Almost Wordless Vacation Recap

So I haven’t been on the computer in a week, and it honestly felt so freeing to just forgo technology (well, besides my phone and iPod) and just enjoy a few days of fun with my family. I also had an extra day away because I had to go up to my college town for some job training for my weather anchor position at the school’s TV station. I’m actually starting to get pumped up for school to start in just a week–well, maybe not school but having my own apartment and being on TV.

Anyways, here’s my mostly wordless vacation recap of my trip to Estes Park, CO with some words at the end about my intuitive eating/exercise experiment!

The cheese-free individual-size hummus pizza at Poppy’s…I devoured it all!

The view of Fall River from the condo.

Tanning by the pool.

Noodles in the deep end of the pool.

A mini Stanley Steamer model (steam-powered car) in the EP Museum.

Spicy sweet and sour tofu & veggies at Thai Kitchen…super spicy, but so good!

Sissy time!

The view from our hike around Lily Lake.

Tall iced soy skinny mocha enjoyed by the Big Thompson River.

Some awesomely bright flowers!

First time trying the Coconut Bliss brand of coconut milk ice cream–verdict = so good, even for the insanely high price ($6/pint). I had some chocolate hazelnut ‘ice cream’ topped with fresh raspberries.

The coolest owl cookie jar!

This really cool, super-vintage looking church just outside EP. It was even cooler inside!

The Big Thompson river.

First time trying vegan sushi! I had the sweet potato rolls filled with Japanese sweet potato, avocado and cucumber. And I loved the pickled ginger on the side.

Me and my sister down by the river.

I think I honestly kicked some serious ass on my self-imposed intuitive eating and exercise challenge. I didn’t record any of my meals or exercise in the calorie counting app I have since last Tuesday and I didn’t freak out (too much) about my macro balance. I feel like I ate more than I usually do, which I know is still probably not enough, but it was definitely a start. I feel like my meals out were pretty balanced–the first night, I had a small vegan pizza covered in veggies; the second night I had a Sunshine veggie burger (without the bun) topped with fresh guacamole; the third night I had sweet and sour tofu and veggies with a little brown rice on the side; and the last night I had a strawberry, spinach and walnut salad with balsamic and some vegan sushi. I honestly loved all the dinners that I had and didn’t have too much of a problem finding something healthy and vegan at the restaurants we went to. I challenged myself to try the Coconut Bliss brand of coconut milk ice cream despite it being higher in calories and saturated fat than my tried-and-true brand. I skipped my usual cardio circuits but was not a couch potato–I played tennis with my dad for an hour one day, walked around town a lot, went on a hike and did some swimming in the condo’s pool. I felt a little more comfortable in my skin than I usually do at home, despite wearing just a swimsuit a lot of the time. I tried a lot of new-to-me things, had some old favorites (veggie straws, baby carrots and PB Puffins, say what?!) and didn’t try to think too much about the food. Overall, the 5 days I spent intuitively eating were some of the best days I’ve had in awhile, and I want to try to keep eating the same way. Now that I’m home, I have more access to veggies, protein, etc. but that doesn’t mean I can’t keep eating more adequately and enjoying my food. And while I’m excited to go back to my regular exercise, I realize that a few days with less intense workouts won’t kill me. So I’m going to try to live every day like I did on my vacation–without the pool time, of course πŸ˜‰

Do you eat intuitively or plan out your meals? Have you ever had vegan or vegetarian sushi?

20 thoughts on “Almost Wordless Vacation Recap

  1. I am so,so happy you’ve had a great time last week,Ashley! I’m so proud of you for chellenging yourself,conquering fear foods and simply letting go a little bit. It’s definitely a beginning,and I really hope you’ll be able to stick to it at home/ in your own apartment as well ’cause this will sure make you a lot happier than your ED-influenced life.

    Of course I’ve had vegan sushi before,and let me tell you it’s just as good as regular one – at least,if you’re not a TOTAL seafood-addict πŸ˜‰ I like gari very much,too – that’s the pickled ginger – and always order an extra serving,hehe! πŸ˜€

  2. So happy and so proud of you girl! It sounds like your vacation was a great learning and growing experience as well as a fun time! πŸ™‚ You and your sister look so happy together, and SO gorgeous!!!
    Oh and that owl cookie jar is freaking awesome heehee

  3. First, great photos Ashley, looks like a fun time and the one with you and your sister is just so nice πŸ™‚ Also, great job on trying to be more intuitive with eating and well…everything ( πŸ™‚ ) and also challenging yourself when you could handle it! Small steps like that… it’s what makes all of the difference and it did for you it seems, you seem very happy in this post!

    • Yep, they were definitely small steps but I think it’s so much easier to stick with something if you don’t just dive right into it–at least for me, I like to make small changes and watch them add up to major change!

  4. Aja says:

    That is so awesome to hear! I am glad it went so well for you, that is very exciting. I hope you can continue to go with it without any trouble. Great job! I can’t even do that yet. Also, isn’t coconut bliss delicious?! I love that stuff!

  5. Emily says:

    I’m so proud of you for stepping out of your comfort zone and truly enjoying your vacation. You deserved that! And it just goes to show that you CAN take a few days off from exercise and eating “perfect” meals…it’s part of life.
    I’m glad that you liked the Coconut Bliss ice-cream! I usually buy So Delicious’ for myself but when I visited home a few weeks ago my mom had a special carton of Coconut Bliss for me so I could have ice-cream with them. It was delicious! ❀

  6. caloricandcrazy says:

    I’m glad the experiment was a success! And I love vegan sushi! I was lucky enough to try some in a swanky sushi place in LA πŸ˜›

  7. Lindsey says:

    Hey there!! I just found your blog and I really love it! Props on everything and I’m excited to be following your blog now to see whats in store next:) I am Lindsey by the way!

  8. Sounds like an awesome vacation! The owl cookie jar is soso cute. I’m glad you’re having less anxiety about your meals! Progress in the right direction is nothing but good. I’ve really been wanting to try coconut ice cream its just so expensive! I definitely need to try it sometime though. Sweet potato + avocado + cucumber sushi sounds AMAZING.

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