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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I met San Diego John in San Diego

I met flamingos at San Diego sea world

I ate cactus fries and rattlesnake in Sedona

I went on a helicopter over the grand canyon

and I saw it from the ground

I got my kicks on route 66

I made jaws drop in Las Vegas

and no Vegas adventure is complete without meeting Elvis

  
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JSTETSER 1/26/2013 6:31AM

    Come back when you have time to hike the Grand Canyon. It is beautiful. Vegas is fun. Glad you are having such a great time!

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STODD251 1/25/2013 3:24PM

    Seems like a fun trip!

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GIANTOCR1 1/25/2013 7:31AM

    Love the picture blog. And I can see why jaws dropped in Vegas. You are HOT in that dress. Very sexy.. emoticon

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WE_PA_FIT 1/25/2013 7:25AM

    what an awesome adventure! love it !

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LIBBYL1 1/24/2013 11:39PM

  gorgeous happy pics!

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RUNNER12COM 1/24/2013 9:02PM

    You are fabulous, my friend, and I'm SO glad we got to meet in person!

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PEARL10 1/24/2013 3:37PM

    Love to do route 66 on a motorbike


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CARLA-216 1/24/2013 1:46PM

    I love the photos and that you're having such a fab time!



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LYNSEY723 1/24/2013 11:32AM

    You look amazing in your Vegas dress!! It looks like you are having so much fun. I'm so happy for you!

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MAGGIE805 1/24/2013 9:39AM

    Awesome! Looks like you had a good time. :)

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HEAT7918 1/24/2013 6:15AM

    Great pics! I still want to go to the Grand Canyon and Arizona... I've lived in Ohio for all 30+ years of my life and haven't made it to those places yet. :)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/24/2013 5:55AM

    Looks like you are having the time of your life! Way to ROCK your dress! You look wonderful!

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PATSYB7 1/24/2013 5:24AM

    Glad you're having a wonderful time! emoticon

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KATRINAKRAUT 1/23/2013 11:24PM

    Great little black dress! Glad you are having fun in the states. My son just returned from 6 months studying at University of Aukland! He loved it there and had great fun with his kiwi roommates. He ended his stay with a couple of weeks surfing in Raglan and doing the caves in Waitomo. He did say it was expensive there and he probably never wants to eat another lamb burger in his life...but he loved your country. Good trip!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 1/23/2013 10:21PM

    I love Route 66. I ran a half in Tulsa that was partially on it. The Williams Route 66 Marathon. If you run, you ought to check into it.

Of course it wouldn't be a trivial thing for you I suppose.

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Still in the USA

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hi all, just a quick check in. I'm alive and well. Since we last talked I have been to
- San Diego, California (met San Diego John, he is such an awesome and fun guy!)
- Scottsdale, Arizona
- Sedona, Arizona (off road jeep riding, so fun!)
- Grand Canyon
- Las Vegas, Nevada

And now I am sitting in LAX waiting for my friends flight to arrive from London. I have been in the USA for 2 weeks now, and I have another 5 days left. I have had the most amazing times and seen amazing things. Vegas was so, so fun, I danced until 4am 2 days in a row. I loved it and didn't want to leave! I would go there again in a heart beat. The grand canyon was amazing, I did a helicopter flight over the canyon and it was indescribable. I feel so lucky that I am able to do this trip and to see and do so much!

I have done so much shopping that it isn't even funny. Clothes and shoes here are so cheap, and then I discovered Ross (OMG Ross!) and I just went a little mental. $15 Calvin Klein pants, nuff said. I got a pair of sketchers shoes for $30, and they are $130 in NZ! I ended up buying a carry on bag, and it is full of nothing but new clothes, and my suitcase is full. I will never need to clothes shop again!

A quick weight update: my clothes still fit fine, but I'm feeling a little flabby, probably from a lack of ST. I'm getting plenty of exercise with all the walking (and dancing) I'm doing, but ST is missing in a big way. I was weighed for the helicopter flight and I was 146lb fully dressed, so 143lb without clothes etc (approx). All scales are of course different, but since that is less that what I weighed when I got here I think that I have probably maintained my weight since being here.

