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Hello luvs. Happy Tuesday. I know some of you may have been upset as I said I’d post every Monday, however yesterday was a holiday (MLK Jr) , so here were are ….Tuesday.
Yesterday was full of reflection. Various news programs, the internet, and even national newspapers giving him a day of reflection, remembrance and acknowledgment. However I couldn’t spend the day watching the telly as I have to pack for an extended trip to Asia.
In the beginning of the shutdown, I assumed it would last only a few days maybe a week, but never long enough to effect my trip…and now here we are, granted it "could theoretically end before next Monday, but… let’s be real…this standoff is like we (as a country) have never seen.
Luckily, for us the TSA workers are being AMAZING about this whole debacle, where they are NOT being paid but in the words of Dr. King "The time is always right to do what is right.". And they are doing exactly that, MANY are still coming to work every day, and do their job WITHOUT PAY! Some not exactly certain if they will receive any or a percentage of their actual pay. YET they are in the airport working to protect YOU/US/ME the “the traveler/ frequent flier/”. YES the lines are LONG, but according to data released by the TSA on actual wait times last week were still well under an hour with the longest being in MSP and ATL for 41 minutes. And to be honest I’ve waited in longer lines to get into the country when I fly to London via Gatwick . So the lines aren’t THAT long folks. True, about 10% is calls out sick in protest but overall not very long wait time.
However, a little advice JUST BE NICE, but not overly nice. A pleasant hello, and a heart felt “thank you” when you retrieve the last of your items and have completed screening. Is A-OK!
What can be seen as NOT OK! : saying “Thank you so much for doing your job in these unfortunate circumstances” or anything to that effect. Who REALLY wants to be reminded ‘hey you are working without pay. Hope that mortgage thing works out for you” . The people affected by this shutdown are working WITHOUT pay ; and are pawns in a political game of cat and mouse. Let’s be clear…saying thank you means nothing when you can’t pay bills, buy food for your kids, or even a tube of toothpaste. Many Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, and they will soon be missing another one. At then of the day…they like all of us just wants this shutdown to end, and life to return to normalcy.
I am a shopper, meaning I like to buy stuff…fun stuff, practical stuff, ordinary stuff, and some pretty neat stuff, however today’s stuff is much needed during these wintry months. Today I found a small, QUIET cool mist humidifier that actually DOES everything it claims to do Check it out here:
This can be found here. However be leary of the bad reviews as I can say I haven’t had these issues, and I believe some may be due to operator error. And don’t forget to use your 20%off coupon. You can find them anywhere but just in case, click here.
This little baby is perfect for stuffy hotel rooms and runs on plain ol 20oz water bottles for up to 8 hours. How awesome is that!
First Monday of the year, first post of the year!!!! HOLLA!!!!!
With a new year comes new resolutions, or as I like to call them: VISIONS! Plans of hopes and dreams to travel more, step outside your comfort zone, lose 10 pounds so you can wear that special outfit during your getaway. #travelgoals
The year begins with grandiose vacation plans; a trek in the safari, Ice fishing the Northern Lights, sleeping in an Igloo, even something as tame, as one night in Bangkok. Promises made of being at the airport on time, taking public transportation and ride-shares to save money, seeking the best flight deals, joining allllllllll the travel groups, all while taking a new foreign language. By the second week in January, you’re already burnt out by the numerous posts from people who are ALWAYS traveling. I mean don’t they have a job? A cubicle or office space? SOME place they report to for 50 weeks out of the year? By Feb 1 you figure you will never save enough to go as far your bathroom., and you have resigned that you aren’t meant to travel and that a “staycation” isn’t that bad…WELL F THAT NOISE! That’s when you’ve got to have a VISION.
I’m a firm believer in “the secret” and putting positive energy into the universe, name it and CLAIM it I say. Also , numerous studies have cited that people who write things down have are 1.2-1.4x more likely to successfully accomplish their goals more than people who don’t. So instead of jaunting around the globe, or drinking myself silly, I got together with two lovely LOLA ladies and we worked on our vision:
and we took more photos:
And the final outcome:
I am putting everything I want out into the universe, now it’s time for me to put in work. Happy New Year peeps!!!!
