Good Morning (4:30 am over here on the Big Island!)
I’m recovering this morning from yesterday’s fun adventure. We packed so much into one day that I’ll have to make an entirely separate post. And the fun doesn’t end there. Tonight, we are diving with the manta ray!
Before I head out for another day of fun, I wanted to leave you with a new recap post so you can see what I’ve been up to!
I was so jetlagged waking up on Tuesday morning.
I needed ALL the coffee to keep me going. Later in the afternoon, after dropping my friends off at the airport (they headed to Ecuador), I stopped out at the grocery store to pick up some things for the house. I wanted to spend a few days adjusting to the time, catching up on some work I needed to finish, and playing tennis before my friend, Caitlin, arrived!
I picked up cashew milk, Rxbars, eggs, yogurt, pineapple, kale, salmon, rice cakes, jalapeno Kite Hill almond milk “cream cheese” (omg so good), and a few other things.
My late lunch ended up being my dinner because I was so tired.
I had a salad with some of my leftover turkey burgers from the flight topped with jalapeno almond milk cream cheese, sweet potatoes, avocado, sprouts, tomatoes, fig, cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, kale, macadamia nuts, and a side of fresh pineapple.
Kona and I went for a walk around 8 pm, and then we were out. I took melatonin to help me sleep in and not wake up at 3:30, but that didn’t work. I was up on Wednesday morning at 3:45 am. I probably should have taken something stronger than melatonin, but I knew I’d eventually adjust to the time.
After having some morning coffee, I took Kona for a walk and then got ready for tennis.
I love tennis so much, so I knew I had to look into social play, or lessons while I was out here on the Big Island. I thought it would be a great exercise, and so much fun to meet new people and play the best sport ever in on of the prettiest places.
I talked with a tennis pro that runs a group exercise called “tennicize.” I decided to join, and take lessons after the workouts to sharpen up my skills. It was the best decision ever. I had SO MUCH FUN playing with everyone, and holy moly was it tough! I hope I can find a workout class like that back in Charlotte.
I made breakfast after showering off from tennis. I had an omelet topped with the jalapeno Kite-Hill spread, a side salad, and fresh pineapple. I can’t get enough of the pineapple here on the island.
After my late breakfast, I grabbed a book and headed to Magic Sands Beach to read by the water. I was surprised at how empty the beach was. Magic Sands is a very touristy spot.
On Wednesday evening, I braved it out and went up to grab a papaya out of the tree, and it was ridiculously amazing!
I made a salmon salad for dinner with my fresh papaya on the side!
I watched a movie and fell asleep at 9 pm!
There was a heavy storm for about an hour on Thursday morning. The skies were gorgeous afterward!
I was up at 3:30 again! I had an RXBAR and a cup of coffee while watching the morning news and relaxing a bit before the sun came up. I was excited because it was day one of the 40 Day Fitness Challenge! I’m honestly blown away by all of the participants and posts! It’s never too late to jump in if you’re interested.
Before heading out for a big morning of tennis, I had a protein yogurt (coconut milk yogurt + vanilla protein + cocoa powder) topped with figs and fresh papaya. I also had some collagen in my coffee.
Before heading to tennis, I did a little backyard circuit from the 40 Day Challenge page! Kona decided to join 🙂
I played tennis for several hours! Towards the end of it, I was feeling the vog effect, but it was so much fun. Tennis is one of those sports that I never get tired of playing. After tennicize, we worked on a few new techniques for my backhand that really helped. The group calls me “animal,” and I’m taking it as a compliment haha!
I was so hungry after tennis, so I headed to one of my favorite spots in Kona, the Evolution Bakery and Cafe! It’s vegan spot with amazing to-go bites, coffee, pastries, and juices. I ordered a gluten-free bagel, and an elevate smoothie with extra ginger.
When I got back, I packed up some water and took Kona to Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park to walk the beach.
This is the spot to snorkel to see the sea turtles.
Kona LOVES fetching coral.
I was ZONKED when we got back. I took a shower, had a snack with coffee (in hopes that it would keep me awake) and relaxed on the back patio.
For dinner, I had a kale salad with avocado, eggs, leftover salmon from the night before, and fresh pineapple!
We went on a dog walk, watched Southern Charm, and went to sleep!
I was so excited to start my day with yoga at Daylight Mind! If you visit Kona, add this to your list. Listening to the ocean waves while getting a good stretch in was so relaxing and perfect. A great way to start day two of the challenge!
I just wanted to lay there forever.
I headed downstairs to have breakfast after yoga.
I had a coconut milk cappuccino, which was sooooooo delicious. This was probably one of the best coconut milk cappuccinos I’ve ever had.
I ordered a side of fresh fruit, two eggs with spinach, and strawberry coconut smoothie. Everything was fresh and delicious, just like last year!
I picked up another fresh pineapple on my way back to the house. They have a little market downtown with fresh fruit.
I headed out for a walk with Kona on Friday afternoon. We walked by a giant bush filled with bees and monarch butterflies. It was absolutely breathtaking! Sometimes, Hawaii feels like a dream. How is this much beauty stored in one place? I went up into the papaya tree to get eight more papayas!
Today, we are going up to get the bananas!
For my dinner on Friday night, I had a vegan salad from Island Naturals topped with a falafel, and a Big Island Kombucha!
On Saturday morning, I had coconut milk yogurt with protein powder and almond butter! This is one of my favorite go-to breakfasts.
After breakfast, I headed to Kua Bay (Manini’owali) to walk the beach after dropping Kona off at doggy daycare.
For my lunch, I had some eggs, papaya, quinoa, and coffee before heading to the airport to pick up Caitlin. First things first, green smoothies!
We got our beachwear on, headed to Evolution bakery for smoothies, and headed to the beach. I ordered the “Kaleocalada.”
We spent a few hours relaxing on the beach at Magic Sands. The water felt so good!
After the beach, we came back to get ready for dinner. We decided to go have mai tais and watch the sun go down!
We walked around the block with Kona before we headed out, and one of the houses on the block had several pineapples growing in their yard. It was the coolest thing! Can I just grow pineapples in my front yard?? I told Kyle that I’m moving here in the next five years.
The best place for mai tais and a sunset? Don’s Mai Tai bar!
We split some nachos for dinner!
We headed down the street to stop at a few places, but couldn’t hang. We were SO TIRED!!! We ended up headed back to the house at 8:15 pm, and falling asleep at 9 pm. Some warriors we are!
I cannot wait to blog about our adventure to Green Sands Beach, the hidden coffee shops we found, and our eats from yesterday! I have a ton to bring you this week!
Now, we are off to tennis! I hope you all have a fabulous Monday 🙂
Questions for you!
- Have you ever swam with manta rays?
- Do you wash the salt out of your hair after going into the water?
- Is it hard or easy for you to eat healthy while traveling?