It's fall break. So, I'm taking Evangeline to an indoor water park in Indiana. It's a resort where you stay in the adjacent hotel, play in the water park, eat in the restaurants, and never need to leave the property for the short time you're there.
I love water parks. I always have. It's not nearly as much fun when it's just you and a 5 year-old who's a bit of a scaredy cat. She won't do any of the fun stuff, so I can't do any of the fun stuff. Nonetheless, it is a great place to spend a couple of days.
It does have a lazy river. The lazy river is the only thing that Evangeline and I both think is awesome. Every good water park has a lazy river. I remember Waterworld in Houston when I was a child. It seems enormous now, and maybe it was, or maybe it just looks that way in my memory. The lazy river at Waterworld was not only a ride, but also a means of transportation. It sort of went throughout the whole park and you could enter and exit at different spots. There is also an excellent lazy river at the Phoenix West condos in Orange Beach, Alabama. That changed my perception of what a lazy river should be. I will say that as an adult, a lazy river is not complete without alcoholic beverages. However, at water parks, this is not usually acceptable.
Since I am now close to 370 pounds, floating on top of a tube is quite difficult. Over the past few years as a larger person, I have preferred to put the tube over my head and rest it around my midsection. Then, just lean forward and try to relax while floating around.
Today, that was more of an issue than usual. Today, when I attempted to put a tube over my head for the first time since July, it was a complete disaster. Today, the tube got stuck.
I'm not kidding. The tube got stuck on my belly. Once it's shoved onto you, it's hard to get it back up over your head. So, I had to get into the pool and use the water to help me get the thing back off.
Am I glad no one I know was there to see it? Yes.
Why am I telling you all now? Transparency.
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Yesterday, I had another good food day. I stayed right at 2000 calories. Today, I have not been in my home or my office with all of my easily countable food.
At dinner tonight, I was faced with my oldest friend and mortal enemy, the all-you-can-eat buffet. I didn't have much of a choice. It turns out that on Friday night the restaurant turns into a buffet. That's it. We could get dressed and drive off the resort property, or just try to make good choices at the buffet.
I made good choices, but I still ate more than I should have. I'm at 2800 calories for the day, which is still under my Basal Metabolic Rate. I'm a little disappointed in myself, but not too much. It could have been a lot worse. I could have ate the fried chicken, and the mashed potatoes, and the dessert, and... You know what? I'd better not think about it.