Showing posts from March, 2015

Tabatas aren't as much fun as I remember

Lower body day today.  I did 3 times through of:  12 sumo squats, 12 forward lunges, 12 side lunges with arm reaches, 12 one legged bulgarian deadlifts and 12 back ballet leg extensions, with  25 dumbbell ab rows and the 20 each of the butt raise/hold/pulse part of Josie's booty blast video in between  the 3 reps. No probalo - I'm getting stronger...but before that? Before that I was a good little human and did the tabata bike sprints I'd promised myself I would do.
I set my digital timer so I wouldn't have to think and I could just follow the beeps. After a 5 minute warm up on my spin bike I upped the weight a bit and sprinted all out for 20 seconds and then rested/pedaled slowly for 10 seconds a total of 8 times. Then I cooled down on the bike for 4 minutes. And wow...20 seconds is a freaking long time...but I did it. Even though my sprints got a bit gloomier as it went on (the bike has a 40Lb flywheel...phew!) I did not give up and I did my best for all of it. B…

Ah. Weekends...

Did I work on my paper this weekend? Did I paint anything?
Do I care?
Nope :)

I had a nice relaxing weekend. J and I even ditched out of a friend's house party/birthday party where a bunch of our friends would be at just so we could hang out together...sometimes I just want to hang out with's odd - I used to rant that we didn't have a lot of friends or get out much and now that the opportunities present themselves more and more and we've built up a nice little circle of friends I find sometimes the hermit in both of us still kicks in and we still hang out, just us. Like old times. I mean, that's why I married J...there's noone else I'd rather hang out with. :)
The weather was so nice yesterday - it got up to 15 C here. The ice jam on the river is gone, along with a lot of the snow. We walked for hours without a jacket and spent a mellow day together...ending it with tasty beer, nachos and a cheesy movie. Loved it all.

And yes I still have to fi…

Breaking the ice

I had a good workout this morning. Lower body day today.  I did 3 times through of: 12 regular squats, 12 sumo squats, 12 forward lunges, 12 side lunges with arm reaches, 12 one legged bulgarian deadlifts and 12 back ballet leg extensions, with 25 bicycle crunches, 25 dumbell ab rows and the 15 each of the butt raise/hold/pulse part of Josie's booty blast video in between  the 3 reps.
Then it was a nice walk to work. The river ice has started breaking up and a huge chunk has floated down to the bridge by my house and smashed and crunched up. It is amazing such a huge piece of ice can move so quickly. It was there yesterday stuck to the shore across most of the river way down stream. Today it's all piled up and starting to break up and flow down the river. I imagine by the end of the weekend it'll be gone.

This weekend I have schemes to finish a scientific paper I've been working on and get some priming done on a big shelf my Dad built us for our living room so I can …

Discount rice?

Workout Log: Today was upper body day. Like tuesday only instead of mountain climbers I did 12 four point punches (punching above and across  on top and down to the opposite toe alternating both arms) with 5Lb, 25 ball passes and 12 pushups between reps of the arm and back weight exercises with my 8Lb weight I did tuesday. Then I walked to work.

I'm really loving my morning walks. Having an hour to myself first thing in the morning with my mug of tea is a really nice way to start the day. As long as I have my earmuffs and gloves I'm warm enough once I get moving. Time alone to think and relax is a wonderful thing...helps begin the day off right.

Total random off topic: I was forwarded an article by a friend about cooking rice differently to lower it's calorie content. Apparently if you add coconut oil to the water prior to cooking the rice and then refrigerate the cooked rice overnight before you eat it there is a 10-15% reduction in calories because some of the starches s…

Yoga maybe?

I've decided Wed will be core day. So, for something new this morning I dug out the yoga DVD that I got back before I was sick that is supposed to focus on Core strength and gave it a go. I didn't leave myself quite enough time so I missed the very end of it, but I really enjoyed it. It was variations on abwork and sun salutations and I felt great after. Definitely going to work this into the regular routines. As I get more familiar with what I'm doing I will enjoy it even more....I'm still looking at the screen a lot to make sure I'm doing the right thing. I'm also stiffer and less flexible than I was so this can only be a good thing for me.
Then I walked to work and that was that.
Piece of cake :)

quick log

Quick log for today. Got lots to do. Today was upper body day. I did the following 3 times through (with my 8Lb dumbells): 12 bicep curls, 12 tricep extensions, 12 shoulder presses, 12 bent rows, 12 side arm raises, 12 front arm raises
In between the 3 sets I did: 25 bicycle crunches, 25 ab rows with a dummbell and 10 pushups (on the knee).

Then I walked to work. Done diddly done.
Later taters.

I've got happy feet

All this wet weather has taught me that my old trusty yellow rain boots are leaky…so I have been on the hunt for a new pair. They need good grip, dancability and eye blinding brightness to replace the old pair.   And, after a bit of searching I have a new pair of awesome rain boots on order. Doc Martens! Yellow! Smiley faces! On Sale! Free Shipping! Exclamation marks!!!

