Well, I’m back from Hawaii. What a trip it was! Sadly, it wasn’t long enough, but when is it ever? There is just so much to share about this trip and the awesome things I did and things you should do for sure if you get a chance to go to Oahu!
I’ll start off with Waikiki and the beaches we went too. We stayed at the Grand Waikikian, part of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. The grounds were stunning, felt like its own city. Waikiki is a gorgeous beach, though always crowded. Going in October made the crowds seem a bit smaller, but still always had people there nonetheless.
One day, we drove around the entire island. We were able to check out a few different beaches and views. The first stop was on the north shore – Keana Point. You wouldn’t swim here, but my god – the views.
Following that, we headed east and hit up some other great beaches. We were able to see kite surfing!
Next we went to Makapu’u Beach, one went went too a few times. Stunning.
And the last beach I’ll tell you about – we got to watch surfers. Sandy Beach Park.
So there you have it. The first of my Hawaii trip! I still have so much more to share about it, stay tuned!
Well, I’m back from Hawaii. And I still have so much to share with you about that. I even hiked a mountain since I came back home. But, the last week has brought a lot of change to my life.
Not sure you know, but my wedding was called off back in June, and it was supposed to be about two weeks ago now. I’ve gone through a lot emotionally in the past few months. I’ve ended it all – for real, and for what will be the last time. It’s just emotionally draining. It was what was right for me – I’m not doubting that at all – I just am now realizing so many things.
First off, I’m lonely. I’ve realized I haven’t ate a meal at home with someone else in months. Kinda crazy to think about. I do have friends, don’t get me wrong, but they don’t live near here or have families of their own.
Second, I’m realizing all the shit that I never had done for me. I think I had dinner made for me 10 times. I always took the trash out. I always did the dishes. I always cleaned up after dinner – even though I always made dinner. And it makes me sad – sad that I let that happen to me. Sad that I pretty much was walked all over on. Maybe not that dramatic – but really, how hard is it to cook a girl dinner once in awhile?
So here I am. What’s next? I’d love to move. I want to move. I will move. Where? I’m thinking Boston.
Today my dad and I, and my dog Riley, hiked Coney Mountain. Sounds familiar? It is! I hiked this one earlier this month when I went solo, but there was no view due to clouds and rain. Today, it was brilliant out! Pretty toasty though, would have preferred much cooler weather.
Riley did well! It was his first hike. We’ve been on countless walks, many longer than today, but never anything with much of an incline. This was a 2 mile hike round trip, and about 500 feet in elevation gain, nothing too crazy.
Views were great! Riley seemed to enjoy himself too, especially the stop in Tupper Lake on the way home to cool off in the water.
I think this will be my last post before I’m off to Hawaii!! (Maybe oneee more before I leave, we’ll see!) We’re off Monday morning!!
I can’t even believe it. In less than a week, I’ll be in Hawaii. Can you believe it?! Two more days of work separate me from my vacation, and honestly, I don’t believe it. It’s going to feel more real once we get to airport.
I even started packing! Well, I got together the 5 bikinis I bought and packed them. I plan on packing the rest Sunday, the day before we leave. Makes the day go by faster! I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting, but I’ll be sure to share all the travel goodies eventually.
Sadly, I feel like I’m coming down with a cold of sorts. I’ve been taking things for it, I’m hoping it passes here soon!
Tomorrow my dad and I are going on a hike, but we’ll be bringing my dog along! We’re going to at least one mountain, one I did solo before. I didn’t get to see the view that day either, it was crappy weather. Tomorrow is going to be quite warm though.
So, it’s been almost a MONTH since I’ve posted a weigh in! Don’t worry – I have not fallen off the wagon. If anything, I’m on it more than ever. Right after my last weigh in, I headed to Indy for a few days. It’s harder to eat healthy when you aren’t making your own food. But, I did my best.
I’ve been tracking EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. for 196 days. 196?!?! Crazy!! I’m utilizing weight watchers for those that don’t know, and I love it. So here’s the deets.
Today’s weigh in: 167.4 pounds!
Overall loss of 33.6 pounds! (I HIT 30!!)
Days on Weight Watchers: 196
Current BMI: 29.7 (Down 5.9)
Check out that graph. It really shows you – consistency is key. You CAN do it, you just need to stick to it. Your future self will thank you. And, only you can make this happen. If you don’t want it enough, it won’t happen. And now that I’m at this point – there is NO stopping me. Also! I’ve been going to the gym nearly every day after work for a month now! I’m building muscles and toning up!
I’ve been busy working, then hiking the past week! Can you also believe it is less than two week until HAWAII? But this post is about my hikes.
Yesterday, I went on two solo hikes. They were not difficult, and one I have done before. Both were located near Old Forge, NY. Another mountain challenge I was not aware of is called the Fulton Chain Trifecta, this is for three mountains near Old Forge, turns out the first one I did this summer was one of them! The second and third were the ones I did yesterday. One of them I did a couple of years ago, but you need to complete the mountains after March of 2017 for it to count.
The first mountain is Black Bear Mountain, this was a longer hike, almost 5 miles. Views were pretty nice though. I had my lunch up there, all by myself, and it was perfect. Second was Rocky Mountain, a quick .5 mile hike up – and I mean up. I felt like I just hiked .5 miles of tall stairs. Also a sweet view! On the way home I took a couple of photos of the Moose River, the fall colors were too perfect.
Today my dad and I did Haystack Mountain, not to be confused with Mount Haystack which is the 3rd tallest in New York. This was about 6.7 miles round trip, and about 1200 feet in elevation gain, but by time you go up and down, it was closer to 1800 feet. Views were still nice, but not a bald summit. This was our 4th mountain needed to complete the Saranac 6er challenge.
Next week, we’re planning on hiking Coney again – the one I did solo recently, but this time there better be some views! Now, please enjoy some photos! (Check out the links for ALL the goodies.)
My dad and I went on another hike today, St Regis Mountain. This is our third of the six for the Saranac 6ers badge. What a great hike it was! The views were stunning and the hike was relatively easy compared to Ampersand.
The first 2 miles of the hike are just a walk through the woods, you go up and you go down. It honestly felt like we lost all the elevation we gained. The trail was pretty muddy – but only in seemingly random areas.
We made it up the trail in two hours and back down in about one and a half. We spent about a half hour at the top having our lunch, taking photos and climbing the fire tower. The views were simply amazing. The leaves were changing, not peak yet, and provided some radiant color.
The elevation gain was 1250 feet, but by time you go up and down, I ended up closer to 1800 total gain. The whole trail was just about 6.7 miles, we were at about 7 miles when we finished. We went off course a tad bit on the way down, not even noticing we were off trail, as there was clearly another path people were taking, which wasn’t on the trail. We noticed quickly, thanks to the top maps and GPS and got ourselves back on.