Tuesday, August 30, 2016

So far so good.

Day 2 - on point. Yay me.

Yesterday we ate healthy and I avoided snacking while watching Snowpoercer, which is some good apocalyptic sci-fi if you're into that sorta thing. Walked to and from work and had a great day.

This AM I crawled out of bed by 6 and did all my over physio/basic workout exercises. 2 sets of 15 of the following with 5Lb weights:
sumo squats
front lunges
side lunges
donkey kick backs on your hands and knees
deadlifts
ball passes (hands to feet)
bicycle crunches
dumbell ab rows
bicep curls
overhead extensions
tricep extensions
bent rows
T side lift and front lift with straight arms

I forgot chest flys, but since I should be easing into it I'll add those thursday. My thing is actually did it. It was a nice, if mosquioto laden, walk to work with some granola, fresh yogurt and  my friend's yummy apricot compote for breakfast. Nom. I have a healthy lunch and I'm on it. Oh yes. Lets see how today goes shall we? :)

Monday, August 29, 2016

And now -a woman prances and shreaks on a ladder for your entertainment

It was an odd weekend. Friday after work I managed to lock myself out of the house (forgot my key) and J had moved the spare key so I had the swingingest friday ever -hung out in the yard with my dead cell phone (yup - couldn't even call someone to come visit me...) and used my new fire pit for 4 hours until J got home from work. I did some yard work and collected a bunch of deadwood in the hedge and had a nice bonfire...eventually went for a stroll to the local Tim Hortons for a sammich and tea when my stomach started to growl. Relaxing but silly evening. Tried to make the most of it. I love bonfires and it was a beautiful evening so I admit, it was pretty nice for the most part...if a bit dull.

Saturday I helped a friend paint his deck and sunday I decided to attack the spider infestation on my house. I didn't realize how bad it had gotten. This year there were more webs on and around  my house than I've ever seen and they kept growing over the last month to the point where you could see one that was on a window ledge from inside...it was starting to get all halloweeney and the more I looked the more there were. I *hate* spiders and so I wanted them gone before fall made them want to move indoors on my house. I went out with a ladder and cleared out so many webs -6 of the biggest freaking wolf spiders I've ever seen came fluttering down from around my windows and door frame as I cleaned. Blech. J was giggling at me inside the living room as I was up on the ladder doing it because I kept making ridiculous squeaks whenever I discovered a spider and knocked it to the ground. I was on a ladder so I couldn't really go anywhere - just hope to hell they didn't land on me. Those f*ckers were HUGE. Gibbly gibbly gibbly.
After that I washed the windows and cleaned up a bit in the yard...so it was a useful thing in the end. I made J get me some 14 year old Arran scotch at the end after all his giggling - I earned it. Whew.

This morning, since my lungs seem to have recovered from whatever nonsense they picked up on holidays, I started back at my running again. Started back with the Cto5K app to get running again before the winter snows come. I plan to run 3X a week and do physio/weights the other 2, as well as walk to work. I'm going to be a good dialed in eater and exerciser until my birthday at the end of October and see where it gets me. I bet I can make some real strength and fitness improvements in a few months. All I know is I feel freaking amazing this morning so I know I'm off to a good start.

I hope you all had a great weekend. I'm off to the lab for some science.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Hmmm...

Well...I worked out twice this week. Not too stellar. Better than nothing BUT I need to do better. I was embarrasingly stiff the day after the bunny hill workouts...heheh. The main problem? Staying up too late. A friend is in town visiting and I'm still sort of on holiday hours so getting up 30-40 minutes early to workout hurt...I need more sleep than I used to and I'm learning. I can be boring and go to be early and workout and feel good or I can be tired and cranky. We ate out twice this week too which didn't help. I tried to be healthy about it, but still...me and Thai food? Nom. Yeah. I have to work on that. And so I will. Each week is a new one :)

This weekend will be interesting. I was gonna be on my own while J worked out of town but his gig was cancelled so he's only doing a bit of work in town. I'm helping a friend paint their deck but other than that it's wide open. There is an event tomorrow night wiht some good music that I might hit up and see, but I'll play it by ear. J is feeling a bit down today so I might just spend the evening with just him and have a quiet weekend. I don't need to get out much to be happy. J is more the social guy, so I'll see what happens. Whatever it is I hope it's cheap...it's been an expensive month and I need to stop spending $$ like we're on holidays...heheh


Monday, August 22, 2016

Fridge!!

