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Everything in life's a risk (and some vacation pics)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

I spent my last morning in Hawaii going for barefoot run/walk intervals at sunrise along the beach. Apparently a few deep thoughts crept in there as well!

So yes, as I was running along, I realized that everything in life is a risk. I could step on something and hurt myself. I could be stung by a man o' war or a jellyfish (thankfully never saw either, but they do have them).

The surf was high, so sometimes I had to run thru it. And sometimes I got a bit wet running thru the surf.

And then I realized if I just stopped and faced the waves head on, I wouldn't get splashed. Just like most of the time when we face our fears head on instead of trying to run away from them, we find out they're really not that bad after all.

Like I could go away for 10 days in Paradise (with a capital P!), eat most (but not all) of what I wanted, and probably not gain all that much. I wouldn't be surprised to find I gained something, but my jeans still fit and I don't regret a single thing I ate.

Not being guilty is such a big key! I found I felt guilty more when I was presented with rich food and very few healthy choices -- when I had no control. When I chose to eat something rich, I savored it and I was ok with it.

One spark buddy blogged about how she got thru last year's holidays and still lost weight. She wrote about the 3 bite rule: how she can have whatever she wants, but all she needs is 3 bites.

I am not quite that advanced, but I, too, employ the 3 bites rule, only mine goes like this: leave 3 bites on your plate. That I can, and did, do.

Surfer guy knew to hit the waves head-on, too.

And sometimes when you face your fears head-on, your boat comes in too.

Corny, I know, but I couldn't resist. We were right by where the cruise ships docked. Five years ago that was us -- at that very same harbor. Life can be very strange at times.

It definitely was one of the best vacations of my life. But then I've been very lucky in my life, and I've been able to travel to many amazing places. I truly don't think I've ever had a bad vacation.

I would probably have told you that my last vacation in Hawaii, 5 years ago, was one of my best vacations. And that time I was suffering from some female problems, and was in quite a bit of pain for at least half the trip, and didn't swim a single time.

And yet I had a great time. But at the same time, I feel like I've been given a do-over. I swam almost every day (and loved every minute of it). The weather was glorious. I think we got 15 minutes of rain the entire time, altho there was a downside to that -- we didn't see a single rainbow. Not one. Our first trip rainbows were almost a daily experience.

There will be many more photos to come. This one I just liked the reflection of the sky in the water.

Oh sure, there were a few little frustrations. Being slowed down by DH at times. Not being able to explore on my own as much as I would've liked to. But the good way outweighed the bad. And at least for now, I've brought that feeling of being at peace back with me, for however long it will last.

It is a very long trip -- basically 24 hours -- and I'm very tired. And those tropical breezes are gone. But I'm smiling a lot. It was a wonderful vacation, but it's good to be home too. And it will be good to be reunited with the dogs later today, too, even if they're a lot of work. And of course I've got to do some grocery shopping today since there's very little food in the house at present.

Fear still holds me back from a lot. I know that. I recognize it. It's something I continually have to work on, and having a pictorial reminder of that ain't bad. Do you face your fears head on?

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KARBIE18 11/20/2010 12:14PM

    So glad you got your do-over! What an amazing trip! I am so happy for you, and enjoy hearing about your adventures. Love the pitures!

Welcome back,

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KEAKMAN 11/19/2010 9:52AM

    Like you, I have learned that the only way to face my fears is head on. If I duck and try to avoid them, they just grow and grow. Sure, sometimes the process is painful. Or scary. Or goes all awry. But so far, nothing in my life has been as bad as I thought it would be (hooray for a vivid imagination!) And I have lived through each fear that I have conquered.

Thank you for reminding me of these things!

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ALYFITN 11/18/2010 8:38PM

    Welcome home! I love your vacation photos!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEYRED221 11/18/2010 6:55PM

    Great photos - looks like it was a wonderful place!

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DEE797 11/18/2010 1:32PM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Love the pictures also.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 11/18/2010 12:39PM

    judy! How wonderful a blog you wrote today. So glad i got to read it.
What a lovely trip you had.
:) Jeanne

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BECKY49 11/18/2010 10:07AM

    I am like you, I don't recall a single bad vacation. We were in Hawaii on our 25 wedding anniversary during 9/11. We were concerned, but we enjoyed it none the less. In life remember, if life gives you lemons...make lemonade (sugar free of course).

