An active vacation

I am back from vacation, and it is quite a shock! Going from peaceful, serene Arkansas, to a crazy workday filled with 1,260 emails was quite a shock. Good thing I like a mix of both serenity and activity!

And speaking of activity, Arkansas wasn’t entirely serene. There was a whole lot of walking, hiking, exploring and LOTS of stairs and hills.

Exhibit A (leading to the haunted hotel we toured–so cool!):

Once we got into the hotel, we found that the elevator was broken, so we walked up four more flights of stairs. That’s after dragging my 50-pound suitcase (hey, a girl needs her shoes) up the world’s longest flight of stairs at our non-elevatored hotel. And also after walking the hilly streets of Eureka Springs about 10 times. I definitely got my steps in this week!

And here’s exhibit B. You can’t tell how high we are, but this is my brother, grandpa and me after we hiked about a zillion feet above the highway and river below. My brother kept leaning over and nearly giving me a heart attack.

Even the caves we toured had about 100 stairs each.

I loved all the walking and climbing–and it’s a good thing I did a lot of it. Outside of Eureka Springs, about the only restaurant within driving distance was McDonald’s–and I think we ate there about five times. I never want to see it again.

But let’s end on a positive note. Check out some of the beautiful things I saw this weekend:

The most gorgeous wayside ever:

Flowers–everything is in bloom so early this year, and I LOVE it!

Pretty birds!

Cliffs!

And best yet, a COW IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD. It was epic.

All in all, it was a really nice, restorative trip and I am so glad I got to go and see my grandparents. My grandma is dealing with cancer and it was very good to see her. But also very hard to leave.

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About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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