|Photo op Road to Hana|
I was off routine and on VACATION, well-deserved, and off the clock. I literally took my watch off as soon as my work day prior to leaving for Maui was done. What a free and fun feeling to go, do, and be without restrictions. I think my clients were just as excited for me as I was, and that made me feel over-the-top GREAT.
Being off routine did not mean that I was not active, and in fact, hubby and I snorkeled for hours, hiked for hours which included climbing, walked and ran on the beach, played in the ocean, swam in the resort pool, and that became our gym for the week. I am definitely not one to lie in the sun for hours and for some reason, that makes me feel sick, but I do like to play in the water and outdoors so I got plenty of vitamin D. My favorite active part was snorkeling and swimming with huge turtles and checking out tropical fish. Talk about a workout! Swimming against an ocean current for a couple of hours until your lips are pickled from the salt is quite the tiring event. Top that off with the hike back to the resort, and I was ready for a shower, food and relaxation.
|Don and I at the top of the falls, Seven Sacred Pools|
|Mai tai at Feast LeLe|
It was great to be off routine and experience a tropical paradise gym setting, and to try foods that are not in my normal daily food intake. I do not consider vacation to be about food though, and constantly wanting the next meal to be here. I simply listened to my body as I usually do, and ate when I felt I should. My portions remained as I usually intake, but the indulgence was there with eating foods that I typically shy away from.
Being on vacation also provided my body and mind a rest from my every day work, workouts and environment. It was a beautiful place to recharge my mental and physical batteries. Moving my body in different ways like swimming in the ocean felt more like play than working out, and lying on a hammock listening to the ocean was relaxation that I have never experienced before this trip. Life is simply not healthy or balanced if the busyness of life does not allow time to appreciate such beauty, to take in a moment, dump the brain battery, and to just “be”. Off routine can be as simple as in your own backyard, nearby park, beach, or within a planned vacation. I have learned through the journey of my life how important it is to get off routine once in a while and to enjoy the ride.
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