Thank you guys for being patient with the site. I know it’s not set up correctly yet but it’s super close. It will be super easy to find all my older blogs. I hope you all are doing well!!
My ultimate goal weight is 140. I can’t wait to see it! One day at a time no matter how long it takes!
My goal is to do 100 miles in March. I’m at 50.76 right now. I have to do 3.54 miles each day to make it happen. I got this! Be well! 😘
Hi friends. Last summer we took our vacation to Cedar Key Florida located on the west coast.
It is about a 8-9 hour drive from the Florida Keys. We stayed for one week and even brought the dogs along with us. I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I was found amazing. Here are a few blogs I wrote with a ton of pictures of the quaint town.
What I liked about the town.
The pink roseate spoonbills flying overhead. The 12 blue crabs we caught in 4 hours off of our dock. The storms rolling in over the tidal flats. The enormous scallop shells lying in the water just waiting to be plucked and added to the shell collection. Wanna get around? Do it by bike, foot, or the best option– golf cart. Yes. The island is so small it can be traversed by golf cart in about 15 minutes tops. There are not many tourist attractions. There is dock street of course. A fancy fishing pier where everyone comes together to try to snatch the biggest fish. Along dock street you will find some authentic restaurants, a few touristy restaurants, a few tacky shops selling Cedar Key keepsakes, and a few boat rental places. It’s really small. Probably 1/4 a mile long.
The outer ring of the island leading up to dock street is blue water with gentle waves. The famous honeymoon cottage can be seen. It’s dilapidated stilts are hauntingly beautiful. Once a popular bungalow, now crumbling into the sea bit by bit due to a tropical storm.
The beaches a mixture of tan, white sand littered in oyster shells and rock. Some mud. Depends on what part of the island you are on. I wouldn’t consider it a “beachy” town and that is just fine with me.
A total of area of 2.1 square miles which equals out to 1.4 miles by 1.4 miles, Cedar Key is super small. During the summer the population has about 700 folks. During the winter months it can climb to 1200. I have lived in tourist towns my whole life. Easton Md, Orlando Fl, Key West Fl. I am no stranger to sharing with greedy tourists who use and abuse our beautiful area/home. This place is different though. It’s old Florida. The way Florida used to be. The people who come here aren’t coming to get loaded at Sloppy Joe’s down on Duval Street. They are coming to Cedar Key for peace and quiet. Kayaking. Bird watching. Scallop hunting. Fishing. Eating clams. Air boat rides. A little r and r.
We immediately fell in love with the whole concept of moving north. We made a pro vs con list– The Florida Keys vs Cedar Key. Cedar Key won out every single time. This would mean a few things. Cheaper rent, cheaper gas, cheaper food, access to a big city only 60 minutes away, access to a smaller city 30 minutes away, and of course life on a tiny island. A quiet island. We searched desperately to try to find a lease. There was nothing. We even looked at areas outside of Cedar Key. There are a ton of wildlife preserves and acreage in the area but still couldn’t find anything. We had to put off our dreams and ended up having to sign another lease in the lower keys, when all along our hearts were still up north.
Begrudgingly we have spent the past year here in “paradise” Our animosity towards the whole joint was/is growing by the day. After Thailand we found ourselves asking what is next? What do we do? We aren’t happy here anymore. Why leave paradise you ask? Do you want me to answer that? I don’t want to sound ungrateful. I have had some of the best times of my life here in this place. It’s beautiful. It’s an escape. It’s where the dreamers go. I am a dreamer. I have done and experienced so much here. From sailing 70 miles, to snorkeling with sharks, learning how to powerboat, finding blue crabs, wrestling with 2 pound spider crabs, all the sunsets and sunrises, all the hidden trails. It’s something I will never ever forget. Not to mention the beautiful turquoise, emerald-green, light blue, royal blue shades of water that you are completely surrounded and dumbfounded by. The clear water, the bright white sand, the parrot fish. Oh my. Over the years though our beautiful paradise has started to slip away. Summers that once were sleepy and quiet, where you could make a left hand turn onto US 1 with no problems stopped coming. Lobster mobsters invading our islands, trashing our coral reefs, robbing our precious fisheries, littering our streets, screaming and hollering on work nights. Our precious summers slipped away piece by piece with every year. Don’t get me started on the winters. The nasty entitled snow-birds who think they own the joint even though they live here for 3 months. The traffic, the building of tacky pastel resorts, the drunk tourists, the ever rising costs of rent. Greedy, greedy, greedy people. I know they exist everywhere, but in the Keys it’s blatant.
With all that being said…It’s official. We decided we had to get out of the Keys no matter what it took. Where would we go? Obviously we wanted Cedar Key but there were little to no options. Would we move to the surrounding areas of LALA land in California? I fell in absolute love with the ocean and cliffs and my two very best friends live there. Not to mention my husband’s company is located in LA which would mean a lot more face time with his coworkers and perhaps would lead to more contracts. It was all very up in the air. Well this week we found our answer.
If you haven’t heard or guessed by now it’s Cedar Key! Christopher managed to find a vacation rental house that would be willing to rent yearly. It’s on the north end of the island, furnished, over 1000 square feet, on stilts, and with a view of the bay. Our new landlords made us a great deal and gave us a price even lower than we were expecting. I am excited to be able to purge basically all of our furniture and not having to haul 6 tons of things 9 hours north. We will sell some things, junk some things, and the rest we will pack up along with the furry kids and settle in for a new adventure. Our lease officially begins on December 1st, and our lease here in the Keys ends on December 15th. I want to be out of the Keys ASAP! Wish us luck!
