Like Seattle, with more sun. An American version of Berlin. A liberal southern city. An easy-to-access off-the-beaten-path kind of place. And yes, it’s a little weird.
No matter how you describe Austin, there’s just no substitute for experiencing it for yourself.
I needed a physical (and mental) health break after my NPC competition. As a result, I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than in the city of Austin with some of my favorite peeps.
In the list below you’ll find a few of the top activities we undertook while in Texas:
Learn to two-step at The White Horse. This is NOT line dancing. Most importantly, two-stepping is easier. In my opinion, this makes it much more fun. Especially after a round or two of shots.
Austin’s Local Pool
Sunbathe and people gaze at Barton Springs Pool. It’s an Austin classic, having been around since the 1970s and has managed to keep the “stayin’ alive” vibes very much alive.
Brunch at Counter Culture. It’s a vegan restaurant that specializes in soul food and it’s good enough to fool your meat eating friends. I would know because I am all about the protein, but their biscuits and sausage gravy were better than most true blue southern diners. And if you are going meat free, I also loved their raw oatmeal banana split…because life is short and you should eat dessert first.
Embrace your inner artist at the Hope Outdoor Gallery. This downtown park was once designated for condos but the plan was abandoned and now it’s a 3-tiered graffiti wall where street artists of every level go to show off their skills.
I am a huge wimp. I firmly believe that God made man to become doctors to cure people so we can always feel 100%. When a cold comes on, I can’t get NyQuil in my system fast enough. My parents on the other hand are the kind of people who don’t even take a baby aspirin for a headache.
But since I started this crazy fitness routine I figured I should probably toughen up a little. So last week when I started feeling sick, I gave myself a pep talk and decided to “push through it”. After all, in high school I swam doubles even with a cold.
After a week with 9 hours of sleep every night, a perfect diet and even taking one extra rest day, I was still feeling really sick.
As it turns out, I have a pretty severe upper respiratory infection. Yay. Bring on a 10-day round of antibiotics. Also had to take off the next 3 days (doctor’s orders).
Of course, when it rains it pours. I am about to leave for a week-and-a-half work trip around central Florida, which means long days, little sleep, lots of tempting food choices and little to no gym options.
So, I’ll just keep repeating the Serenity prayer (I am a Catholic girl after all) and do my best to get through these next 2 weeks!
“God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things I can, And wisdom to know the difference.”
The most important part, is staying on track with the food choices. Diet is 90% of it. So, as long as I can stick to my diet while being sick and on the road, I’ll be fine.