I’m baaaack! (Part 1)

This post is a two-parter to let you that I am back:

1. Physically, from an amazing trip to Charleston

2. Mentally, on this weight loss journey

This post will focus on the first one. Have you ever been to Charleston? If not, I highly, highly recommend it. It is one of my new favorite places because it has everything I love–historical sites, the beach, lighthouses, dolphins, good food and fun shops!

We went there with my Mom’s side of the family, and 26 of us split a gorgeous beach house on Isle of Palms. It could have been annoying and chaotic; instead, it was a total blast. We’re all talking about doing it again next year!

And I crossed one item of my bucket list this week: I saw dolphins in the wild for the very first time! I am a bit of a dolphin freak. I collected all things dolphin in grade school. And when my friends and I dorkily started a group notebook to pass around in grade school and made up names to avoid being caught in case it was ever found, mine was Leaping Dolphin. So, you can imagine my absolute GLEE when I saw a dolphin not six feet away from me. Apparently, it’s super rare for them to come that close, so we came at the perfect time!

We also saw jelly fish, star fish, a sea cucumber, a sea urchin and lots of litle crabs (and a few huge ones!).

The scenery was incredible–from a beautiful plantation where my cousin got married to incredible sunsets like this one:

Needless to say, I did not want to come back.

But the best part of the trip was that it was with so many family members–and it was my very first¬†vacation with my dad and brother outside of Wisconsin. Since my parents have a cottage, all of our family trips have been there. It was so fun to go somewhere new with them!

My dad has already asked me to start looking into rates for next year. So here’s one more thing to add to my vision board: wear a cute bathing suit (and look good in it!) next year when we come back!

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About Kristen K

My life has always been pretty darn fantastic--except for one thing: my weight. Not too long ago, I tipped the scale at 283 pounds. I'd gain some, lose some and gain some right back, and I was so frustrated. When I saw a notice for a Biggest Loser-style contest in my local paper, I applied on the spot and I felt like I won the lottery when I found out I was one of the five contestants chosen. We worked out four times a week with trainers and followed a clean eating diet, and my life completely transformed. I've lost more than 60 pounds and I'm feeling confidence for the first time in my life. I'm 29 years old with a great husband, a rewarding job, two adorable dogs and fantastic friends. Weight loss continues to be a struggle now that the contest has ended, but this time I know that I can do it and I'm fully committed. This blog has seved as an accountability tool as I journey from a happy, but fat, person to a happy and confident person. And for the first time in my life, I'm no longer putting it off until tomorrow. This time, I'm starting this minute.
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