Vienna was awesome! It's definitely in my top 5! There was so much to see and so much to do - I think I'll continue to go with hubster when he has to go.
On the backend of the visit, I'm pretty happy with the way everything turned out. The scale was up to 257.4 the day we got there, was 261.2 on Monday, and down to 256.6 this morning. I'm calling that a victory.
At the very beginning of the trip, I was fixating on the food and it was just causing me anxiety about the whole thing. Finally, I just gave it up and decided that I would enjoy without going crazy. With the food anxiety I had about the trip, in my mind, all my efforts had turned into a race that I had to win. It's the same song over and over. I **have** to win, but the goal is unreasonable in the circumstance, so I fail, and fail miserably, which in turn causes me to give up. So what happens? I screw myself over even more.
This time was different. I caught myself and realized that this isn't a race, it is a way of life. I was on vacation and there was no reason NOT to enjoy myself, but there was EVERY reason not to screw myself by being a glutton. It wasn't a necessarily deep thought at all, but I actually **understood** it. It really calmed me down.
I had beer several times - nice dark beers - but I had a single beer and that was good. Funny thing, beer is cheaper than both water and soda. Go figger!!! There were also Sacher Tortes. I'd had them here at home, but always found them dry. We passed the Sacher Hotel often, so we went in one day and saw they had these miniature, single person tortes - three bites max. Perfect! I got one, enjoyed it, and that was it. Tried the apple strudel at Cafe Landtmann, but only ate half because it wasn't a WOW! Meals were mostly meat with some sort of potato, dumpling, or sauerkraut. There was always starchy carb left on my plate.
I think the walking helped immensely. And let me tell you, we did some serious walking! I didn't ride in a car for over a week. I had forgotten my walking shoes, so I had to break in a new pair I bought there. That was a little difficult since I got blisters in all sorts of places on my feet, but the bandaids helped a lot.
Here's a little photo of hubster and me at one of the outside restaurants. I'm still self-conscious about photos, but I'm trying to get a grip about it. Besides, I think it's an okay picture.
The day we were at the Belvedere (all the Klimt), I fell on the cobblestones. Here's the result:
|My bruised laig|
It's a pretty impressive bruise. It goes from my ankle to the middle of my knee. I'm gonna look like a real charmer at the renewal ceremony next week!
The other issue I had was water retention. I swear I felt like a water balloon about to burst most of the time we were there. These are my hands today:
These were my hands last week:
They barely look like the same hands!!! I drank as much water as I could, but water didn't seem to plentiful in some places or else it was very expensive - like $4 a 3/4 liter.
One thing I was quite happy to see while we were there was Gustav Klimt's The Kiss.
|The Kiss by Gustav Klimt|
Along with Farm Garden with Sunflowers and The Bride, I was a happy camper:
|Farm Garden with Sunflowers by Gustav Klimt|
|The Bride by Gustav Klimt|
I don't know why I like these so much - it's not usually what I'd like to look at, but there's something about them that just makes me want to look at them. The garden painting is the first Klimt I ever saw, but when I saw his other stuff, I was totally intrigued. Oh - one cool thing. Our hotel was on the same street as Klimt's studio in the early 1900's - Josefstadter Strasse.
Anyway, that's about it for now. It was a great time. Now comes next week. Lots of family and friends and our vow renewal. I think it's gonna be another great time!