Monday, June 06, 2011

237 and Camping Success

This is my summer weekend home:
I'm always working on organizing to get away from the mess! 

Looking out the door from the bed.
It's a Time Out Camper.  It's about 5'x4' when it's folded up and Pete pulls it behind his motorcycle.  When it's folded out it's about 5'x14'.  It's pretty cool to think that we can put all the things that we need for a 2-3 week trip in that camper and on the motorcycles and just go.

We belong to a motorcycle club that id very different than the 'gangs' you see on TV.  Firstly, they allow women to become members.  I'm no one's property and I won't be part of an organization that doesn't allow women.  Secondly, they don't allow any drugs or alcohol.  Motorcyclng is dangerous as it is and I wasn't interested in being around a bunch of people who were drinking and getting on motorcycles next to me.  And the best part is that in this club Pete and I have found many great friends.

The club has many different chapters all over MN and WI.  During the summer each chapter plans and hosts a camping weekend.  It's awesome.  We see all kinds of places in MN, ride all over the state and have fun with these people.  So when I say that the camper is my weekend summer home I really mean it.  I think there are 2, maybe 3, weekends this summer that we aren't spending in the camper.  And I love it.  It relaxes me and chills me out and refreshes me and a whole host of other things.  I love sleeping next to Pete in the outdoors and hearing on the summer sounds of frogs and crickets and animals and seeing the stars and occasionally the lighting show from a passing storm.  I love it when it's warm and the windows stay open and when it's cold and we snuggle under the covers.

This weekend we did things a bit differently.  Usually the host chapter provides all the food, other than one big meal.  Only this means junk.  Candy, popcorn, Ho-Ho's, cookies, fried donuts, sodas, hot dogs, chili...  And in the past Pete and I joined right in.  We'd get up and go out for breakfast at 7 and spend all day eating junk.  Not this year.  I packed a cooler of bags of fresh fruit (THANK YOU COSTCO MEMBERSHIP!) like strawberries, kiwis, blueberries, grapes and watermelon.  I also had bags of shelled pistachios and mini peanut butter pretzels in 1 serving bags.  I had sugar free jello and puddings for Pete and greek yogurt for me.  We stuck to water and put the sugar free flavorings from Target in them.  And when we did go out to eat, Pete and I split meals to save calories and because really we don't need full meals. 

The result?  I lost weight over the weekend.  A pound, but still.  I'm so happy that this worked out. 

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like an awesome group, and great job with the snacks!!!