So that's what I have been up to. Will try and upload a photo blog right after i post this just in case anyone is interested in seeing pictures of me in different locations.

I miss SP, will be back to it in a week!

  
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CARLA-216 1/24/2013 1:44PM

    It all sounds so very awesome and fun! Too funny about the clothes shopping. Hey, why not if it will save you so much money in the end!

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LYNSEY723 1/24/2013 11:32AM

    I am so thrilled you are enjoying your trip so much! I am still so sad that I was sick while you were in town.... I will have to come out and see you sometime!! :)

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MAGGIE805 1/24/2013 9:42AM

    Sounds like fun! Yes, Ross is pretty amazing. I could into a lot of trouble there ;)

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HEAT7918 1/24/2013 6:13AM

    What an amazing trip!

I love Vegas too (& dancing until 4am!) - I will be going there in April.

The United States needs to offer more vacation / holiday time!!

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MARINEMAMA 1/24/2013 5:10AM

    Sounds like you are having such fun! emoticon

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APED7969 1/24/2013 2:24AM

    The shopping is great isn't it?! :-) Glad to hear you're having so much fun!

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LIVEDAILY 1/23/2013 10:33PM

    You've probably seen more of the West Coast than most Americans will see in their lifetimes!
I'm glad you got to see it! I'm glad you are having a grand time!! ANY time an opportunity like this presents itself, you should go for it! Life's too short. What are you going to do the last 5 days? Buy more clothes??
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I'm teasing!! That's great that you found bargains!! Ross is known for that. My sister always finds treasures there!!

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How I'm doing after a week

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Hi all. Finally have a moment to sit down and breathe after a hectic week. I spent 4.5 days in the amazing city of San Francisco, followed by 1.5 days in Seattle. Yeah, San Fran is a hard act to follow and I'm sorry to say that I wasnt that impressed with Seattle. I did the usual touristy stuff and then it was lunch time, lol. All part of the experience though and I'm glad I went and gave it a go.

I'm currently at Seattle airport waiting for my plane to LA where I meet my tour tomorrow morning. Traveling alone has been so much fun, but I'm keen to see what the tour is like.

Right, this is a weight loss website, so let's talk about weight loss and traveling. So far I havent noticed much of a change. My belly is a little rounder than normal, and i feel a little pudgy and sort, but my clothes all fit fine so I guess I am carrying some water. I have been trying to be smart about what I eat in an effort to maintain my weight.

- Most mornings I have had a good breakfast, then a good lunch, then I splurge a bit for dinner.
- I try to make one snack a fruit snack(as I type this I am munching on a locally grown apple that I got at pike place), and the other can be a bit junky.
- I always get the smallest size of anything. If I want a cookie or a donut I see if they do a small size. They usually do, to be sold by the dozen, but I have found that if I ask I can usually just buy one. It is more expensive , but worth it.
- if I can't get the small size then I don't eat the whole thing. Portion control is the key!
- all I drink is water, and if I am drinking alcohol I have a vodka and diet coke to keep my calories as low as I can

Also, I have been walking everywhere. In San Fran I was walking for at least 2 hours, if not more, every day. Once day we were walking for over 5 hours. I barely used public transport because I got to see more of the city if I used my feet. While it doesn't burn mega calories it does help. I did have plans to do push ups every 2 days, but so far I have only done them once... Will try to do them more often from now on!

I think I am getting a good balance of maintaining my healthy lifestyle and experiencing a new country.

I am hoping to get home and find that I ave maintained, or only gained a small amount. Flying makes me retain water, so I won't weigh until probably the saturday after I get back.

  
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CARLA-216 1/16/2013 10:10AM

    You're doing everything I say I'll do when on holiday but only ever do about half. You rock!

Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

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COLETTEISGREAT 1/16/2013 9:36AM

    Glad you're enjoying your trip!

