Fitful night..worrying...

Worrying is a enormous waste of time, especially during the night when restorative sleep is so vital to our well being.  Each morning I am able to see how well I slept the previous night by plugging in my fitness armband to my computer.

As a lifelong fitness fanatic ("nut," as Tom would say) I have been wearing a fitness armband for the past two years made by BodyMedia which tracks all my activities, calorie burn and sleep patterns which I can view on 
either my Android smartphone or laptop throughout the day to see how I am doing.  My goal is take 10,000 steps per day,a tough goal lately while spending considerable time online these past months researching for our future travels.  

LINK Armband + Activity Manager
Fitness Arm Band
 
Each morning I plug the Bluetooth enabled device into my computer to recharge.   As the data is uploaded, I can view how well I've slept the previous night.  Invariably, my sleep pattern is totally dependent upon how much worrying I've done during the night.  Last night my sleep efficiency was 81% indicating that approximately 19% of my laying in bed time was spent worrying.
 
Sure, I may have spent 5% of the 9 hours lying in bedthinking pleasant thoughts, chatting with Tom, planning my day, wondering about the weather and contemplating getting up. Subsequently, I actually slept about 7.5 hours, certainly plenty on an average night.
 
Why spend any time worrying?  My theory has always been that worrying is only beneficial when the avoidance of it is so powerful that it inspires one to change that which they worrying about. Otherwise, it is wasted energy, time and health. Years ago, my eldest son Richard, reminded me of this quote: 
"Worry is interest paid on a loan that never comes due."

Tom has reminded me of Richard stating this quote many times over the years. Oddly, for most of us, we worry at night. As we busy ourselves with the activities of our day, our worry dissipates, only to be revived in the middle of the night.  Years ago, I made a pact with myself:  if worry appears during the night, do whatever I must during the day, to make it go away.  

Today, I have a bit of a dilemma.  What task is necessary to stop worrying about one small part of our travels that kept me awake last night?  Here is the source of my worrying, that started last night while reading online about traveling to Belize this upcoming January 29, 2013, a mere 9 months away: 

We will take the cruise from Miami, disembarking in Belize City, one day before its final destination.  We were able to get permission from the cruise line to disembark early at Belize City, its second to last port. There are no cruises that actually "end"  or "begin" in Belize City with the reverse occurring when we leave on 4/9/2013, in both cases, missing out a few days of the cruise. The pricing both ways was less than the cost of a hotel, airfare and meals and thus we have been thrilled with this plan.

So, what am I worrying about?  When we arrive in Belize City on January 29th, we must find a way to get to Placencia, Belize, a 17 mile long peninsula, a four hour drive from Belize City! This map illustrates the location of our rental property. Toward the right side of the page is item #69, listed as "Decked Out House."   I was worrying...how do we get there?  Here are the options:

1.  Rent a car in Belize City for the entire two and a half month period at the cost of $3000+. They don't allow other "drop off" locations leaving us stuck with a car the entire period, barely using it with so much within walking distance as indicated on the map.

The popular means of transportation in Placencia is a nearby (walking distance) golf cart rental for about $10 hour, handy for grocery shopping and nearby sightseeing.  We anticipate that we'll rent a golf cart for 8 hours a week.

2.  Fly from Belize City to Placencia at a cost of approximately $400 round trip for both of us plus cab fare from airport to property about $40 plus the cost of the golf cart.  Little prop plane. No thank you.  Golf cart rental plus airfare for a total of $1240

3.   Shuttle: $175 each way for an air conditioned shuttle, leaving at specific times each day (may require some waiting) plus cost of golf cart for 8 hours a week for a total for entire period = $1150

Writing this down today, calculating the costs, realizing we won't fly in the little plane, the solution is clear...we will use the shuttle and rent the golf carts for 8 hours a week.  If we decide we want to wander further away from Placencia, we'll rent a car in Placencia, for one day at a time.  Worry dismissed!

What will I worry about tonight?  Our Placencia rental is from February 1 to March 31, 2013.  Our cruise drops us off on January 29th and our picks us up on April 9th.  Where do we stay January 29, 30, and 31st?  Where do we stay from March 31 to April 9th?  

In checking out hotels on either end, it appears the average night in a decent hotel will be no less than $200 a night, plus transportation for 11 days, plus meals for 11 days (requiring us to eat every meal in a restaurant), plus taxes, plus tips may total $4000 or more, the usual cost of a 11 day vacation in Belize. This doesn't comply with our budget and can throw off our numbers.

Time to get back to work on the Internet to find a solution for this dilemma, get that sleep efficiency number up to 95% tonight and get in my 10,000 steps! Once this is done, I can start worrying about the zip line in Belize!  Ha!
 

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