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/18/2010 9:32AM

    Lovely blog, and welcome back! I'm so glad the trip was satisfying on so many levels.

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NATPLUMMER 11/18/2010 9:25AM

    It sounds like you had a fabulous time and got some great pictures. You're right, not being guilty is a big key. I'm like you, I feel more guilty when I have no choice. I will have to employ the 3 bite rule (either one, we'll see which one I can do) this Thanksgiving.
Some fears I can face head one and some I avoid. I will try to do less avoiding and more facing in the future. You have inspired me!

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B3Y0NDM3 11/18/2010 9:21AM

    Beautiful pictures - and wonderful lessons to go along with them! Thank you for sharing!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/18/2010 9:20AM

    Glad you are back and had a great time. Great pics too. And you are so right about facing fears head on - we should all reflect on what fears us the most and look fear right in the eye. Fear is what we overcome on our way to SUCCESS. Looking forward to seeing more pics from your tropical island paradise vacation. And yes, Thanksgiving is really a week away. I am going to use the 3-bite rule you mentioned, fantastic idea. Hope your day is filled with sunshine, spread it around.
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Apparently Johnny Depp is a nice guy

Monday, November 15, 2010

Which has absolutely nothing to do with weight loss or healthy living, just a little factoid we actually got from our guide on our photo tour.

He had a friend who worked as a grip on the 4th Pirates movie, which was wrapped here a few months ago. And his friend went out to smoke a cigarette, and there was Johnny Depp smoking too (bad Johnny!). So they were chatting, and his friend said how weird it was, cause they were having a normal conversation and Johnny was in his Cpt. Sparrow costume.

So anyway, apparently a producer got wind of it and fired his friend on the spot, cause they'd been told in no uncertain terms not to talk to the talent. But then Johnny got wind of it, and got him rehired, said he was keeping him company and HE was allowed to talk to him (Johnny).

So gorgeous, talented, AND nice. A triple threat.

The tour, btw, was billed as "light" hiking. Light hiking my foot! The trails were steep, narrow, and slippery. But worth it!

The frustrating part is that DH has been basically out of commision since then (tired, stomach bothering him today), so we've just relaxed the last couple of days. There's nothing wrong with relaxing, of course, but it's frustrating. I can't even really go out on my own if I wanted to, since it cost another $12 per day for me to drive the car (and it already costs $15 per day to park the damn thing!) so we didn't do it and I can't drive.

Tomorrow our flight isn't until 9 pm, so I'm hoping we get to do tomorrow what we'd planned to do today.

The weather has been gorgeous. Much nicer than the last time we were here -- the only downside being that we haven't seen a single rainbow where last time it was almost a daily event.

A couple of days ago we drove down to a town called Hanapepe, which was having an craft store stroll. They had a vegetarian cafe we were going to eat til we saw the prices. But we did have dessert there -- the brownies -- and OMG they were awesome. Actually, we both got dessert (usually we share) so that we could taste 2 desserts. I only ate half of the brownies (they were humongous) and still have the rest in the fridge a few days later.
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Yesterday I wasn't very hungry for dinner -- had a late lunch of fish quesadillas (also awesome), which were very filling. I don't think I've had anything other than fish in one form or another for dinner since we've been here -- so I had the salad bar, and fruit (finally some fresh fruit!) for dessert.

And that is usually how I try to handle vacations -- balance. Big lunch? Light dinner. Rich dessert? Probably had a light dinner beforehand. Big breakfast (like today, a large vegetarian omelette with wheat toast) -- no lunch, just some snacks (the breakfast was also a bit later than usual for me, plus I did my long run this morning and swam later on).

It's all about the balance. Which is a heck of a lot easier to do when you're not the one actually having to cook for a change.

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MZSLYDE01 11/17/2010 12:44PM

    Ya - I love Johnny - MMMMMMMMMMMMM

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PALMTREEGIRL1 11/17/2010 9:14AM

    I would kill to see Johnny Depp! I realize you did not see him, but it would be cool. I did see Jim Neighbors at our Kona hotel years ago. Way cool. Have fun and a safe journey home!

