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  Week of 6/20/2013 - Featured Blog Post

My Vacation: What I Gained, What I Didnít

I recently spent a week in Maui. What an awesome trip! And not just because it's an awesome kind of place... I mean, yes, it surely is, but, it was the way in which I was able to experience it, that made this trip extra-special. A turning-point sort of trip. A revelation, a reward. From this trip I gained courage, I gained "youth" and "adventure," I gained confidence, I gained pride, I gained a new level of optimism and energy that will drive me forward. What I did NOT gain, was WEIGHT.

So just what did I do that was ever so inspiring?

1) I hiked in a rainstorm, down a rocky slippery trail (that was more like a waterfall/creek, given the weather), in nothing but my bathing suit and Teva hiking sandals, to visit the Nakalele Blowhole. It's a short hike but the terrain is steep and difficult. And then awhile later, back UP. The only people we met at the bottom were two 20-something guys, and I will let it be known, I KEPT UP when we all climbed up together. Now - 200 feet of elevation gain might not sound like THAT big a deal. BUT 6 months ago I could not walk up a single flight of stairs without gasping for air at the top. 6 months ago, I might have walked the level-ground to the overlook to snap a picture. Or, I might not have bothered to get out of the car.

2) Snorkeling with fins. Ok, I've snorkeled before - it's not that difficult if one knows how to float and breathe through the mouth. But the FINS, my GOSH. What's bad about the fins? Well, having to put the stupid things ON. It's really REALLY difficult to pull on a pair of fins, when you can't get your feet near enough to your hands! Which, I honestly couldn't. I gain weight from my double-chin to my C-section scar, none of it goes to the arms or butt or thighs... which means when I'm 245#, there is a LOT of mass around the middle and it DOES get in the way and prevent simple tasks like tying shoes or snapping on fins. So, the last few times I've had the opportunity to snorkel, I have claimed "I dislike using fins! Nope, just not a fin person, me! I prefer bare feet, thanks all the same, I'll just take the mask!" Well 38 pounds of interference have left my midsection, and (while I still might not be very graceful about it), I CAN get my fins on all by myself. So "yes, I think I'll give the fins a shot this time, and see if I like them better than I remember." Oh yes, I like them better :)

Click here to learn what else she did that was so inspiring and see pictures from her trip! ›

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