Showing posts from October, 2012

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone!
Rupert the science bear here, keeping it real in the laboratory.

I came in for my morning workout and got into sculpt class for a solid workout and now it's a fun day here in the lab with nuns, Blues Brothers and Indiana Jones. I love my coworkers :)


It's my birthday. Lah de dah :)
I slept in a bit this morning and after moping and whinging and psyching myself up I finally got down to it and worked out. I did the catch my breath workout with bonus abwork. Geek helped by hopping on my back and adding weights to the pushups. How nice. The end ones were not elevated...but I did the workout through and pushed myself. Getting in a workout is what counts.

I celebrated my birthday with a breakfast smoothie. I love smoothies, but our blender is stupidly loud so I don't use it often in the early hours...but today I wanted a yummy smoothie. Strawberries, yogurt, vanilla protein and a bit of pomegranate juice. Yum.
Today should be a busy day, and J is taking me out to our favourite indian restaurant for supper. :)
Hope you all have a great day!

Fit for life is more than a cliche

I ran across this article at JCFitness today and it really echoes how I've been feeling lately.
Having worked hard to get into reasonable shape, I struggle from time to time at maintaining my losses and was rather bummed out about not being able to keep up the physique I'd built for myself in the spring, where I was my leanest and most muscular in my life. At first I moped...then I wondered if it was actually possible (or even desirable) to maintain what I thought was my ideal body. And I'm not sure if it is.
The thing is, at my ubermostest (yes that's a word, I'm calling it) I was running on 4 hours of sleep a night, over-caffeinated and on a very restrictive diet. But not restricted necessarily for weight loss -  simply was so stupidly busy that I had to plan out all of my meals and had little or no times for snacks or dessert or my beloved beer. So, of course I was lean...and mean. And proud of it...I knew I looked good and it was one small part of my life that …

Saturday was a really good day

MSc Grad robes are cool...
They have serious batwings!!!

 Seriously tho - it was awesome. I am now all graduated up, complete with diploma. My Dad came down for the day and we went out for mexican food later...horchata. Mmmm...
 Oh - and my Lady Vader worked out fantastic :) Had a fun night out relaxing with friends. This costume was a blast to make and fun to wear...glad I got out somewhere to wear it :)

What are your schemes for Halloween??

All this fun and I still have my birthday this week.
No workout tomorrow, since I have to be in early to submit something...back at it on tuesday. Gotta get in a workout on my birthday.
Have a great day everyone! :)


Up with the atoms this morning. Came in to work out and snuck in to spin and sculpt class for a good workout. I've got to get my flu shot today at work and then get down to some sciency work...I am so glad it's friday.  Tomorrow I get all dolled up to graduate, head out for supper at my favourite mexican restaurant and then go out for a halloween party after.
Should be fun :)

Have a great weekend everyone!

The one where I slept thru my alarm

Well, I missed my morning workout due to miss-setting my alarm (5:20 PM anyone? *sigh*). I still woke up in time for work thankfully, but unfortunately not for my workout. I miss my endorphins...hopefully friday will be a reboot.

I was happy and tired after watching J cover the local civic election live on TV. He was on air interviewing people (and being generally handsome and awesome) for 2 and a half hours. SO proud :)

Tonight I have a bit of tidying and painting to do to get ready for grad celebration this weekend...and possibly a bonfire this weekend. We shall see. At the moment I'm enjoying the low key generality of life. I can't believe I convocate on saturday :)

the one where i finally got some sleep

It's been a bit chaotic around here...I'm in the doghouse after possibly damaging our van by ignoring a warning light. I didn't heed of my most stupid moments in life...Then I forgot to tell J about it... And when I remembered and learned what the light meant I took a few days to work up the nerve to fess up. Just a bad idea and behavior and I am not proud. Not one bit.
Last 2 days I haven't come in to work out. Yesterday due to complete stressed out lack of sleep. Today, due to catching up on aforementioned total lack of sleep. Last night was supper, 2 hour nap, 1 hour work then bedtime for 8 more hours. Although I still have many things left to deal with, I feel human again after some sleep. Sleep is good.
Tonight I have to go vote in our city election, the head home to some chores and painting. I hope to have time to bang out a bodyrock workout before bed. J has to cover the election all night so I may workout while watching his handsome face on the telly.…

