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Six Weeks to Summer Series: Day 13 Home for 36 Hours!

It is Day 13 of this 42-day series on Six Weeks to Summer: A Traveler’s Fitness Plan.

I arrived home close to midnight on Monday night. I am home until noon on Wednesday. 36 hours to unpack, do laundry, go through two weeks of mail, get to hair and nail appointments, pack again, do a radio interview, and get over the 13-hour time difference between Japan and home, while getting ready for an upcoming 6-hour time difference between home and Norway. No time for any downtime due to jet lag, is there?

Ah, it’s great to be home, even if for a short visit. The best part – sleeping in my own bed and having morning coffee on the pool deck. The sad part – the gardenia bushes are all in bloom and they smell fabulous. No, that’s not the sad part. What’s sad is that by the time I arrive back home in 17 days, the blooms will be gone for another year. The flowers in Japan were beautiful so I’m grateful I got to experience the wonderful feeling of spring.

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While enjoying the brief visit with my gardenia bushes, I drank my breakfast outside. Not being home long enough to do any significant cooking, I made smoothies on both mornings: Protein shake mix (made of pea protein), frozen blueberries and strawberries, half a tablespoon of flax oil, a scoop of chia seed and coconut milk. Mmmm, I love these cold, thick shakes! Shaking up the protein powder with water and ice cubes in a plastic shaker cup when staying at a hotel just isn’t the same.

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For lunch, I juiced veggies: Celery, carrots, spinach and avocado with half a lemon and an apple. My one dinner at home consisted of chicken soup which I had in the freezer.

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As for the scale, I am down two pounds. I was hoping for double this over the past two weeks and now I’m really regretting the ice cream sundae I ate on my flight home. Though this marks the first time ever I have disembarked a cruise weighing less than when I got on!

My bags are packed and I’m ready for my next adventure. Bye-bye gardenias!

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