From Texas to Tulsa

Thursday is the big day. AKA I pack up my life in Colorado and move 600+ miles away to Tulsa, OK. I also start my first real girl job in less than a week, so all that adds up to one stressed chica. I’m just trying to take things one day and one box at a time and enjoy the time I have left as an unemployed Colorado girl πŸ˜‰

But enough moving and life change talk, let’s talk about spring break instead. Specifically my spring break. I spent most of it in Houston, TX at my aunt and uncle’s house and then a couple days at their lake house a few hours away (along with a side trip to Tulsa the weekend before to find me an apartment and furniture). This was possibly my last family vacation ever and even though it wasn’t always perfect, I tried to soak up every minute (even our way-too-long 18 hour drive home on Saturday) of the trip.

car snacks

Prepping road trip snacks.

Lunch at Whole Foods after a morning of apartment hunting in Tulsa. This WFM was huge, had a great salad bar selection and is a 7 minute drive from my new place!

Lunch at Whole Foods after a morning of apartment hunting in Tulsa. This WFM was huge, had a great salad bar selection and is a 7 minute drive from my new place!

lizard

A cute li’l lizard I foundΒ (you can barely see it, but it’s in the middle, on the fence)Β when I was laying out by the pool.

I could get used to this #poollyfe

I could get used to this #poollyfe

Galveston day trip.

Galveston day trip.

I love my sissy!

I love my sissy!

They had the most colorful parrots at the Moody Gardens rainforest.

They had the most colorful parrots at the Moody Gardens rainforest.

I dressed up for a day that was mostly spent driving to the lake house.

I dressed up for a day that was mostly spent driving to the lake house.

Rain on the window.

Rain on the window.

Doesn't this look so real? It was actual a fake turtle in an exhibit at a national park visitor center.

Doesn’t this look so real? It was actually a fake turtle in an exhibit at a national park visitor center.

Easy and healthy road trip snacks in the car on the way back home. Grapes, carrots and one-ingredient PB.

Easy and healthy road trip snacks in the car on the way back home. Grapes, carrots and one-ingredient PB.

I didn't know the TX panhandle had so many mesas! I absolutely love desert-like terrain.

I didn’t know the TX panhandle had so many mesas! I absolutely love desert-like terrain.

I love vacations, but it feels great to be back in my own bed!

I love vacations, but it feels great to be back in my own bed!

This vacation really challenged me A LOT! I had to deal with 4 really long drives (CO to Tulsa, Tulsa to Houston, Houston to the lake house, the lake house to home) where I was eating on the road (either Chipotle salads or healthy road trip snacks like Larabars and kale chips and carrots) and not getting much movement (I HATE sitting for long periods of time), as well as eating meals at weird times (my aunt and uncle love eating dinner late, so every night we ate after 8:30 pm!) and sometimes skipping meals because I wasn’t hungry, and also not getting any real exercise other than some walking. There were times on the trip I was miserable, because the humidity was messing with my hair and skin and I felt downright ugly and fat. But honestly, it was a nice trip, even though it wasn’t necessarily very relaxing. And when I got home, I was surprised to notice that my body didn’t really change at all during a week of no formal exercise and mostly eating snacks and not a ton of veggies. Of course, it felt great to get back into my daily workout routine and eating normal meals/snacks at regular times but this vacation taught me that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Flexibility is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, a part I’ve been mostly neglecting. Yes, regular exercise and balanced eating are incredibly good for you, but eating at Chipotle twice in one week or taking a break from working out on vacation is normal sometimes, and there’s no reason to beat ourselves up about it. This is hopefully something I can carry into my new life, because there may not always be time for 2 workouts a day or homemade salads for lunch, but I can still be healthy, and that’s what matters.

Do you prefer road trips or flying? How do you fit flexibility into a healthy lifestyle?Β 

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9 thoughts on “From Texas to Tulsa

  1. The one thing I liked about living in Texas were the lizards. They are so cute. Other than that I was miserable. Well, I was 4, so how miserable can you get? I also plan on having a pool in my backyard someday. It’s a goal.

    It’s kinda amazing how your body can just stay the same after maybe some indulging and no exercise. I just took two weeks off and ate a lot of treats over my break and nothing changed at all. It’s kinda amazing. You expect the worst, but you get the best.

    As for road trips versus flying I like flying better because I don’t have to drive then. Haha. But driving is cheaper.

    • Having a pool in your yard is a great goal–it’s one of mine as well, if I end up in Arizona or California like I plan on.

      Our bodies are way smarter than we give them credit for! It’s so cool how we can slack off a little on a healthy lifestyle and our bodies still bounce back. I think having that balance is key, because then there’s no bingeing or restricting and the body can just do its thing.

  2. So happy for you on your first real job Ash! So exciting! And I think this trip came at the perfect time for you! The challenge to go with the flow and be more flexible is probably exactly what you needed to prepare you for how work life will be! You handled it all so well and I know you’ll excel in your new position! πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much! And I have to agree with you, this trip taught me a lot more than I expected it to, so now I think I’m more ready to start working and figure out a new schedule that works with my new lifestyle!

  3. P says:

    Glad you had so much fun! I’ll be making a similar trip to find an apartment soon, except it’ll be after my trip visiting family this month. The WF find near your apartment must be a dream come true, haha!

    • Ah, so fun! Good luck with your apartment hunting adventures. And yes, I’m way too excited about living so close to a WF!

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