Hawaii: Wild Side Speciality Tours

Here is my second post on the plans for my Hawaii trip, coming up this fall. I’ve never seen dolphins the wild. I’ve never seen whales either. I do scuba dive, so I’ve seen some sea turtles. I wanted to do some sort of snorkel trip while we where on Oahu, but I didn’t want to do an overcrowded one. A lot of the ones leaving from Honolulu looked like they had over 40 people on the tour at one time. I’d feel more like a herd of cattle than a girl on vacation.

After some searching on Trip Advisor, I ended up booking a tour with Wild Side Specialty Tours. I booked their Best Of The West tour. My mother won’t be going with me, she hates boats. I’m pretty excited – there were almost all positive reviews. This company only allows at most 6 people on a tour at once and they have well educated crews they are all about conservation.

The tour is 3.5+ hours long and includes snorkeling, whale watching as well as dolphin swims. Hope the weather is beautiful that day! I’ll be sure to take photos as well as video to share.

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Monday Weigh In!

It’s another weigh in Monday! I didn’t have as big as a loss as I’d wanted, but it is still a loss, and nothing to be ashamed of! Here are my starting stats!

Starting weight: 201.0 Pounds
Starting Date: March 11, 2017
Starting BMI: 35.6 (Height 5’3″)
Goal weight: 140ish
Goal BMI: 24 (Healthy range)

Weight today: 173.4, total loss of 27.6 pounds!

Weekly loss: – 1 Pound

(I was down to 173, butttt you know how that goes sometimes.)

I’ve been keeping strong for 143 days! It’s nearly my 5 month anniversary too, it will be here soon! So here’s to another strong week!

I have the travel bug.

So, I did something crazy today. I booked myself a trip to London and Paris, crazy right? Well, I love to travel. And I haven’t gotten to do a lot of it. But now, why not?

I booked the trip with EF College Break, as long as you are between 18 – 28, you can book a tour with them. I’m not going anytime soon, its actually next August – and I made sure my birthday was right in the middle of it!

Let me tell you about the trip!

We spend 3 days in London and 3 days in Paris. It’s a guided tour for the most part, the first and second days in London are guided days, the first also includes your arrival and a welcome dinner. The second is a city tour. The third day is a free day to do whatever you want! The next day you travel to Paris via the Eurostar.

What’s the Eurostar? I asked the same thing. It’s a high speed train that travels between London and Paris, as well as some other cities. From what I’ve read, it will take a couple of hours to travel to Paris. The rest of that day we will be sightseeing then ending the evening on a river cruise and seeing the Eiffel Tower.

The next day is more sightseeing and guided tours, and the final full day we are allowed a free day! I did opt for the excursion to the Palace of Versailles – because why not? And then, finally, we head home.

How amazing does all that sound?? And honestly, it didn’t cost that much. It’s about $2800 for the entire trip. Granted, I still need spending money for food and anything extra – but that $2800 includes flights, travel and all accommodations.

And with EF College Break, you can pay monthly, with no interest as long as you do Autopay. So I’m paying a little over $200 a month for the next 12 months to pay for my trip – again how cool? (I did pay some upfront.)

So I’ll keep you posted on this. I do plan on taking at least one more trip with this company after this one, I turn 27 next year during this trip!

(Which means I turn 26 here in a month!!)

When life gives you lemons…

Sometimes, shit happens. Sometimes, it sucks. Sometimes, you just have to go through some tough shit to move on to the better shit. And that’s where I’m at now.

So this is the quote I’m living by.

“Better to be at the bottom of a ladder you want to climb than in the middle of some ladder you don’t, right?”

How true. I may now be at the bottom of a ladder, but it’s the right ladder. It’s a tall ladder, with a lot of shit on the bottom, but worth it.

 

So when life gives you lemons, you make the best damn lemonade you’ve ever had.

Momentum Keeps Me Going

I know it’s not Monday. But, like I told you Monday, I do weigh myself daily. And today I was down below another number I haven’t seen in years. I won’t tell you the number, I don’t want to spoil Monday!

I wasn’t sure what I wanted to post about today, I  had today and yesterday off, I was able to get a lot done around the house. I even went out to dinner last night and had an amazing chicken sandwich with a ciabatta roll. I also had a piece of chocolate fudge cake. It was very good – the sandwich and the cake. So why did I have the cake? I planned for it. I had a small breakfast and healthy lunch, so I was able to spare my points. I also went for a 1.5 mile walk during the day.

I don’t have desert often mind you – it’s rare, I’ve had desert maybe 5 times since starting weight watchers over 130 days ago. And most of those were when I traveled for work to Atlanta, and they fed us!

I know it’s okay to have cake now and then, just not every single day. I use an app called Momentum to track my daily habits. Once you start checking off the days for something, it’s harder to stop doing whatever the habit is. You see the days grow and it psychologically keeps me going. I also tracing brushing my teeth twice a day – sounds stupid, but sometimes at night I get lazy! (Who doesn’t – admit it.) With this app, I know I have to log if I did or didn’t do it – and I have to keep my streak alive!

You could honestly use it for any habit! You can set it for a certain number of days a week, like working out 5 days a week. If you track five days in the week, you’re good.

What are some other habits you track? Or ones you think would be beneficial to track?

Countdown to Hawaii, 69 Days To Go!

So, I’ve you’ve been reading, you know I’m headed to Hawaii in October. In anticipation, I’m going to share some of the cool things we have planned! I share them over the next couple of months. Today I’ll share the helicopter tour!

3912e8_small_OahuYes! A helicopter tour! How awesome? Hawaii is such a beautiful place, with so much to see. So why not see it all from the air? I did some researching on Trip Advisor and ended up booking a tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.

We will be on Oahu for the trip and booked the complete island tour. That little image gives you a good idea oh the area we will cover on the tour. The area that is highlighted is covered. The tour is supposed to take about an hour, so it’s a lot of ground to cover in an hour!

I’ve never been in a helicopter before, but the reviews for this company were amazing. People really seemed to enjoy it! Here are some photos taken on Oahu!

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Pearl Harbor
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Waikiki Beach – The farthest hotel to the right on the beach is where we will stay.
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Makapu’u Point – A Lighthouse trail we plan to visit
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Kualoa Ranch
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Koolau Moutains
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Diamond Head

Monday Weigh In!

Im officially making Monday my weigh in post day. I actually weigh myself nearly every day, it’s interesting to see the ups and downs. I can really see how my previous days choices affected me. I only track my weight for WW once or twice a week, though there has been a couple times where I missed a week for weigh-ins.

Today is day 136 for weight watchers! Crazy right? I can’t believe it either. Here are some starting stats for you:

Starting weight: 201.0 Pounds
Starting Date: March 11, 2017
Starting BMI: 35.6 (Height 5’3″)
Goal weight: 140ish
Goal BMI: 24 (Healthy range)

And here is the best part – my weight loss graph!

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Today I weighed in at 174.4 pounds, making for a total of 26.6 pounds lost! I’m averaging about 1.4 pounds a week since I started. The graph doesn’t lie, you can see where I went up a bit, you can tell where I missed some weigh-ins too. But I still tracked my food – and that is the key!

I used to be a tight size 12 jeans, I now fit into my old size 10’s easily – even after they come out of the dryer! I’ve lost 14.2% of my bodyweight – another crazy fact. My BMI started at 35.6 – which is considered obese class 2! As of today, I am down to 30.8, which is in the obese class 1 range of 30 – 34.99. I’m almost out of the obese range. I never saw myself as obese – I still don’t honestly.

70 Days until Hawaii too! I can’t wait.