Today I got in the car and left two little monsters at home. I did squeeze in an early three mile run though.


I snapped some pictures in the car.



Crazy multi-colored ice cream place that I need to keep in mind for later.


We had dinner at the Sign of the Mermaid.


It is a kitschy local place in an old house.


They had an interesting imported beer selection. This was a dark German beer that was really good. 


We had clams and muscles in garlic butter broth to start. They were delicious.


We both had salads and J had French Onion soup. He said it was the best French Onion soup he has ever had.


The Lady Wellington for J which is lobster, shrimp, and scallops baked in phyllo dough.


I had shrimp stuffed with spinach and goat cheese.


J and I both give the Sign of the Mermaid two big thumbs up.


After this massive amount of eating, we walked around and explored the area around the hotel.




In honor of the Fitness Friday link-up, how do you stick with your exercise routine and eat healthy while on vacation?

I plan on running most days while we are here because running by the beach is such a treat. We also packed healthy snacks for the car ride and the beach.

Fitness Friday Blog Hop


Are you fit?

Fitness is subjective. Are you fit when you can run a 5K? Run a marathon? Hold a plank for five minutes? Is it a number on the scale?

I started on a journey for fitness and good health after being diagnosed with Graves Disease.
From the Mayo Clinic:

Graves’ disease is an immune system disorder that results in the overproduction of thyroid hormones (hyperthyroidism). While a number of disorders may result in hyperthyroidism, Graves’ disease is the most common cause. 

The only cure is irradiating the thyroid, that typically leads to hypothyroidism, which is then regulated with medication. It generally leads to a life with a slow metabolism and weight fluctuations.

Nearly two years after taking the radioactive iodine, I am lucky to still have some thyroid function. It may even be enough to have a normal metabolism or to stop taking medication for it.

After the diagnoses, I knew that paying extra attention to how I eat and moving everyday would be essential. It has become part of my life and I feel better than I did before.

Fitness for me is not numbers on the scale or pants size. It is the strength I feel after a hard workout. The power I feel after running a distance that would have been impossible a year ago. It really is knowing that you can live with a health setback and it can make you stronger.

How do you define fitness?

Has exercise helped overcome or live with a health issue?

Life As I See It [Fitness, Health and Happiness]