my spring broke

I'm sitting here listening to Gotye wondering where my spring went :)
We had lots of snow over the weekend. The weather has levelled off to a reasonable -5 and now that the blowing snow is done it's not so bad, but after over a week of meltiness, it's a bit sad to pop back into winter. It's officially spring now (not that you'd know it) but around here March is a random weather unit...Spring doesn't come to stay until April some time. I'm just itching for the melt to be done so I can get outside more. It does wonders for my mind to be able to walk should be nice enough for me to walk home today at least, so that'll do for today.
I had a good workout this morning. First I did Josie's booty blast short video from last week as well as her core workout video for this week. The I did 3 times through of 12 sumo squats, 12 forward lunges, 12 side lunges with arm reaches, 12 one legged bulgarian deadlifts and 12 back ballet leg extensions, wit…

cat scare

Last night we had a bit of a scare. We noticed Widjette eating something on the floor after supper and by the time we caught her we couldn't see what it was but right beside her there was a pill on the floor. After some panic to try and identify the pill and a call to the vet it turns out it was (thank god) a benadryl which is ok for cats. Had it been advil it would have meant a decision on whether we should make an emergency after hours trip to the vet to get her stomach pumped and have her on IV monitoring on the off chance she'd eaten an advil- advil is very toxic in almost any amount for cats (A human dose is usually lethal). We are usually very careful with advil around the animals so I am quite curious how the meds got there - I took benadryl during the worst of my taxotere side effects to help them a bit so maybe in a post chemo daze I missed one. Since we weren't sure whether she'd eaten any of it it was nice to not have to make that decision. We decided to lea…

good morning

How was your St. Patrick's day? Mine was lovely. We made some Guinness stew and biscuits (enjoyed with more Guinness ahem) and I had an early night, while J went out to see a friend's band play.

This morning I got up and made sure I had time for some lower body work before my 50 minute walk along  the river to work. I did Josie's booty blast, as well as 3 times through 10 of suma squats, forward lunges on each leg, side lunges with toe touches and then ballet back leg lifts. Just enough to burn but not enough to squeak :) And today is another good day to come.
How can it not be when you start it out with a walk like this...

Hope you all have a great day :)

and my soul is getting warm...

I am sitting at my desk, munching on pineapple, yogurt and granola and thinking that this life right here is definitely the one that I can't imagine spending any other place or way.
This morning I got up early enough to do an upper body weight workout with my 8Lb dumbbells (3X12 of arm curls, shoulder presses, bent rows, tricep kickbacks, side raises and front raises and 2X of 10 push ups (knee) and 30 second planks). Then, after a gloriously long hot shower I made a cup of earl grey decaf with honey and milk and set out for my walk along the river to work. It's only -5 with no wind - a great morning for a stroll with some tea to keep my hands and heart warm.
As I walked and sipped my tea I watched the sunrise spread over the horizon (they don't call Saskatchewan the land of living skies for no reason :) ). The orange light glinted off the melting snow and the grass underneath and glistened off the icy South Saskatchewan River. Geese returning from the south honked at me a…


We helped a friend move on saturday. Oh...still a bit stiff.  They're all settled in their house now. We spent sunday walking (the weather was gorgeous- up to +5) to the local art gallery and relaxing at home with wine and music and a movie. Good weekend really. For pi day we had homemade apple strawberry pie to celebrate. Yum.

This week the weather is supposed to be around 0 all week as well so I'm walking to work again this week. If I can get my butt out of bed a bit earlier I want to do weights tues/thurs this week too. it's tough factoring things in along with the extra 30 minutes I have to leave earlier in order to walk, but it's a great way to start the day. I was still a bit creaky this morning...I did some squats and that was all. After the stiffness from all that carrying boxes around I know I need to do some work. I have some chicken noodle veg soup and banana oatmeal muffins for my lunches this week, so I am hoping to stay on track this week and build me som…

overnight oats

I'm slowly moving back to my old healthy eating ways and have walked to work all week, and did some weights as well for my upper body this week. Slow and steady. Last night I set up what used to be one of my staple morning breakfasts to see if I loved it as much as I used to...and, yup. Still do :)
Overnight chai oats are a simple and delicious meal with a fair amount of protein and fibre and are very healthy. It keeps me full all morning too with only natural sugars and no dairy. As a bonus it's portable and doesn't need to be refrigerated, so if you go elsewhere to workout and still want a filling healthy breakfast on the go this is perfect. I took the base recipe from the Oh She Glows food blog and have tried a few different versions of it. I love cooked oatmeal to begin with (it was a staple every day eve during chemo whenever I could), so this is a faster way of getting myself a good breakfast that keeps me full and not needing to snack until lunch.

1/2 c oatmeal, 3/4…

false spring

It's been gorgeous here the last few days. Up to 5 C during the day. Maybe even above 10 by the end of the week. Everything is melting everywhere and I've walked to and from work friday, monday and today. It's brilliant... and incentive to move more. Having been so slack lately it's easy to stay that way but the more I've been walking again the better I feel...and I've got that itch again. I'm hoping after a week of this waking ~5 K a day I can start into more fitness again next week. It takes about an hour to walk so I need to get up extra early if I want to do some weights...but I can do that. Tomorrow I have a weights workout planned before my walk to work. And if it freezes up again next week (which I"m sure it will) I will be up in the mornings again. I want to try hitting the gym 2 days a week for either spin class or to use the machines there...we'll see how it goes. What I really want to do is get back to running.
When I walk in the frosty …

Ain't No Sunshine

My favourite version of this song has been in my head all morning.

Hope you're all having a great day :)

My cold is fading and the weather is warming.

Wednesday is here.


Colds, Caffeine and Cuteness

Well, I've had a frog in my throat for about a week and it's finally blossomed into a proper head cold. Cuz, you know, I was going to start working out hard core on monday so naturally this will help.
Ah well. I'll ease into it…when I'm not sleeping. If I'm still coughing up a storm I may take a day off work and not give it to everyone else around me there (like a lot of them did to me, ahem).

I am currently trying to revise a scientific paper based on my thesis - the first of a few. I am also keeping an eye on the kitten. She was spayed on wednesday and the's not supposed to play or jump for a week…which is quite well nigh impossible, but I'm trying. She's a little ball of energy and love and it's tricky keeping her calm. We keep her in the spare room if we're out so she doesn't play with Dax and risk opening her stitches and we have her sleep in the bedroom with us at night for the same reasons. Dax is confused as to why the cat t…