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Monday, April 23, 2012

Vacation and Oprah

Me on Napili Beach
We had a wonderful time in Maui last week. We did part of the time in a simple beach front condo on a quiet bay and then last part at a big resort. One of the biggest perks of living in California is cheap airfare to Hawaii! Costs me less to fly there than to visit my family in Tulsa. I took that bikini, but I don't claim to look great in it. Weirdly, my stomach isn't my problem area, it is still my thighs. I sat in the shade and read Vanity Fair cover to cover (I love VF!), Eighteen Acres and the 4th book in the Game of Thrones series. I really love to read, but never find more than a few  minutes at a time to do it. So that was a big treat for me. We got in some really great snorkeling at the reef right on the beach and saw huge sea turtles pretty much every day. We took a whale watching boat trip, but could see the humpbacks just as good right from our beach! That was my favorite part. I did some standup paddle boarding and my boys did surfing lessons again. We played a big Phase 10 tourney and I was really impressed that my 7 yr old kept up with us. Overall it was a great family trip and I feel very fortunate.

Honestly, I used to obsess over food on vacation, because I can't eat in private on a trip. It would make me nervous thinking of meals, and I'd constantly be thinking about when I could eat next and wonder if that would satisfy me. But all that is gone... truly gone.

Favorite Dinner on Vacay: Filet and Scallops
That said, I did not stay grain-free on the trip. We enjoyed trying the local Hawaiian beers (and then trying them again!) I have been on maintenance for over 18 months, and I was not as strict with myself as I usually am. I stayed true to the Belly Fat Cure, aside for the alcohol. Mostly I didn't plan well and Maui's food options are very expensive and limited. But I think I'll be able to jump right back on the Fast Track and grain-free band wagon. I think it was a good time to take a little break from grain-free (I'm at about the six month mark with grain-free and was feeling a little constrained right before the trip).

I'd like to work on my arms before summer. They are kind of huge and I can preform tricks with them that make my kids laugh. Most of the time I can hide the flab, but I guess I could work on them too, right? Shut up or put up is my new motto for my arms :)

I am watching Oprah's Lifeclass tonight with Deepak and Perez Hilton. I LOVE Oprah and was able to attend one of her Lifeclass tours in person in Denver a few years ago. And I have secretly been a Perez fan for years, even back when he was mean and snarky. If you aren't familiar with Perez, he is a celebrity blogger who has lost nearly 80 lbs and really transformed himself, heart and body.  I admire when a person stands up and says "I'm sorry, I was wrong". That takes a lot of courage. I really recommend watching this episode. I have let negative thoughts run my life in the past and as part of the process when losing my weight, I learned to ignore them until they died away. I know some think overweight people reward themselves with food, I see maybe I was actually punishing myself with food in the past. Watch the show if you have time.


  1. Hi Amber. Loved hearing about your vacation. Sounds like a wonderful family time. I'm glad you enjoyed the local beers. Sounds like it was good to give the grain free lifestyle a break. I just can't give them up totally, but I'm more aware and eat alot less of them. Sending hugs!

  2. You look great and sounds like an awesome trip.

  3. Awesome! I'm glad you had a good time. :)

  4. Welcome back. It sounds like you all had a great time. And I'm sure you looked fantastic in that bikini.
    Have a great day :-)

  5. Amber that sounds like so much fun, I'd love to go to Hawaii too! Let us know what you do with your arms for sure!

  6. Welcome home!
    I love Napili beach and Roy's. Gish, just seeing and reading about your trip makes me long to go back. We usually go in Jan but we went to visit my son in Fl instead.
    I agree that it is a bit of a challenge to eat BFC/FT in Hawaii. Food is pricey and one-two weeks is hard to stock a kitchen. Still, I'm up for the challenge. : )

  7. You look amazing! I am glad that you took a break from being grain free, it is always a challenge on vacation!
    I would love to know where you stayed in Maui at the condo. If you send me a facebook message. When I went with my girlfriends for our 50th birthday's, we stayed in condos right at the Harbor shops/aquarium area? I'm trying to convince hubby that he needs to see Maui:)
    Welcome back!

  8. My husband and I are heading to our Condo in Lahaina at the end of May, for the weekend, and then I am going for a week with my twin sis at the end of June. I haven't been to our condo in about 18 months and I'm in withdrawls. Anyhow, wondering which hotel you stayed at? Black Rock (in front of the Sheraton in Kaanapali has the best (free) snorkeling with tons of turtles). Glad you had fun! Did you hit the Brewing Company in Napili? Weve had Christmas Dinner there several times and it's yummy! Maui is definitely the best Island (and that's why we bought there;)

  9. It made me smile to see you sitting on the beach. I'm so happy you were able to enjoy a beautiful family vacation.
    Vacationing and not obsess about food would be a real victory for me. You've got this maintaining thing down!

  10. Just found your blog! I was on Oahu for spring break and my husband and I went to Roy's too!! YUMMY food! However, I did not stay on my low sugar/grain diet on vacation and have been struggling to get back on track, weeks later. I need to kick start again and cut sugar - it's my nemesis and it's so hard to avoid it!

    Following you now. :-)

  11. Amber,
    I was just up the road from you! It was my first time on Maui. I loved the sunsets off of Kapalua -- it truly is paradise.
    I was nervous that I would gain weight on this trip but I didn't. I managed to relax, walk and swim alot. Snorkeling almost every day by the Westin (old airport beach) didn't feel like exercise but it was a great work out!
    So glad you had a good time. I will have to watch the Oprah/Perez Hilton segment.

  12. You look fabulous and happy, and right at home :),sitting on Napili Beach! :) My husband and I spent part of our honeymoon at Napili Kai and loved the secluded feeling of the bay. We also LOVED Roy's. However, the thing I remember most about eating there was the dessert so I won't even mention it by name here - HA! So glad you were able to get away and have a wonderful vacation with your family!!

  13. That was really great vacation for you i think, vacations are all about fun and enjoyable moments with your partner, i think two basic things we look into while going out for vacation, and these are:
    Perfect locations to hang out.
    Perfect food to stay healthy.
    If we are getting these two things then no other thing is needed.

    top maui snorkeling spots