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DEE797 11/16/2010 7:28PM

    I like JD as well. Glad to hear he is an all-around guy. Sorry your dh isn't feeling well. Hope he feels better soon. Have a safe flight home.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/16/2010 8:15AM

    What kind of rule is that, no talking to the talent? So glad to hear JD made it right, though.
Yes, balance is what it's about. Sometimes it's easier said than done, but it sounds to me like you have it knocked. Enjoy what's left of your days in paradise.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/16/2010 8:07AM

    OOoh Johnny Depp is soooo dreamy. I heard he bought coats for his entire film crew on a movie set. Glad he's a down to earth kinda guy. Sorry the DH is not feeling well, especially on vacation. Hope you can enjoy the rest of your vacation. Have a safe journey home.

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KEAKMAN 11/16/2010 12:17AM

    Sounds like you are doing well, in spite of the setbacks. And to hear a Johnny Depp story, well, that is even better!

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SILENTPAWZ 11/15/2010 8:26PM

    I've been a huge JD fan for years, and yes, by all accounts he's a terrific guy! Gorgeous and talented, but yet very humble and down to earth. I wish there were more like him in the world. :-)

I hope your hubby feels better soon!

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NATPLUMMER 11/15/2010 7:54PM

    I'm glad to hear the Johnny Depp is a nice person. I've had a crush on him since 21 Jump Street and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
I hope you do get out and do tomorrow what you planning to do today.
Balance is definitely what needs to happen. A tradeoff between something decadent and something healthy. It keeps you sane, I think.
Have a good flight back!

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EOSTAR_45 11/15/2010 7:43PM

    Triple threat indeed! I DO like Johnny Depp--A LOT:-) plus he can actually act and is so diverse in the roles he chooses.

You are so hitting on the nail on the head--balance is key. Perhaps THE KEY even.

Hope you get to get out and walk and sight-see tomorrow. Enjoy!!

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DAYHIKER 11/15/2010 7:29PM

    Ow! I'm sorry your hubby is out of commission and you're kind of grounded. I hope tomorrow is better! Good job on the balancing act--ya gotta live it up a little!!


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DAIZYSTARLITE 11/15/2010 7:11PM

    cool story...

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Letting go of the guilt

Thursday, November 11, 2010

I try hard to savor my food, and to not feel guilty about what I eat. I know that stress can actually cause weight gain. But sometimes it's hard to let go of the guilt, for eating not so well -- due to circumstances -- even when you know you're doing the best that you can.

We had 3 "receptions" and 1 banquet for my husband's conference. The first reception wasn't so bad, there was sushi and this delicious salsa-filled avocado appetizer (basically, they've been a bunch of appetizers at each except for the banquet).

The next 2 were challenges. The first, as I've blogged, barely had any veggies available at all, if I hadn't piled my plate high with the broccoli garnish. Almost everything was high fat, either fried or with a cream source, even salmon en croute -- taking healthy salmon and making it a nutritional bombshell. Of course you could not eat the pastry -- and I didn't eat it all.

The second night there really wasn't a vegetable in sight. Luckily I'd had a nice salad for lunch. And both of those receptions didn't have desserts, either. Oh, and fresh fruit never did make an appearance at any breakfast -- altho there were vegan muffins one morning and I did try those!

The banquet yesterday wasn't so bad. No appetizers, surprisingly. A salad. A very small amount of veggies with dinnerk, which was mahi mahi (but nut encrusted with some sort of cream sauce). And cheesecake for dessert.

The food has been good, just extremely rich. Mostly I've made sure to have somewhat healthy breakfasts & lunches. And I've swum every day, done yoga every day, weight trained a couple of times and run a couple of times (planning another run tomorrow, but we'll see if the weather -- which so far has been great -- cooperates).

I wore my silver dress last night. Yes, we took photos, but I don't geta whole lot of time on the computer so it'll have to wait til I get home. This afternoon I was still in my workout clothes when DH got back (last day of meetings for him!) and he said this is gonna sound weird, but you look really good in those (short shorts). Well, yeah, it sounds weird & I still have trouble with compliments and I'm sure I've gained some weight, but I'll still take it.

We've booked a photo tour for Saturday, and wanted to do a boat tour of the Na Pali coast but that just wasn't meant to be -- wrong time of year for it, not enough time, yadda yadda. At least we got to see it from our cruise ship last time we were here (the same cruise ship that's docked near us today). Talk about a weird deja vu!