I’m not lucky, nor am I fortunate. I am a hard and diligent worker who takes chances, and have made sacrifices. I am not rich, or even well off. I am like the minority of Americans. No, not the 1%. The middle class poor…we make just enough to pay our bills and buy a pair of shoes at the end of the month, or maybe splurge for a night out at the movies.
Yet, there are the days when the flight Gods smile upon me, and says UPGRADE!!! One day it will be a first class seat but until then, Qatar Business Class will do nicely…thank you!!!
It has taken a couple years, a few thousand miles and dollars but I’ve done it. I’ve ridden the entire Qatar Airlines Business class international fleet. And it has been glorious.
First how I did it:
When I started the flight game I was a wet behind the ears pup of 37 years old. I had no idea about how points worked, and frequent flier what? Then I joined a FB travel group geared toward black solo travel, another more women centered, another for women 35+, and then another. THEN I lurked, and lurked and lurked some more. Just reading and seeping up the vast amount of knowledge as much as I could.
For my initial flight to Thailand I chose Qatar for three main reasons:
flight time (was the shortest around 19.5 hours)
Cost- the economy ticket was on sale via their website for under $600 (THAT’S STILL a steal)
Even their economy class was touted as part of the Five Star Service so you better believe I tried it out as well.
First, the cost of a International ticket JFK to BKK Business class can run between $9G-10G. That’s right around TEN THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS. Is it worth that much? I can’t justify it in my mind, but I also don’t have THAT kind of money. If I did, I’d still look for a bargain but yeah I’d do it. Besides, business class tickets from the states to Asia are costly. I however need SLEEP. Seriously to lay down.
Is it cheaper to book three economy tickets. YES. But we all know me…so
Two weeks before my flight I got an “OFFER” email. It seems I could bask in the Joys of Qatar’s Five Star Service in their business class for the low low upgrade cost of $1200 for the 12 hour flight from NYC to Doha, and an additional $850 for the Doha to BKK. AND I could use all lounges and services for the entire flight. Qatar Airlines was the ONLY airline that actually let you utilize this privilege. Something they don’t do anymore, FYI.
Well $2150 was a bit too steep for me so I opted for the NYC to Doha portion. I was NOT disappointed. It was everything I thought it would be. It was a 777. The seating is nice and the flatbeds seem to be larger than the American standard business class seats.
My first experience was delightful. Ok it was fruitcaking AMAZING. I had to have more. The food, the amenity kit, the pajamas, and did I mention the food? I spent 12 hours not wanting for a single thing. It was Heaven, and I was spoiled.
From the Q Suites in the 350, to the 777 spacious layout, to the Grandpappy of em all the double-decker 380 with it’s on COCKTAIL LOUNGE. So NOT kidding.
(SLIDESHOW ALERT: and by slideshow it’s eight pics, just click on image to see next one.)
The Q Suites are my favorite as it gives you the ability to be private but also social, and great if traveling in a group/team for work or a family. I love the little privacy door. You can actually shut the world out.
The entertainment system on all flights is the ONYX system. I did not notice a difference in programming between economy and business class, as I have noticed on other carriers. And while award tickets can be a BEAST to book with miles, it can be done for about 70,000 miles, BUT THAT’S A POST FOR ANOTHER DAY.
More and more I find myself flying to Asia and Qatar being my airlines of choice. Maybe I can work out a LOLA special with them. I mean everyone needs to try Qatar Airlines at least once.
Mondays are hard. Mondays coming back home on an amazing getaway even harder. The hardest is being so jet-lagged that you find yourself writing the post a week after the event but hey it’s a Monday so it’s a win.
One of the perks of travel is seeing all the cool trends around the world, sometimes even before New York…gasp! The weirdest…sometimes it’s at the airport. The Hamad International Airport has EVERYTHING and I mean EVERYTHING a girl could want that she never knew she wanted.
