saying goodbye to my parents, especially at the airport!). The Pensacola airport is tiny and easy to navigate. I got there just 45 minutes before my flight, checked in and boarded quickly. The trip to Atlanta was relatively painless with the exception of having to circle for a little while because of weather in Atlanta…which would come back to haunt me later.

We arrived in Atlanta around 9 p.m. and my flight to Charlotte was scheduled to depart at 10:20. I checked the monitor and saw that it was delayed until 11:14 due to weather so I set off in search of food. I took one look at the Chili’s Express on my concourse and took the train over to another concourse for a sit down dinner at One Flew South. While the Atlanta Airport is huge and a pain to navigate sometimes, it is definitely the kind of place where you want to get stuck for dinner. I had a seaweed salad and a spicy tuna roll. Much better than a greasy sandwich and fries.

When I got back to my gate it was time to board. And then it was time to sit. Right when we boarded a severe thunderstorm rolled in and it was raining heavily, thundering and lightening. No one was going anywhere.

We were finally cleared for takeoff at midnight. I was tired of reading so I just listened to music and looked out the window. We were flying through thunderstorms for the majority of the flight and although it was striking to watch, it was a little unsettling.

I was so happy to land safely in Charlotte and I finally arrived home at 1:30 a.m. and collapsed into bed. I slept until about 8 this morning and I’m feeling rested and ready to go.

{ 17 comments… add one }
  • 1
    Erica { EricaDHouse.com } July 10, 2012, 11:02 am

    Glad you had a safe trip home! The Pensacola airport is teeny tiny and I love that 50 minute flight into Atlanta. I always get the best ‘fresh’ airport food options from ATL!

  • 2
    Danielle @ clean food creative fitness July 10, 2012, 11:15 am

    Love all the gorgeous beach photos! That one from the plane is so cool too! I’m always so sad to leave from vacation especially the beach! I can relate to saying goodbye to parents too! When I lived in NY for a while it was always so hard to say goodbye to them!

    • 3
      Jen July 10, 2012, 12:35 pm

      thanks! i took the beach photos from my iphone and the plain photos on my nikon. i definitely miss my parents today! (and the beach!)

  • 4
    Kimberly July 10, 2012, 11:26 am

    Have a great day back in Charlotte!

  • 5
    Cheryl @ happy is the new healthy July 10, 2012, 11:39 am

    Another delicious looking post and another tough workout! I haven’t made overnight oats in a while. I’ve got a couple nearly empty nut butter jars just calling to me! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • 6
      Jen July 10, 2012, 12:34 pm

      i have a couple in the fridge too! i’m going to have to keep the OO going and use them up. yum!

  • 7
    Kayli (Running on Sunshine) July 10, 2012, 12:00 pm

    Love to see that beautiful white Destin sand! Hope you have a good first day back ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 8
    ilovefetacheese July 10, 2012, 12:21 pm

    Those beach pictures are INCREDIBLE jenn!!

    • 9
      Jen July 10, 2012, 12:34 pm

      thank you so much! i took them on my iphone!

  • 10
    Lisa July 10, 2012, 3:37 pm

    Glad you had a safe flight home, although it was a little hectic. Those beach pictures are absolutely wonderful. It sounds like you had such a blast visiting your family. I always cry when I leave my mom as well, I get so dang emotional!

  • 11
    Chris K July 10, 2012, 5:30 pm

    Welcome home Jen!

  • 12
    Miriam@Bellaspire July 10, 2012, 6:05 pm

    What an amazing trip!! You do look crazy tan in that picture. I was editing all of my beach pictures and “boosting” the color in iPhoto to give everyone a little extra tan without the harmful effects of the sun ;). There’s nothing like the smell of SPF and the pace of the beach to make you feel like you’re taking advantage of summer!

  • 13
    Corrie Anne July 10, 2012, 8:19 pm

    That sounds like a fun WOD that I could totally do at home. Love burpee deadlifts!! Welcome back from vacation!

  • 14
    Sarah July 11, 2012, 8:46 am

    Welcome back! Are you the Jen on Charlotte Yoga’s schedule this week??

    • 15
      Jen July 11, 2012, 12:53 pm

      yes, subbing a few classes! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • 16
    Linda July 11, 2012, 3:41 pm

    You have had me thinking about making overnight oats and I saw this recipe today. Sounds good and thought you would like it! http://www.cleaneatingmag.com/Recipes/Recipe/Blueberry-Banana-Oatmeal-Sundaes.aspx

    • 17
      Jen July 12, 2012, 4:41 pm

      that looks great! i really want to subscribe to that mag.

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