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April vacation, May goals

Thursday, May 02, 2013

My sister's boyfriend and I have the same birthday in April, so she took us on 2 mini-vacations. One was the TulipFest I showed you in my last blog. The other was a fantastic trip to Victoria BC last week.
Here's the view of their Capitol building from our hotel room:

Victoria is famous for Butchart Gardens.

...flowers are great, but the animals won me over:

Victoria also has a Bug Zoo. I happily missed half of it, the half with all the spiders, but the beetles were neat. This one blends into whatever color orchid she makes her nest on:

We also had a wonderful time in Chinatown, the Miniature Museum, eating out at ethnic restaurants, and window shopping. As per usual in Canada, I met a lot of friendly and nice people who were delightful to talk to. That was my second favorite part of the trip. My very favorite part was spending time with my sister and her man. I'm so incredibly blessed to have her treat me so well. She doesn't have to, but she does it because I only make peanuts and she wants to support me because of how much I love my job. Isn't she the best?!
We also swam in the hotel pool a lot and ran 3 miles a day because the weather was perfect for it (50 degrees, partly cloudy). My arthritic feet held up really well, yahoo!
My birthday usually triggers a several week binge. I'm happy to be starting out May by totally kicking butt.
I'm not interested in Bodybuilding, but I came across a magazine with stories about women who train for athletic and Bodybuilding competitions, have 5 kids, work full time, get enough sleep, maintain their nutrition needs, and take excellent care of themselves to prevent injury. One of the women I read about even admitted that she has terrible struggles with binges, but she forgives herself no matter what and moves on. Minus the kids and competitions, I want that!
My HIIT trainer is helping me work up to 30-40 minutes of HIIT 6 days a week with 2-3 days of ST and 2 days of longer cardio endurance sessions, all followed by stretching/recovery sessions. I'm blissing out - it's doing wonders for my depression, arthritis and asthma. I'm determined to use the lessons I've learned over the past couple years (and will continue to learn) to age well and overcome my anxieties, because they're truthfully all that's holding me back.
Eating well is much more of a struggle for me than exercising, but I'm finding that the more I learn about nutrition for crazy people who love to work out, the more inspired I am:)
Now that my vacations are done, I look forward to spending more time with YOU. emoticon emoticon
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  • 2BEHEALTHY2014
    Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing. It's great that your sister treats you so well!
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    1419 days ago
    Blissing out! Love it! Girl, you've got your MOJO & and building unstoppable momentum! I'm so proud of you, Sharon! Keep up the great workout~ and happy belated birthday, dear heart~ *hugs* So happy y'all had a blast! BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    O! And thanks for sharing those beautiful pics of your trips! *hugs* emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 5/2/2013 9:29:23 PM
    I have often thought how well your sister treats you, lucky you. I have known you for a long time now and oh boy what a different lady you are.
    I am so happy you are doing so much these days. Well done if I had a few less years on me there are so many opportunities one can get into. i do have a happy life I just get frustrated I cannot do the running and jumping, also the rock climbing in an earlier life time.
    Always take every opportunity to do it while you can.
    I was amazed to see the creatures that appear to be made of straw. I loved the BC capital building too. DH and I have friends there and never bothered to attempt to get there. There was always something else equally wonderful to do in our own back yard..

    HUGS I am so happy to hear from you again and Oh what a positively lovely blog.
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    HUGS nad MUCH love Pat in Maine.
    1420 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Now I know why I always wanted a sister!!! My brother's aren't as thoughtful. I am so glad your sister is so supportive and made your birthday so special. Seeing you pictures makes me want to take a trip to Victoria. I am just so mad at myself for not adding a couple of days so we could when we went to Alaska. Woulda, coulda, shoulda!!
    Have a great weekend.
    1420 days ago
    Your sister is very sweet...definitely a keeper :-)
    It sounds like a wonderful time!!
    Starting out May by kicking butt is fabulous!! Keep it up!!
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    Pictures were lovely too.

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    1420 days ago
    Happy belated birthday. Best wishes with your May goals.
    1420 days ago
    Fantastic pictures! What great fun you had, and I'm glad. You deserve to have a good time. How great it is that your sister supports what you do for a living, by helping you out. It's heartwarming to see someone who loves you and lives nearby so you can enjoy each other's company. WOW! Your exercise plans are daunting to this ol' gal. I'm so glad the exercise is helping you on so many levels. emoticon
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