Last Monday, it was lipstick.
One of the coolest perks with traveling all the time is sometimes I catch the hottest trends before they hit the states.
I walked towards my gate. I saw her. At first, I looked and thought “no” and looked away. But I just couldn’t leave, she called me back. “It’s blue” , “you are over 40” and then “it’s blue” again in my head. But not that Monday, Satan..NOT THAT DAY:
That time I spied with my big brown eyes Guerlain and the number 333; and THAT hue of Blue IS magnificent.
This lipstick applies in the most splendid fashion, smooth, creamy and crease free. The color? It absolutely POPS no matter your skin tone. Granted, the luxurious feel comes with a price tag of around $55 USD for the lipstick and case.
However, blue has a special place in my heart and it reminds me of my daddy. So Daddy this Blue’s for you.
(ps: the last pic is a hint about the next blog post. Are you thinking an entry about Qatar’s Q-Suite? Get out of my head. (wink, wink)
I love seeing the world and learning about new cultures. What I don't like is actual travel. Like sitting on a plane for HOURS. I take books, iPads, watch movies, sleep and of course drink but I still am bored AF. Sometimes I wish a hottie (or a cutie) or a man who has good breath would be seated next to me and makes me a member of the mile high club...oooo a girl can dream. #airportthoughts
RAGE...I sit and wait and wait to be boarded like cattle. Next to me a crying child. Just give him the damn iPad I pray to a God I I don;t believe is listening. If she were, she would do something about this woman next to me with shoes off that are uncomfortably close. It's only an 8 hour flight you say. Great. FML. #airportthoughts
No I will not trade my aisle for your middle so you can sit next to your boyfriend...I DONT CARE.#airportthoughts
Are we F**Ki*& there YET?!? #duh
I met him on Tinder with one and only one thing on my mind.
I've often wondered when I became attracted to their culture. True, I loved their food but was that/is that enough? Was it the mild soft-spoken manner in comparison to my loud boisterous one? Their delicate frame to my solid dancer's build with a bunch of midwestern meat and tater's over my belt? Or was it that they too have flawless anti-aging skin? True, "Black don't crack" but "Asian don't raisin". The Japanese skin regime is on point. And he was no different. Also, there was his hair...he was in his early 40's and has a full thick luscious head of hair. The times I have stroked that hair, GOD, the times I've pulled that hair. The beautiful babies we would have made.
I had it planned. It was to be one night and one night only. So different from my other Sabbatical Smooches stories as I was gonna try for a little bit more than smooch.
He was sweet, soft-spoken, and while English was not his strong point, he had something quietly sensual about him.
He... was the one, and surprisingly he knew of the perfect love hotel. Hence, the adventure began.
A couple of years ago I went to Tokyo for the first time. While I was there I met a guy who was awesome and we dated while I was there, and when he'd come to NYC. The thing with dating across the ocean is you get lonely. One day I asked him to send me a pic. He did. The difference is in this pic he looked totally relaxed and very Japanese formal yet informal. Like some sort of Japanese Tea service. He explained to me he was staying the night in a ryokan...a ryo..what?
A Ryokan is a traditional Japanese Inn which stems from the 8th century. They are hard to find in a big city like Tokyo as many of the Japanese have taken to western culture and hotels, however in the smaller towns you can find them, but be prepared they are EXPENSIVE.
As a treat my friend surprised me with a two-day trip to Kyoto as well as a Ryokan. It was so charming, seeing old world Japan.
A Ryokan: The Traditional Japanese Setting
My apologies as I was so excited I did not get pics of the bathroom, and because of other clients no pics of the Japanese baths, but it was glorious.
Definitely an experience but for the price and sleeping on a floor...well I prefer the St.Regis.