We're getting a new fridge!!! I am way too excited about this. Humor me. Our old fridge is about 25 years old and we've saved up for a new one for a while. We've been waiting for it to die...and it just won't, so when we went out to look for options this weekend the one we were interested in was $1100 off so we decided that we'd just go for it. J is over the moon at the thought of endless cold water and ice on demand. I am happy at the thought of an inner chiller drawer for beer and wine. Everybody wins...well except maybe my dad who has agreed to help us install it... :)

Because (of course) there is one issue  - it is wider than our current small fridge. OK honestly all fridges are except for itty bitty ones...so, some work is needed in the kitchen so it will fit. When we replaced our furnace we made our chimney obsolete and capped it under the roof when it was replaced so the corner part of the kitchen wall to the right of where the fridge is now where the chimney comes up through the wall from the basement is potential open space...we've been putting off dealing with it. We just (haha) need to cut open the wall in the corner and take the chimney out in bricks layer by layer. Not a tonne of work, but requires some patience and carpentry skills which we don't have to. My ever patient and lovely dad has agreed to come for a few days and help us do this so we can then open up that bit of space for the fridge and a bit of storage. Eventually Dad (what would we do without him??) can build us a small floor to ceiling cupboard that will fill in the space next to the fridge to give us some much needed storage in the kitchen, but for now the focus is to put the floor and ceiling in in that little 20 inch square corner area and redo the gyproc walls in that corner after. That way we won't have to really deal with the lack of linoleum flooring in the corner because of the new cupboard will cover over it eventually...it'll just be a little 6 inch strip to cover under the fridge, which I think we have a remnant to use to fill in the space still (crossing fingers). It will be a pain in the ass and a fair bit of fiddly work but J has agreed to help Dad with all the heavy stuff and be his reno slave so hopefully it won't be too evil. If I had time to take off work to help I would but I can't so I'll be evening help and the one who finishes the drywall and paints after it's done. Luckily we can get this done when Dad comes in to town in September after the long weekend so it's all going to happen relatively soon. It's exciting.


The tortoise and the hare

OK...so I've been lazy most of the summer lapping up the holidays and eating whatever I please with a few beer thrown in for good measure. And so my pants are tight. Ahem. So...here we go with getting back to health again. I'm well healed up enough to ease back into workouts in addition to my walking to work daily so as of today I've started back to working out to rebuild my strength again. I'm focusing on the introductory Bunny Slope workouts from Zuzka Light's website. They are basic getting back to fitness workouts for complete beginners and about 20 minutes long  - so a good start for this sort of thing. A slow work up will be a bit frustrating for me BUT it will be absolutely critical to keep lymphedema at bay. After a month or so of this I'll move up to some other workouts that are a bit more intense but other than walking I am very out of shape what with surgery recovery and then general laziness for a few months. After a few weeks I might get back to my couch to 5K run program as well, given the gorgeous fall weather. I picked up squeaky lung asthma related sort of bronchitis thing while on holidays and have been using a steroid inhaler for the last week to get my lungs back to normal - hopefully I'll be able to do more vigorour workouts soon...it's improving daily but right now I'd be unable to breathe if I pushed too hard. I'm embarrassed to say that I found some of this first workout actually hard (the ab work in particular), which lets me know I'm starting out at the right level. Slow and steady wins the race. :) Today I'll eat healthy and keep this rolling all week and we'll see how I do. Every day is a fresh start.

On a totally different topic I found this sight today - Spoonflower. It lets you design your own fabric or paper! Yup - you can either buy designs of other people on various fabric or papers or send in your own design and make your own. How cool is that? And the price isn't too extreme. I mean it isn't discount cheap or anything but most custom print fabric is 15-20$ a metre so this is about the same with infinite customization. I have some great baby and christmas sewing ideas brewing in my head. Heheh.We shall see.

I should run. Much work to do and then a dentist appointment with a movie night out with my bestie after. A fun full day. Have a good one my peeps.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The Kootenays

Well...I'm back in the big shiny world again. I admit I'd still rather be on holidays but I had a great time and feel pretty amazing. I picked up an annoying sinus infection on the first part of my holiday from all the dust in the air at the festival we went to but what can ya do. We still had 4 glorious days of hiking in the Kootenay National Park and it was beautiful. The festival was fun and I got to hang out with old friends in the sunshine and dance all night, but the holiday after with J was really what I was waiting for.

We set up base in a cozy little motel and set out for so many amazing hikes into a number of mountain lakes, waterfalls, a few canyons and even a 5 K hike up to a glacier (my favourite!). It was beautiful...

We averaged about 18Km a day of glorious foresty mountainy adventure. We got to soak in the Radium hot springs a few times in the evening after long hikes and went out to a nice german restaurant for our anniversary for a posh meal and some wine. A real holiday. Like we used to. No...like we DO.

:)


We popped in to visit my sister on the way home and got back late last night. Now it's back to work to see if the lab exploded while I was away. I hope you've all been having a glorious summer!