30 November 2009

Thanksgiving in Maui

Last spring or late winter, my mom called me up and asked me if I wanted to go to Maui for Thanksgiving Break. My brothers were spending the holiday with their in-laws and I was alone (this was pre-Tim) and so after some frequent flier mile shuffling, the trip was planned. I would fly from Bloomington, IL to Kahului, HI and spend a week in paradise. Of course, I should probably mention that Tim was invited but had to work...bummer for him.

On November 21, my mom's 50th birthday, I arrived at the Bloomington airport at 5am. I flew to Atlanta, hung out there for awhile, flew to LA, hung out there for awhile, and then flew to Maui. Needless to say, it was a very long travel day. However, as soon as I walked out the door of the gate (Maui's concourse is outside) I started grinning. I was in my happy place. I love Hawaii! I met my parents, called Tim to let him know I arrived safely, grabbed my parents, stopped at McDonald's for a Big Mac, and then headed to Papakea.

Sunday morning, I woke up at 2am starving, and then tried to sorta fall asleep. I got up and went to sit on the balcony and watch the sunrise and the ocean. Here's the evidence. Well, there was evidence, but apparently all of my photos were erased during the security x-ray. I'm totally sad about that... I guess I'll have to rely on my phone pictures...not sure about the quality.

We woke up and had fresh pineapple and then headed to church. It was a conference, so we actually got to hear L. Tom Perry and President Thomas S. Monson speak, which was cool. It probably would have been much cooler if I wasn't jetlagged and struggling to stay awake. Apparently, I had a booger the whole time mom mentioned it after 2 hours. Nice, huh... At one point, I got up to walk around and realized you could see the ocean from the cool is that. I don't remember what we did on Sunday idea...

Monday, we woke up early, headed to the Farmer's Market, bought lots of yummy goodness, went for a walk, went to Whaler's Village, had lunch at Leilani's, and drove around. We also headed to the Maui Ocean Center and made arrangements to go whale watching for Thanksgiving. We spent some time by the pool and ate great food.

On Tuesday, my dad headed to the Maui Invitational, my mom and I did lots of shopping and wedding planning discussions. I actually bought a necklace for the wedding so that was my productive moment.

On Wednesday, we went back to the Farmer's market, walked around Front Street, ate at Leilani's again. I was totally digging the fish tacos. It seems like we did something else, but I don't recall what it was. I was in my completely relaxed mode that required absolutely no thinking. Probably that's the point of vacation. I was in flower heaven, but I'll only share one of the photos. This lady was selling these bunches of tropicals at the farmer's market.

If there's any chance of having something like this at the wedding party, I'm totally hoping that can happen.

My parents enjoyed the shuffleboard so much that my mom actually did the splits. She stepped on one of the shuffles? (no idea what the sliding things are called) and she went down. I totally missed it or we would have some video to share with the world.

On Thanksgiving day, we headed to Lahaina for our whale watching cruise. I took 4 Bonine because I absolutely didn't want to get seasick. No need for me to barf over the side of a boat. We had maybe the greatest whale watch ever. We saw 3 whales breach, lots of tail slapping, several blows, and it was so incredibly amazing that I actually got tears in my eyes. Because my parents are friendly (I'm not...ask anyone who knows me), they talked the guy with the nice $5000 camera setup for the pics. Here they are!

After the whale watching, we ate at Leilani's again, celebrated Thanksgiving with some hula pie, and then went back to the condo for naps.

Friday morning, my dad woke up at 2am to go deep sea fishing and got to barf off the side of the boat for a really long time. He actually came home with barf on his shirt. Note to self...avoid experiences where you barf into the wind onto your shirt. My mom and I hung around the condo and relaxed. Apparently, whale watching is exhausting because she took a couple of naps. We ended up at a place called LuLu's where I had a Magnum PI burger and garlic french fries that were so awesome. Probably Tim wouldn't have wanted to kiss me after that meal, but they were so good, they'll probably be showing up at the Hansen household.