When I originally launched LOLA I always wanted to make her a company but cost and time were major factors. Actually,they still are however over the next several months we have many great new adventures coming up and becoming a company was the best way to go. Main reasons: financial. I have been using my money and moving money around like a slick day trader for years trying to keep LOLA afloat but the time has come for my little LOLA to stand on her own two feet.
It's so overwhelming at times but with baby steps, it's becoming a reality.
Actually, it already has:-)
The kick-off of my birth month was a treat. And not an apple pie and vanilla ice cream kind of treat either...It a was sinful, decadent, sexy, shop-filled and gastronomical delights all in one... Italy. It was perfection.
I flew into Rome on a Sunday morning. Hopped the train from the airport to the city, checked my bag and walked for a bit. Destination: Breakfast and the Trevi Fountain. Trevi Fountain Tidbit: There is a belief that if you go to the fountain and throw in a coin you will return to Rome. Well, the first time I was in Rome was five years ago and I did just that, and here I was back in Rome so it must have worked. Near the fountain, Lexie made a new friend.
The afternoon flew by, and soon we were off to our next destination:
Italian men are handsome, and make me h---yAF! It's been five years since I'd been to Florence, but nothing has changed. They are still sexy and it felt like home. I wanted to have sex with all of them. The whole city. Well, the whole city over the age of 30 and under the age of 50.
Florence was about wine, food, fun, and frolic. My first night was filled with all of these plus a late night Vespa tour of the city that ended with me kissing on the sexiest men I've ever met. That was the kind of night that RomComs are made of. (more of this story in the book)
I spent my days walking the cobble-lined streets, shopping, eating and drinking my way around town. It was amazing.
Florence was so short but what was even shorter, however, one of the most perfect parts of the trip: Milano!!!!!
First, I have to amend my earlier statement about the age requirements on men I'm interested in 35-50 does not work in Milan. Mainly because ALL the men are gorgeous. Seriously, made me consider dating men in their 20's all the way up to 75. The men are too much. If that isn't enough to make a girl swoon, it's Milan! The fashion capital of the world.
I stayed in a delightful Airbnb which was adorable. I had lunch, (a light yummy margarita pizza)
then went on my main mission. To shop until I dropped...some cash. I went to a (read: THE) vintage store: Vintage Delirium. Click on the link because the store is classic. Better yet if in Milan go to the store in person. So freaking worth it. I found the most beautiful dual tone leather travel bag, a 1940 back and white dress, and a 1980's brooch that would make Patti LaBelle's voice go up yet another octave, sunglasses and more.
Next up, evening cocktails. I mean I can't be a lady who lunches, shops till she drops and then not complete with a cocktail..how uncivilized. I went to one of the world's top 50 bars...Nottingham Forrest.
This place was lovely, the service was quick and attentive, everything was edible and the drinks were STRONG. I barely got thru the first one, but I did it. (check out picks below. It's a slide show so just click and the next pic will cycle through...five in total)
This birth year for me is about re-birth. It's scary, new, different but I am embracing every minute. Check back in a week or so when I go on my end of the month birth trip, becuase why the fuck not?
I travel to see the world, but also that I can be seen.
This has been a hard week for us at LOLA with the death of icon Kate Spade.
We launched in Amsterdam because of bags and purses. Kate Spade was a major influencer in my love of a nice purse. Then today, travel guru and icon Anthony Bourdain. He showed me places I would never have ventured out on my own.
They both seemed so strong and to have it all, but that's just it, even the strong have moments of weakness. I am learning that self-care is first and foremost in my life. Granted this is not the life I planned for myself but it's the life I have and it's a good one.
June is a hard month for me: it the's ...it's just... bad.
This year I decided to take it back. Kicking off the summer in Italy. Life is too short to "wish I had time to travel." or "if only I had the money". Sometimes you just have to go for it. Work out the details later.
This trip was all food, wine, fun and perfect.
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There are no words...just Italy:
From Rome to Florence to Venice and Milan...and beyond. Was a lovely way to spend a week exploring.
