Oct 222014
 

Despite previous posts, we didn’t just spend our ENTIRE trip eating (although it may look like that and my waistline sure reflects some of that). We did enjoy some fitness too! Our condo was in a great location. Not only did we a have a view of the ocean and Kamaole Beach 1 from our lanai, this was the view on the other side:

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Pretty gorgeous! Our condo had a yoga mat and I was SO EXCITED when I saw that when we first arrived. For awhile I had had grand plans to do yoga on the beach at least a few times on our trip. Sadly, that never actually happened. I’m disappointed by that but we just got busy going to the beach. :) Despite that, I DID get a lot of fitness in, it was just different kinds of fitness.

First, we did a kayaking/snorkel tour for 2.5 hours. That is quite a workout in itself. The next day we were both extremely sore in the calves (from snorkeling) and sore in the shoulders from kayaking. Second, almost every single day that we were in Maui we spent the morning at the beach. I would snorkel and swim for hours on end. While I wasn’t tracking my calories or my exercise, that still counted for burning some calories!

I did go for a run a few times. AND MICHAEL JOINED ME. Wow. I was so shocked. It was a honeymoon miracle!! And I have proof!

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And he didn’t complain AND he didn’t hate it. :) We ran around near the condo along the water and did 2.2 miles! It felt good to run and nothing hurt. Nice weather tends to do that…

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It was nice to run with Michael. It’s something we’ve never done together before and it is always better running with a buddy. We did some sight-seeing as we ran and chatted about things. It was good bonding time. And then of course, after our run:

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A little treat. :) I’ve never had shaved ice before and it seemed kind of silly, but damn it was good! We relaxed and watched the people and the ocean and enjoyed our shaved ice on a hot day after a hot run. After that we went to the beach for some swimming.

Another morning we went for a run and ran the opposite direction (north) in Kihei along the water.

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We ran all the way up to Kalama Park, which was really cute and huge. There was tons of stuff for kids there and a bunch of covered picnic areas. There was also this fantastic trail that ran along the ocean. It was picturesque and so perfect for running.

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We paused for a minute to watch people getting a paddle board lesson:

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This was something else we had planned on doing and never got a chance to. We’ve both wanted to try SUP and it was fun to watch everyone do it. Next time for sure! We headed back to the condo and ended up doing 2.53 miles total.

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I had planned on running more in Maui and just didn’t. We got busy going to the beach every day and I chose to swim and snorkel instead of run. Also, by the end of the trip my knees were starting to hurt a bit and even got swollen one night. I think it was all the snorkeling and using the flippers. I rarely use fins when I swim and I think that was a little hard on my knees. The last two days at the beach I skipped the fins and just swam without them and felt a lot better.

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I feel like it was easier to stay active and WORK OUT in Kona a few years ago. I think part of that was that we were traveling with friends and they were often slow-moving in the morning. I’d get up and go for a run and then be back ready to shower and eat when everyone else was up. I think I also needed more “me” time on that trip and running was an easy way to do that. This time it was more about Michael and I spending time together (obviously).

I’m reasonably happy that I stayed active during our honeymoon but also slightly disappointed that I didn’t make more of an effort. I had also planned on doing some body weight exercises along the beach in one of the parks with grassy areas. It would have been a great workout–squats, jumping jacks, push-ups, HIIT stuff. Can you imagine a better setting for working out? I can’t.

In the end I think my body and my brain just needed a break. I hadn’t really taken a break (other than whenever I got sick and took a few days off) from working out for like 8 years. It was nice to just relax and do active things without TRACKING or feeling OBLIGATED. We just enjoyed the sunshine and the ocean. :)

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May 142014
 

Saturday morning I woke up about 7:30am. I got a good solid 6 hours of sleep and apparently that’s all I needed!  Anna was still asleep so I got dressed and went down to the gym. The Bally’s gym was SO NICE! One of the best hotel gyms I’ve used (The Monte Carlo being my other favorite). They had half a dozen treadmills, about 7 ellipticals, some stair-masters, exercise bikes and TONS of weight machines and free weights.

I was one of three people in the gym that early. My friend Debby and the people she went to Vegas with were on their way to Red Rock Canyon for a hike (which sounded awesome to me). I warmed up on the elliptical, did some body weight exercises (burpees, jumping jacks, crunches, etc) went through the weight machines, did some free weight stuff and finished up with a half mile run on the treadmill.

My legs were tired from all the walking we did on Friday. I knew I should take it easy with the lower body cardio because we were going to do even more walking on Saturday. I got a fantastic workout in, burned some calories and then checked out the spa that guests could use. They had a body temperature hot tub, a hot hot tub, a dry sauna, a steam room with eucalyptus and then your typical spa services. The men’s and women’s spas were separate and there were a bunch of ladies in there waiting for massages. I told Anna that we should make good use of it (especially since we were paying $20 per night for the “resort fee” to use it) but sadly we ran out of time and didn’t get to it.