On Saturday, I was sad. I didn't want to leave Maui. How could anyone want to leave all of this?

We went down to Lahaina and rode in the ReefDancer, a yellow submarine, and I finally saw a sea turtle. We also saw all sorts of cool eels and sea urchins and tons of tropical fish. Here's a shot of the octopus.

Then, we had a delicious lunch of coconut fish and chips. Yep, food is still an important part of the Hansen family vacation. Then, we headed to the Maui Ocean Center to check out the aquarium. All of my cool pictures were on my camera (still sad the pictures are gone), but I did get one cool picture of the sea turtles.

We watched the sharks get fed and I've decided that perhaps one day I'll outgrow my irrational fear of sharks and be okay with being in the ocean. After the aquarium, it was off to the airport. My parents headed to Honolulu and I began my long trek back to Bloomington. I was at the airport in Maui at 4pm and didn't get back home until 6pm on Sunday. Oh and just to prove I was actually in Maui, here's the one picture of me that I have.

That was at Honolua bay where there were tons of surfers down below. You probably can't seem them in the picture, but they were hiking down the cliffs with surfboards to enjoy all of the great surf.

It was an awesome trip and I've already told Tim that we have to go back because I certainly didn't get to do everything that I wanted to while I was there. How fun will it be to go back to my happy place with my husband...I never thought I'd be typing that sentence. :)

20 November 2009

What Are You Thankful For?

Over the past couple of weeks, I've had the opportunity to post what I'm thankful for each day on Facebook. What a fantastic way to start off the day...acknowledging the many many blessings that I have in my life! This is only a short list, but could go on and on...

I am thankful for:
1. My life.
2. My truly incredible fiance and best friend.
3. My family, all of them.
4. A job that I love to go to each day.
5. My students and the lessons they teach me.
6. My friends and the joy they bring into my life.
7. My faith.
8. The talents and opportunities that I have been blessed with.

Oh...and here's one last one.
9. The opportunity to spend this Thanksgiving in Maui with my parents.


18 November 2009

Words of Wisdom from Tinkerbell

Today, I was reading the Tri-ers thread on the Weight Watchers message boards and the ever wise and wonderful Tinkerbell posted these fantastic words of wisdom that I absolutely need to remember, so I figured I'd post them here.

16 Things I’ve Learned in 16 Years as a Lifetime Member

1. Food is not the enemy and there is no such thing as a “bad food.” Food is fuel and there’s no room for cheap fuel.
2. It’s the little things that matter.
3. Your weight will fluctuate.
4. Keep a well stocked pantry.
5. Cooking and nutrition knowledge are the key to eating well.
6. Eat mostly whole foods and eat a rainbow every day.
7. Eating well is cheaper in the long run.
8. Set fitness goals each year. The difference between “working out” and “training” is that training has purpose.
9. Mindfulness is different than obsession.
10. There is a simple way to lose weight. Eat less + Move more = Caloric deficit. It doesn’t take a huge shift to lose weight, just small consistent changes.
11. Never go hungry.
12. Make subtle shifts in thinking and self talk to make big differences in behaviors.
13. Set new life goals every year.
14. You’ll have to make some rules for yourself…and follow them.
15. Camouflage is your friend.
16. There is no such thing as a “perfect woman.”

13 November 2009

How Do I Love Thee?

09 November 2009

Workouts and Eating

Well, Tim is in town for the next 10 days so I'm fairly certain my early morning workouts will not be happening. You know...the whole stay up late talking and hanging out and wedding planning and stuff. However, I am definitely planning on staying on track with my eating. I'm also planning on going to Weight Watchers on Thursday morning so we'll see how that goes.

I had every intention of making it to WW this morning, but didn't make it. I did however, weigh in at home and tracked my weight for the week. I haven't been drinking enough water and it showed on the scale. I think the candy bars I ate also showed up. Ooops!