The trip of a lifetime awaits. You are welcome to do as much or as little as you like but we think you will want to do it all. Ever dream of a vacation with white sand beaches, 5-star accommodations, food glorious food all while getting the workout of your life?
If so Thailand Dreams is for you. You will arrive at the lovely island of Koh Samui, Thailand. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a car and driver who will whisk you off to your deluxe accommodations at the lovely Ammatara Pura Pool Villa .
The accommodations are worth the trip alone. The hotel is located directly on the beach where you are just inches from the deep blue warm waters of the ocean. The hotel has a luxurious outdoor pool with bar and restaurant where you can sunbathe, have drinks, or just lounge in one of the mini cabanas...HEAVEN ON EARTH:
The rooms are beautiful and include everything your heart could desire: HUGE outdoor shower with sunlight peering in, and TRUST total PRIVACY, a ginormous bathtub fit for two, kitchen, washing machine, and more so much more. Did I mention all the rooms have a personal pool? Rooms are billed with double occupancy however single supplements can be arranged. BONUS: The room also has a twin day bed. So could possibly sleep up to three in a room...which makes your cost even cheaper if you are a party of 3.
This is only the beginning. Koh Samui is a lovely little town that is known for it's Muay Thai training and exercise in general. So yes relaxation is involved but if you also want to drop a few pounds on vacation THIS is the vacation for you. This is where I began my weight loss journey almost three years ago, and I have teamed up with some of Thailand's top fitness professionals and will include: beach walks, hikes through the jungle, yoga, Muay Thai classes, Weights, Strength and Conditioning and MORE. A typical daily schedule:
630 AM: Morning beach walk, jungle hike or view points. Usually 5-10K (3-7 miles) 9:00 AM: Breakfast provided by the hotel (included in package). This is your vacation. Eat as much or as little as you want just make good decisions. (and of course,we will always answer questions and assist when needed) 10:30 Yoga- Get your zen in. We swap between Yin and Vinyasa every other day, so all muscle groups are covered 12:00 noon: healthy organic lunch consisting of fish of the day/chicken, veggies, fresh juices or smoothie (included) 1-3:00 PM- free time. Hang out on the beach, get a massage (one thai massage and one sports massage is included) 3:30-4:30 Time to get physical with Strength and Conditioning 5:00-7:00 PM: Muay Thai with the folks of Lamai Muay Thai. This facility changed my life. They will do the same for you. Dinner: your choice. So get out and ty the local cuisine or some of the other great eateries around town. (yes I have faves..and will advise)
Again, this was MY schedule and so far I am down 100 pounds, but you can do as little as you like and if you want even more, we can arrange private classes of Muay Thai, weight training swimming and more.
Best part...all classes and food is available along the main beach road so you don't need a car or motorbike UNLESS you want one. They are available for rental.
Schedule for week is as follows:
Saturday, September 22nd- arrivals. Your day to sleep, hang out on the beach, and if not too tired an excursion to Fisherman's Village for an early dinner. Sunday, September 23rd- YOUR day. I will however be taking a group down to a couple of viewpoints and you just have to go to the Sunday Market. You can try every food that Thailand has to offer, pick up gifts and more. A definite must do in Samui. Monday -Friday: we eat, sleep, train (or maybe a little of everything in between)--*note: Muay Thai Lovers Thursday Night is Fight Night. So if you want to see a real Muay Thai fight this is the time we do it. Van and tickets are under 40 USD and can be purchased from Lamai Muay Thai Camp. Saturday, September 29th : Excursion of choice...a trip to the elephant sanctuary, snorkeling, temple visits or all of the above. Whatever you want to do this is your day to get it in. Sunday, September 30th- the end...NOOOOOOOOOOO. I know it will be hard to say goodbye but think of all the fun you've had.
********Pricing depends on how many are interested. I am aiming to keep it between $1500-$2G per person but mainly depends on rooming costs. Flights are NOT included but if you need assistance I can offer suggestions. Especially since you will more than likely need to fly into Bangkok (BKK) then take the hour flight to Samui (USM) via Bangkok Air or Thai Airlines.
