Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Where I live....

I can't tell you how many people hear where I am from and go "HUH? where is that??". So, today I am going to tell you about my hometown and how living here affects my diet and exercise regimen.

I live in a VERY small town in Texas named Port Bolivar, Texas.

There we are- the red dot on the map. LOL! In 2010 we had a whopping 2,417 people that lived here on the whole peninsula. Yes, we are a peninsula and it consists of 3 towns- Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, and Gilchirst.
My Dad grew up here and all of my family lives here. My grandparents lived here forever, my aunts and uncles live here and most of my cousins still live around here. What can I say? We love "home". I, personally, love being near the beach and love the views :) It's amazing!

Of course there are things that I don't love about living here.
#1- The threat of a hurricane. Ike hit us in 2008 and we were left with stuff like this:
It was hard, but we pulled together as a community (a good thing about living in a small town) and we worked together to rebuild.
#2 Not living close to normal stores. We have one grocery store over here and because they can, the prices are too high for me. So, I have to take the ferry to Galveston to grocery shop at Kroger. Yep, I said ferry.
It takes about 20 minutes to ride across but with wait time and all that, it's about a 45 minute adventure one way. UGH!
#3- No gym here....
We have no gym on the peninsula, so you have to be creative and do your own workout thing. That's why I have so many videos and use the treadmill and weights. It is a very rural area and I am not going to be that woman running down the street with dogs chasing. NOT my thing! LOL!
Sorry for the long post and so many pics. I just wanted to let you know a little more about me and where I am from. Does it make it easy to eat healthy and workout? NO! I have to plan ahead and put forth the effort to stock up on groceries and keep my workouts from boring me! It is worth it though. The sand between my toes, the sunrise and sunset, and just listening to the ocean. I love my home.  :)
What are the challenges for healthy living where you live? Anyone live close to me? (Galveston, Houston, Beaumont?)


  1. I wish lived closer to you :) I would love to try to come down there. I wish we lived near the beach, I adore the water. Sounds like you have made the best with what you have and for that, I applaud you.

    1. It's a good vacation spot if you love the water :) And, thanks Kara!!!