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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 5 – What was your dream destination in 2012 and why?
It can be a town, city, country or region — real or imaginary — and doesn’t matter if you actually got there or not!

It’s interesting to get another question relating to travel (I related this #reverb12 post to travel the other day).  I’m going to take this as a sign from the universe that I need to pack some bags and head somewhere soon.

I’m sad to say that travel hasn’t been on the forefront of my mind lately, mostly because of budget restrictions.  I know that if I gave up some of my everyday luxuries, like my ridiculous cable bill, I could put that money toward a fabulous trip.  But the thing is, I enjoy my t.v. shows and movies too much to give them up.  It really is all about priorities.

maui2 Let’s pretend for a moment that I did have that $1700 to spend on a trip.  My first choice would be to go to Maui, Hawaii.  I’ve never been before, but every photograph I see of the island makes me long to soak up some of the slower island lifestyle along with the sun’s rays.

On a trip to Maui, I’d love to:

  • take surfing lessons
  • go on a zipline
  • attend a luau
  • take hula dancing classes on the beach (I do it here, why not there?)
  • enjoy the best sushi this side of Japan
  • read countless books while on the beach, sun bathing
  • enjoy morning yoga overlooking the ocean
  • see a live volcano from a helicopter
  • daily strolls along black sand beaches

I like the idea of a vacation where the main focus is on relaxing, but that also allows me to accomplish items on my Fitness Bucket List, too.

I may not have made it to Maui in 2012, but it will be in my sights for summer 2014, if not sooner.


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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 3 – What Do You Really Wish For?

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Today’s #reverb12 prompt and image come from Cam aka Curlypops.

Living life on a transplant waiting list gives you lots of reasons to reflect on what you’ve achieved in your life, and what you wish for the future. Imagine a scenario where you only had one year left to live. What is one thing that you really wish to do that you just haven’t had the chance to accomplish yet? What steps could you take (however small) to ensure that you accomplish this thing in 2013?

27514247693673987_Yg0ftelR_cGosh, this is such a difficult prompt for me to answer because the thing that I want most (achieving my weight loss goal) would become unimportant to me if I only had one year to live.  I know that may shock my longtime readers, but here’s why.

My weight loss journey has been a main focus of my life throughout my adulthood, and definitely for the past 15 years.  Achieving it would mean the world to me, but it’s going to take more than a year to achieve AND will involve surgery, so if I was given only 1 more year to live, I wouldn’t want to spend any of that time recovering, dieting, etc.  I’d want to make the most of whatever time I had left and not worry about my weight, my health, or counting calories.

The biggest thing I’d like to accomplish if given only a year to live would be to travel.  I love traveling and learning about new places, but I haven’t in YEARS because I can’t afford it financially. Or better put, I haven’t made it a priority financially.  I’d definitely shift my focus and my spending and do whatever it took so that  I could see all the places on my Bucket List.

I’ve achieved everything professionally that I want to, so I’d be very happy to leave teaching, pull all of my teacher’s retirement out, and use that money on a whirlwind trip: Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Ireland, and England.  Australia and New Zealand. Cuba, The Dominican Republic, and Hawaii.  The east coast of the U.S., including New England, NYC,  and Washington DC.  Chicago, New Orleans, Savannah and Austin.  Seattle, Portland, and then all through my beautiful home state of California from Lake Tahoe to San Diego.  I’d make sure to see as many friends and as much family as possible along the way.

Traveling offers a chance to see the world through other peoples’ eyes.  To find out about myself by seeing the way that someone else lives.  It sharpens my own ideals and values because it allows me to see an entirely different perspective.  Religion, food, music, art, architecture – all of these things define culture, and by learning about other cultures, I can get a better understanding of my own.

What better way to spend the last year of life than by truly living?

It’s interesting how huge a shift my life would take if I was  given just one more year to live.

Luckily, I haven’t been told that startling news, so I can go forward with my weight loss plans. Because when it comes right down to it, remaining obese makes my days a lot more limited than they need to be.  Which is why it’s been a priority.  Plus, I’m so close, and it would be a shame to get this far and not achieve that one, elusive goal.

(Keep scrolling down to read this beautiful image, which I found on Pinterest, courtesy of Words to Live By)

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Today was infinitely better than yesterday – the kind of on-program day that assures weight loss if enough of them are strung together.  This week I’m striving to string 7 days like today together.

Now it’s time for Friend Makin’ Monday (FMM).