Also, you can always stay a while longer. I can assist with finding a place to stay, excursions, workouts and more. I love Koh Samui, it is like a second home to me. I know the area and people well. Let LOLA help you have the best time ever.
Questions? Please post below in comments section or email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the coming weeks, I will have a page where you can get more info, make a deposit, as I will have payment plans available but trip must be paid in FULL by September 1st.
Since this is the first trip to Asia as a group, size will be limited so act quickly. If you are traveling alone but willing to share a room, there will be a questionnaire in effort to match personalities.
Please note: YOU are responsible for your own health/travel insurance, flights and anthing that is not listed or included. Shoot me a note with questions, and let's get ready to LOLA.
Thailand Dreams 2018
Kit (and Lexie too) because you already KNOW she is coming.
The last few weeks have been a whirlwind, from parts of SE Asia to Japan to Amsterdam.
Amsterdam has my heart unlike no other. It was one of the first (of two) places I ever visited outside the United States. The other was Paris. I called the trip the "Kittykat Olympics". It only made perfect sense as the trip included the iconic shopping mecca that is Paris, as well as the ahem, 'recreational" activities of Amsterdam. Seriously, if shopping or smoking EVER became an Olympic event...I'm READY. No need for training. SEND ME IN COACH!!!! (especially if it's the shopping)
Amsterdam is a city no matter when you go you can always find something new or interesting. This trip was a last minute, "let's go see some friends for a couple of days" and that's exactly what I did. I strolled the canals with Lexie, we shopped, drank a lot and ate a little:
And the highlight of this little excursion was the pleasant surprise of the "My Name Is Prince" exhibit. More details and pics on my next post.
Remember...there's no place like home,
Dorthy aka Kit n Lexie
Water to me has always been a siren's song to me. It calls me, beckons me and for years I would evade it. I loved water as long as it wasn't on my face or near any part of my body that I used for breathing. I would scream whenever I had to get my hair washed or if was caught out in a rainstorm. I always felt it was trying to drown me.
It started one year at summer camp. I had an ambitious swim coach who swore up and down, every which way until Sunday that she could teach me and anyone else in the world to swim. Somehow my parents believed this cocky little girl as she was probably 20 at best. Yeah...
I won't even bother to go into the details except to say I almost drowned and took out another little girl at the same time. I was seven. That day I decided swimming is not for me. My sister almost drowned a few years later. My mom didn't swim and oddly enough she drowned in the bathtub at 50. Needless to say, we are not water folks.
I tried again though at 16, then 21, 30, and the magical year of 33. I thought if Jesus can die for our sins and save the world at 33 I could learn how to swim, and well, just be thankful your soul was not at stake on my swimming prowess. Now here I am in my 40's and #livingmybestlife
I was given a couple of near-death experiences over the last few years that I now have a "fuck it" mentality. When it's my time, it's my time...period the end. Some think it makes me reckless, I believe it makes me fearless. Don't get me twisted I'm not jumping off cliffs or anything.
I am trying things I believed were damn near impossible for me. And what I've learned is all things are possible. In four weeks...I did what so many had tried to teach me to do. I SWAM ON MY OWN, without floaties, without anyone in the pool to hold my hand. I did it. WHY? What changed?
When I first arrived in Koh Samui, I went to a Detox camp. The instructor was very motivational and convincing. She along with my best friend and a host of others talked me into going in the ocean. To calm my fears they gave me a floatation device which I refused to hold on to. I insisted that I wear it instead. Then they all told me I would be safe they were strong swimmers...blah blah blah...they are all looking and talking to me with their back towards the ocean. I am looking past them at the biggest wave that was about to take us all under. If I hadn't insisted on wearing that floatation device I honestly believe I would not be writing this as I would be dead. It was in that moment I knew, if I ever wanted to truly survive I could not depend on others. I was going to swim!
