Kemah Boardwalk

 

I visited the boardwalk in Kemah this past Friday. The Kemah Boardwalk overlooks the Galveston bay and is approximately 60 acres. It is about 30 minutes from downtown Houston and is really easy to find.  The boardwalk is owned and operated by the Landry’s Company and has about 10 restaurants and a large variety of rides, midway games, and attractions. The boardwalk even has a charter yacht named Fanta Seas. It is $20 per person for a leisure cruise and about $80 for a dinner or lunch cruise. Some of the restaurants featured are Bubba Gump, Saltgrass, and Cadillac grill.

The board walk also has a monster speed boat called the Board  Beast. The beast is 70 foot long boat that runs seasonally. Top speeds are around 40 miles per hours, which is actually pretty fast for the size of the boat. The workers that are on the boat are always friendly, with high spirits. The music selection on the boat also makes the ride a must do. Tickets run about $20 per person.

Lastly, Kemah host many events depending on the season. I went in June, so they were doing love music, as always, boat parades, and fireworks. You will have to visit the website to find the events for the time that you are going because it changes every day. I recommend going at any time of the year because they always have something going on and they never disappoint. They even have lodging right on the boardwalk, so that you can walk out of your hotel room and will be right in the middle of all of the fun. They even put in a new zip line ride, so this is a place that you most definitely have to try while you are in the Houston/ Galveston area.

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Started: Again

So, I have struggled with weight loss my whole life. I was always on the larger side and I used to hate myself for being overweight. I took diet pills, starved myself, and also tried so many diets that I gave up hope. I was at my heaviest about a year ago. I will have numbers for you whenever I reach my goal weight because I am still embarrassed of how high they are.  I am blessed to say that with my BMI being so high, I do not have high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol. I have a clean bill of health for now and I want to keep it that way.

My goal:

I have a vacation planned for December 2017 to Nassau, Bahamas and I want to look good in all of my pictures, plus I just want to be healthy over all. I want to lose about 60 to 80 pounds. I don’t know if that’s possible but I am going to try. If I drop 80 lbs, I would be at my ideal weight.

My work out plan:

My work out plan is going to be different every week because I honestly get bored doing the same things over and over, so I am going to go to pinterest every week to look up full body work out challenges. They are mostly going to consist of a lot of cardio and some strengthening.  I am also going to walk at least 5 miles a day, which is going to be hard for me because I have a desk job, and when I get off of work, I want to sleep. My motivation is going to be a picture of the beach that I am going to hang on my bathroom mirror.

My diet:

Healthy eating is really hard for me. It is so easy for me to just grab a burger on my way home then to go to the grocery store, buy food, bring it in the house, cook it, then eat it. Plus, I love sweets and chips so those are going to be so hard to give up. My plan is to cook all of my meals and eat more fruits and veggies instead of junk. I have done it before, so its not going to be impossible. I prefer chicken and eggs as my protein, since I do not eat fish. I will update these things the further that I get into this regime.
I love myself, let me just say that. I’m not doing this weight loss journey because I hate the way that I look, I am doing this journey because I want to be a better me. It doesn’t matter what size that I am, I just want to be able to do the things that I want to do without losing my breath. I want to go skydiving, snorkeling, jumping of cliffs, and parasailing, and I feel like I cant do that at my current weigh. As I said previously, I am going to update and try to post every week or sometimes twice a week to tell you guys what I have been doing and the progress that I am making.  I’m going to end this blog by saying “LOVE YOURSELF”

Hermann Park: Houston Texas

20170603_114811What a day to remember. First of all, I must say that this is one of the most beautiful parks that I have ever been to. I remember going to the zoo when I was younger and from the zoo to this park. I loved the park then as a child, and I most certainly love it now as an adult. The park is located right in the middle of the museum district, just steps away from the Texas Medical center. The park is open year round and it sits on 445 acres of land. It is truly massive and beautiful. The park also has a huge reflecting pool with a statue of Sam Houston at one side.