The one where I grow a pair and use power tools

Well this weekend was totally not what I thought it would be but in the ends was exactly what it should have been. My husband has put in lots of overtime lately had a long stressed out crazy week, and having lived through a lot of that myself, when it came down to stressing out a lot about driving 6 hours to Edmonton for a great party, where he would not have a costume...we just decided to stay home and relax and put the gas money to good use. I will save my costume for another time. J solidly spent most of his time relaxing and unwinding for the first time in weeks, and I? This weekend I got around to many things I've wanted to for about 6 months now.
Yes...this weekend I became a man. :)
Saturday was a warm up. Since our furnace was replaced (last year...cough) the basement has been in complete disarray from having moved half of it and cramming it ALL into my craft room. Literally. You couldn't even go into the room it was so full of STUFF. So disheartening, but I refused to…

Shhh. Sleeping lady. zzzzzzzz.......

Costume is as done as it's going to be. When I wear it I'll post some pics. Here's a bit of a sneak of some of the the grommets into the corset...they're not great because I don't have the proper grommet tool, but it will do. There's also a lightsaber cane I made. Oh yes...when I get into this I can't stop half way :)

I am tired tho. Had insomnia last night after a long annoying evening. My husband's costume stuff didn't arrive in time so he has no costume for the Star Wards party we were going to go to tomorrow. He isn't sure if he wants to go, and if he isn't going I don't know if I want to drive 5 hours to where it is just to dress up and go to a party on my own...he feels bad cuz I made this costume for this party, but I don't mind if we don't go -I know me. I know I'll wear it some other time...I'm leaving it up to him. Altho I hope he decides to go, I'm honestly happy to wear it around to anoth…


If I stand in one spot, my butt is not sore. Otherwise...I'm doomed. :)
I lost track of time and was up waaaaay too late last night. My costume is almost done. The main thing left is grommets in the corset. The lady sold me eyelets by mistake which aren't strong enough for a corset tie lace up, and I only have half of what I need leftover from a previous project. Soooo, tonight is a late night "I need grommets!!" hunt... and I really hope I can find some. The corset ties the costume together so it's kinda imperative I find some. The mask needs more work, but considering it is a $4 kids mask I took apart with a hacksaw it looks pretty good. Other than that, it's come together nicely. I haven't made the cape (am going for a neck scarf/shawl instead) and I'm using a skirt I already have, so it will be ready for the weekend. Yup...I'll be dead classy :)

I slept in this AM to get 6 hours of sleep, had some pumpkin oatmeal and I'm in for work. I pla…

Day 3 - holy sculpt class batman

I was up late crafting. It was glorious. I now have a lightsaber cane (as long as the clay dries!!), and a antiquey older version of a vader chest panel (jewels wire and ribbon), along with a hat that is decorated with the same ribbon and cording as my corset. Bwaha. I love LOVE *L*O*V*E* doing this kind of  stuff. I only have 2 more evenings to finish this...he heh. We shall see. It's cool staying up late making things for fun for once :)
Despite being up late I convinced myself to get up and out of bed to come in and workout. I was tired, but I thought that any workout would be good...and once I get there I'm usually good and have a great time. And I was...did...yes. There was one space left in the sculpt class and it's the instructor I love, so I joined. She is hard core and it was a tough hour workout...the most evil of which was walking lunges with and without weights back and forth across the studio...I counted, and it was 144 lunges steps with weights and 72 without…

Day 2 of the rest of my life

Not too bad. Yup. Not too bad.
Yesterday I really ate clean and avoided pizza for supper. Score for me. No late night snacks. No pop or booze. Day 1 complete. They say it takes 3 weeks to build a habit...I'm trying to get it back.
This morning was day 2 of Operation Uberfrau (Part Deu). I came in to do a good solid workout: the Bodyrock TV "12 min workout" (which isn't 12 minutes, but whatever) with bonus ab workout. I worked hard and didn't quit even tho I sure wanted to during those evil switch lunges. Then I hopped on an interval program on the StairMaster for 18 minutes and declared that I was done.
The workout is 30 sec on/10 sec rest (twice through) of:
-elevated pushups
-5 high knees + half burpee
-jumping jacks
-bicycle crunches
-high knee jog
-back lunge + forward kick and toe touch L side
-back lunge + forward kick and toe touch R side
-box jumps (supposed to be tuck jumps but they are bad for my knee)
-jumpjacks with squat/floor touch when legs togethe…

