Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Vancouver!



We just did a whirlwind trip to Vancouver!  I love Vancouver....mostly because that's where I met my husband!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Plateaus and such

Although I have many Maui posts to get on here I really wanted to let you all know the latest in my pursuit of a healthier me.

I am doing boot camp!  I have lost 15 pounds since changing my diet and starting the running program which was sometime in January.  I have been at a plateau for about a month and was really ready to throw in the towel.   That would have been the old me.  You know, that self talk that would always pop into my head and sabotage my weight loss and I would end right back to where I started.  This time I was determined to not let that happen again.  The Zumba classes and the Belly dancing have all been fantastic but I was looking for a change and besides, I really didn't want to be going out after dinner when the weather was nice...I really wanted to be able to spend the time in my garden.

Kristin and her friend, Heidi, joined bootcamp and really enjoyed the first session.  It was something that I had heard about but didn't think I could manage.  I'm having a hard time thinking of myself as being athletic and bootcamp is for athletic people, right?  Well, it's been an eye opener to say the least.   It's at 6:15 am and is done by 7:15 am so as far as the time goes it definitely is doable.   My son, Cory, had also told me that morning workouts are the best.  It helps to get your metabolism up for the day and there is less likelihood of something getting in the way of you doing it....it is done first thing in the morning and really sets the tone for the day.

So far I have done 4 workouts and I have to admit it's been great.  I even went on the Friday that Tim was home!  I don't think he believed that I would do it!  After the first two I could barely move.....but yesterday I was amazed that I have no real pain anywhere!   I am so proud of myself for doing this and am hoping that there are some sessions that will go through the summer.  I can't say that I look forward to it...but I'm not finding it nearly as difficult as I thought I would.

Here's to breaching that plateau!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Maui - Day 6 - March 21, 2011

Today was a very quiet day.


Janice and Tim went snorkeling.  I went to the pool for an hour or so.

After lunch we took a drive to Makena Beach.





Dinner on the rooftop and a sunset finished off the day.







Maui - Day 5 - March 20, 2011


Today is our trip on the road to Hana and like childbirth; I had completely forgotten how bad it really was.   I didn't get many pictures that can really show you how truly bad it is.   We are on the look out for t-shirts that say we survived to Road to Hana.....at one point Janice was ready to get out and walk.  "Okay, that's enough...I'm done." she said.   Regardless, the scenery was spectacular and I think it was well worth the trip.  Janice might disagree though.








Our first stop was Ho'opika Beach Park.  This particular spot is a favourite of surfers.   There weren't many out on the day we stopped but there were a few.








Our next stop was Wai'....National Park.  We stopped here for lunch and a nice walk around.  The black sand beach here is spectacular.  The blow hole was pretty quiet...but the wave crashing on the rocks more than made up for the quiet blow hole.

Maui - Day 4 - March 19, 2011

Today we started the day at the beach.  Janice and Tim tried out the mask and fins while Reg and I sat on the beach and watched.  I have a cold and Reg didn't think he could manage the mask and fins.  I'm hoping that in the next couple of days I'll feel up to it as I love snorkeling.

After lunch we headed towards Lahaina to check out Napili Beach for snorkeling but ended up going to the Maui Tropical Plantation instead.  Unfortunately I don't have many photos as my battery died part way through the tour and I didn't have my back up camera with me.









After the plantation we headed up to Ka'anapali for dinner at the Hula Grill.  We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner there.  The food was great and the atmosphere was wonderful.  We were right on the beach and were able to watch the sunset as we ate.







We wandered around the Whaler's Village for a couple of hours looking at all the shops....and there were plenty to see...I don't think we saw all of them either.  We plan on going back!




Maui - Day 3 - March 18, 2011

Today we had an early start....a very early start.  We were up at 3 am to watch the sunrise at Haleakala Crater.  The moon was out in full force so the drive was really quite nice until we started started the rise to the summit....then it was full of switchbacks not unlike the road to Hana except this road was paved and had two lanes.  

At the 10 mile marker we paid $10.00 to get into the park and I can only imagine how cold that poor guy must have been. We stopped at the visitor center part way up (7,000 feet) the mountain to use the washroom and were completely surprised by the force of the wind!  As we got closer to the summit it seemed as though it was socked in with clouds but as we got closer the clouds began to clear off somewhat.   


Near the summit we saw a plant called silverswords ('ahinahina).  This plant is unique to Hawai'i and is a protected plant; the fine for damaging them is hefty apparently.  


We were at the summit in plenty of time to see the sunrise...now all we had to do was wait.  We thought we had dressed appropriately but next time I would definitely put some long underwear on and wear a fleece under my jacket.  The wind at the summit was unbelievable.  In the end the wait was was well worth it.  








We got back to the condo around mid-morning and decided it would be a good idea for us all to have a nap.   After a good nap we decided to go for a walk along the Kehei area and maybe head up to Wailea and check out the shopping center there.  Wailea is farther away than we thought so we turned around at Kama'eole Beach 111.  We stopped at Fred's Mexican Cafe for lunch where they serve the most outrageous glasses of beer!


The guys headed back to the condo while Janice and I checked out the shopping in the area.


The evening was spent relaxing on the roof top while watching the whales and cooking ribs on the barbecue.  








Paradise!