As a matter of fact, I did lose 10 pounds in 2015 only to find that eight of them returned, to my waistline by New Year’s Day 2016. This lifelong pattern is beginning to wear me down, but I know what to do about it.
Yet it’s not all about the candy, cakes, and pies, it’s also just as seasonal as the tides. Would that I could blame it all on the Moon, my lack of motivation to get out and do something – anything – to recharge my circulatory system, burn a little fat and build a little muscle. As the year end holidays come around, so does our wet season, and I dislike hiking (and all the slipping and sliding) in mud. So, I sit a little more, read more, and add a pound of flesh here and there.
Motivation arrived when I stepped on the scale last Sunday. Then the first thing I did was grab my camera set off to walk down to the beach, having no idea how long it would take since I hadn’t gone for a walk/hike in nearly two months. It took only 25 minutes! Not much to see as it was merely a climb up the street, down Kawaihau Road, and across Kuhio Highway to the Eastside Path. I happened upon a lovely thicket of bougainvillea and something like Scotch Broom just before crossing Kuhio Highway.
Afterwards, I chose to travel north along the Eastside Pathway to see what I could see—hoping for whales because I saw none last year. But first I dropped down to sea level for some rock hopping and a look into some of the tidepools.
These rocks formed ??? years ago when lava that was still a tad hot was quenched by the sea. Afterward, salt, sand, and shells scoured away the various layers exposing black basketball-sized cores, which are slicker than a steamed-up mirror. As for the tidepools, I wish I could show you what I saw moments before I raised the camera to my face, but as you see the tidepools also provide plenty of places to hide, and hide they did (not unlike the elusive eight pounds that crept back around my waistline).
After perusing the rocks and tidepools for about an hour, a portion of it aerobic, I decided to resume my brisk walk to Kealia Beach, in search of whales. Although I enjoyed feeling the wind and watching the waves from high above the beach, there were no whales to be seen. So, I took this picture of Kealia Beach before hoofing it back home, all in all an hour of lollygagging, and two hours of serious walking/hiking, and today, one pound lighter, I’m back on the path to losing that excess weight and getting in shape for another year of trail maintenance.