Happy first day of February! I can easily use the word “happy” because I’m sitting here typing this post from our balcony view in Kona, Hawaii (or should I say, “Aloha!”). 🙂 I know, I know, many readers are trapped in the abyss that is winter and snow, but if it helps at all, this our first time here and we’re already so burned we’re making an effort to stay OUT of the sun. [Read: I’m truly Canadian now! Whitest skin in my life –> burning like a lobster in the sun…I’m not in California anymore!] So while it might not be as much “fun in the sun,” we’re having a blast so far.
In my last post, I talked about staying fit while on vacation, so I thought I’d write and let you know if I’m taking my own words of advice or not (can you tell where this is going?). So far, my activity has consisted of:
- Every other day push ups of 100 or more (I’m up to 300 today; my goal is 500!)
- Occasional squats and lunges (when I have done them, I’ve done 100 of each in many sets)
- Getting thrashed by the waves Swimming hard in the ocean and boogie boarding
- Walking EVERYwhere – we didn’t rent a car and would have had more freedom if we did, but it’s working out okay and instead we’re meeting people from our group by walking to and from the place we’re staying – downhill to town, back uphill to our room!
As far as the running department goes, it’s just too hot to run! And I would have been motivated to get up early and go before it’s hot (night time’s less of an option because that’s when we’re normally meeting up with others) but breakfast at the campus we’re staying at starts at 6:15 and ends at 7:00 am, no snacks or extras to grab if it’s missed!
So I’ve been saving early mornings for eating great big bowls of oatmeal with lots of cinnamon, raisins, and some shredded coconut on top. Because of a lack of exercise (at least compared to high intensity workouts), I’ve been trying to watch what we’re eating more, and so far, so good – pretty good. We’re subsiding mainly on snack-ish foods during the day plus a sandwich made at breakfast, and when you’re hungry and out in the sun and all you have is a small sandwich and Gold Fish crackers, it’s hard not to eat too much of the salty, snacky carbs! But our meals are smaller so our plan is to make up with less movement by eating well. We’re going cheap so not much alcohol either, and so far only one frozen yogurt (for which I felt GREAT about getting!).
So…how’d I do? 🙂 Fitness-wise, we’re staying the course; it feels good to stay as healthy as we can while on holidays! Really, it’s about achieving that healthy balance of enjoying treats and resting your body and and keeping up fitness through clean eating and being active. That being said, we’re definitely enjoying lots of lounging around time, strolling versus fast walking, and mid-day naps.
So much easier to “talk the talk” than to “walk” it! But remember – when in doubt about your movement, eat smaller portions. That will help! More than reporting on fitness though, I’m pleased to share that we are fully enjoying this opportunity and grateful for moments spent walking the strip together, planning a hike later in the week, getting to know the bridal party better, and being thankful in the moment. We made it here and we know we’re going back to a full, busy, and cold few months in Calgary, so we’re grateful for time spent on this beautiful island. We’re loving the lava rocks and the hardened flows that form fields leading up to the ocean’s edge; it’s such a contrast from other places we’re been and is so uniquely beautiful! We’re looking forward to what the rest of the week holds and are thankful we have legs to walk, healthy lungs to breathe, and the chance to move and feel good and enjoy life with others regardless of being tan (remember? burnt!) or having abs like we both used to – time to be grateful and relish in God’s goodness today.
…What are you relishing in today, snowy climate or sunny one? And how are you moving today? Any helpful tips for eating in proportion while on vacation? Send ’em my way! Now – I’m off to do another set of 100 push ups, wake Mikey up from his nap, and join our friends. Live well and be well, and thanks for stopping by,