In order to prepare myself for my very first visit to Texas, I brushed up my lingo. Yep, it’s my first visit to the South. I’ve been to Arizona, Utah, Nevada and Mexico but never to Texas. Honestly I never had a reason. The reason: My cousin Melina! She was getting married. I didn’t want to miss the wedding. After all, I used to babysit Melina when she was a baby. Michael and I booked our flights to Austin.
We got to the airport in style: town car baby! No, we are not normally that fancy but I saw a deal come through Living Social for a town car a few months ago. I bought it for our trip. It was cheaper than cab rides and more convenient than begging friends to drive us.
The wedding was going to be a huge family affair. Besides that my family is pretty big to begin with, but my mom decided we should all fly out a day early to spend time together as a family. My brother Andy and his wife flew into Austin from Philly. My parents flew there from Seattle and Michael and I joined them.
We got to Dallas and had 20 minutes to catch our connecting flight to Austin–which was OF COURSE on the complete opposite side of the monstrous Dallas airport. We were running through the airport Home-Alone-Style and barely made our connection.
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but Michael was born in Louisiana and grew up in Texas. He doesn’t have the accent (or the tight jeans and boots, unfortunately ). We arrived in Austin late and my parents stopped at a random Mexican restaurant for us to pick up some food to-go.
It was tasty Mexican food. I got an enchilada and it came with beans, rice and delicious salsa. The tomatillo sauce on my enchilada was SPICY. I loved it! Michael got some fajitas. We ate our dinner in our hotel room before crashing into bed.
I did not sleep well that first night. A new place, stress from traveling, excitement for the weekend…so when my alarm went off early Friday morning for me to go down and workout in the hotel gym I groaned.
It was 5:15 Oregon time and 7:15 Texas time. Either way it was freakin’ early. I dressed in the dark and headed down to the tiny gym. When I got there the machines were taken (which surprised me). There was one treadmill, bike and elliptical. I warmed up with some weight lifting.
The elliptical freed up and I moved to that. I did the bulk of my workout on the elliptical and it was a good one. I was dripping in sweat and I was really glad I was able to get in a workout before the weekend festivities.
I didn’t have a ton of time to workout but some was better than none! Especially considering the food I knew I would be indulging in all weekend long. For breakfast I grabbed a small bowl of cereal, coffee, fruit, and one of the omelets.
QUESTION: When you travel how do you fit in fitness?
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.