Vacation (but not summer) is Over…and a Guest Post at Picky Eating RD

Good Morning!  I returned from vacation several days ago, and I’ve been busy. I had to cancel my next trip because I didn’t pay attention to the start date of classes (I’m teaching two face-to-face classes this fall), so I will not be spending another week in Santa Monica eating at Planet Raw and walking on the beach. I’m not bitter. Really. It was my own fault—so I’ll just eat the cancelation fees and focus on moving in a couple weeks.

I’m adding more classes all the time—just went from 2 to 3, and will add 2 more on the 24th and the last 3 (I hope) on the 29th.  What does that add up to, 8 or something?   It was nice knowin’ all of you 🙂

Honestly, things are changing a lot around here, and I need to reorganize my professional life—I’m not going to talk about it yet because I don’t know exactly what is going to happen here, but things are veering in a very specific direction!

I would love to chat about bone density and menopause today (I know, thrilling!), but I have a lot to do…so I’m going to leave you with a few pictures from vacation and send you to Allison’s blog at Picky Eating RD to read a guest post I wrote for her while she was on vacation!


My first memory of the Buzz Lightyear ride is from 13 years ago when I went to Disney as a babysitter...the 8 year-old boy loved it so much we went on it 4 times in a row. There's just something for boys about shooting things (that I don't really have...but it's still fun to watch them love it so much)
This is usually what I feel like after vacation, but the food at Disney is so terrible that I lived mostly on Vega Shake and Go smoothies, random veggies, and wine...(two acceptable places that were on the beaten path and kid/pizza friendly were Sanaa at Animal Kingdom Lodge and Wolfgang Puck at Downtown Disney). P.s. This pic is from Sea World.
This was the view from our balcony. So all of the early mornings when I was out there doing work I had friends to keep me company (Disney needs to work on their internet access....I could just barely reach the ethernet cable out the door)
I know. The next two are blurry. We're just horrible photographers.
This is as good as it least we have the memories in our heads!
Matthew had pizza for almost every meal. Except he got a cheeseburger once, and he also wanted crab cakes once. But he wanted pizza with them.

21 thoughts on “Vacation (but not summer) is Over…and a Guest Post at Picky Eating RD”

  1. I love the animal pics! I would love to hear your professional plans… I’m feeling like I need some direction myself these days. Good luck!

  2. Can’t wait to hear where your professional life is headed. Vacation looks fun. My kids could eat pizza for every meal without a complaint!  I can’t believe Buzz Lightyear is 13+ years old already. Man that makes me feel old. 🙂

  3. Love your “crowding out” approach to good nutrition. I use it myself, only don’t have a name for it, lol.

    I’ve always suggested to women in the gym (I’m a personal trainer) that women who want to lose weight fill up on veggies and salads. (Of course, it never occurred to me that people may not LIKE veggies.)

    Years ago, I competed in bodybuilding. When leaning out, you have to deal with low-carb days, which generally meant few “starchy carbs”–eg, yams, oatmeal, corn, brown rice–on those days. So I’d fill my plate with veggies (fewer carbs than the starchy varieties). The habit survived.

    I think if you don’t like a vegetable like broccoli, you just haven’t found a way to prepare it to your liking. And you just need to experiment a little. (I love to roast it with olive oil, sometimes adding halved cherry tomatoes and sliced red onion; othertimes, with sliced carrots. Sprinkle with sea salt before serving, if you like.) 

    Your smoothie approach is similar. I’ll be trying your recipes, thanks! Pleasure is so important when it comes to “diet.”

  4. Sorry to hear you had to cancel your next trip. Looks like this one was a blast though… the little giraffe outside your balcony must have been so much fun, bad internet connection and all!

  5. i’m sooo glad you got away to disney. i love the photos, yes, even the blurry ones. because you can tell that you’re all having a lot of fun, anyway! that is way too funny about matthew having pizza so much – but, that’s one of the most fun parts of vacation when you’re little!
    wow, you’ve got exciting stuff coming up, with the move and new classes. i love how you keep an open mind, lisa – for example, with your trip cancellation. you see the big picture and i really appreciate that about you! can’t wait to hear more about how life is changing up for you!

  6. Sorry about having to cancel your upcoming trip, but I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to Disney!  Looks like you guys had a ton of fun.  Love the view off your balcony!  🙂

  7. Great vaca pictures! I’m sorry that you had to cancel you’re trip! 🙁 What a bummer but it sounds like you have a lot to look forward to and keep you busy! Can’t wait to here what’s down the road for you! 

  8. This is a great post. Glad you had a good vacation. I had short little one myself last week. I am hoping to squeeze one more in. I hear you on the teaching classes and scheduling. I used to do a lot of teaching a few years ago and had to skip some events due to schedules. However it was all worth it.

  9. Gina (Candid RD)

    haha, yep, that sounds about right, pizza everyday when on vacation as a child!!  Either pizza or chicken fingers for me 🙂
    Glad you enjoyed your vacation!!  I want to go to Disney World again.  It’s been WAY too long!  I’m excited to have kids just for that reason.  haha, seriously…

  10. Woah that is a lot of classes!! Do you teach the online classes at the same school you teach the face-to-face classes!! That is too funny about the buzz lightyear ride! I took my little brother when he was around the same age and we seriously spent half the day just riding the buzz lightyear ride. It was like the rest of the park didn’t even exist!!

  11. I teach online for 5 schools, and have a couple face-to-face classes at one of those…It’s a little confusing at times 🙂
    Buzz Lightyear must be a universal favorite for young boys! We definitely were going to go on it again later in the day, but the wait was 90 minutes…even Matthew knew that was a long freakin’ time!

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