Greetings from Maui – quite possibly one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
In my last post, I talked about feeling confident in my beach attire as I was heading off for vacation. Now that I’ve been here (in paradise!) for a few days now, I keep saying to myself and to my husband: “I am SO glad I started this fitness journey when I did!” I feel fantastic for so many reasons—and not just because of the way I feel in shorts and swimsuits.
Hiking the Pools at Ohe’o, or the “Seven Sacred Pools,” is absolutely one of my favorite life experiences to date. Of course, the scenery was gorgeous—the road to Hana, the bamboo forest, Waimoku Falls, the rocky bluffs overlooking the ocean—all of it. But what I really loved was how I felt on that trek. I was full of energy! Starting up the trail through the fermenting mangos that had fallen and covered the ground, I kept thinking maybe I wasn’t in as good of shape as I’d hoped and was afraid I’d be dying halfway up. But as we continued upward, I felt more and more fantastic. Every new milestone invigorated me—I felt so powerful! I practically bounded up the trail like a child, taking in all the wonderment of my surroundings. Relishing all of the vegetation and critters foreign to me. It was a wonderful, familiar feeling.
Now granted, that particular hike doesn’t climb much in altitude, but we walked and explored for hours and clocked several miles. By the end of the day, I was exhausted in a good way, not in a drained, defeated kind of way.
If I hadn’t started changing my lifestyle six months ago and had hurriedly begun some “30 days to a summer body” plan, I’d be miserable and disappointed in myself. You know that feeling? If only I’d started sooner… I shouldn’t have had those cheat meals… I wish I’d have squeezed in a few more workouts… By starting on a long-term path to healthy living and true fitness, I didn’t feel those pressures. I’ve come a long way and made a lot of progress in terms of appearance, strength, and stamina, not to mention my increased confidence and happiness. And, because I didn’t go the ‘quick fix’ route, I’ll continue working toward being a fitter, healthier me—and will be in even better shape for my next adventure 🙂
Don’t set yourself up for failure and disappointment. Start your journey to a healthy lifestyle now and you’ll be ready for any event life throws your way!
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The Road to Hana
The Trail to Waimoku Falls
Stay tuned for my next update from the island!