Yesterday I found myself just suddenly meditating in the mornihng, something I've haven't done in a long while. I've listened to guided mediations a lot, but haven't just sat down on my own. Didn't plan it, just sort of happened. And then I realized that since the cover for my kindle has a built in light, I could go out on the lanai in the evening (or morning before sunrise) and read! We don't face the beach, but you can still hear the waves crashing and it's very peaceful.

I have to remind myself some more WWMSBD? How would they let the guilt go? How would they manage to eat healthy despite the circumstances? Where there's a will, there's a way.

Amd of course, if this is the worst of my problems (other than getting my car appraised when I get home), then I am a very lucky girl.

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DDHEART 11/12/2010 12:01PM

    You're doing great since you're balancing exercise with the eating...you can only do what you can in the circumstances....I'm still envious...we drive over to St Paul on Saturday and it sounds as though we drive right into winter...6-8 inches of snow expected there with temp maxing in the low 30's....Enjoy what you've got there and remember you'll soon be home back to normal routine!

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HEYRED221 11/12/2010 11:36AM

    Sounds like you are doing just fine. Enjoy!

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SKFEREBEE 11/12/2010 10:19AM

    You're doing the best you can with what you've got and having regular workouts while there is awesome! Listening to waves is so peaceful. Enjoy the rest of your time there. Soak it all in!

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TEMPEST272002 11/12/2010 9:28AM

    Yes, you are a lucky girl. I think it's important not to go crazy with food on holiday - but it's alright to relax a little bit. Hubby thinks you look hot in short shorts. Focus on that & work off those extra calories with vacation sex!

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NATPLUMMER 11/12/2010 9:13AM

    You have been doing a great job of navigating the nutritional bombshells. You're doing plenty of exercise. It sounds like a fabulous vacation.

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KEAKMAN 11/12/2010 8:25AM

    Sounds to me like you are doing a FANTASTIC job in spite of all the obstacles! WAY TO GO JUDY! And I love how you are finding ways to get in plenty of exercise. This whole experience MUST be relaxing for you since meditation came so easily....I am very glad for you to have this vacation....now if I could just see the pics!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/12/2010 8:20AM

    I think you're doing fine! And it sounds like DH is as uncomfortable giving compliments as you are receiving them. You both need to get over it. LOL. emoticon

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SHEILA1505 11/12/2010 1:01AM

    Well this SB would have been seriously challenged but I might have pulled the salmon out of its croute and gone to a local shop/market for fresh supplies for my room so I could top up any gaps that way.

I don't think you have any reason to feel guilt - I am sure you watched your step with portion control and you certainly did a variety of exercise and stress-relief - I think you're going to surprise yourself at WI - but please leave it for a good few days after you fly back cos of flight water retention etc :))

Big hugs

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Delusions of grandeur

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

DH decided not to take his laptop to his evening session, and I actually have a blog in mind, so here I am.

Another beautiful day in paradise. We've gotten very lucky with the weather so far -- apparently there was quite a bit of rain the week before we got here. It still usually rains at least once a day, but in general, it's been very nice -- ESPECIALLY considering they had snow in Albany today! More than an inch! I am quite happy to have missed that, since it wasn't forecast and I would've missed my morning swim.

I actually did miss my morning swim here, but only because I chose to run instead and we had a tour in the afternoon so no time.

But as I people watched around the pool yesterday, I thought that I was actually one of the thinner women there. Yes, I'm sorry, I still do compare myself. Oh sure, there were a few babes in bikinis, but I felt good about myself and my body. Delusions of grandeur, perhaps. I'm sure I wouldn't feel as good about the pictures; I so rarely do -- they just don't show me what I see when I look in the mirror.

But after weeks of seeing the anorexic-looking soccer team girls as I'm dressing after my morning swims, I looked around me and thought: you know what? I'm not that much heavier than most of the women wearing bikinis. Most of them don't have perfect, leggy bodies, either.

It's given me renewed ambition to reach my GW. It wasn't that far away when I left, and even tho I'm sure I'm going to gain something while away, I know how to take it back off when I get home (even with Thanksgiving in there). I CAN do it. I want to DO it.

Because if I can get to my GW by next year, and if we go to the conference in Miami, I just might buy myself a bikini.

