If you haven’t heard me whining, our time on this island is coming to an end. Sigh. Yesterday was the first nail in the coffin that is our time in Hawaii…my last day of bootcamp. It was bittersweet. I had a hard time not tearing up and it wasn’t the 24 reps of everything we did…literally 24 reps. 

I started bootcamp in March after Tye died. I have mentioned before that I felt like my first year in Hawaii was wasted, one of life’s regrets. There were months of figuring out what was wrong with my kidneys, surgeries to repair the damage, Tye’s death, a trip to the mainland. Lots of bad things have happened during this tour. It takes seeing the bad to appreciate the good. Maybe that’s why I’ve loved Hawaii so much. 

My first bootcamp was also the first bootcamp that my friend Jen taught. Like everything else there have been ups and downs with this class. The class lost childcare. They changed locations. They changed locations again and again. Jen even went to a different location for a few months. During that time I was introduced to another great trainer. Lots of ups and downs.

Let’s be honest. Anyone who knows me knows that I never lost a pound with bootcamp. I like to eat. I like to eat a lot. I am stronger. I have much more endurance. I’m more confident. Two years ago I wouldn’t have jumped off a cliff. I might have been afraid of getting to the top or what I looked like. Two weeks ago, I paddled two miles to climb to a cliff and jump off. I didn’t think twice about taking this picture. That wouldn’t have happened two years ago.


And I’ve made some really great friends. I got to know my neighbors. We laughed and joked while we ran through Jen’s paces. It was great. 

Tomorrow I’ll wake up and try to do it on my own. It won’t be as fun. It won’t be the same but I’ll get it done with the knowledge and training I received from Jen. I’ll miss the motivation and the laughs. I’ll miss the joking whimpers. Life will go on. My little McGrew Crew will always hold a place in my heart. 

Mahalo nui loa, Jen. There aren’t many people who can make me want to work out. I’ll miss you ladies.