I am writing to you from the beautiful island of Okinawa, Japan! So yes, we made it here safe & sound. To give you a little update....we have been so busy the past 2 months that the days have just flown by, ran together, and sometimes just disappeared. We made it to the island last week, and so far everything has been going well. We've been getting things set up, doing paperwork, medial & dental, and trying to get a house. I got my Japanese driver's license (yes, I was tested on it!), so now we are looking for a car.
Through all of this mess though, I was scared deep down of losing progress with my weight loss. We've been visiting family and living out of hotels the past month now, so it hasn't been good on the waistline. I did hit my 2nd goal of 115 lbs, and even surpassed it WHILE ON VACATION visiting family, and got to 113 lbs. Never have I felt so free! I was so scared of eating "normally" (what my old normal was) while visiting family is what I made sure I didn't do. Old habits may die hard, but new habits will guarantee lasting success. I made sure I went shopping to buy the foods I normally eat at home, brought my Bob Harper DVD's & weights, and made sure my running shoes were in my travel bag. I taught my family new recipes that I like to cook. I even went running with my husband, brother, and cousin around the beautiful lake. I still spent time with my family, but we did other things this time. When I came back from our little vacation, I saw the scale moved another 2 pounds, and I was down to 113 lbs! Weight loss on vacation CAN happen! Mix up your routine while on vacation, and don't over-do it. Although, I will admit, I did have a piece of this amazing chocolate cake my mother in law brought over. HEAVEN! Moderation, people, moderation!
After we got into the hotels, one of my first concerns is that each extended place either had a gym, or a place I could run outside. I make sure my butt is in that hotel gym 2-3 times a week. My Bob Harper DVD's are in my bag now, but I've been going to the gym more than anything just to get out of the hotel room and look at the beautiful scenery from the 4th floor of this hotel. I can see a lot of the island from the gym here, and it's gorgeous to look at while I'm running on the treadmill. Plus I can take advantage of the other machines that I don't normally get to use too, since my main source of fitness is the Bob DVD's.
So in review, while traveling this summer take advantage of it! Eat new foods, try new running trails, and find new ways to challenge your body while on vacation! Use it to your advantage! There is a Super Typhoon hitting us right now, but you know what? I still went to the gym. No excuses.
Stay tuned for more adventures from my life, it's just now starting to get interesting ;)