If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

FMM: Travel

1. Where did your most recent trip take you? I went to San Francisco in December.  That barely counts, since it was a day trip and SF is only an hour away.
2. Is there a place that you’d like to visit that you haven’t yet? If so, where? I have a long list of “bucket list” places that I’d like to go – Europe (England, France, Portugal,Ireland), Cuba, The Bahamas, Australia, New Zealand, and many places in the U.S. (NYC, D.C., New Orleans, to name just a few).
3. Do you travel lightly, or do you cram as much into your luggage as possible? I pack a lot – way too much.  Although I do like Kim‘s idea of making sure to hit up a laundromat while traveling to meet some locals or other tourists while doing that chore.
4. Do your eating and exercise habits change when you travel? If so, how? I usually allow myself to indulge in some of the local flavors, but I do make sure to get in lots of walking and/or other formal exercise.
5. Tell us about a place you’ve been that you’d like to go back to. Italy!  I loved the month I spent there, and since it’s been 17 year since I’ve been there.
6. Do you prefer to travel at a certain time of year? Since I get summers off, that makes the most sense for traveling.  Once I retire, I think spring and fall would be the preferable times to go because the weather (in most places) would be more moderate.
7. If you had to choose, would you go to the beach or the mountains? Beach, absolutely!  I love the ocean would choose it hands down every time.  In fact, I’m going to go to Half Moon Bay this week, since the weather is supposed to warm up later in the week.
8. Have you ever needed a passport to travel? Yes, when I went to Italy, Jamaica, Canada, and Mexico.
9. Do you collect anything in your travels? I love bringing home some sort of memento, but nothing specific.
10. Where do you plan to go next? I’ll be going to Vegas in August with ScaleWare (our first face-to-face meeting), and I’ll go to the beach (Santa Cruz, Monterey/Carmel, Half Moon Bay) and Napa over the summer, I’m sure.

One thing I’m really looking forward to is the ease of traveling when I weigh much less than I do now.

Now it’s your turn to answer the questions!   And also be sure to go back to Kenlie’s blog and leave a link to your FMM post in the comments!  I really encourage you to comment on as many people’s posts as you can – I’ve met some fantastic people through FMM.  You never know who you’ll meet today.

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in #WEverb11.  Each day gives a new prompt, each of which is a chance to reflect and look forward.

December 6: Travel

Where did you travel this year? What was your favorite part? If you didn’t get to travel, where do you want to go next year?  Contributed by Allison.


I’m very sad to report that I didn’t travel anywhere this year.  The one small road trip to LA that I had planned got cancelled when I got sick.  I love going new places, but it just wasn’t in the cards this year. Or last year either, if I’m absolutely honest.  I’m way overdue for some traveling.

Which means that I’m looking ahead to 2012.  Scale Warfare and I have been saying that we need to meet in person one of these days, and yesterday she posted that she is going to put it on her 2012 resolutions list to meet me.  How exciting!!  Some time in the summer of 2012, we’re going to finally meet up, which is so overdue.  It’s crazy to think that one of my best friends in the whole world is someone that I have never met in person.  It’s truly a testament to the power of this online weight loss community that two people who are so similar in so many ways could connect to this level without so much as a meeting or even phone calls.  We communicate exclusively through the written word, which is so cool and so surreal all at the same time.

Now the question is WHERE will we meet up? I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and SW lives in the greater Washington DC Metro Area.  Both places have so much to offer, but wouldn’t you know that they’re also both on the opposite sides of the country?  So the fair thing to do would be to meet somewhere in the middle.  But where?  Since this would be a vacation, I told SW that we had to find somewhere that had fun things to do, places where we could pamper ourselves, and good shopping.  I’ve never been anywhere in the middle of the country (other than Chicago, which is an amazing city), so this is where I need your suggestions.  Where would you suggest we met up?

Of course our other option is to go to a vacation destination like Mexico or Canada or something.  We could still meet up in the middle, but the locales of those other countries seem a bit more conducive to a relaxing vacation than the Midwest of the U.S..  (No offense to Midwesterners! I’m totally ignorant of the offerings of the Midwestern states, so I could be missing a lot).  I’m open to suggestions.

And of course there’s always Vegas (closer to me) or Atlantic City (closer to SW, sort of).  Heck, I’d even go to the Jersey Shore with SW.  🙂

As you can tell, I’m totally open to the WHERE.  So give me some advice.  Please.


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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in Reverb 10. Each day gives a new prompt, which is a chance to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next in 2011.

December 22 – Travel
How did you travel in 2010? How and/or where would you like to travel next year? (Author: Tara Hunt)

I didn’t travel at all in 2010.  Sadly enough, I didn’t even go to the beach much.  I did make it to SF a few times, and I went to Napa, but since those are local trips, I don’t really consider them traveling.

I really need to make up for lost time in 2011!  Money permitting, I’d like to travel to:

  • Vegas for my 40th birthday in July.
  • Boston to visit CTLB (or, she can come here)
  • Michigan/Chicago to visit my uncle.  I’m hoping my sister & nieces can make the trip with me.
  • I’d also like to take a road trip in the Bug.  I’m envisioning somewhere coastal, so maybe north to Seattle?  Who knows, maybe SeattleRunnerGirl and I can meet up.

And in the spring, summer, and fall of 2011, I want to take plenty of weekend trips to great local places:

  • Half Moon Bay
  • Santa Cruz/Capitola
  • Napa/Sonoma

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