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This park also houses the Houston zoo, Houston garden center, Miller outdoor theater, Houston museum of natural science, and the Hermann park golf course. The park is truly massive so there is always something for you and your family to do. On my trip to the park this weekend, my boyfriend and I walked along the reflective pool and around to the Japanese Garden. I love the fact that the park has so many trees because it was really hot out and the trees really provided beautiful shade from the sun. I just love walking around parks and seeing the little kids play in the water, laugh, and play because it reminds me of a time when I was young and I had no worries. I really want to live my life like that with no stress and no worries, and that’s why I love going to places such as there. If you are reading this and you are in Houston or planning to visit one day, please make it a point to come to the park and check out the zoo, the small lake, the Japanese gardens, and also the museums. You will not regret it. The Houston Zoo charges $18 for adults, $11.50 for seniors, $14 for children 2-11, and admission is free for children under the age of 2. The Japanese garden is completely free. The miller outdoor center hosts a different selection of plays and movies on different days so please look at the website for more details. This part of the park is also free., just make sure to bring a blanket and some snacks because you will be sitting on the hill in the grass, so come prepared. The museum of natural science is $25 for adults, $15 for children 3-11, $15 for seniors, and free for children under the age of 2. I hope this helps you guys get some insight on what to expect when going to the park. I promise, this park never disappoints.

Galveston island, Texas 

Galveston island 2017. I always love going to the beach. The beach is always so much fun. The waters were really choppy and the tide was higher than usual. My new boyfriend and I walked through down the seawall and there were bike, beach chair, and umbrella rentals for those who don’t have personal ones. The water was so cool and the wind was blowing which made the conditions perfect for what we planned to do which was to relax. We stood in the water and let the waves knock us around for a minute until I almost fell and the life guards jumped up. Galveston beach has salt water so be prepared have dry skin and red eyes from high concentration of salt. Always check the local beach website for tides and warning before you go and bring plenty of water.

After Playing on the beach for about an hour, we decided to go to the ferry and ride across from one side of the island to the next. This is always my favorite thing to do because I get to see the dolphins. It always fascinates me when I see the jumping out of the water next to the boat. I am surprised that they can live in such salty waters. Another cool experience was when the huge boats that carry in supplies passed us up and it made the boat rock from side to side. I know that it was scary for some people but I thought that it was awesome. 

I can’t wait to go back next time with a beach towel, ball, umbrella, and a picnic basket. It’s a perfect little vacation get away from Houston, but I am trying to get to an island where I can go snorkeling.

Random rant about Music. Its a good thing.

         So, I have been listening to Pandora every morning on my way to work, and this morning the music was so good that I did not want to turn it off. I have had my headphones in since I came to work. I am getting my work finished at a faster rate than normal and my whole mood has changed. I feel great. When certain songs come on, I just want to get up and dance but I cant because the patients will think that  I am crazy.  I am trying hard not to sing, but when songs come on that I love and I haven’t heard them in such a long time, It makes not singing so hard. I just don’t want to embarrass myself because I am not much of a singer at all. Have you ever heard a song that just explains exactly what you are going through? I have heard plenty today. I also came to a realization that every relationship that I have been in has been made into a song, and every time I hear that song it takes me back to how I was feeling when me and that person fell apart. I also hear songs about where I want to be in my future. Beyoncé’s songs are really an inspiration. Some of her songs are like stories. They have a deep meaning. She motivates me. She was a big reason why I decided to cut my hair off and let my natural strands curl and coil any way that they want. The song is called “Pretty Hurts”. You should definitely check it out. It gives be chills when ever I hear it. The way you look on the outside doesn’t define who you are in the inside. I don’t understand why people can never get to know a person for who they are and not what they look like. Everyone is so unique and beautiful in their own way. Other songs make me think that my boyfriend is cheating on me, but then I realize that I don’t a boyfriend. I am pretty sure that their is research on the topic of music and how it stimulates your mood and has such a tremendous effect on what you do in your life. I praise artist who actually make songs that have meaning. I am not that creative to make music but I would love to meet someone who has that talent and listen to them play.

My Personal Bucket List: Things that I would like to complete before I die.