I reached out the Aqua Instructor, Marco. We worked every other day 3x a week. Every week was a battle but now four weeks later...I'm a swimmer baby. Aint no stopping me now.
Many lessons, I wanted to cancel but I decided NOT THIS TIME. Many times I cried while in my lesson and at home in private but I KEPT GOING BACK. I PERSISTED and I SUCCEEDED. This has empowered me in more ways than I can count. Not only did I learn how to swim, I learned how to LIVE.
Until next time....
just keep swimming ...just keep swimming...just keep swimming swimming swimming swimming
Today in Koh Samui some ladies on the lam knew that some real clean, organic food was needed. And it was absolute Heaven.
The last two days I have gone to Vikasa Cafe which is apart of the yoga sala and yogis at Vikasa. The staff is lovely and Susu is amazing with children. Today’s chef was one of the “hot chefs” Chef Cyril. Abd seriously all of the chefs are gorgeous. It’s almost like a requirement.
But enough about the eye candy let's see the real MVP...the food. (ps the drinks aren't bad...I had the Sin Gin which was gin mixed with kale juice and pineapple...SHUT THE FRONT DOOR delicious) and The Last Straw (fresh strawberries, vodka, soda and just plain yum!)
I love Samui as it one of the healthiest places I have ever been to in this word. The medical facilities are beyond amazing, the food healthy, beautiful and mouth-watering, and the exercise/training programs rivals those in NYC, London, LA etc.
Seriously the food is delicious but the experience is life-altering. Yeah I said THAT!
Over the last two years, I have tried various things in effort to improve my health. My two biggest mistakes have been choosing anything with the words "detox" in them because in all honesty they just don't work. Well let me rephrase this..they don't work for me. Not the energy or the results. Sure I look great for a few weeks but when you go back to life you realize you can not survive on less than 800 calories a day, and just juice. Whole foods/clean eating yes...but to live the rest of ones life on just juice is not feasible for me and about 96% of the free world.
Currently, I am in Thailand where the first part of my trip was spent with my best friend and some LOLA ladies. It was a great time for me and my friend, and I had a blast with my new friends. I did not have a blast at the detox camp. Mainly it was the energy of the place. I was unhappy with a few things and like an adult, I went to the management and believed we had a direct and upfront conversation. I had no issues with him after or so I thought. Then a few days later he calls me and my attitude negative. I was anything but, as I thought we had a conversation, but his words stuck with me. If he thought that was negative and this judgment was made off one conversation then what else was he holding back. That creates distrust. Then he would tell me what his staff said (all opposite of what they were saying to me. Granted, I could easily have told him the truth but in the end WHY? I didn't come here for drama but to get my health and my life on track. So I left...early...way early.
Why? There was Muay Thai camp down the street. I've stayed here before, never had an issue, always had fun and everytimeI left the healthy choices I made there STUCK. The people in general are happier here. The minute I moved my first bag onto campus a guest greated me with a huge smile. I was singing. I was at peace, even though my neighbors are half my age, love their music and hanging out outside during the day..come time to train or go to bed and they are right on time. It is amazing how my energy has changed for the best. I added more calories to my food plan and lost over 5 pounds (2.2kg) the week after I left. They even have working wifi and comfortable beds. Something the owner of the detox place tried to tell me wasn't really available in the area we were in. Granted, he did TRY to fix my bedding as well as the internet, but it was more than that...it was the overall feeling. I never felt like they ever actually CARED. It's money. They would take group walks and leave guests on their own. I just don't approve of this ..as one woman was in remission from cancer. What if she had an episode? So I would slow down my own exercise progress to watch someone else. THAT was NOT what I signed up for...but that was the way it was.
At the end of the day, detox no matter where I go just doesn't seem to work. Not physically nor mentally. And that's ok. It's also OK if it works for you. Different strokes for different folks.
