Non existent in Hawaii.
You'd think I would realize this since I was born on the islands. But being away for the past 17 years living in states where Fall existed. (Ugh, MD was beautiful in the fall and AK had a brief Fall too). I have really grown to LOVE fall. By far, it is my favorite season. The cooling temperatures, the golden-light, the earlier sunsets, the turning of leaves, wearing Ugg Boots, comfy sweaters.. I could go on and on.
But here I am, in flip flops, hair tied in a ponytail, no comfy sweaters, or having a cup of coffee on my brisk morning walk. In fact, we just went to the pool today (cloudy and all) just for kicks and to practice my strokes. Meanwhile, my IG feed are filled with beautiful turned leaves, people in comfy sweaters, and proof of cooler temps to come.
So let's face it, there is NO Fall weather here in Hawaii.
Back to Fall is...
Return of TV Shows
Yup, you know me and my TV shows.
Although one show that doesn't follow the line up of the regular schedule, Breaking Bad is one we have been watching since Season 1, and it's coming to an end, and we couldn't be more sad. Not only has this show won awards like there's no tomorrow, but we have fallen in love with these outrageous characters. I mean, when I watched my first episode, I was like "What the heck? A former Chemistry teacher making meth in an RV?" But the growing plot has been phenomenal. Brilliant writing and an overall great cast! So sad to see that one end. Although I'd like for all of them to live happily ever after. What kind of message does that send people? Selling meth has to have an abrupt end, I guess.
How I Met Your Mother. We've officially met the "Mother!"
Modern Family. This one we just got into and I'm glad we did, we didn't start from the first season, and this show you really don't have to. But we are hooked, hilarious show!
Greys Anatomy. I spent a lot of time catching up on this show from season 2 or 3, and they are now on season 10. I have to say, it's... ehh. The minute I heard Sandra Oh was leaving the show, I think a part of me left too. She is my favorite one! The chemistry between her and Meredith Grey is irreplaceable. I don't think I can go on...
Scandal. Another show we caught up during the summer when we were looking for shows on Hulu and Netflix to help the time pass. But I must say, Keri Washington (bow down) you are amazing!!!
The Walking Dead. Of course we are all anxious for this show to come back. We are all Zombie fans in this house and quite prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse btw.
I'm sure I'm missing more, but I tell you what, between Hulu, Netflix, and the ability to record shows, we never watch them live anymore. Oh technology, Thank You.
Well that's sad, that my "Fall Is..." list is compiled from the weather to my favorite TV shows. But I'm sure in the months to come, I'll have more to say about my favorite time of year. Or maybe not, because we live in the land of Endless Summers.
Last week, I've been "On-The-Go" and working out like a Mad-Woman, or what I like to call "dedicated". I have put in 3 workouts a day! Yup I said 3! I start off my mornings with Insanity (about 45 minutes). It's enough to make me walk with a limp when I start my day. Then when hubby gets home from work, we hit the gym for some Strength Training, which I've been LOVING because I'm starting to see "real" results. A few months ago, you'd have to look hard to see my bicep or tricep muscles.. but now I don't have to flex "so hard".
(below, Before & After about a month apart)
So we'd do a quick session and head to our Swimming Lessons. (Yup hubby decided to join me even though he's a pretty good swimmer.) Now.. Swimming.. Let's talk about this for a second. It is a WORKOUT! Okay not wading in the water and floating on your back. I'm talking about LAP SWIMMING. Holy, Moly. Even though we swim the width of the pool which is 25 meters one way. Our instructor has us doing 6x25 for the warm up! And we'd swim at night, when it's a bit chilly but we are sweating like crazy! Lap swimming is the most extensive workout I have ever done. Hands Down! (Oh yeah, more extensive than running 13 miles any day!) It's the only workout where you are using your entire body! You are reaching for your strokes, kicking with your feet, and most importantly you need to control your breathing. All of which are HARD if you are not like the fittest person in the world! So I'm sure at the end of the night we are burning a "ka-jillion" calories!
So these triple workouts aren't gonna last long. It takes a lot of time and swimming classes ended on Thursday. But I'm loving that I'm constantly "craving" a good workout. I'm feeling great, seeing results, loving my Vegan Shakeolgy (been on it for several months now) and the thing that keeps me going is inspiring people that "follow" me via FB or IG. We connect, share, and continue to inspire and push one another. I am surrounded by such a great network of people that even if I think of taking a break, I'll get a message or nudge, saying "Did you workout today?" Being surrounded by positive people who continue to lift me up helps me through the slump I feel when I don't want to do anything.
Back to my first ever swim lessons.. Well, let's just say, there were tears involved when asked to jump into 10 feet of water to practice "Survival Swimming!". But minutes later, I went off the diving board and water slide into that same 10 feet of water. I'll have to recollect my thoughts and share them in another entry, I'm sure you will get a kick out of it.
Till then.. enjoy your weekend!