This is a personal bucket list that I would like to complete. The more I think about what I want to experience, the more I add to this list. Some of these things are really simple and some of them are kind of hard to do, but I wanted to make my list realistic to what I think that I can achieve. Please read and follow along with me and my Life journey to complete this list. I will be updating and adding pictures frequently so please come back to see what I have done. Also if you have any tips about some of the places or things on my list please feel free to let me know via comments or email. Also if you wanted to help me to complete one of these items please let me know and it would be greatly appreciated.

  • Parasailing (Bahamas)
  •  Atlantis, Nassau Bahamas
  • Go to Vegas
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  • Jump off a cliff (Jamaica)
  • Use all pages in my passport
  • Cut off hair/ Natural
  • Rum from a coconut (Bahamas)
  • Get a tattoo
  • Get wasted
  • Smoke
  • Mardi Gras
  • London Eye
  • Africa
  • Read the Bible
  • Visit Brazil
  • Get full glam Mac makeover
  • Drive an expensive race car
  • Helicopter ride
  • Mechanical bull (Dallas)
  • Give to charity
  • Disney World
  • Second language
  • Henna Tattoo
  • Hawaiian Belly dance
  • Hookah
  • Grand Canyon
  • Vip Concert
  • Ride in a limo
  • Quit a job
  • Sushi
  • Eat Raw Honey
  • Name a star
  • Brazil Carnival
  • Try deep fried twinkie
  • Atlanta
  • Stone mountain
  • Habitat for Humanity home
  • Climb a rock wall
  • No sugar for a week
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii
  • Visit Stone Henge
  • Become a nurse
  • Camp out
  • Time Square
  • Cirque Du Soleil
  • Drink a whole bottle of wine all at once
  • Hold a snake
  • Manua Kea Stars
  • See Christ the Redeemer
  • Dance on stripper pole
  • Japanese Candy
  • Invent something
  • Read 100 books
  • Go on a cruise
  • Grand Mosque
  • Zip line (Jamaica)
  • Create own drink
  • Leave a note in library book
  • Play in the rain
  • Make pickles
  • Northern lights (Alaska)
  • Touch a dolphin
  • Message in a bottle
  • Jet ski
  • Golden gate bridge
  • Play chess
  • Safari
  • Have a baby
  • Ghost hunting
  • Roller coaster (Abu Dhabi)
  • Stomp grapes
  • Holly wood sign
  • Hot spring (Kho Phi Phi)
  • Shot a gun
  • Largest pool in Chile
  • Maldives
  • Hot air balloon (Tanzania)
  • Edge of the world Ecuador
  • Ko Phi Phi
  • Big Bend Park
  • Jamaica
  • Mochi (China)
  • Bubble Tea
  • Curry (China)
  • 100% Cacao chocolate
  • Poutine (Canada)
  • Karaoke
  • Disney Balloon
  • Sand Castle
  • Charm Bracelet for Bucket list
  • Floating Lanterns
  • Hersey Chocolate World
  • Sweet Hollywood
  • New years eve party
  • Opera
  • Design Converse
  • Meteor Shower
  • Worlds Largest Aquarium
  • Milk Bath
  • Air boat (New Orleans)
  • Foam Party
  • Caricature
  • House of cards
  • Wax museum
  • Fortune Tell
  • Mud bath
  • Absinthe
  • Moon shine
  • Collect black sand (Hawaii)
  • Grand central station
  • Niagara Falls
  • Become a bartender
  • Canada
  • See Mount Fuji
  • Whale watching (Alaska)
  • Volcano (Hawaii)
  • Tokyo Skytree
  • Macaroons
  • See an eclipse
  • Rope swing (Jamaica)
  • Microwave soap
  • Oxygen bar
  • Cronut
  • Napa Valley grape vineyard
  • Cupcake ATM
  • Glass bottom boat
  • Water Trampoline
  • Central Park
  • See a real castle
  • Top of the Burj Khalifa
  • Walk of Fame
  • Wall of China
  • Jenolan Caves and Blue mountain
  • Broadway play
  • Plant a Tree
  • Caribbean
  • Sleep in a hammock (Bahamas)
  • Visit the Statue of Liberty
  • Eat a whole roll of gum at one time
  • Try authentic Japanese ramen (Japan)
  • Hawaiian Lau
  • Find out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie roll (141)
  • Indoor sky diving
  • Fashion show
  • See an iceberg
  • Visit black tap milkshake
  • See Bellagio Fountain