However, this lead me to work on something I have toyed with for about a year. At my highest RECORDED weight, I was 343 pounds (156kg) and currently 197 (89kg) making a grand total loss of (67kg) 146 pounds. When I started this time (June 25, 2014) I was scale shy, I'd estimate that I've lost 104pds of those over the last three years. I lost weight with diet and exercise. Starting with Muay Thai and yoga, and running. I found what worked for me and did it in beautiful surroundings. I have a way to go as I still would love to lose another 37 pounds, but if it's 25...I'm ok with that too. I also want to help other women do the same and live their best life.
Currently I am working with a CERTIFIED Yoga/Exercise trainer, and we have decided to launch a retreat in Thailand Jan 2019. OUrs will be different as while we focus on healthy eating, there will be FOOD, as well as yoga, meditation, Muay Thai and tons of time for the beach. And we will host at a FIVE STAR Resort...this will not be a little cabin, with hard beds, and gecko like lizards in your room like many places in Thailand. I'm trying to work out a deal with a place on the beach, and all rooms have a private swimming pool. The property also has two huge main pools, a gym and more. I'm thinking the week Jan 13-20 or 23rd depending on cost. As a LOLA woman I know that health and LUXURY is key...and what a LOLA woman wants...A LOLA woman GETS!
I'll post more when details are clear as well as pics of location. Or if you really can't wait shoot me an email: email@example.com and I'll add you to the Thailand LOLA Retreat 2019 Mailing list.
Ciao for now
Some days you walk along the beach and you see something that makes you stop and say, "Hmmm, that's different" then there are things that make you say "What kind of foolishness is going on here"?
Currently, I am in Krabi, Thailand at Phra Nang Beach which got it's name and plethora of penises, (or would it be Penii, or Penes? You choose) in a legendary way. A way so legendary that there are numerous tales. It begins with Phra Nang (or Mae Nang) who is a female spirit symbolizing fertility. Part of the cave looks a tad like a vajayjay (like for reals), with a mountain of phallic symbols ranging from inches to several feet tall and some wide. Local fishermen believe that offering a phallic symbol will result in a hefty catch. Most Thais who visit make it a point to pay their respects to Phra Nang.
The one I was told by a local was thatPhraNang was an Indian princess who was killed in a shipwreck. Another, she was the wife of a fisherman who was lost at sea, and spends the her days in the cave, awaiting her husbands return, but my favorite was:
She was the lone woman on an island of many men, and they all wanted a wife and procreate yet there was only one woman. So all the men fought and killed each other for her. The shrine represents all the men that died for the love of this one woman.
Now I don't know about you, but I think this makes her one bad chick.
Today, local fisherman and boatmen leave offerings to ensure safe travels on the sea, in the form of male genitalia- the cave is covered in various "linga" or phallic shaped statues. And trust the ones in the cave are EXTREMELY realistic and lifelike from the head to the shaft and the ridges too.
Definitely, something you don't see on your daily commute. Or maybe you do. I don't know your life.
Check back for more pics and stories. I haven't posted tons over the last few months as I have been stateside but now...I'm back! Until the next post I leave you with kinda dick pics. OMG I'm as bad as Anthony Weiner. (click below to see the pics...total of five)
Pics of the cave
K (and Lexie)
Sisters Weekend 2017 was a success.
This year my sis and I decided we wanted to spend a Thanksgiving doing what we wanted and NOT cooking. We hopped on planes and headed to Denver, Colorado. It was a very relaxing trip thanks to our Bud and Breakfast. Yes you read that right ...BUD and Breakfast. we stayed at the Adagio. It was a lovely little B&B that not only had every kind of instrument available to smoke from:
The days began with an 8am-10 am: wake n bake there was breakfast which was always a variety of cereals, breads, fruits, eggs, chicken, sausage or pork, juices and mimosa's as well as a stocked fridge of beer, water, soda and wine. I would have taken pics but I was h.... (ahem I forgot)
The Inn itself was lovely and quaint:
The bedroom we were in was a bit small but homey, however the bed itself was not the most comfortable, in the world but overall a comfortable stay.
Sister weekend the Bud and Breakfast was a success.