So over the weekend I started realizing that my patience level was much lower than usual. I just didn't really feel like my cheerful self and couldn't quite put my finger on what was wrong with me. I was edgy and bored yet had no motivation to really do anything. Except cook apparently- suddenly I found myself cooking a turkey, fresh cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes (I didn't cook on Thanksgiving this year). Then I started a huge crock pot of soup for Sunday dinner!
Finally it dawned on me what my problem was- I hadn't worked out properly for 3 weeks! No wonder I was grumpy, exercise makes me feel so much better in so many ways. Luckily we had a drop in soccer clinic to go to Saturday night and I knew that Monday I would get back into my workout routine. So that made me feel a little better.
And today I feel tons better- soccer on Saturday night was really fun. It was just a drop in session (coed indoor) but it was nice to kick the ball around- and my team won 3 games in a row! Yesterday I hit the gym (in my Vibram's) and did my 20 minutes on the stair climber and then kind of went crazy and did a huge strength workout. I made sure I included lots of stretching and abs too. Today I went to beat boxing class, which is always a really good workout. It is amazing how much core work is involved when you punch a bag for an hour. So I am back in the swing of things and couldn't be happier!
I will also incorporate some running this week in a strange way- I have been reading up on some ways to strengthen my feet before really running long distances in my VFF's. Check back in a few days and I will let you know how it goes! It involves carrying my shoes rather than wearing them. I hope nobody tries to have me committed!
I also wanted to share something off of a postcard I bought in Maui that made me smile when I read it:
1. Never judge a day by the weather
2. The best things in life aren't things
3. Tell the truth- there's less to remember
4. Speak softly and wear a loud shirt
5. Goals are deceptive- the unaimed arrow never misses
6. He who dies with the most toys- still dies
7. Age is relative- when you're over the hill, you pick up speed
8. There are 2 ways to be rich- make more or desire less
9. Beauty is internal- looks mean nothing
10. No rain- no rainbows
And last but not least I have several birthdays that I missed throughout the month. I didn't forget, just have been a little bit busy! If you wonder why I bother doing this it is because I want the people in my life to know why they are there! People these days forget to tell their loved ones how important they are to them. And who doesn't want to be appreciated??? So here goes, hopefully I don't miss anyone!
Happy Birthday to Niko (October 28th). My favorite things about him
1. He has the best smile, and even better hugs
2. He has the ability to figure out any video game without any explanation
3. He is very particular. About everything. And stubborn- he knows exactly what he wants
4. He is not shy and will have an elaborate conversation with anyone
5. He is very athletic and coordinated. And oddly strong for a 5 year old
Happy Birthday to my dad (November 1st). My favorite things about him
1. He is very caring, easy going and loving
2. He can fix nearly anything
3. He does not know how to work a computer- nor does he have any desire to
4. He loves camping and every summer when I was a kid that was our vacation- 2 weeks of camping
5. He has a great laugh and a good sense of humor
Happy Birthday to my friend Meredith (November 8th). My favorite things about her
1. She is an amazing teacher and does so much for her students
2. She is fun to work with- Sunday mornings aren't the same without her! And our customers love her.
3. She is easy to talk to and willing to lend a hand or ear anytime I need it
4. She is going to be a fantastic mom in a few months
5. She loves animals, and was a huge help when I brought Casey home from the Humane Society
Happy Birthday to my brother-in-law Gene (November 16th). My favorite things about him
1. He has served our country for 21 years in the military
2. He has a great sense of humor
3. He is a neat freak and always keeps everything very tidy
4. He is very smart and always taking classes to improve himself
5. He keeps a well stocked bar and has a deep love for Coors Light and BBQ's. And he makes the best chicken ever.
Happy Birthday to my friend Scott (November 30th). My favorite things about him
1. He is one of my oldest friends. We met somewhere around 1st grade. His mom was our recess duty.
2. He is a great dad
3. He is very funny and just a bit sarcastic
4. He has a cool job and gets to travel to Japan for 5 months
5. He married his high school sweetheart Sarah and they have been married for 10 years
Whew! I think I am all caught up. Don't forget to tell the people in your life that you are glad they are there! Life is pretty lonely without friends and family in it.
26 November 2010
Friday, November 26th
Total weight (on home scale)- 151.7
***Last weigh in (at the gym)- 152 (11/3)***
Folks, what we have here is a freaking miracle! I guess I have a pretty good grasp on calorie counting, that is all I can say. So there you have it- proof you can go on vacation and not gain weight! Sweet.
