Hawaii! 38 Days To Go!

I cannot believe we’re already under 40 days!! I get more and more excited every day. Perioducally, I’ll look for a better deal on a hotel. The hotel we booked, the Park Shore Waikiki, has nothing wrong with it! But if I can find a better deal somewhere – I’ll take it!

And I found one!

We changed our hotel reservations to the Grand Waikikian! It is a bit more than we were spending before, but the room and hotel are amazing. We booked a 2 Bedroom Oceanview Suite with a balcony. Instead of two adjoining rooms, we will be able to have a mini apartment basically.

The hotel itself is part of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which has two hotel towers as well as a third hotel tower with just timeshare units.

The room also has a full kitchen as well as a washer and dryer – perfect for the early mornings we’re going to have before heading off for the day!

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The main photo for this blog is one of the pools at the hotel, the one right above this is the lagoon located between the hotel and the beach. It’s by far going to be the fanciest hotel/resort I’ve stayed at – and I cannot wait.

So only 38 days to go! I can’t wait to share my adventures and experiences. There are a couple more excursions I want to write about, such as Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head as well as other hikes.

I’ve bought 4 new bathing suits for this trip – perfect after losing some weight!

Weigh In!

So yeah, I know, it’s not Monday. But I figured it was time for a weigh in post! I did buy a new scale. I was using a Fitbit Aria scale, it’s about three – four years old now and it doesn’t want to connect to my wifi, and hasn’t since I last moved over 2 years ago. So, I have a super cool scale that I can’t even really use all the features of.

I had an Apple Gift card, so I bought a Nokia Body+ scale. I love it! Not only does it show my weight, but then my last 8 weigh ins as well as my overall gain/loss. I see my body fat, muscle mass, bone pass, water weight and even the weather. How cool?

So let’s get to the weigh in! (Mind you, this scale has me weighing about .9 more than my old one, so all new data from here on out is on the new scale.)

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)

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Today’s weigh in: 170.9 pounds!
Overall loss of 30.1 pounds! (I HIT 30!!)
Days on Weight Watchers: 167
Current BMI: 30.3 (Down 5.3)

I hit 30 pounds lost! It has taken me nearly 6 months – but that’s okay. Slow and steady wins the marathon.

Oh, and we’re under 40 days left till Hawaii!! 39 Days to go!!

Plated! I tried it!

So a little over a week ago, I started doing some research on different meal delivery kits. I generally enjoy cooking – but never know what to make or hate actually having to go and gather all the ingredients. So, cue Plated. They seemed to have the best reviews, ease of cooking and the quality of the ingredients was important to me.

Yesterday, my box arrived! I was working, so I didn’t get to bring it in until 9:30 pm, but Plated makes it clear as long as you have it in by midnight on the day of delivery – you are good to go! I opened the box and noticed there is a lot of insulation surrounding the inside of the box. The top layer of food was the ingredients, like flour, corn, lettuce, etc. These were each labeled for the recipe they were packaged for. At the bottom of the box was an ice pack, then my meats – chicken breast – and another ice pack. Both still with a decent amount of solid ice in them.

Here’s a photo of the cute recipe cards they send and some ingredients!

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And this evening I made my first meal! I made chicken and monterey jack tortas with corn salad. Let me tell you – I was a little skeptical if I would even like it. I’m somewhat of a picky eater, but I was going to try it all. I made these cute little sandwiches on ciabatta bread, with a bean and onion paste and jalapeños! There was even lime juice!

The main photo is of the recipe from plated, here is mine!

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So my food photography could use some work, but it was so good! And I only ate half of the serving, which was 12 WW points!

Adirondack Hike: Ampersand Mountain

We made it. My dad I hiked Ampersand Mountain today, located near Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks. This mountain is one of the “Saranac 6” and was not an easy one! This was my 5th hike in the Adirondacks, third for the month.

I’m not in “good” shape by any means, but I am in some shape, I go to the gym, I go for walks with my dog, but I don’t run! This hike was not easy at all, it was manageable, but difficult for sure.

Just under 3 miles to the summit and over 1700 feet in elevation gain. The first mile or so was very easy, the second half – no as much. You gain nearly 3/4 of your elevation in the last mile, so it felt like you were walk up stairs for days. It took us about 2.5 hours to reach the top.

