Saturday, July 12, 2008

Vacation Time!

Once again it's that time of year when I pack up my kiddos and dog and head to the beach. It's a nice tradition we have had for just about ten years now. Funny, but when I was married to my first husband, we didn't really go camping or to the beach or anything. But once I was single, I was free. I was drop-dead POOR, but free. A campsite was only a couple bucks a night and I had a cheap tent. I was determined that my kids would not grow up without summer vacation memories just because I was a broke single mom, so I made it a point to take them to the ocean every year. Boy do we have some memories. The first year, when we didn't know we needed a tarp to cover the tent, or to seal the tent seams with waterproofing stuff. That was a wet vacation. The years that we drove down the coast and stopped at every state park we came across. The driftwood forts we built. So many hot dogs and marshmallows roasted. So much fun.

Every year when I go, it strikes me how much my life has changed in the past year. My kids are so much bigger each time. When I had more money we stayed in cabins or yurts (big round permanent tent-like structures). Last year we had a RV we stayed in. And my weight has changed, too. I remember when we first went, I was in the 235-240 pound range and I had not yet wrecked my knees. I did pretty well at hiking up the dunes and walking along the beach with the kids. But as the years went by, I got heavier and it got harder. The last 2 years have not been very enjoyable for me. My knees HURT, I could not walk along the beach at ALL. I could barely make it TO the beach. And my head was all about food. How could I snag a Hershey bar in the dark while everyone was making smores? Was there an extra bratwurst on the grill? Boy the Pepsi sure tastes good. Let's stop for ice cream. Oh, a candy shop, we have to get fudge. On and on. And I didn't even see it, because that was my normal.

This time, I will weigh the least amount I have ever weighed at the beach. I am also no doubt the fittest I have ever been at the beach. I am excited to walk in the sand with my kids again and really enjoy the tranquility. Yes I will have to take some Advil, but I will be okay. I can't wait. And instead of this being an excuse to load up the car with bags of chips, cookies, donuts and pop, I actually went out and bought carrots, broccoli, snap peas, cauliflower, asparagus, red peppers, and cucumbers. I am slicing them up and bringing them in the cooler in containers, along with some low fat ranch dip. My coolers also will contain fresh crisp apples, plums, bananas, berries, and apricots. I am bringing some unsweetened green tea and lean turkey for sandwiches on whole grain bread. Fresh salsa is coming along too, with tortilla chips. Yes, we will still grill burgers and brats, but also some Veggie Burgers and other veggies on the grill. A nice big watermelon will be dessert. Finally, I am more excited about the ocean and the family time than I am about the food.

I wrote before about how I went and whispered to the forest, "Please help me find the strength to change my life. Please help me lose this weight." I am going back to that forest, not only to hike, but to say "thank you." There is something about the ocean and the forests that is so vast and empowering. I hope to draw on that strength and return refreshed and ready to get back to my routine. I am doing well now, so I know I will do well when I get back.

I just found out that Blogger has a new feature whereby you can post to your blog at a future date without actually being present, so come back in a couple days and watch for my magic post! It's actually a draft I wrote back in February and never published, but I think it's fitting to post it now. Hope you enjoy it, and I will see you all THINNER and STRONGER when I get back!

14 comments:

nmburleson said...

What an awesome journey you have made! I'm very excited for you and your family. You are going to have a great vacation. Enjoy the walking!! You are an inspiration!

new*me said...

Have a great vacation with your kids. Enjoy the new, stronger you this year!

Katschi said...

Enjoy!

Cara said...

Your comment about your vacation being about food hit home with me. And it hit hard. You also brought tears to my eyes when you wrote about talking to the forest. I have been thin before (gained it all back and MORE) and know the feeling of playing with my children without feeling the effects of weight. I know I will be there again. You really are an inspiration!

Chubby Chick said...

Have a great time at the beach! I'm so glad that your health and stamina has improved so much... and you will be able to enjoy yourself so much more! That is absolutely fantastic!

And I can't wait for your "magic post." hehe

Roxie said...

I just found your blog, but wanted to wish you a happy vacation. You are a rock star! Have a wonderful time and enjoy the wonderful sensations of being healthy and out in nature. It's amazing how healing and motivating it is.

Ceres said...

This sounds so good :-) Your kids will cherish these memories forever, you are such a great mother! Enjoy your journey, drive safely, and I'm looking forward to reading your future posts!

joys journey in weightloss said...

Sounds like a wonderful vacation. I live in Oregon and we enjoy the coast so much. We are on our way to go whale watching tomorrow. I have not tried the yurts. I am not much of a camper, but I want to try. It is so hard at my current weight. You are an inspiration!

Shanna said...

That sounds like soooo much fun!! Have a great time, take lots of pics & maybe share them, if you want. I would love to see that place, you describe everything so well!

=)

Ryry the Adventurous said...

I hope you have an awesome time at the beach and get some much needed peace!!

Big Girl said...

Have a great time making even more wonderful memories.

Enjoy!

BTW... I love that new feature of blogger. It's so going to come in handy.

Honi said...

Have a wonderful time.. enjoy every aspect of your vacation.. with your healthier and fitter self.. make some great new memories~!~~

Melzie said...

Enjoy it all!!! I had the same thoughts about being a single mommy- I didn't want my son to do without "whatever" just because of it. It's been a great journey- even the not so great stuff. Would never change it!

I love the fact of the forest... and everything- enjoy!!!!

Mel @ SNM

Ashley said...

Lyn, you are SUCH an inspiration. Congratulations and keep up the good work! I have been working on my weight loss all summer but now I am sooo afraid of not being able to keep up my journey once school starts. I am going into my 4th year of university and I am SCARED to death that the energy and persistence that I have now will disappear once I begin stressing over my assignments. I have never been able to keep up in the past, I have always gained back the weight I lost over the summer. Can anyone relate or offer any words of advice or encouragement?

Lyn I can't even begin to describe how happy I am that I came across your blog. Everytime I feel like I am drifting away from my goal, I just simply re-read your posts and I find the strength to continue. Thank you for sharing your remarkable journey with all of us!