Monday, September 30, 2013
There was a wonderful holiday then stressful week then weekend at comicon with my friends and now it's back to life and all it's been handing me lately. Lots going on right now and when I have time to post more than 2 words I'll be back I promise.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Tonight my sister gets in from ontario on the plane and we'll be visiting my brother tonight. Tomorrow she and I are off for a week to visit my Dad. As much as I am sad J can't make it up with us I am really looking forward to this. I'm bringing up my workout gear for some runs and beach workouts and getting set for some good reading (I've been saving most of Let's Pretend This Didn't Happen for this week) and relaxing and catching up. I need a holiday. It's supposed to be nice all week and I can't wait to read in the sun and go for a few canoe rides.
This morning I got in a final workout and came in for spin and sculpt class. Got a solid workout in and now I'm off to my last (yay!) day of work before I'm off for a bit. There's no internet up at the lake so I'll be signing off until next week.
Talk amongst yourselves :)
Friday, September 13, 2013
Thursday, September 12, 2013
This morning I was up and in for a workout. Class was full (*sigh*) so I made my own workout and it was good.
3 rounds through of 11 each of:
-dragon curtsey squats (each side)
-pick up and shoulder and put down 20Lb, then half burpee hop out (alternating shoulders)
-deadlift + bent row (35 Lb)
-box step up + knee raise (each side)
-T arm front raise + side raise (8 Lb)
Then I finished it off with 20 kettlebell swings (20Lb) and hopped on the elliptical for 28 minutes on an interval program.
Now it is another long day of work. The no caffeine is getting easier. I'm less tired, but I am still a bit moody. The tiredness only hits after lunch now so it's getting easier. I think morning workouts help that a lot.
Truth is, I am getting wistful. As much as I am looking forward to a holiday and spending next week with my Dad and sister at the lake I am increasingly sad that my J can't be there for it. He has to work the whole time...and I miss him already. We haven't gotten much time off together lately. It's been a hectic last few days and I feel like time is running out. I have to work to finish a paper before I go and I'd rather not "waste" time on work when I can spend it with J. I will try and find a balance... :)
Have a great day.
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
You know, it's getting better :)
Yesterday I wasn't fatigued...I've spent the past few days in a fog and it's like the fog is lifting. I don't "need" a boost anymore. Yesterday my only coffee was at the end of the work day - half a cup. It was tasty and I enjoyed it for it's dark deliciousness and got on with my day. Today? I feel really good. Clear headed. Dare I believe that I may be near the end of this withdrawal? If so, hot damn and hallelujah. Never again.
After a nice visit with my Dad last night after picking him up at the airport it was an early night for me. This morning there was no headache to be seen and I was up and in for my workout - sculpt class with Petra. Once again I am amazed at how someone so tiny can be so dang strong! Solid workout. And we have an extra fan in there now. Yay! Petra has a totally different approach from Mel but same overall intensity and in the end I know I've done my bit for me for the day.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
no caffeine + PMS = ragafragagaaaaaaaah!
Weirdly though - after being tired all day when I laid down to go to bed I couldn't sleep until 1:30....so when 5:30 came and I had a headache I slept another hour and it was thankfully gone when I got up. Feel much better now. Time for another day. I may workout when I get home if there is time...
Monday, September 9, 2013
More annoyingly, my oven quit workinng last night so Im hoping that isn't too $$ to fix. The control panel on it won't respond so I can't use the oven...royal PITA. I used it a lot saturday to bake and the stove top is fine at least, but I have to say - I am less than impressed with the falling quality of appliances. I saved up and bought a high end gas Jennair convection oven and this is the second thing to go wrong with it in 3 years. I am hoping it's still under the extended warranty I bought...we shall see. No more baking until I can get it looked at...which is really annoying. I have to say - I'm not a fan of digital displays in general. Switches and knobs and fuses FTW - nothing to break that I can't fix.
This morning I came in to a full spin and sculpt class roster. It was Mel so we worked our asses off. All that hard work made the room very warm. It was so hot and muggy in the room that a girl almost fainted this morning...I personally was dripping sweat off my chin and had it in my eyes had to stop some of the exercises a few time because I was overheated...we mentioned it to the front desk in the hopes they will get another fan in there. I certainly gave it my all this morning and feel great.
Now it's time for breakfast and some (*sigh*) herbal tea and I'm off.
Hope you all have a great day. :)
Sunday, September 8, 2013
To try and learn more about why my self enforced caffeine withdrawal is so much "fun" (if by fun you mean cranky exhaustion...sigh) i put on my investigating hat. Turns out caffeine is addictive because the molecule fits perfectly into our brain's adenosine receptors. Adenosine is responsible for signaling the brain that it is time to rest or sleep. Since these receptors are blocked with caffeine molecules, dopamine (the happy time brain chem) works more efficiently. Add to that the fact that excess adenosine signals the adrenal glands to release adrenaline and you feel more alert too. Happy and energetic! What could be wrong with that?
Well, over time, the brain adds more adenosine receptors to compensate for the caffeine, which causes a tolerance to build up to the caffeine molecule. So you can drink a tonne of caffeinated beverages to feel normal or don't even feel it's effects anymore (ahem. me.) So when I have the order to cut back to a cup or less a day like I have been the last 3 days, my brain is then flooded with adenosine, and dopamine doesn't do it's job properly for a while. The sudden drop in adrenaline levels my body is accustomed to has produced many of the caffeine withdrawal symptoms I have read about. Thankfully keeping a strong cup of Earl Grey in the morning menu staved off any particularly evil headaches and I have tried to fill my days with things I enjoy to be occupied. Even so-I am glad J is working all weekend. I have been a cranky moody tired little hermit and I dearly hope I level out soon and get back to a more decaffeinated normal.
Thankfully I found some really good swiss decaf. I am one of those weirdos who really loves coffee and tea. Hot drinks comfort me. I actually drank a cup of hot water with lemon like a granny on friday at work because I had no herbal tea. I am a (sad to admit) caffeine addict. I get a warm rush when I smell roasted coffee...feel elated when I have a sip. To think I drank almost double this to cope with grad school...jeez. I thought I *was* cutting back...
I am glad my doc told me to do this or I don't know how well I would comply otherwise...
My peeps, I am a sad jittery cranky panda at the moment. Wish me luck.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Friday, September 6, 2013
|Yes I actually have this mug. |
Yes I'm aware of the irony.
But I will persevere...more herbal tea and club soda for me...I will try not to kill anyone in the process. My husband who doesn't drink caffeinated beverages is trying not to be too smug at the moment. I vow not to kill him either :P
This morning I was up and in for spin and sculpt with Mel and all the students are back...it was so weird to go from a class of 4 back up to a full class of 20 again. It was a tough class and I pushed myself...and now it's time to get to work. I have a full docket, but if I can get to it all I can relax for the weekend and spend some time at the farmers market, do some baking, bottle my cider and rack my beer one last time. And probably sleep a lot and mumble about how I need more caffeine...
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Tuesday I was up at 4 to drop Dad off at the plane (bleh) and then had a long day of work with errands after so it was gogogo until 10PM so no workout yesterday, but today I was a good little schmoo and was up to workout. It was sculpt class with Mimi and she always gives a strong hard workout. I love her classes and wish she taught more She really makes you work and breaks up the movements into chunks so you can focus on form and strength and not just work to fatigue. Today is another busy one with dinner at my brothers so I must dash. Just wanted to say hi and log in after my long weekend.
Have a great day!