I have also started getting questions about my running from people. When is my next race? How was running in Hawaii? Did you run that race while you were there? So here is the deal. I have taken a break from running. The last time I ran was actually October 17th. I did an 8 mile run and it put me over 500 miles since I started running last January. My cardio was great the entire run, however my knee was killing me. And not my usual knee either, but my left knee of all things. And my right achilles also seemed to keep hurting with every run and soccer game. I was falling apart! So I just quietly stopped running and waited for my body to heal.
So to answer all of those questions, I did not run in Hawaii. I swam and hiked a lot though. And I do not have any races on my schedule officially. I will probably do a Christmas fun run and some other small races that pop up in the next few months. The sad news is that I am losing my racing partner Cynthia. At some point in the next month or two she is moving back to Boise (Gene accepted a job there) so I am currently in the market for a new racing buddy. I am trying not to think about that too much though, it makes me really sad that they are moving.
|Cynthia and I about to run our first race together|
I have not yet decided on what training program to follow. I have always used Nike plus, however I am considering getting a Garmin to track my progress instead. If anyone has some suggestions about a great training program or tracking device let me know! Tomorrow I am going to play soccer, then Monday back to the gym! All the crazy snow we had last week threw my workout plans right out the window!!!
25 November 2010
November 19th, 2010
Today is our last day in Maui. As I sit on the balcony and eat my final breakfast while staring at the sun coming up over the ocean I find myself to be happy and sad at the same time. Such a beautiful and peaceful place this has been, the perfect spot for a family vacation. We finished the last of our packing (no small chore!) and loaded up the car and we were off. We checked out around 9am and our flight was at 4:20pm so we had a bit of time to kill. And of course I had a small list of activities to do!
We dropped off our rental car and hauled all of our stuff to the airport. Wow, airport security in Kahului is WAY less stressful than Seattle!!! We got to our boarding gate with plenty of time to spare. We layered up and changed into more appropriate clothing to arrive at home at 11:30pm. The kids had magically decided they loved each other at some point during the day so they insisted on sitting together on the plane. We had them seated in front of us and they did really great. I let them order their own food and drinks and the flight attendants thought they were adorable. One of them asked Niko if he wanted some coffee. He replied "No thank you, I don't drink caffeine!" That kid kills me, and the attendant got a kick out of it as well.
23 November 2010
Today we had two options for our last full day- go out and explore Kihei and check out the beaches down south, or just hang out around Lahaina and be mellow. I was pushing for Kihei but it was clear that Will was not in the mood to venture very far so I gave in and we found a few things to do in the area. We had not yet visited the MauiGrown Coffee, Inc. or the Ka'anapali Estate Coffee Plantation so that was the first thing on our list.
I honestly would move there without hesitation. If I had a spare 4.5 million dollars in my pocket. Oh well, I can dream right??? I could work for the coffee growers and do all my training runs on the plantation. Then I could sit in the backyard and hop in the pool when I got warm. Not that I put too much thought into this little fantasy of mine!
We headed back down to Front Street for some lunch at Cheeseburger in Paradise right down on the water. We poked around in the old Courthouse and did some people watching on our walk down. Lunch was good and the view was great- I have definitely had better cheeseburgers and mai tai’s though! Our waitress was a kick in the pants- if anyone could sell ice to an Eskimo it would be her. She was an upselling maniac!
We headed back to the condo and hopped in the pool for a bit to cool off. Then reality sunk in- it was time to start getting packed up to head home tomorrow! The weather forecast at home has been crazy- there was a wind storm a few days ago that shut off the power in many places and next week there is the possibility for snow!!! Yikes! Regardless of the weather, I am ready to head home. I miss my family, my friends…and THE GYM!!!
22 November 2010
This morning we headed down to one of the local beaches for a swim after breakfast. We hung out for about an hour and a half. Niko refuses to go in the ocean- he just plops down and completely entertains himself the entire time by playing in the sand. Devan had an incident 2 days ago where the wave crashed on her and she went under for a second. She got disoriented and it scared her so now she is really afraid to go back in the water. But she got brave and went out in the water with us a few times today. Luckily my sunburn seems to have gone away- still loving my surf shirt!
The boys came and got us after a few hours and we headed back to the condo. I did a bit of laundry and Devan and I hopped in the pool. I did my 30 minutes of lap swimming again. So to recap, today alone I went in the ocean, washed my hair, went in the pool and then washed my hair again. I guess this is crazy to me because at home I usually go a couple of days between washings (my hair tends to be dry and non greasy). It is getting a lot of attention! And I haven't touched a hair dryer once since we arrived.
I am starting to get a little bit homesick. Until today I wanted to stay here forever and ever. I think the kids are starting to feel the same way, and they miss our dog. I dare not mention his name in front of Devan for fear she may burst into tears. Tomorrow is our last day here, and it will be a mellow one. Hard to believe it is coming to an end, but I think we will all be ready to get back to reality. But it sure is beautiful here.
