Friday, August 28, 2015

Building Sand Castles In A Thunderstorm

Photo Credit: Life Is Cray

One of my major goals for losing weight, apart from being able to wear cute clothes, was to become more active.  Mostly so that I would be able to keep up with my toddler. However,  as I shared my thoughts with you in My Lifestyle Change Is Changing My Life, this journey has yielded so much more than I could have ever anticipated.

I am doing things and going places I never thought I would do or try.  There is a power and sense of self that comes from commanding your body physically which gives you an unshakable confidence.  I never knew that because I've never been active before and I love it.  Each new challenge leaves me wanting to do more and more.  Oddly enough, that power and confidence, are pushing me beyond my fears.  Fear of being uncomfortable.  Fear of animals and insects and ultimately fear of being out of control.

I started out walking, then outdoor boot camp - which taught me how to get down and dirty.  I loved it.  Then, because of some complications I ended up in the gym.  Not my favorite spot, but I enjoy lifting weights and met my super hero trainer there.  Now I'm back outdoors, at least until it gets too cold, cycling, hiking, running and loving life.

I told you in I'm So Tired Of Counting Calories that I'm done with dieting.  It was a tough decision, but the right one for my peace and health of mind.  Yes, I still want to lose weight, but I don't want it to be at the center of my existence anymore. Bye, Bye!

I've had an awesome active vacation.  Volunteering to sweat and looking forward to it has proven to me that I am truly living an active life.  If I had to choose amongst the highlights, and there were many,  I would have to chose building sandcastles at the beach in a thunderstorm with Robin.  It took me a minute, but I was able to fully commit. I had to first push past my personal prisions: 1. Not wanting to get my hair wet and 2. My dislike of the sticky sand all over my body.   I got down in the sand with Robin and we dug, filled buckets with sand, fetched water, built and knocked down castles for hours. The light but steady summer rain was so warm and beautiful. While holding hands, running into the ocean to get some water for the umpteenth time, Robin squealed, "Mommy, we are having so much fun!" My heart melted and tears of joy sprang into my eyes. I would have never been able to give her this type of joy if I hadn't embarked on this journey.

My vacation is now over and I marvel at all that I got to do.  I already have a an adventure picked out for next year.  I found this local company called Bermuda's Hidden Gems which does eco-tours across the island.  I want to take their Summer Excursion next year.  Here's what I want to do:

I want to see this view for myself

Jump into Blue Hole

Trek through Tom Moore's Jungle

And swim in a cave.
There I have set my intention and put it out there.  Now to find a swimming class.  Lord help me with the creatures.  You know I don't do lizards and frogs.

Do you think my friend Mandy, from Paddle Boarding In Paradise, is up for more adventure?

How has changing your life changed your life?


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38 comments :

  1. Those bermuda excursion photos look amazing - I can't wait to see the actual pictures you take when you do it next year!

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    1. Me too Chrissy. I'm ready minus being able to swim. Lol. Thanks for storing by.

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  2. Changing my life led me to discover that it's my passion, my purpose in life to help others on their journeys to improve their overall health and wellness.

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    1. That is fantastic Cassandra. There is nothing like syncing with purpose.

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  3. I love how reflective you are in this post! The way you are looking at your lifestyle change and not letting it run your life is really inspiring!

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    1. Thanks Olivia for the kind words. I must admit it was running my life for a minute there but over the course of this year I've decided that it is time to live. Sounds like a good blog title doesn't it? Lol! Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Beautiful post! Changing my life helped me realize that life is about more than me. That's when I started to discover my passions. We are all here to be a light to the world around us especially those who are lost. Walking in purpose makes life so much sweeter. Beautiful photos!

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    1. Discovering purpose, walking in purpose is everything isn't it. Purpose gives definition to life and living. Thanks for popping in.

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  5. You are amazing! You are making big life changes and that is incredible. I hope you get to do all those excursions!

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    1. Thanks Nicole. I love your upbeat energy. I hope and pray that I get to do them as well.

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  6. Love your attitude. And really, attitude is everything when you are trying to change areas of your life that you aren't happy with! I know you will succeed!!

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  7. Your pictures are amazing. I couldn't be a dieter. I truly believe everything in moderation!

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  8. Once your mind is set to do something you will loose the weight and who say exercise has to be boring have fun. Keep it up its through these little moment we find our strength. Great graphic!

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  9. Isn't it amazing the possibilities and opportunities that emerge when we nudge out of our comfort zones? Kudos to you for changing your life! Learning to swim and doing my first tri was my mega goal for this year. Mission accomplished!

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  10. Awesome that you are conquering your fears and coming out if your comfort zone. It is so refreshing and inspiring! I have never been to Bermuda, but I hear it is amazing!!

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  11. You have a great perspective and with it you can accomplish anything you set your mind and heart on doing. Let the adventures begin!

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  12. I never realized how much of an impact that starting to run would have on my life. Looking back, its quite amazing to think about just how much change running has had on my life, and all for the better.

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  13. Changing my life has led me to greater happiness. You will meet those goals that you set for yourself. And a swimming class sounds great!

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  14. Holy wow, is that the sand castle you built!! O.O Its gorgeous! First time reader here from fitness friday link up. Love this post, I will be back :)

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  15. In answer to your question, for me once I decide to change something in my life, that's it, I go for it. But, I don't set out to do it lightly. I need God's help every. single. moment. We can't do it in our own strength. Would love for you to link up this party on our Tuesday Talk each week beginning at 8:00 a.m. Your fitness and health journey would be so inspiring to others. Thanks for the party. Great pictures too along with great words.

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  16. Bermuda looks amazing! I loved reading your post and how you are pushing past your fears. Good luck on your health and fitness journey.

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  17. I want to see that view for myself too.

    Changing my life has allowed me to be more positive and grateful for the thingS i have rather than complaining about the things I don't have.

    www.randomlyyaya.com

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  18. Your photos are amazing! I agree with counting calories! I just can't be ruled by it anymore! I am trying to change my lifestyle to a healthy one, one step at a time!

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  19. Congratulations on your new experiences. I look forward to seeing your Bermuda adventures.

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  20. Fear can be debilitating but it sounds like you've received a true deliverance from the fears that were holding you back. I've had to conquer some pretty difficult fears myself but the freedom that comes from living a fearless life is AMAZING!

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  21. Its amazing what an active lifestyle opens up. As my kids say its always more fun to explore than sit and watch tv.

    Thanks for sharing your story.

    Marissa

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  22. Wow those photos are amazing - the blue water hole!! And I feel you on the working on getting healthy without "dieting" its a full life style change to keep it going .........

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  23. I love these pictures. You have to do what works best for you in regards to weight loss. I don't blame you one bit about the counting calories thing. Such a pain.

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  24. These are such amazing pictures. I love the sand castle it's so beautiful! An active lifestyle is the way to go!

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  25. What beautiful photos. I love the one of the sandcastle.

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  26. These pictures are beautiful, kudos to you for living life on your own terms. Adventure is out there and it can be a lot of fun.

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  27. i'm amazed that anybody can build castles during a thunderstorm - every time there's one, all i want to do is run into my house and hide under the covers!

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  28. It's awesome how much you are enjoying being more active. Your vacation plans sound awesome. The pictures are beautiful.

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  29. It's amazing how just stepping outside of your own personal prisons as you put it can change your life. Just being open and willing has made a huge difference in my life's journey.

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  30. How amazing! I would love to do a Bermuda Excursion! Thank you for sharing this at the #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup!

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  31. Whenever go on an island trip with my kids we love making sand castles. I will definitely show this beautiful castle to my kids so that they can learn more.

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