  • Discover My nationality
  • Margarita festival
  • Meditate
  • Sponsor a child
  • Body cleanse
  • Send a care package to a soldier
  • Acupuncture
  • Ski Dubai
  • Have palms read
  • Ribbon ice
  • Virgin Islands
  • Get married
  • Drink from a fresh coconut
  • Go to France
  • Hold a monkey
  • Snorkeling
  • Be on TV
  • Eifel tower
  • Travel by train
  • Plant a bonsai tree
  • Go on vacation alone
  • Chocolate bacon
  • Fried Oreos
  • Gelato at Bellagio
  • Lombard street
  • Infinity pool
  • M&M world
  • King cake
  • Go to China
  • Get a passport
  • Europe
  • Australia
  • See the White house
  • Ride a camel in the desert
  • Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza
  • Tokyo
  • Ride on a Vespa in Italy
  • Take a picture at the top of a mountain
  • Visit an observatory
  • Ride on a plane
  • Ride in a Gondola (Italy)
  • Sleep in a tree house (Ko Phi Phi)
  • learn ASL alphabet
  • Travel first class
  • Skinny dipping
  • Wreck this journal
  • Edibles
  • Pizza from Chicago
  • Visit Tanzania, Zanzibar
  • Fish pedicure  (Japan or Greece)
  • Great barrier reef
  • Horse back riding on beach (Jamaica)
  • Try a food challenge (Dallas)
  • Jerusalem
  • Bora Bora
  • Rainbow bagels
  • Beignets at Café du Monde (New Orleans)
  • Travel to Italy
  • Meet an Elephant up close (Ko Phi Phi)
  • Travel to Greece
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Salt Flat in Bolivia
  • Eat at the Sugar Factory
  • Beijing Dumplings
  • Travel by sea plane
  • Write a book
  • Hold a shark
  • Tower of David
  • Wear a crazy hair color
  • Be debt free
  • Start a business
  • Help someone do 1 thing on their bucket list
  • Drive a speed boat
  • Wear a fresh lei
  • Robot restaurant
  • Let go of lantern
  • Sleep under the stars on the bed of a pickup truck
  • Buy a house
  • Have a paint fight
  • Calvary
  • Mount Zion
  • Pet a tiger
  • See a drive in movie
  • Go tubing
  • Buy a homeless person a meal
  • Au shalom Cave
  • Carve my name into a tree
  • Have a silly string fight
  • Learn to skate
  • Visit Belize
  • Write a love letter to my husband
  • Travel around the world
  • Powder fest
  • Black light slide
  • Visit the Texas State Fair
  • Cereal Killer Cafe
  • Harrisons Cave
  • Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge
  • Pilon Del Diablo waterfall
  • Jet Board
  • ATV on the beach
  • Sensory deprivation tank
  • Get to ideal weight
  • Play $100 on a max bet
  • Do a 3 day spiritual fast
  • Make a cake from scratch
  • Finish Bucket list

Haney Park, Texas City Dike : A place where I forgot all of my problems

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The weekend that melted all of the stress that I have been dealing with away. This park is in a small neighborhood tucked off in the middle of no where, but the atmosphere is more than mediocre. It’s  $5 a day for visitors to park and the local police department are always around to protect their citizens. The area is so full of life! You have the fish jumping out of the water, the birds flying around over head catching the fish, the blackish dolphins playing in the waters next to the ferry that connects the islands, the Fisherman on the pier that sit for hours at a time pulling in small fish for sport. You also will see children and adults alike playing in the waters, building sand castles, riding jet skis, and the food and ice cream trucks that stay in the area all day. Lately I have been going through a lot of hard times and I needed a place to relax and I found it here at this dike. I just watched the waves tickle my toes as I allowed the sun to penetrate my skin and make my skin tone richer. This place is highly recommend by me. There is so much to do out there for it to be so small. Next time I go back, I will defiantly be bringing camping supplies because I really did not want to leave last night!