I’m back from Maui!
While I get back into the swing of “regular” life, my goal is to hang on to as much of our chill aloha vibe from vacation as possible. Keep reading to find out how I plan to do this…
Ok hands own, number 1, very favorite thing from vacation – whales! While floating on my back (with my ears underwater) I could hear the whales singing!
This is what they sound like:
We also saw (and heard) loads of tropical birds, Here are the sounds I heard every morning from our condo:
Our very first stop once we got off the plane was the farmer’s market in Kihei. We loaded up on fresh fruit, and of course, banana bread.
Here is our typical breakfast:
Travel now requires apps, including proof of our negative Covid tests, so Eric talked me into getting a smart phone. While I loved that my old flip phone phone was tiny and indestructible, (why do I drop my phone so much?) my new phone tracks my steps (I know y’all already know this, give me a minute to catch up).
Our location in Kihei meant we could walk to most things. We averaged 6,500 steps each day, mostly barefoot, on sand, rocks, and grass. While here in Portland I spend most of my day barefoot, this is mostly indoors on flat surfaces. My calves were feeling all the beach walking! During my neighborhood walks this week, I looked for rocks, roots, and other uneven surfaces to walk on.
My favorite beach was Kamaole II.
It rained a little on and off the first few days, but once it stopped raining we we able to swim! Eric even tried snorkeling for the first time. Swimming in warm water is such a treat, especially if you have only experienced Pacific Northwest swimming.
Here was Eric’s favorite beach, Kahekili. Look close, that tiny black spec to the left of the catamaran is a whale.
A few days it was windy on the beach, so I got in some pool time.
They had Hawaiian radio on at the pool, playing a mix of Hawaiian pop, slack key guitar, reggae, country, and then every once in a while the dj would come on and read a recipe; like the whole recipe, out loud, from start to finish.
Speaking of entertainment, I love watching local t.v. stations when I travel and Hawaii did not disappoint. We watched a high school football game, an outdoor cooking show, skin divers spearing fish, and some sweet local commercials.
Even with all this good food, by the end of our trip both of us noticed our pants were looser. How is this possible? For one thing we walked, and swam a lot. We were also under very little stress. We started our day with fresh fruits and veggies, ate mostly whole foods, and had one big meal each day that often included fish. We also drank lots of water.
Now, how to bring this aloha vibe back to everyday life?
Here is my plan:
- Daily meditation. Here’s the meditation I sent to Fit Club members this week.
- 5 fruits and vegetables a day. Click here to learn why this is important.
- Daily walking. My goal is to average 6k steps each day, click here to to learn how to add steps by doing your daily activities.
Watch this video for my tips on reducing stress, and taking good care of yourself this spring.
How can I help you look and feel your best this spring? Do you need a walking buddy? I walk most weekday afternoons here in Sellwood. Call or text me and we can schedule a time to meet.
Do you need accountability? I’m happy to email you once a week to see if you are meeting your goals.
How about personalized help improving your diet, lowering your stress level, or adding strength and balance work to your routine (or starting a routine)?
Contact me today for a complimentary consultation.
Looking for an affordable way to add new moves to your repertoire? Join Fluid’s Fit Club! Each week you receive an email with a new video. These range from 5 minute to 60 minutes, and include: – strength and balance exercises – Pilates, yoga, Energy Flow, and Barre – Therapeutic exercises for shoulders, hips, feet, and hands, and – guided meditations.
Anne McCranie is a Portland, Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She provides pain relief solutions, for women in their 40’s to 80’s.
She offers weekly zoom Pilates, yoga, Barre, and Energy Flow classes, as well as one on one strength, mobility, and balance training training.