Now for the rest of my life

I am back from a blissful week away.
Up at the lake I cooked turkey dinner and all the fixings for 18 people and then got to go for a long snowy walk with J before he had to head back home on monday. Someone made the pies...including green tomato mincemeat tarts...yum. The weather was nasty (snow & mean wind) so we didn't get to hike the 8 K hike around the gem lakes like we'd hoped, but it was nice to get away. Jay headed back and I stayed up to visit my dad until sunday and it was awesome. I finally got to relax. I read the Hunger games Trilogy, built some great furniture with my Dad, split some wood, got some sewing done and cooked for Dad, who is really appreciative. Most of my fitness plans were derailed by the craptastic weather, and there was a nice amount of wine to be had, so I certainly didn't fit myself up while away, but I feel so relaxed for the first time in ages. It was nice to sleep, read and eat when I pleased and be at my favourite place on earth (oth…

Turkey countdown

Last night I got caught up on lots of boring chores, made matar paneer for supper (one of my all time  favourite foods) and gathered things for the upcoming weekend. We picked up 2 sheets of MDF (which thankfully fit in the van...whew!) so I can make some end tables with my dad this week. Yes - we sill soon be grown adults with actual bedside tables instead of the odd shelf/thingy I picked up off a friend in university for my dorm room and J's charming side table made of cheap metal stacking cubes. A little paint when I get back and viola!

I am much less stiff today (thankfully) and came in for spin and sculpt class. With it being a long weekend the gym was blissfully quiet. Class was mostly core work and ab work for the sculpt and I feel fantastic today. It helped work some kinks out.

Tonight J and I have tickets to see The Importance of Being Ernest at the local theatre...and at midnight there is a one night showing of Iron Sky at the art theatre (hee hee...nazi robots and space…


Quick post.
Spin class this morning..
MEGA stiff.

Gotta go!

Curtsy squats are evil

I am going to be rather stiff tomorrow. Heck I am now! The curtsy/dragon lunge squat things I did for the ZWOW yesterday made me a bit stiff...and this morning guess what we did in sculpt class? Yes - a zillion curtsy lunge squats and forward lunges. It was a really solid sculpt workout this morning...and my butt is already stiff. It felt good to work my muscles though...I feel strong.

Last night I had serious stomach cramps that worsened as the evening went on after supper. It made grocery shopping a real chore, and by the time I got things put away I felt really blech. The only thing I can think of is that I made curried chick peas and quinoa again. It seems like quinoa and I are not good friends. J watched concerned as I ended up going to bed curled in a ball whining and waiting for sleep, eating way too many tums and feeling like someone was putting my innards through a wringer washer. Oddly, as of this morning I feel absolutely fine. This is the 3rd time this has happened. I'…

ow my azz

Last night's belly dance class was fun but it made me stiff in ridiculous of the hammy/glutey places I don't normally use. Between the leg strengthening squats and 2 kinds of 3 point shimmy's (one of which I've never done before and still can't quite get) my legs were actually spasming when I got home after. we made some pizza out of some leftover chili for supper and watched the finale of Doctor Who. Very sad, but if it had ended differently I would have been angry I think...

I came in for a solid workout this morning. I tried to do a bodyrock workout, but forgot my interval timer, and the one I downloaded from gymboss on my phone only works when you are viewing it so I couldn't look at the workout steps on my phone and have the timer count (to me this is a fail). Being my brilliant self I only learned this after doing the first interval (elevated push ups) for a ridiculous amount of time to until I realized that something wasn't working and i…

Schemey schemes

This weekend was relaxing and hectic at the same time. My friend is moving back to BC today (flies home today) so Saturday we shipped off the last of is kit and he stayed with us for the weekend once his apartment had been inspected and signed off on. Saturday night some friends were playing at a new club in town and J did lights. It was 80s theme so I got dressed up and had a nice night out.
Sunday was errands and planning for a final farewell meal for my friend. He is a foodie too, so we spent the afternoon finding delicious ingredients from his fave places: cold smoked steak with blue cheese, some prawns and tortellini pasta. J isn't into steak or seafood (silly man) so he got shiskabab skewers and mushrooms instead of prawns. We marinated the meat in saki, and BBQd it to perfection. Even made fresh apple gjetost pastry pockets for dessert, along with some more of that fantastic saki from Granville Island. Delish. Fantastic foodie sendoff.

Also spent sunday on a costume frenzy.…