I have made some good friends here and lost some not so good friends here. I know the good ones I will be in touch with forever. You know who you are. ❤
I am excited for this next chapter in my life. This move to me signifies lots of things. Change. Not staying stagnant. Not sitting on an island, watching my boat rot, and watching my life drift away. Not staying in a place simply because I was too proud to give up the zip code. The “paradise” zip code. I want to travel. ALL over. I want to continue to get healthy and STAY healthy. I want to grow. I want to experience everything and not be afraid. Who knows what lies ahead for us. California in a year or two? Building a house on a 5 acre piece of property in Cedar Key? Who is to say. I am buckled in and ready for this new ride though.
To the lower Florida Keys-
The old man said to me
Long before these crowded streets
Here stood my dreaming tree
Below it he would sit
For hours at a time
Now progress takes away
What forever took to find
Now he’s falling hard
He feels the falling dark
How he longs to be
Beneath his dreaming tree
Conquered fear to climb
A moment froze in time”
Thanks for the memories.
“And me? I still believe in paradise. But now at least I know it’s not some place you can look for. Because it’s not where you go. It’s how you feel for a moment in your life when you’re a part of something. And if you find that moment… It lasts forever”.
Hello lovelies. Sorry I haven’t blogged recently. Sometimes the blogging is hot, sometimes it’s cold. You know how it is.
It has been absolutely beautiful weather here in the Florida Keys. Tons of gusty wind and lower temps. We went 3 or 4 days with no air conditioner which is a blessing for October.
I did my 6 mile run this past Saturday. It was uhm.. really slow. I had the worst pace EVER. Seriously. I made the mistake of drinking 4 cups of light roasted coffee, drinking 36 oz of tri pep, and only eating 1/2 a lara bar. Each mile I could feel the sun beating down on me and it was HARD! Thank god I had 70 oz of water in my camelbak, and a few stashed starbursts to help get me through. This weekend I have 7 miles to do. I am determined to have a steady pace and take a much better route with less direct sun. Also? Yeah food. I am going to eat some before I go! 🙂 This is all a huge learning experience for me. It’s exciting. The rest of my training has been pretty spot on. If my legs are too tired or sore on the day of a run, I just adjust my training schedule. I like having a plan, but not feeling too upset or guilty if I have to rearrange that plan. It all gets done!
After that hell run we decided to go crabbing the next day. To our surprise we were successful! We caught about a dozen and a half. Crabbing is hard work. You have to walk through silty water, or back and forth between lines. After you catch it you have to clean them and cook them. It’s a process!
Cleaned blue crab ready to be cooked. This style is called Jersey style. You put the crabs on ice, let them fall asleep, and gently tear their shells off. Sounds barbaric right? It’s actually the most humane way to kill them. Instead of throwing them into a pot of boiling water, we are putting them to sleep on ice and killing them with no pain. Makes me sleep better at night 🙂 Not to mention the crabs get cooked with NO guts and the results are amazing clean white fresh tasting meat. Yum.
This is what I call a yellow fatty. You can tell he is heavy and has a ton of meat because his shell is yellow and not white. White crabs have recently molted or are in the process of molting. This guy was FULL of meat. Good eating.
All cooked and ready to eat. Did we sit around and have a feast after our 5 hours of work? Nope. We put the crab into ziplock bags to save it for the future. I do this every single year. Hopefully I will end up with ten pounds of crab meat at the end of the season. Hint- by leaving the crab meat in the shells you are actually preserving the meat in the freezer. I used to pick all of the meat down but found that it would get ice crystals in it immediately. Leave the shells on!
Bolthouse was kind enough to send me these juices to review. Yum. I will report back to you on these soon!
Well that is what I have been up to. Nothing too exciting. I hope everyone has a nice Halloween. What are you dressing up as? What are your kids dressing up as?
Hi lovelies! I hope this Monday is treating you well. We had a great weekend over here. I got all my training in, the house cleaned, the house stocked up with yummy healthy food, and I got in the most awesome fishing trip!
I saw these notebooks on sale for 49 cents and HAD to have them. I especially love the red and white chevron print. I have been obsessively keeping a food journal. Bite it, WRITE IT! Now I am stocked up til winter 😀
I have been eating meals from diet to go this week. They were nice enough to send me a week of meals for review. Those end tomorrow though and so I hope to throw up some recipes for you guys. I know for sure I am making shrimp feta salad on Wednesday. Mmm 🙂
Hope you all are well!
Chat soon loves.
Sorry it’s been a while friends. This will be a quick blog as well. Just wanted to let you guys know that I signed up to “run” a half marathon! I know it’s crazy. I hate running! It’s hard! It’s scary! That is what I decided to do it! My friend Jocelyn and my husband will be doing it with me. I have a training plan that will help get me ready by January. Super excited. I started training last week, running a few miles here and there. However, this happened yesterday- WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE!
All wrapped up!
I fell into a small hole in my backyard, It was covered by grass and I simply was not paying attention. My left foot went directly into hole! I have bruises all up and down my left leg, and obviously a super sore toe. I swear this is JUST my luck!
In other news we had some work done to my powerboat. It is running beautifully. Here are a few ocean shots to get your mind off that mangled toe pic!
I am concentrating on my nutrition this week since obvi I am not working out. I will try to blog more often this week I promise!!
Take care of yourselves–