Change of plans for the Summer
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Will this cold ever end?
I spent the day sneezing and blowing my nose. ARRRGH. I also spent the day staring at the snow falling heavily outside and despairing over living here in the neverending Winter.
I worked Saturday, and I'm finally done with doing "free" overtime: all the time I was paid for during the Holidays is now truly worked, and I can start cumulating real overtime for next Summer.
I left work absolutely exhausted. At home I quickly did all the chores that needed done then I picked my boyfriend at work (his last day! Yay) and we went to his parents' house. His sister and brother were visiting and we ate supper there.
We also spent the evening talking about the upcoming trip, and we changed destinations. Greece would cost too much since the canadian dollar dropped, and the rate for euros is starting to become ridiculous (and has very little chance of changing until then).
So we chose to go to... Hawaii. !!!!!!!!!
I'm terribly excited. Greece is awesome, but I've already been there. (It's the only other country I've been outside of Canada, actually.) And we wanted to do so much there, and to visit so much, it seemed too big for two weeks, and I didn't want to feel rushed. While renting apartments or the like there wasn't too pricey, and the food absolutely cheap, the transportation was the worst (200 bucks each to go to one island, bus tours rates were ridiculous, and the plane ticket only is 1200 bucks).
So we switched for Hawaii. We're still waiting for everyone to get their vacation dates confirmed (only me, my boyfriend and his sister have them) and we're waiting for our passports, and then we can buy our plane tickets. We'll probably spend one week in Oahu and the other one on the Big Island, or the whole two weeks on Oahu to explore it.
I've done a lot of research on the islands and activities today, and I'm pretty damn sure I'll love this trip. (I also already made my packing checklist, 3 months in advance.)
Greece gave me a motivation to work out and lose weight to be in shape there, but Hawaii is even more motivating since it'll be more about beaches and light clothes than exploring ruins and walking everywhere. I'll wear more dresses and shorts than capris and t-shirts, and, honestly, I am vain and want to look good (both there and in the pictures).
I haven't been to the gym in a week and I'm starting to feel the effects. My shoulder is getting better (it's barely sore now, and didn't even hurt when I washed my hair an hour ago, which was usually the time it hurt the most) so I'm going back tomorrow. I changed my program myself (since I don't have a coach anymore) and I used the resources here on SparkPeople.
My cardio will now be 30 minutes on the treadmill (2 mins-1min intervals of running-jogging) and 15 minutes on the elliptical machine. In-between, I'll do my strenght training: I picked 5 exercises that covered upper body, lower body and core. I want to spend more time running since outside running season is coming (only 2 or 3 weeks left! If it ever stops snowing) and it's my favorite activity anyway. I really enjoyed it last Sunday (when I went for 30 minutes) and I think I can do this.
I want to get out of this plateau. I told my boyfriend that once we're done with our boxes of granola bars I won't be eating them anymore - and if he wants them we'll buy small packages, that way I won't be tempted to eat them since they'll be his'. (The Costco packages contain like 30 bars each.) I'll replace this snack with fresh vegetables and maybe a light dip when I feel like it. I'll also try and twist the recipes we do here, so that my boyfriend eats the same but I eat less fat (like adding less cheese to my plate). That shouldn't be too complicated, and he's very supportive, as usual, which helps me a lot.
We're leaving for Hawaii in 97 days. (Yes I made a countdown.) So I've got 97 days to really push myself, lose those 10 pounds, and be in really good shape to tour Oahu on a bike, walk on a volcano, and hula dance through the night.