PS: Vodka does not go with coke! Vodka with fruit favoured drinks; Rum or Rye with coke!

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LIVEDAILY 1/15/2013 10:52PM

    I think you are doing really good!! You have a plan, and you're sticking with it pretty much. That should tell you that you've made a lifestyle change, and it doesn't matter that you are on vacation, you're still making good choices!Have a grand time in LA!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/15/2013 8:18PM

    Sounds like you are doing well! You would be surprised just home many calories walking burns (especially all the hills in SF!) Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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LYNSEY723 1/15/2013 7:03PM

    I'm glad you enjoyed San Fran! Sorry Seattle was a bust. And I feel soooo horrible that I was unable to meet up with you. Even if I'd had the energy, I wouldn't have wanted to get you sick!!

I can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip!

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san fran and yosemite

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Popping in. Did Alcatraz and fishermans wharf yesterday and Yosemite today. Yosemite was a spur of the moment thing and I am so glad I did it!






  
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ADARKARA 1/14/2013 9:54AM

    I want to see Yosemite so badly! You look so happy!

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CARLA-216 1/14/2013 9:46AM

    Totally awesome! Thanks for sharing pics from the road!

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LIVEDAILY 1/13/2013 11:21PM

    Wonderful!! On to Los Angeles soon??

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DRAGONCHILDE 1/13/2013 8:06PM

    Alcatraz is amazing, isn't it? Definitely the highlight of my trip. I wanted to do Yosemite, but ran out of time! Next time for sure!

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LAUROCHKA 1/13/2013 9:10AM

    Looks beautful! Lxx

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/13/2013 7:48AM

    Looks like you are having a great trip! Looks beautiful, and you look so happy and empowered! (Not sure I would be brave enough to travel to another country on my own.) Hope you are meeting nice people and enjoying our country. (You are seeing more of it than I have, and I've lived here 34 years!)


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JSTETSER 1/13/2013 5:49AM

    Looks like you're having the time of your life. Enjoy every minute of it!
http://www.sparkpeople.com/m
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MARINEMAMA 1/13/2013 5:24AM

    Looks like fun! You look amazing!

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 1/13/2013 3:59AM

    Great photos!!

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san fran is amazing

Friday, January 11, 2013

Just a few pictures of my first 2 days

  
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JSTETSER 1/12/2013 6:49AM

    Thanks for posting the photos and taking us with you on your travels.
Stay on the postive path! I've been working the Spark Program for a year, and I'm amazed at the changes in my life. Read my blog!
http://www.sparkpeople.com
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LIBBYL1 1/11/2013 11:33PM

  What happy happy pics! Enjoy

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 1/11/2013 7:54PM

    Looks like you are having a great time! I live in the US and have never been to San Fran!

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CATLADY52 1/11/2013 6:33PM

    I'm glad you are enjoying your trip. San Francisco is a unique city. We used to say that you could eat out at a different restraunt every night and in a year there were sixty new ones to try. Enjoy! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 1/11/2013 12:09PM

    Wonderful pictures!! Thanks for sharing!
If you can, visit Alcatraz and Fisherman's Wharf...catch a fish!!
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JJAQUES41 1/11/2013 11:52AM

    Great photos, hope to visit there someday too!

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JACKIE542 1/11/2013 11:37AM

    What fun, thank you for the pictures. emoticon

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DRAGONCHILDE 1/11/2013 11:22AM

    I love San Francisco so much. I work for a company based in Berkeley, and in 2010 I got to visit! I truly fell in love. Recommendation: Take the Alcatraz ferry if you can. The island is SO beautiful, and it was really the highlight of my trip. There's also a cool aquarium on Fisherman's Wharf.

There are so many great restaurants in the Bay area, and California is very health conscious, so it's actually pretty easy to mind your waistline. I ate better there than I do at home!

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CARLA-216 1/11/2013 11:18AM

    Beautiful! I'm so glad you're snapping lots of photos!

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