Sunday, January 23, 2011
I had heard about vacationing in the tropics, but never could I have imagined how wonderful it would be! My week on the isle of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos exceeded my highest expectations. In spite of the dire weather forecasts, we were blessed with 7 beautiful sunny days. (Thank you for your prayers and encouragement to keep hoping!)
Imagine having this exquisite tropical scene as a backyard during an entire week! (We were staying in one of those rooms you see in the background building.)
In this photo taken from our deck you can see the ocean in the background.
As I was tubing down the "lazy river" at the waterpark, I couldn't help but think of the fact that I would never have dared to get into one of those tubes when I was morbidly obese! When we Spark and become healthier, we develop a healthy circle, because as we get healthier, we can do more things, and when we're more active, we become healthier, etc. It was so great to feel "normal" and to be able to participate in any of the activities I wanted to.
Now I know why the Caribbeans are called "the turquoise islands". The ocean is an amazing turquoise blue because of the white shores, made of coral sand. Great for long walks on the shore!
Just lounging around, enjoying myself (with my trusty pedometer securely attached to my shorts!)
Happy feet in a hammock under palm trees. (You can see our room in the background.)
This is the gazebo where the wedding took place.
The wedding went beautifully! I'll be posting some photos of the wedding as soon as my sister downloads them from her camera.
So, after 7 days in a tropical paradise, it's back to reality in the frigid cold, but with invaluable memories and a grateful heart!
I'm curious to see how much I weigh after this week, I'll see tomorrow morning. I need to reset my Sparkgoal too, because my original goal when I joined SparkPeople was to weigh 150 at my son's wedding (a goal I didn't quite reach. I weighed about 158.).