It’s been four days and I feel better already. Four days into the The Grand Adventure and we feel completely at home. Hopeful our bright shiny faces will continue to find joy in this vagabond life.
But to be honest, how hard can it be in Hawaii? It’s not. It’s slow and easy and no worries here on The Big Island.
We are using the 26 days we have in Hawaii to recalibrate, practice living with less, and get healthy once again.
Recalibrate – its pretty easy to have a peaceful mind when you are on island time. Funny though we are waking up early without an alarm. Our condo sits about thirty feet from the crashing waves and we listen to them in the night – doors open – lulling us to sleep. In the morning, on cue, we awake to the sounds that also helped us sleep. We feel energized and awake – lazy and relaxed all at once.
Living with Less – It’s clear already that I brought too many clothes. Despite my packing prowess I already see I could have had my bag much lighter. This month in Hawaii is a practice run, for when we depart on our big tour, at which time I must not overpack – cannot overpack. Learning…
Healthy Living – away from the distractions of “home”, the social engagements, the projects and work – it’s easy to think healthy. Part of our practice here is to learn to manage within our daily budget. That means minimal dining out. So far we have only had lunch out once and have made all our breakfasts and dinners and most of our lunches here at the condo using good healthy foods we purposefully are choosing in an effort to lose weight and get back on track
during this month. Fresh fruit and yogurt for breakfast each day, lots of veg and low-fat proteins (fish!) for lunch and dinner and a very minimal intake of carbs is our purposeful diet. That too has been easy.
A little harder is the running in the humidity, although I think I am beginning to acclimate. I also am figuring out how to swim laps in the open ocean, a much greater challenge than I expected. We have done two hikes so far and have another planned for tomorrow. On our first day we began a 28 day plank challenge and I already had to skip a day because my lower back was so sore. I’m gonna try again tomorrow. Slow and steady is how you get and stay healthy in your Fabulous Fifties.
But all that said, we also are enjoying a lot of “down” time. We took a nap today – after we had already napped at the pool. Ahh its a grand life.
So – so far so good. This new and improved Fab Fifties Life. It’s surreal in a way. But in other ways it seems perfectly natural. We hoped, we planned, we did it.
More soon – Aloha.