I was beginning to see some definition in my arms before I left. Eating has been a bit of a challenge today. First there was no fruit at breakfast (seriously? in Hawaii?) -- but I loaded up on the grilled veggies. Then we had to gobble our lunches down in about 10 minutes. And then I REALLY had to go on a scavenger hunt for veggies at dinner (buffet reception), and everything was really rich. I did amaze quite a few with the dent I made in the broccoli garnish.

I did my best, and thankfully I got my long run in (even got rained on just a tiny bit). And am really thankful there weren't any desserts at all to tempt me.

So there you have it: I may be delusional, but I also know what to do, and I know what a difference that could truly make in my body. I want to wear a bikini, thunder thighs in all.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/9/2010 10:27AM

    You are FAR from delusional, you're a realist. You know what you want, you know how to get there, and you know what you have to do. YOU ROCK, you've totally got the right attitude. I am so glad you are feeling comfortable at the pool, especially since you look so great in your new bathing suit and how excited you were to finally get to wear it. I see a bikini in your very near future. emoticon emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 11/9/2010 10:11AM

    Ha Ha Ha - I love this blog. You are exactly right - Not all women are the leggy and thin as a pole and 6 foot tall.
I am glad your having a nice time there. Wish I was by the poolside. And I am sure your very beautiful in your bikini - Wear it with pride.
Keep searching for the health food girl. Have fun

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NATPLUMMER 11/9/2010 9:35AM

    I remember when I was in Hawaii the last time and most of the women in bikinis were not even close the being as thin as you are.
I'm glad you've been getting some good exercise in (including a long run) and finding veggies where you can. It amazes me how hard it is to find fruits and veggies in Hawaii. It all seemed to be meat and rice and macaroni salad.
You will rock a bikini!!

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DDHEART 11/9/2010 9:07AM

    You are a woman....a real woman...fully growed....comparing ourselves is something we will always do but key in that is comparing ourselves appropriately...that is not comparing to the false women out there...models who are really 16yo or actresses who have had more plastic surgery than real work on their health. Then another thing about comparing and this is something I know you are well aware of....when we are surrounded by the "large" american public we can't be swayed to forget that our goal is healthy bodies (whatever the size and shape) and that part of the healthy focus is to not be super-sized!

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KEAKMAN 11/9/2010 8:53AM

    I am so happy that you are able to see what you really look like (and so what that you compare? you are doing it in a healthy way, a way that reaffirms what you are doing and how you are thinking, so it's all good) And I am glad that what you see around you and in the mirror is making you feel positive and motivated! Can't wait to see the bikini pics next year!!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/9/2010 6:14AM

    You go, girl! emoticon

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SHEILA1505 11/9/2010 1:06AM

    Oh yes! I know those looks from people when I demolish the garnish - they say I mess up the presentation of the platters - Really? Well where else will I find food I can actually eat??? When I was in Doha in August, I wanted something that was not on the breakfast buffet - I asked for it and it was supplied the following day - complete with visit from Chef and a recipe :))

Well done - and of course we still have a furtive look around to see if our tum and bum are as good as those surrounding us - but you've done so much work that you are A-OK Judy! Just enjoy it :))


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MNOT2THICK 11/9/2010 12:16AM

    You're not delusional. You are positive. Positive about losing weight , getting fit and being comfortable in your skin. I know we are not supposed to look at others and compare, but think about it. Even after comparing, you felt great about where you are now and where you will take yourself in the near future. Kudos. Enjoy your vacation.

You have lots of work and support when you return. emoticon

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Are you passionate about life?

Sunday, November 07, 2010

DH wanted to lay down a bit, so I get the computer for a while. Unfortunately, there is no wireless here (for free, anyway) and I've discovered while I can read blogs on my Kindle, I can't write them on it.

I love to people watch. I love to see what they're wearing, what their expressions are. And I was struck yesterday at how few people were smiling as they boarded planes.

Now, I get that traveling is a PITA. Hey, we arrived almost literally 24 hrs after leaving our house yesterday. I get it, believe me.

But especially on that last flight, we're going to Hawaii, people! Seriously, you can't smile about that even if you are in a total haze?

Actually, I feel fine today, just exceptionally hungry. We'll get back to that.

So I made it a point to smile as much as possible. Cause I'm going to paradise, and I know just how lucky I am. And I thought about living life passionately.

