We are back!

My husband and I are back at Disneyworld! The happiest place on Earth!

On May 5th my sweet cousin married the love of his life, and I’m so glad we were able to be here to witness this happy union!

We’re on day two of Disney magic fun. Our days have been packed! Tons of walking, eating, and pictures!

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What happened?

I honestly don’t know what happened this month, but I realized I haven’t blogged since April 3rd? Wow, what happened? Let’s recap-

  • I continued my strenuous workout plan
  • Maintained my diet
  • Gave myself more free days then ever
  • Felt completely burnt out and sick the weekend of April 6-8, just as I felt I was getting back into the swing of things.
  • Bounced back the following weekend
  • April 14 we went to Rick Steves’ spring travel festival! Even more excited at the prospect of going to Europe for 2 weeks (hopefully in September!)

  • Enjoyed the amazing town of Edmonds, and enjoyed brunch at Chanterelle (I highly recommend this place)
  • Walked along the water with my love in Edmonds
  • Drove to Seattle later that day and walked even more along the pier, and enjoyed meeting new friends at Pike’s place-This was the first sunny weekend in a long time here in Seattle; we made sure to make the most of it!
  • April 22nd we went to the NPC 2012 Emerald cup. Amazed at all the dedication and hard work these athletes put in for this sport! I also saw my previous trainer Larry, I haven’t seen him since October, and his reaction to my progress was the best.

To sum this month up, it was everything I needed-time with family, friends, and motivation to work harder than ever. Hopefully I can stick to a steadier blogging schedule, this time! I hope to post results soon, I weigh in tomorrow. YIKES!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Happy first day of Spring everyone! When I think of Spring, I automatically associate it with sun and warmth! Unfortunately, the western side of WA state didn’t make the transition out of winter yet. We’re enjoying the long days of  gray clouds, rainstorms, and gloom. I need to get out of here and enjoy somewhere warm and sunny!

The lack of natural vitamin D & C is making me feel sad, but it is also more motivation to start the vacation planning process. This year I also want to cross things off my bucket list!

Previous to my weightloss journey, I would always plan vacations centered around eating,A LOT, and being lazy. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to enjoy local cuisine. But, now when I look for destinations, I want to make sure the emphasis is making sure it will be beneficial for my mind, body, and soul.

Our first vacation will be around the end of April. I want to go to Napa Valley, CA. I feel this would be the best option for us as a quick weekend getaway. My husband and I have been wanting to go for years, but haven’t had the opportunity. Now, we’re set on making this trip happen, even just for a weekend. We both really need this! We want this to be our time to relax & rejuvenate as we enjoy the local wine, food, and walks outside, while soaking up some sunshine! A quick break from our strenuous schedules.

Beautiful wine country!

Beautiful wine country!

Does anyone have any hotel suggestions? We’d like to be in the center of town, closest to  the wineries. I’ve been looking on Groupon & Living Social for deals, but I haven’t seen any for Napa. Maybe I missed it?

Where is your first vacation leading you this spring? What’s your definition of an amazing vacation?

Hello world!

My name is Arlyn. I’m not a nutritionist, or a certified personal trainer-I train with one. I was scared healthy and realized life is too short to take it for granted. I’ve made it my life’s mission to stay healthy and see the world one city at a time.

On May 15, 2011; I was getting ready to board a plane home from Dallas-Lovefield airport to Seattle. I was in Dallas for my cousin’s college graduation extremely proud!  I felt my heart rate skyrocket as I waited in line, and felt weak in my knees but tried to board the plane anyways. Fortunately, the gate agent stopped me from boarding that fateful day.

By the time the paramedics saw me; my heart rate was at 280 BPM almost triple a normal resting heart rate. I was rushed to Parkland Hospital where the doctors performed an atrial ablation. I believe God answered my prayers. I’ve gone through numerous tests for a year prior to my procedure to try to figure out the reason behind my extreme heart beat, but I was left without a conclusion/answers. I’m extremely thankful to the doctor’s at Parkland for giving me the answers. I’m also thankful, God healed my heart and answered my prayers! The doctors’ told me I was completely healed, and that I could live life as normal.

However normal couldn’t come fast enough for me. Daily activities were just unbearable. I returned home and I wasn’t my normal self. It hits you like ton of bricks, you have to restart your life!  I became flat out, lazy. I used this procedure as an excuse to not do anything. I needed to wake up! Two months had passed, and I was sick of feeling sorry for myself. In July I started working with a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness. He turned my life around. I discovered strength and endurance I never knew I could have.

Fast forward 8 months later, I’m down 35lbs! It’s been an amazing journey, but I’ve learned an incredible amount along the way. I want to share with readers my love for fitness, health, food, and adventures that help me stay motivated. This is my journey! I hope you stay with me!