I got cleaned up and then Anna and I went out in search of breakfast. I was staving! We walked over to Paris (which is right next to Bally’s) and the fancy Parisian outdoor cafe was packed! The line just to get to the hostess to get on a wait list was at least 20 people deep. We decided to keep walking. Next door was something called The Sugar Factory and they also had a huge outdoor patio.

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While we waited we sat at their bar and got some coffee and Bloody Mary’s. :D Their coffee was AMAZING!!! The best coffee I’ve ever had. We asked the bartender, waiter, waitress and no one seemed to know what brand of coffee they served. I was disappointed because I totally would have bought some if I knew what it was! Their Bloody Mary’s were fantastically spicy. They used a spicy infused vodka in the bloody mix. The salt was huge, flavorful crystals that clung to the glass, there was a hint of lime and cucumber in the drink and there was a cucumber and olive garnish. So tasty.

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It took about 20 minutes and then we got our table outside. There was a gorgeous breeze and it was about 70 degrees so far. We were across the street from the Bellagio. It was a peaceful, relaxing time as we lounged on the patio. It was hard to decide what to get. I REALLY wanted the carrot cake pancakes but I knew the cream cheese frosting would just be too much sugar first thing in the morning. The blueberry pancakes sounded great and let’s be honest, so did the Fat Elvis Waffle (ok not really).


I decided to go for the croissant sandwich. It was ham and cheese and came with crispy potatoes (that were exceptional). The sandwich was big and honestly half would have been the perfect portion. The croissant was heavenly–flaky, buttery and perfect. Dang, I want another!

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After breakfast we walked over to the Bellagio and caught the bus to Mandalay Bay. We walked around the gardens, checked out their AMAZING pool (it was packed!) that had a lazy floating river, and then went to see the Shark Aquarium (which was kind of expensive so we skipped it). Then we saw MICHAEL JACKSON!! Woot!!! The street performer was great! He sounded, looked and danced just like the real thing. It was great getting a picture!

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We meandered down to The Luxor and then decided to take a gambling resting break in New York New York. Our feet, legs and calves were aching. I could have used a massage. :)

We decided to hop on the bus back to Bally’s (our poor feet). Thankfully our bus pass was still valid! I have to admit, we stopped for more $2 tacos at Bally’s (they were that good) and then went down to the pool. We stayed out fairly long and the sun was hot hot hot! It was around 88 degrees on Saturday. It felt like heaven. For months I’ve been craving that exact thing–sitting poolside in the sun with a cool drink and a book.

After the pool we got cleaned up and dolled up and we were ready for the night! First we did some gambling at the Bellagio and got lucky! It was nice! We had an hour to kill before meeting up with my friend Debby and her party at Excalibur for Thunder From Down Under!! Debby goes every single time she’s in Vegas and talks about it all the time so I said, sure why not? It could be fun. We liked the movie Magic Mike. :D

It was a huge auditorium packed full of women of all ages. There were a ton of brides-to-be with the veil and tiaras. There were a bunch of girls there for birthdays. There was this one girl that was called onto the stage because it was her 21st birthday and her mom had brought her! Awesome! Debby and her family were sitting over on the other side of the room and Anna and I were at a table with a bunch of adorable little old ladies that were doing Jello Shots. LOL!!! My friend Debby:

Hell ya we did Jello Shots! It’s been like 10 years since I had them. Haha! So the show…It was totally awesome. It was worth the money for the ticket and the guys definitely looked great–just like the photos. Afterward we could get pictures with the guys. :D We all got a free pass to a nightclub in the Luxor and free drinks til midnight but the line to get in was kind of long and I was starting to get tired (and blisters on my feet). Debby and her people ended up dancing til 2am! Anna and I walked back to our hotel, enjoying the nightly sights on the way.


Why I decided to book us a flight so freaking early on Sunday morning is beyond me. UGH. Coffee was needed. We had a few minutes to hit the tables before leaving and we both left winners! I got a hit on #29 and won $35 buckaroos. I was happy to leave after winning. Debby had rented a car (a bright blue mustang convertible) and she kindly offered to take us to the airport. It was so AWESOME riding through Vegas in a convertible! One of the highlights for sure.

Our flight was super turbulent — like the first hour of the flight I felt like I was going to barf and then die–and that sucked. The winds had started late Saturday night and Sunday was just as windy. I guess that was the cause of the turbulence. Dang it was not comfortable and I spent most of Sunday feeling nauseated. I was glad to be home and on LAND. Bella gave me lots of kisses, Fat Kitty gave me lots of love nibbles and it was so good to see Michael again.

I had a fantastic weekend. Everything was great and it was SO good to spend time with Anna. We were travel buddies for a really long time and then she moved to Morocco for the Peace Corp and was gone for about 4 or 5 years. We were still in sporadic contact (email and phone calls) but not seeing her for a long time made us drift apart a bit. It was nice to reconnect. And lay by the pool. And drink some umbrella drinks. :D

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