21 November 2010
Much to Will’s dismay I was still determined to head down the road to Hana. I thought it would be a good idea to get out of the sun for a day (for the sake of my skin) and I really wanted to see for myself if the Hana Highway was the “paradise” I keep reading about. He was a good sport and didn’t argue with me- too much anyways. So I didn’t put a rush on the morning, just let everyone get up and mosey about, eat some breakfast and get packed up for the day. Ideally we should have hit the road around 7:30am but I wasn’t going to push my luck. So I think we headed out the door closer to 9:30am-oh well, better late than never right???
We stopped to gas up the car at a Shell station- to the tune of $3.85 per gallon!!! And that was on the lower end of what we had seen other places. Then off we went on our adventure, starting back in Pa’ia. We wandered through a few gift shops then headed to the Hana Picnic Lunch Company for a sack lunch to eat along the way. You need not worry about starving along the road to Hana however- there are little food stands around every turn! We each got a sandwich, fresh cut pineapple, a bag of chips and a cookie. When we got back to the car I reached for my trusty Maui Revealed guidebook- and it wasn’t in the car. It was on the table back at the condo. Uh oh. Now what?
I am one of those people who plan things, research them and follow all directions so I don’t mess up or miss out on anything. I had reread the section on Hana last night, but there was no way I could remember all the secret spots we were supposed to go find!!! Well, there was only one option at that point so we pulled into the local gas station and grabbed the available tourist books there (the free ones) and I decided we would just wing it. Deep down I was totally pissed off at myself but I didn’t want to ruin the day. This would be fun- what an adventure!!!
We stopped at one of the lookouts a couple of miles in and ended up getting some great advice from the girl working there. After I told her I had left my guidebook at home she gave us a map and circled several key things for us to see, told us what to skip and gave us a great tip. If you see something you like, just stop and check it out! There aren’t really any rules on the road to Hana, except to drive slowly and enjoy the views! So that is what we did, we stopped when he saw something interesting. We saw plenty of waterfalls- Will and Devan hopped in a few times. We bought banana bread at 2 local stands that have the “best” in the world and compared them. Both were good- Devan liked the first one best at Aunty Sandy’s and Will and I liked the one from Halfway to Hana.
|The black sand beach|
|The beach in Hana|
Oh, and since we had lots of time to chat while we were in the car I decided to check Niko’s understanding of extinction and dinosaurs. Here’s how it went. Me “hey Niko, do dinosaurs eat people?” Niko “yes” (not untrue). Me “so where do dinosaurs live?” Niko- completely serious, “the zoo”. Awesome. Guess I need to go back over that one!
And to top it all off? Will told me this was one of his favorite days and that he was glad we went on the trip to Hana. Whew! It really was a beautiful drive as long as you take time to stop and enjoy all the wonderful things that you find on your way to Hana!
|On the beach in Hana. Proof that he still loves me!|
20 November 2010
Today we had a mellow day at the beach planned so we got ourselves all packed up and headed down to Ka’anapali Beach. It was pretty early still so we were able to find a good parking spot and a prime location on the beach. We were on the opposite side of the black rock this time and there was lots of snorkeling going on. There were tons of fish swimming all over just off the shore break so we tried to make use of the waterproof case our friend Mandy was kind enough to let us borrow. I guess it was easiest to take pictures of ourselves LOL! We never ended up renting snorkel gear so we just goofed around with the goggles mostly. Devan and I apparently have an aversion to swimming with fish- we both just pretended they weren't there.
|It was difficult to take the pictures without proper snorkel gear!|
We hung out on the beach for a couple of hours and swam, relaxed and played in the sand. Then we headed down the boardwalk to get some frozen yogurt. It was REALLY far away, much farther than I had figured in my head. We probably walked for close to an hour, and the whole time I was trying to keep the sun off of my chest and neck. I could feel that my sunburn was returning, no matter how much sunscreen I kept applying. My skin is just really sensitive, this happened the last time I was in Hawaii too. At least the kids seem to be immune to the sun- they must have Will’s skin. Which is a good thing because boy oh boy was I uncomfortable!
We went to yogurtland (the kids’ new favorite place) for a cool treat, then I went in search of a swim shirt. I found one at Volcom for $19 and it was the best money I have spent yet. That shirt saved my life and I may just end up wearing it the rest of the trip. It covered the majority of the spot that was getting burned and was really comfortable to wear. I was able to head back out onto the beach and enjoy the rest of the afternoon!
We headed back to the condo after dinner and just relaxed and had a mellow evening which is nice- we don’t always get to have a lot of family time when we are at home. This vacation is just what we needed! Tomorrow- a trip to Hana!