"Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish." - John Jakes

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Kicked Is My Ass

Today I started to follow Charlie's new workout plan for me which involves working out twice a day on the days that I run. My workout "week" consists of 8 days and they work like this: day 1 cardio, day 2 strength, day 3 cardio, day 4 rest, day 5 strength, day 6 cardio, day 7 strength, day 8 rest; and then repeat. I've been following that plan for about a month now, actually a bit over a month, ever since Charlie came home from Afghanistan.

Anyway, on my cardio days I run. I'm redoing the couch to 5k program(c25k) because I stopped running a few months ago and I figured it wouldn't hurt to just start all the way over from the beginning. I also work on my pullups on my run days, trying to do 3 sets of 10 on a new resistance level(I can't do a real pullup yet but the gravitron machine helps me by holding most of my weight so I can do pullups).

Today Charlie and I did a workout that involved 3 rounds for time of deadlifts and doubleunder(DU) jump-roping, but I can't do DUs yet so mine were DU attempts(which basically means a lot of singleunders lol). Then later in the evening I did my week 4 day 1 c25k and it kicked my butt, but I did it. Followed by 3 sets of 10 at 120, which I was able to do them all.

As I get ready to head to bed I can firmly say that my ass has been kicked today lol. But it's a good kind of kicking, gets me one step closer to my goal: thin & in shape. Tomorrow is a strength day and I also may take Lucy for a long walk, but we'll see how I feel lol. Now I'm off to my comfy bed.

Oh and since I know my mom will be reading this: Hi Mom!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hike To The Lighthouse

Saturday a few friends and I decided to hike out to Makapu'u lighthouse, I was really excited to go because even though I've lived here for over 3 years now I still haven't done a lot of the touristy stuff(and I don't have much time left to do it before we move).

The hike was a really good hike, it's a paved trail leading to the lighthouse(but you can't actually get into the lighthouse, it's blocked off). Took us about 1 hour 40 mins to walk from the car and back, covered about 3.38 miles. One of the best parts of the trip was we got to see whales!! It's that time of the year where they migrate and pass the islands, and we got to see quite a few pods. Unfortunately I could never get my camera ready in time to get the best shots, but I have a few I'll share below.

After I got home Charlie wanted to go to the gym to work on some strength training, we did some bench pressing and then a workout that involved 6 rounds of running 100 meters, 12 kettlebell sumo deadlift highpulls, and then 18 medicine ball trunk twists for time. So by the end of the night I was beat and ready for bed as I'm sure you can imagine lol. Today is thankfully my rest day and I am going to enjoy every second of it =)

Here's some pictures from our hike:
This is a picture from the parking area, the lighthouse is on the other side
You can see a whale water spout to the right
This is the end of what was a whale jumping out of the water, it was really cool
A few pictures of the lighthouse(plus Sarah & I trying to take a picture of us with the lighthouse)
The view
The Girls(left to right): Talitha, Sarah, Jenna, me

Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Countdown Begins

It's crazy that in less than a month we'll be leaving Hawaii. I remembered when I first moved out here I hated it, and now it's so sad to leave. But I'm ready for a new adventure and Virginia is going to be one heck of an adventure.

I'm not really looking forward to the cold/snow(guess I've been spoiled with the year-round warm weather we get here). But then again I'm a tropics girl: born & raised in Florida and then moved to Hawaii, so I really don't know anything else. I'm nervous about learning to drive in the snow/ice and just the winter process in general.

But I must say I'm really excited about seeing the seasons change, actually getting to see the fall leaves and a fresh winter snow. I've only ever seen snow once and that was just a few years ago when we went on a trip to Seattle to see my sister, I know that now we'll be living in it for awhile lol.

I'm really interested to see how our babies handle the cold weather, we bought them both here in Hawaii so they've never experienced anything cold. I can only imagine how Lucy is going to react the first time she walks in the snow, I'm going to try to have my camera ready to tape it lol. And I wouldn't be surprised if Courage just spends the winter curled in a blanket somewhere.

Hopefully it won't take too long to get a house and we can get everything settled in, really don't want to have to live in a motel for awhile. We're trying to get base housing again because 1) it's just easier, and 2) from the people we talked to who used to live there they said living in town wasn't the safest of places. But if the housing wait list is too long we may have to find something else, so I'm crossing my fingers it won't be. It sucks that we can't get on the housing list till we detach out of here, I mean don't get me wrong I totally understand why that is, but it still would be nice to get on the list sooner. Oh well

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I guess all new blogs should start out with some kind of introduction so here's mine:

My name is Samantha but I mostly go by Sam or Sammie, in fact I can't even tell you the last time someone called me by my full first name....... crazy!

I'm 23(24 in just a few weeks!) and married to the love of my life. We've been together almost 8 years now, married for almost 4 years. He's in the Marine Corps and we're currently stationed in Hawaii(but not for much longer since we move to a new duty station in a month). We've been through 3 deployments (2 Iraq, 1 Afghanistan) but we're finally going to get a much needed break when he reports to his new assignment which is non-deployable(woohoo!!).

We have two "children," or I should say fur-babies. Courage is our lazy kitty who thinks he rules the house(which I guess he kinda does lol), and my baby girl Lucy who is the sweetest puppy there is. We don't have any plans to add any human babies into the mix, we're perfectly fine being just us two.

I have one older sister who is in the Navy, she's currently deployed to Afghanistan and I pray everyday for her safe return. I have the best parents in the world hands down, and I'm so blessed that we have such an amazing relationship. My dad was in the Navy during Vietnam, my two grandfathers served in World War Two(Navy & Army), and my great-grandfather was a pilot during World War One. As you can see I come from a proud military family and support our troops 110%.

I have my Associates of Arts degree in education but I'm not sure I'm going to continue that path with my Bachelors. I'm not really sure what I want to do with my life to be honest, I'll figure it out one day when I grow up lol.

I used to be thin but not in shape, and now I'm fat but feel like I'm in some of the best shape of my life. I'm doing stuff now that I never dreamed I'd be able to do, like run and do crossfit. I'm working on trying to lose this weight again and hope that maybe one day I can be something I've never been: thin and in shape.

My goal for this blog is to get back to doing what I used to love to do, writing. I had a blog on two different sites for years but then stopped about six months ago because I felt overwhelmed. But now I feel ready to start again and I wanted to start fresh & new, hence the new blog. I don't know if I'll write everyday, once a week, or even once a month, I just like to write when I get that wild hair.

Well that's about all I can think of for now, I am who I am: one of a kind. Any questions feel free to ask =)