Monday, January 2, 2012

Greetings from Hilton Head!

I've been in Hilton Head just over a week now and decided that I'm learning and doing too dang much not to share.  This will also serve as a reminder when I'm creating my Master's practicum presentation and am kicking myself for not taking better notes of what I did each day!

I thought I was off to a bad start, having to leave on Christmas day and all that.  Leaving was much harder than I anticipated and I really wanted to spend more time with my family over the holidays.  BUT, I put on my big girl panties and drove to the beach.  I arrived at my cottage expecting one last intern from last semester to be here to keep me company...WRONG.  I was left alone on Christmas.  Spent the rest of the night unpacking and had instructions to report to work at 7am on Monday morning.  The freakout/panic mode continued when I got to the Institute on Monday -- my internship coordinator was still on vacation and the intern who was training me was only working until noon.  Luckily for me, the staff here is AMAZING and even the guests were super-nice and helpful.

My first 2 weeks are more or less an orientation period.  I start some of my intern duties, but I also get to attend fitness classes and lectures.  My first week I've learned:

  • Colorado is the thinnest state.  The percentage of overweight/obese adults in Colorado today would have made it the heaviest state 20 years ago.
  • You only need to allot 2-4% of your daily 1440 minutes exercising.  Now tell you me you don't have time.
  • In every situation, there are unwise, better, and best choices. Wellness isn't "all or nothing".
I've also seen some amazing sunrises over the ocean (my background photo) and this guy:
This 6-foot gator is basking in the sun across the pond from the H3 cardio deck. I was more than creeped out seeing my first gator in the lowcountry, but I haven't seen too many since.

I also converted to a vegan lifestyle recently, so I'm sure that'll be a challenge/experience worth writing about!

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  1. I'm excited to read about this vegan lifestyle! Also, this font is hard for me to read, but could that be because I'm on a mac?

  2. Not because of your mac...because I'm trying to be cutesy and the font is not easy on the eyes