There were some rock scrambles, some tricky paths, but we made it. And what a view. We were able to see the eclipse from up there too! Some lovely people let us barrow their glasses for a few minutes to check it out.

Enjoy the photos! And click here for the full album!

Ampersand Mountain - August 2017
Ampersand Mountain - August 2017
Ampersand Mountain - August 2017
Ampersand Mountain - August 2017

Adirondacks: Whiteface Mountain

Hey world, I’m back. I have a lot to share with you about my life in general, but a few days ago my dad and I drove out to Lake Placid and went to Whiteface Mountain. Unfortunately, we didn’t hike the whole thing – honestly, it is way above our experience level. There is a road, called the Veterans Memorial Highway that you can drive up to almost the summit. It’s about 5 miles long?

The road takes you to about 4600 feet in elevation, then you can hike the last 200 feet in elevation to the summit. It is about .25 miles, it was not a hard hike my any means, a little tricky in places. But the view was spectacular.

When we first arrived at the bottom, the attendant told us there was no visibility from the top, but we already drove three hours to get there, so we weren’t turning around now. Took us a few minutes to drive to the top, maybe 10 or so. When we got there, we were greeted by clouds, literally being in the clouds. We were so high in elevation that our view was blocked because there were clouds.

We set out for the quick walk to the top and slowly the clouds started to fade away and we were greeted with a magnificent view. Photos do not do this justice!
Whiteface Mountain, Adirondacks

Please check out the entire album here. 

There are some amazing shots. I’ll share my faves here. We’re off to another hike on Monday!

Whiteface Mountain, Adirondacks

Whiteface Mountain, Adirondacks
This is looking up from the trail, you can see the summit, there are two buildings, one for data collection the second has information on the mountain.

 

Whiteface Mountain, Adirondacks
Here is a shot of the highway you can take to the top.

 

Whiteface Mountain, Adirondacks
Here is a view of the beginning part of the walkway, a nice set of stone stairs before to start walking up some rocks.

You’re the shit.

If you have read anything I’ve posted, I do want to travel. I want to see the world and experience it all. I’ve been lucky enough to travel some in my lifetime, but I want to see more. My personal life is changing, a lot. Here I am, single, after almost six years. (That is a long time.)

It’s been an interesting last month. My relationship ended, I was supposed to be getting married in just under two months. But, that isn’t happening now. As much as it sucks, I’m okay. I’m sad about it all. It makes me sad to know that we couldn’t work it out, and that is just wasn’t meant to be. We had a lot invested with each other, and just a lot of memories together.

But it’s okay. What is this post about? It’s about being yourself and not settling for anything but what you deserve. Don’t let how difficult the near future will be stop you from doing it. You’re worth it. You’re the shit and don’t let anyone else make you feel different.

Right now my life feels like I’m going through a divorce but not actually going through a divorce. But, I’m happier than I’ve been in a long time. I’m finding myself. I’m turning 26 in less than three weeks. I’ve been living a healthy lifestyle since March and I’m down 30 pounds – but I’m gaining so much more.

I’m confident in my own skin. I bought a bikini to wear in Hawaii. I can’t wait to get away for a week. I’m my own person, I’m finding out what I really enjoy in life and making the most of it.

Life is too short to not be happy. Don’t be unhappy. Screw everyone else who doesn’t make you their number one. You deserve to be the number one. Go be you.

 

Adirondack Hike: Mount Arab

Two hikes in one week?! Today I hiked Mount Arab, located outside Tupper Lake, in the Adirondacks in New York. Beautiful hike. Though, it was a bit buggy and honestly the top of the mountain had a lot of trees, so the views were a bit hindered. There was a fire tower though, and the views from there were superb.

It was just over 2 miles total, there and back. Just over 2500 feet in elevation, about a 700 foot gain. The trail itself was much easier than Bald Mountain from earlier in the week. It was a muddy though in some spots. Not too hot either, which makes the whole thing easier!

Again, I took some awesome photos! Here is the link to the whole album.

Now to plan the next hike! Not this week, unfortunately my work schedule is a bit shitty – I have tomorrow off but have an eye appointment and then I’m not off for 7 days. #retailproblems.

Nevertheless, here are some of my faves!

Mount Arab - August 2017

Mount Arab - August 2017

Mount Arab - August 2017