05 November 2009

Trusting in the Lord

03 November 2009

Planning my Race Schedule for 2010

Yes...because I am a crazy person, I have already started thinking about my race schedule for 2010. I guess I'm just one of those people who have to have stuff, like races, to look forward to. So, while I'm sure this will change and adapt over the next few months, here's what I'm sort of considering. I should probably keep in mind that I have a wedding to plan (WOO HOO!) and some traveling to do as well as my job and my other responsibilities, but I do feel the need to continue to challenge myself. Oh and I love to why not do what I love?!

January 23 or 30 ~ Chilly Chili Run ~ Lake Bloomington
April 3 ~ Lincoln Memorial 1/2 Marathon ~ Springfield, IL
April 10 ~ Mt. Pleasant 1/2 Marathon with Julie ~ Mt. Pleasant, WI
May 1 ~ Illinois 1/2 Marathon ~ Champaign, IL
May 15 ~ Pocatello Endurance Festival Bike 30K ~ Pocatello, ID
June 26 ~ Cache Valley Triathlon ~ Hyrum, UT
July 3 ~ Patriot Border Run 10K ~ Lewiston, UT
July 10 ~ Cache Valley Super Sprint Triathlon ~ Logan, UT
July 24 ~ Pioneer Day 5K ~ Logan, UT
August 28 ~ Bear Lake Brawl Olympic Triathlon ~ Bear Lake, UT
August 28 ~ Top of Utah 1/2 Marathon ~ Logan, UT
September 18 ~ Top of Utah Marathon ~ Logan, UT

I'm sure I'll be adding other races here or there because that's what I do, but for now, that's sort of what I'm thinking.

See...I told you I'd be adding races... Check this out!

Goblin Valley Ultra I'm thinking I may need to do this next year! Maybe I'll try the 50k distance? Oh and apparently, there may be a trip to Disney World for the Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon... I love racing!

02 November 2009


November 1, 2009 - Super Body Sculpt
I did this workout Sunday evening and planned on making it an easy workout...yeah...not easy. I lifted heavy and was sweating like crazy. I used 15lb, 10lb, 8lb, and 5lb dumbells and my muscles were definitely tired. I burned 410 calories.

November 2, 2009 - Ultimate Calorie Blaster
I woke up at 5am this morning and took my measurements, hopped on the scale for my monthly at home weigh in, and then did this workout. I used my 8lb weights for "light" four-limb cardio. I burned 498 calories and was glad when it was over. I also did full planks and am hoping to get back into that habit quickly.

November 3, 2009 - Supercharged Sculpting
Apparently, my body is getting used to waking up at 5am. Yikes! I actually was awake at 4:45am and laid in bed until a few minutes after 5. This workout went fine. My right knee is a bit sore and I'm not sure why. I may change up my workout tomorrow, but we'll see. Oh, and I used 15, 10, and 8lb weights and burned 338 calories. I should mention this is strictly strength training with no cardio intervals at all.

November 4, 2009 - Get Ripped 1000
I didn't want to wake up this morning, but I finally got up around 5:15am and started my workout. This is a tough interval workout with plyo type cardio and compound strength training moves. I burned 644 calories and drank 64 oz of water. I was definitely sweating. I'm considering doing a short cardio workout tonight since I have my weigh in tomorrow. I was feeling ambitious last night and ended up doing Maximum Calorie Burn Plus Abs and burned 465 calories. What a great way to spend the evening!

November 5, 2009 - Cardio Express + Weigh in
I hopped out of bed this morning and did my workout...only burned 345 calories, but it's only 30 minutes because I had to get ready early to head to my weigh in. I lost a very disappointing 0.2 lbs. But, oh least it was a loss and while I was surprised, I can honestly say that I've been very diligent about following WW and working out so who knows what's going on. We'll see what happens next week.

November 6, 2009 - Get Ripped to the Core
I ran out of time today to workout. I woke up early to do laundry and then didn't get home after work until 9pm so no workout today. However, it was nice to have a rest day.

November 7, 2009 - Walk with Julie (10 miles)
Julie and I walked for 6 miles. I ended up with 2 nasty hamburger looking blisters so I was happy to be done walking.