It's so important, no matter what we're doing. It's so easy to get all wrapped up in the minutiae of our daily lives. The news is always terrible. The weather could be, too (OMG, it was absolutely FREEZING on that jetway in MN). And, of course, maybe we've just binged or we gained weight when we thought we'd lose.

Doesn't matter. Tell me that the next time I'm complaining about those very things!

What really matters is to live your life with passion, with pleasure -- even when you're struggling. Because really, what's the point of being pissed off about everything? Does it make you feel good? Is it working for you? Remind me I said that the next time I'm pissed off, please!

Apparently it's been very rainy here for the last week, but today is gorgeous. We walked along the beach at sunrise (normally DH would never be moving at that time of day, but of course we haven't quite adjusted to the time difference yet).

We discovered a little shack that had reasonable, good breakfasts. We sat out by the pool and I swam in circles around it. We had a nice (if expensive) lunch outside near the pool.

I have, for some odd reason, been extraordinarily hungry the last couple of days. I had great food yesterday, despite traveling, and plenty of water. And despite having breakfast, lunch, and dinner and a few snacks, still found room for sushi when we got here. An open air sushi bar right by the beach. Definitely my idea of heaven!

Today I am still hungry.

I made the decision not to bring my pedometer, not to track my food (other than mentally). But I had a fruit smoothie for breakfast (with protein powder) and an avocado salad for lunch; I stive to have a couple of healthy meals at least a day if I can manage it.

Not sure how often I'll get to blog -- but today I already had the idea for this one so wanted to get it out there, even tho it's sort of rambling. And speaking of rambling, when DH saw my bathing suit all he said was "wow!". I kind of feel like Rip Van Winkle, slowly waking up after a long sleep.

I'm going to try to remember that if if I lead a normaly small, unexciting life, I can still be passionate about what I do.

How bout you, when was the last time you felt some passion in your life?

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/8/2010 12:51PM

    So glad we got to hear from you! I don't think I have to answer your question about living passionately.
Incidentally, I don't ever want to hear you say you lead an small unexciting life. It's YOUR life, and from what I've read, full of excitement.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/8/2010 9:06AM

    Glad you arrived in paradise safely, how'd hubby like the swimsuit?

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MZSLYDE01 11/8/2010 9:00AM

    Passion - Yes I am very passionate about everything. Glad you are finding that passion -
Sounds like your meals have been pretty great so far. Hope your having fun.

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SHEILA1505 11/8/2010 2:24AM

    Delighted that you are finding passion for life over there in Paradise
Have lots of fun, keep on wearing that bathing costume cos it sounds like there might be more passion to come :)


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DDOORN 11/7/2010 7:25PM

    Passion...yes! That's what LIFE is all about! Pull the plug on passion and you pull the plug on LIFE! Passion is what SPARKING is all about!

Having said that, however, I admit to a waxing and waning in being passionate. Love it when I am, but it is sometimes like swimming upstream. I don't feel that my experiences have taught me well how to tap into my passion and when I'm doing humdrum everyday stuff or the weather is blah my passion can evaporate. Yet I know there are times when doing the humdrum or a dreary day that I can feel GREAT! Not sure what makes the difference. I know music is a HUGE tool for tapping into my passion! But not always. Revving up and getting going on my bike or out walking / jogging on a gorgeous day...? I'm THERE! :-)


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SLIMMERJESSE 11/7/2010 7:19PM

    You know, when I'm out and about (today I was at the Wild Animal Park), I'm always amazed at how few people smile. Or look happy. Or like they are enjoying themselves. And I always notice how many couples look so miserable together. Makes me wonder why they bother. People look at me funny because I'm a smiler. Makes them suspicious. Today I met a lady from NH who said that she thought my city was very unfriendly. Having travelled all over the world, I can truly say that the smiling thing is something I noticed in many places

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NATPLUMMER 11/7/2010 6:51PM

    I sometimes go through many days in a row when I'm hungry all the time. Maybe you're just in that mode. I wish once in a while I'd have days where I'm not hungry but that doesn't seem to happen to me.
Today after running 30 minutes in a row for the first time, I did feel passionate about life. Every time I do something I didn't think I could do and every morning when I wake up and see my husband, it makes me happy to be alive.

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NAKIOMA 11/7/2010 6:15PM

    Every Day - the are what you make them ya know - if you can't be excited about life I feel very sorry for you - have a wonderful time and come home rejuvenated................

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