Showing posts from February, 2017


Jeepers. It's been a while. Sorry. I've just been doing stuff and work has been crazy, so I haven't really stopped by...I am well. Workouts have been good and regular. I'm feeling stronger. The weekend away with the girls was a tonne of fun and it's been a really good few weeks. I feel like I'm building a circle of's cool.

One funny memory from the last week just popped into my mind. J and I have been making a conscious effort to try and go out and meet with people and do more so that he gets out of the house more (working from home can be literally crazy making for him it would seem) and we had made a date with a few friends to go for wonton soup tuesday night. Both friends eneded up having a horrible day - one had a surprise exam to study for and the other spent the afternoon cleaning up water in her basement so neither of them really wanted to go out for supper so they cancelled= totally understandable. So I thought it'd be sweet to pick…

That time when I howled at the moon

Last night I didn't sleep well at all and got to sleep late. I tried to get up to workout but the little bit of extra sleep was needed. I did walk to work this morning though, so there is that. It was only (ha) -15 so I bundled up to get a little activity in. I I can sneak in some isometric work at lunch in my office I'll do some strength stuff, but I'm not gonna get worked up about it. I've been so spot on all month it seems weird to cheat out...but that is life. Things happen. What matters is your life and how you keep going :) My barometer pants are fitting better again so I'm getting back in shape... I feel better about that.

This weekend I'm going away with a crew of girls that I've been getting to know at one of their cabins for a girls weekend. There will be a full moon and fires and cards and snow hikes and possibly some full moon howling...I really hope it is a fun time. I'm a bit nervous, since I'm mostly comfy with them, but still not sur…

OF Day 8 and 9 -

Last night's tabata class was nuts. The instructor was sick so her husband did the class...he did an Insanity based tabata class. 8 rounds. Holy crap - I burned almost 500 calories and got my heart way up for almost 45 minutes...much more than the usual 20 or 25 I do in the mornings. I felt amazing afterward. The insanity moves are a lot easier to take when they're only for 20 seconds. The 45 second intervals on my workout this morning seemed like they were FOREVER in comparison.

Last night for supper we tried a new recipe - it was on the Ten Thousand Villages international calendar we picked up for the kitchen.Each month has a recipe from around the world...and this was so good.  It was fresh and filling and delicious - we had them with homemade burgers (no bun for me) and it was a great reward for a great workout.

Pineapple Avocado Salad (African recipe)

-2 avocados, cut up small
-4 slices pineapple diced up small (about 1 cup canned pineapple pieces)
-2 generous T of cottag…

OF 7

This morning I did the workout 5 of the series. Solid workout. I could keep the vest on the whole time for this one and I could do all of the moves so I felt pretty badass by the end of it...I forgot to turn on my watch again until over half way through, so I don't have an accurate log of things.

Today at work I got to attend a workshop with a few exercises to help reduce stress. It was very relaxing and I have a few new ideas about how to spend some time when I'm happy to build associations in my mind for when I am stressed out so that I have some happy places to go to when I really need them.

It's another stupid cold day today. -41 with the wind and -30 without. Brutal. I just keep reminding myself that the cold kills the big bugs and spiders...yeah that's it. With the right gear (which I have) you can deal with the cold...but I don't have to like it. I try not to whine about it (much) since it happens every year, and we're due for another cold snap like this…

OF Day 6

Sunday was a day of rest, but I still ate well. We ordered in chinese but I had special wonton soup - nom. I have some salad rolls for lunch. Mmmm.....

I was up to workout this morning. The last of the first week of cardio focused workouts. 3 rounds of 45 seconds work and 15 seconds rest of:
-side to side out and in football shuffles.
-burpees with the sandbag overhead raise instead of a jump
-Rocky foot taps
-stand up from kneeling (alternate legs) holding a weight over your head.

Man - some things I thought would be simple were super tough this morning - I had to take off my vest half way through and the last of the 4 exercises was holding weight above your head and standing up from a kneeling position. The instructor held the 20 Lb sandbag over her head. I tried that - and could not even do 1 with the vest on. So I went down to two 5 Lb dumbells for a bit...and then took off my vest...and then was down to one dumbell....and then none at some points... with just me panting and worki…

OF Day 5

Day 5. I'm doing it. Yesterday, Day 4, was a test. It was a friend's birthday party and she is the queen of good beer and snacks, but I still kept up with clean eating...quite frankly I'm surprised. I had one light beer (Canadian 67 IPA) and snacked on the healthy snacks at the party like veg and hummus and stuck to diet pop otherwise. I did my daily workout too.
This morning I'm up with a healthy breakfast and lots to do but it's fuelled me to really keep at this. I plan to do a bunch of work in the kitchen tonight so we may order food in, so it will be a test for me, but I really want to do a solid month, no compromises and get it done to kick these last few pounds. Day by day. I just signed up for Sweatflix for 30 day free trial so we'll see how that goes...

Now I have a cat in my lap and I'm scheming for the day to come. I hope you're all having a lovely weekend. I plan to :)

If you go to thinking, take your heart with you. If you go to love, take y…

OF day 3

This morning I was up to do day 2 of the Bodyrock Intermediate Bootcamp with a few extra exercises after and a good stretch. 4 exercises - 50 sec on and 10 sec rest repeated 3 times. Tough and it fits into my schedule in the morning. I took the weighted vest off half way through - you wouldn't think that an extra 6 lbs would make such a difference but really does. I had to stop and breathe sometimes but I am determined to do my best and do the whole 30 days of the bootcamp and see what happens. I keep forgetting to start my HR watch at the start of a workout so I miss some workout data, but I will try to remember. I am a bit stiff but it's getting better. February is normally the gloomiest month for me so I am determined to change that by doing stuff to help me feel better. When I can't walk to work it really messes with my head and although I can walk the odd time right now, most days are like today where it's just too damn cold (with the windchill it's -…

OF day 2- better living through chemistry

Tabata class last night was awesome. I had a long hot bath after and don't feel too far. This AM I got up and did the Bodyrock Intermediate Bootcamp #1 and am starting the day off right.

Today, after a week of fighting with computer software to build websites for everyone I am glad to have some time in the lab. Set up two Sharepoint sites and built a full website for my 2 lab clusters in Cascade that should be filled with info by the end of the week. I had to learn these things to do this work so it's been a long haul - so nice to have actual results to show for all my work.

I'm back baby! It is great to be able to focus enough mentally now to do this kind of detailed work, but my brain is tired. I am so happy that it can be this way again. I have my brain back at least in the areas of focus and alertness. My memory for some things is still a bit vague...but it's better than it was.

Life is slowly getting better too. Some things are still frustrating (like h…

Operation Foob

It's Feb. 1. Today I am cracking down to try and get as fit as possible before my upcoming surgery on my foobs now that I have a future purpose in mind. This means stretching so that my knee is happy when I workout now that it is no longer sore and working out daily again now that my knee is happy... and most importantly not throwing my eating out the window on the weekends so that I can get some serious toning done. Here we go.
Tonight is my tabata class which is always a good workout so It's a good day to start. Starting weight today is 127 and I'll take my measurements for reference. I have a few pairs of pants that I will use as a guide - when they fit comfy without a muffin top again I will declare my work complete.
Operation Foob is a go.