Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sharks and Turtles

Well, for some reason I didn't lose any weight this week. I ate really well (in calorie range) and was active. The only thing I didn’t do was have one BIG calorie-burning day. Like a 1500+ calories hike or bike ride. Oh well. I’m comfortably down three pants sizes, and even those are kind of loosish. I am NOT going to get all upset about no weight loss. I’m NOT! I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and hope more comes off next week. And I'm posting this pic of me to remind myself that all this dedication to getting healthy is paying off by being able to have fun doing cool stuff (even if I do still have pockets of fat all over my body). But, I’d love to be down another size by the time I go see my son and Carlos at the end of the month.

I’ve been going to strength training classes twice a week. Dallas teaches the one on Tuesday mornings and she really pushes us. I’ll try to remember to take a pic of her. She makes me laugh, calls it “Happy Hour” while she is having us add “pulses” just when we think we’re done with a set.

Also moved on to week three of my C25K plan. Well, actually I took it a little farther the first day, jogging 3, walking 3 the whole time. But then yesterday I did what was recommended. 90/90, then 3/3 and then repeat. It wasn’t really too hard, and my heart rate stayed where it was supposed to for the most part. Progress. This getting old thing sucks. Everything takes longer. But, I’m really thankful for all the progress I’ve made so far. And how happy and healthy I feel.

I didn’t go on any bike rides yet. I’ve got this cold sore on my lip from the sun. I know, Ewwwww! So except for my one fun adventure last Thursday, I’ve been trying to stay out of the sun. Good thing, too, since there was a shark sighted at Kalama’s on Saturday, who was described as “acting aggressively.” No details, so not sure what it was doing. Nobody got attacked, and they can’t growl, so maybe it was baring it’s teeth? Or teasing swimmers by swimming up really fast, then turning away at the last moment? Just kidding. I don’t think sharks have much of a sense of humor. In fact, I know they don’t. I started writing this post yesterday, and before I finished it, there’s been an actual attack. Not at “my” beach, but up the coast aways, at K’a’a’awa. But in the general oceanic neighborhood. Sheesh. Now I don’t know what to do. As many of you know, bodyboarding is my “go to” exercise, the one I love the most. Have to do some thinking about this.

Okay, on to the adventure. My friend Ann (there she is getting ready, with my bodyboard and bag next to her) and I went out to Goat Island last Thursday. I lived on that bay almost 30 years ago, but had never gone out there. I guess because there was such good bodyboarding right in front of our house and we had an acre and a half. Anyways…we swam ourselves and our stuff out there, had a picnic, swam in this little bay, walked around the island, and just felt grateful for living where we do. We found a bunch of beautiful shells, more than either of us had seen in years. We had the island to ourselves except for this poor turtle we came across who was really sick. Lots of our sea turtles have these tumors, and this guy had a necklace of them. His shell was dry and when Ann touched it, he retracted his head a bit. At least we knew he was alive. When we got back home I tried to get someone in the animal rescue business to go get the turtle, but still don’t know if anyone did. Now I’m thinking about how that turtle = sharks in the area. Actually, I did think about sharks as we were paddling out there, but since sharks are always present somewhere in the ocean, if I let that stop me from going in the water, I’d never go. But, given the most recent shark happenings, I’m definitely going to be more cautious. I can’t promise I’ll stay out of the water, but I will make sure I’m extra aware of what’s going on around me. Anyway, we had a good time, except for the turtle thing.


Michelle said...

I know you see those pockets of fat but I don't! You are looking so trim. Your stomach is just disappearing!! And happy. I'd rather see you fat and happy than skinny and unhappy but skinny and happy, that's the best! That turtle story makes me so sad :( And don't get eaten by a shark!!

Cyndi said...

Wow it is so gorgeous there! That poor turtle - how big was it? So sad....

You are looking fit and trim, healthy and energetic! Good for you! Congrats on your C25K progress too....and we'll have none of this 'gettin old' talk from you young lady!

bekkles said...

YOu are looking fab!
And so happy!
Its great!
I'm battling the scales this week too and trying to come to terms with a gain even though I didn't go crazy or stop exercising! BUt then I read your post and Cyndi's and I think they look awesome, they're doing FAB! The scales are such a small part of the success...

Now I just need to apply that thinking to me!
ANd you to you!
You know what I mean!

Love your stories!
Keep them coming

Anonymous said...

LOVE your pics and your story. You live in such a beautiful lush place. That turtle made me almost cry, I hate to see animals in need.

You are really coming along with the C25K and that's great. You live a very active and healthy lifestyle.

Sharks are what have kept me from ever thinking of doing a triathlon..I'll stick to the lakes as much as possible. You look fantastic!! Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Glad you're using weight and keeping up with all these adventures and having such a good time.

Pollye said...

You are looking great my friend. that is such a beautiful place to live. Life just shines from your eyes. Keep on keeping on.

Sara Cox Landolt said...

I agree on the shark bit. Before swimming in the ocean at Ironman Florida, the race director told a group of nervous athletes, "duh, of course there COULD be sharks out there, it's the ocean!!!!"