A New Normal

So we made it to Colorado! We’re coming up on three weeks in this beautiful place, and I have to say – it inspires a similar sense of awe within me that Hawai’i did. Yes, I really mean that. I look to the mountains, and my heart soars with excitement. You may remember that I was pretty worried about leaving “Paradise.” I was worried that I couldn’t possibly feel the same things here that I did there. But I realize now that it’s the adventure I crave. It’s not the blue ocean or the tropical forest I need. It’s being near something so much bigger than me. And let me tell you, the Rocky Mountains are a whole helluva lot bigger than me. And it. is. magical.

We’ve only been out exploring twice because we’ve been dealing with so many other things. But my Adventure To-do List grows by the day.

Here we are at Red Rocks Park. It almost looks like there’s an ocean in the background – ha! But nope, that’s just Denver and beyond.


As far as being settled in, we’re getting there. We’re currently in a kick-ass little corporate apartment. This place is fantastic. Two bedrooms – completely furnished – with a great kitchen, and it’s the same price as a hotel room. It definitely doesn’t feel like home, but we are pretty grateful to be living in it.

The place has a cute little gym with an incredible view of the mountains. (You just have to look past the buildings.)


However, as great as the apartment is, it’s not ours. So the great news is we put an offer in on a house within days of arriving in Denver, and we’re all set to close in early November. We’re so excited!


It’s cute and the layout fits our family perfectly. I think we’ll have fun putting our own spin on the interior, and hopefully we’ll live in it longer than our last place! And the neighborhood is really great. It’s suburbia of course. I had big dreams of moving into some hip downtown Denver location, but ultimately, we can’t afford the kind of house we’d want there. But you never know what the future holds…

Oh – totally off-topic, but the stores here! There are clothing stores and shoe stores and home decor stores and grocery stores….everywhere! It’s such a contrast to Hawai’i, and honestly, I freaking love it. I LOVE options! I didn’t realize how much I missed having them on the island. And seriously, you’ve never seen someone get so excited over a Panera Bread or McAlister’s Deli. We’ve already eaten at both twice.

Which brings me to my next update…my health. Eek. You know when life gets crazy, it’s all too easy to rearrange your priorities. So my health has not been at the top. But I’m happy to report that I’ve got my shit under control again, and it only took two weeks. It could have been so much worse!

On the exercise front, James and I have started a whole new lifting routine. I made him promise me that if we couldn’t stick to a plan here, then I could finally hire a personal trainer again. So far, so good. This is such a big deal for me. As time goes on, I’m really nailing down what’s important. It’s not being stick thin. It’s not shrinking myself down to fit any certain ideal. It’s being strong. And that’s the one thing I haven’t been able to fully accomplish since my training contract expired four and a half years ago. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a strong woman. I lift heavy, and I’m capable of damn near anything. But I also have a long way to go. And I want to look as strong as I know I am. Make sense?

So I’ll link you to the lifting routine, but you should know that it’s completely open to adjustments. It’s just a general plan with some great advice in there. We had been doing two body parts per day, and we’d been doing three exercises for each body part. And we were doing it in a circuit, so it was like Chest A, Tricep A, Chest B, Tricep B, Chest C, Tricep C, and then repeat that two more times. And I hated it. It felt like it dragged on even though the entire workout only lasted twenty minutes. So with this new routine, it’s whole body and we do it three times a week. But we do three sets for each body part and then move onto the next body part. So when we’re done with chest, we’re done. I don’t have to come back to that exercise again. We’ve only done it three times, but it seems so much less boring. Of course, I’m always really good straight out of the gate, so we’ll see how things are going in a week or two.

James just started his new job yesterday, and although getting up at 5:30am to hit the gym isn’t fun, I think having a routine will be good for us. We’ve been married for fifteen years, and he’s never had a normal 8-5 job. It’s been so difficult to put a schedule into place when we had to change it up constantly. So I really think this might be good for us. Or we might hate it. Who knows. But it’ll be an adjustment, that’s for sure.

I don’t yet have a concrete goal for cardio. I let my walks go this summer because life got in the way and it became so damn hot in Hawai’i. But I do miss them. Walking the dog around our apartment building has helped provide me some steps, but I think I might start using the elliptical for 20-30 minutes during the day for now. And then when we get to our new house, I’ll hopefully take up my neighborhood walks again. Unless I can’t handle the cold. (I’m embarrassed that this is a possibility.) I guess if that’s the case, I’ll use the treadmill I’ve been storing for two years.

Just like I’ve said all this year, my goal with food is to track it. I’m not restricting by a ton, but I’m certainly trying to show a decent deficit. I do know I have to pretty much cut out the alcohol or at the very least, limit it to the weekends. I don’t even drink much (what is ‘much’?), but it seems that when I’m having a glass of wine a night, I cannot lose weight. Even if the calories work out.

This makes me sad.

But you know what else makes me sad? When my jeans get too tight. Or when my boobs start to spill out of my brand new $80 bras. So yeah. I’m gonna get over it.

And that’s all I’ve got for you. I haven’t been around much, and that will likely continue. I’ve spent a lot of time really thinking hard about this blog and where I want it to go. Ultimately, I want to stop stressing over it so much. I want it to remain a place where I spill my guts when the mood strikes. And I don’t want it to be a source of worry or frustration in between those times. Because blogs should be fun! And sometimes, I just don’t have much to say.

But I’m on Instagram every day (still keeping my photo-a-day streak going!) so feel free to follow me there. Talk to you soon!


  1. Becca says

    Welcome to Colorado! I moved here last year, and while it does get cold, it doesn’t STAY cold. I am a year round bike commuter and it’s rare that I have to take the bus more than a day or so a week in the wintertime. It will snow (oh it will snow), but that also melts quickly. So fear not! It is beautiful and snowshoeing is a great workout if you get out to the mountains on the weekends.

    Best of luck! I’m struggling with the last 10-15 lbs myself. It just takes time I guess.

    • Nicole says

      Hi Becca! Thank you for your warm welcome (pun totally intended.) I’ll have to try snowshoeing for sure, but I’m glad to hear the bitter cold doesn’t last! We just got new coats and I’m totally excited about it LOL.

      Good luck on your last bit of weight. It’s frustrating, right? But we’ll either lose it or we’ll decide we’re happy as is. I guess that’s the good news!

      Thanks for reading!

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