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Quick Beach Update

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I promised myself I wouldn’t post anymore this week, but truth be told, after 10 years it feels weird if I go more than a few days without sharing something on the blog at least really quick.

So since I’m up before everyone AGAIN, it felt like the perfect time to sneak on the computer.  I just can’t sleep much past 6 anymore — I’ve ruined myself forever with 5:30 AM alarms .

First things first, my diet has been horrendous this week so far. It’s not that it’s impossible to eat at least semi-healthy while at the beach, it’s just that I don’t want to.  I #wycwyc where I can — ordering kid-sized ice cream cones, starting my day with a healthy homemade breakfast at the beach house, making water my drink of choice, sharing fries with the kids instead of ordering my own, things like that — but I’m only here one week out of the year and I refuse to miss out and stress about my vacation food choices.

It’s just not worth it, to me anyway.

Plus, I’d pretty much give up pizza all year just so I could eat it here every day this week — it’s THAT good.

My food may be a bit off the mark, but I’m killing it in the exercise department. So far I’ve completed all my planned workouts and as soon as I hit publish on this I’ll be off for today’s 30=minute beach run.

I felt a little awkward doing my own workouts on the boardwalk complete with sit-ups, push-ups, squats and jump rope but I did it!

And guess what… no one pointed or snickered or even cared. They were all too busy doing their own thing. If anything, I got a few smirks from the lifeguards as they are always working out in public. It felt more like a ha-have-fun-with-that-I’m-done-for-the-day smile.

Maybe it’s age, but don’t care anymore anyway. It’s nice to finally be at a place where I don’t let my fear stop me from doing things I want to do. I’m a little self conscious but I still do whatever it is I want to and that’s really all that matters.

I though I’d end with a few more photos. I’ve disconnected so much I haven’t even bothered to bring my regular camera out with us during the day so these are all shot with my phone.

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Sometimes I just need a break from being the family photographer but I can’t help snapping things like this.

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I just get this overwhelming feeling of not wanting to forget certain moments or images of the kids when they are this age.

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Between Mr. Goofy and Mr. Affectionate they always seem to be doing something I want to capture.

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Beach week is one of my favorite times of year. I swear, if I could convince The Husband to move here I would.

Then again, I’m not sure I’d like it in December.



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Discussion

There are 8 comments so far.

    Patty

    July 17, 2014

    Glad you are having a relaxing vacation! :)

    nancyabc

    July 17, 2014

    Would it seem so very special if you lived there??
    I love listening to the children tell me all about there special place they have been over the summer.
    Oh maybe in the future you and your husband or even the kids can make an additional trip there for a long weekend–that can be good for soul or just a lot of fun.

    Lauren Santay

    July 17, 2014

    It’s still just as special when you live here. You don’t go as often though because you don’t want to fight the crowds of tourists lol. We tend to spend the most time at the beach after 3 pm when we can fish and build fires and hang out (Island Beach State Park).

    Nancy

    July 17, 2014

    Glad you are enjoying your vacation. I live at the Jersey shore and try to take advantage of it all summer long!
    Just have to say, this quote from your post? I just thought WOW!! when I read it. It really made me pause for a bit and think. I am 47 and still not in that place. But, every day I get a little closer!

    “Maybe it’s age, but don’t care anymore anyway. It’s nice to finally be at a place where I don’t let my fear stop me from doing things I want to do. I’m a little self conscious but I still do whatever it is I want to and that’s really all that matters.”

    Tamara

    July 18, 2014

    Glad you’re having fun!! I can totally relate to not caring what people think anymore. They’re opinions of me are none of my business!

    I wouldn’t say your diet has been “horrendous” or any other judgmental word. Food is not a moral issue! You ate food. It made you happy. Why bring labels into it? Our at-home eating can bring a different kind of joy and satisfaction because it makes us feel a certain way and helps us achieve certain outcomes over time… but that doesn’t mean that it’s inherently “good” and our vacation eating is “bad.” They just have different purposes and yield different kinds of fulfillment. Just my two cents on that. I’m trying to ditch the whole “good/bad” food morality, and I guess I felt like writing a bit about it just now. xoxo

    Nancy

    July 18, 2014

    glad you are having fun – good job on the workouts in public… not caring is amazing…. sometimes i can master it… sometimes not so much …

    Erin

    July 18, 2014

    Have you heard the latest Jillian Michaels podcast? She’s talking about you.

      RoniNoone

      July 18, 2014

      UMM NO?!? Now I must go listen!