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My baby's back!

Yesterday I ditched belly dance, because it tends to aggravate my knee. I want it to rest up and be my friend again. I'm making a conscious effort to not mope about it. It just is what it is.

On the plus side though, last night I went to pick up my bike from the shop - my bike is back! YES!!!!

I love my bike - a girly bar style Trek 3500, with 18 gears, fenders and comfy seat...She had a flat tire and needed a tune up after a winter of rest and use, so on the weekend I cleaned her off and took her in to Doug at Doug's Spoke and Sport (great guy...really...got my bike there too). He took my girl in and shined her up, tightened and oiled the chain, checked all the bolts and screws, adjusted the brakes and fixed my flat back tire. We took her home last night after work and she's all ready to go. And Doug, being a sweetheart that he is, wouldn't let me pay him for the tune up. What a guy :)
It rained to day, so I left her at home, but I'm hoping (knock on wood) that since…

I'm baaack!

Well this Am my knee is a bit stiff so I did stretches and used a tennis ball and my foam roller to try and massage out my hamstrings, knee and ITB... No workout. I walked to work, and by the time I got here it had the odd twinge...going up the stairs I get the odd twinge. One that feels like the old Chondromalacia Patellae acting up. Yup. Goody.

*sigh*

I suppose it's up to me to take it easy again until it goes away...I'm going to make an appointment with my doctor to see if I can get some physio...this is just not acceptable. Maybe I need a brace to keep my knee in check. Perhaps my super stiff hamstrings pulled things abit out of whack. Who knows?

All I know is I can't stay in shape if I have to stop exercising every time I get there.
Grrr...I'm trying to not let this get to me but I have to say. This is really not a good day for it...makes me want to crawl back into bed under the covers.

The horror. The horror.

When I was out today on the walking part of my Endurance day of the Core Performance workout, I did that thing again of stepping up on the park bench to get my heart rate up. I only did 10 on each side and then kept walking, as my legs are pretty fatigued...and as I was walking my knee did that "thing" again.

NO.
no.
no.
no.
no.
no.
Just no.

I walked at a lighter pace and it went away, and I walked to work and it didn't come back but now I'm terrified. I am not ready mentally to have to stop exercising AGAIN for my knee. I chose this program to strengthen it. I know perhaps I am doing too much...but don't you have to push yourself? I'm just following the program. I'm not even progressing at the speed you're supposed to for the workouts, I'm just moving up levels once my muscles sort of get used to the current level instead of a step up every week. I do not want to stop exercising for my knee to heal. For the 6th time. I've accepted the fact that I mig…

And the forcast is...more rain...

It's raining again today. It's' rained more this spring than I can recall for many years. The rhubarb in my backyard that I just assumed was a runt bad plant is this massive thing with a huge stalk flower out the top...guess I just wasn't watering it enough :)

I had a great weekend. I got some lab work done Saturday and a bit on Sunday, with lots of relaxing with friends and my husband. It rained a lot, but we still managed to enjoy ourselves. Monday was actually cool but sunny, so I attacked the yard - it's the first time all spring I've been home when there was no rain, so I wanted to try and get the safari under control! The yard is mowed, snipped and partly weeded. It looks so much better. J went out to golf 18 holes with some friends so I thought I'd catch up on some stuff at home - boring chores and then I finally got the time to paint the top trim of the cupboards...yes I know I technically started renoing the kitchen in January...but I'm in the h…

Friday at last :)

Last night I had a wonderful evening off just getting to hang out with mu husband...we've both been so busy lately it was so nice to just spend the evening together.

This morning I got up at 5:30 and did the endurance part of the Core Performance workout. For the H.I.T. training I went out on the trails by my house and speedwalked. While out there I had a flash of genius at how to get my heart rate up into the 80% zone for the high intervals...there are benches about 14 inches high at regular intervals along the trail so I stopped at one and did 12 step ups on each leg. That took 1 minute, so I did it twice. Brilliant. It got my heart rate right up there, so on the way back I did the same thing. I burned a whole extra 6 calories this way (oh boy) but it did get my heart rate up and I felt great after. I have a naturally low heart rate so it's a challenge for me to get my heart rate up there above 160...I made it up to 171! And I seem to be able to do this level of Core Performa…

Wednesday already?

Yesterday I got up and did my Core performance Endurance Workout including speed walking for the 25 minute cardio part. It's harder to get my heart rate up into the proper ranges...guess I'm doing something right. I don't want to run just yet as I'm scared of hurting my knee, but it looks like I'll have to do something more to get into the higher heart ranges they're asking for. I'm open to any ideas. I was thinking of buying a skip rope and trying that out outside. After that I walked to work. It was great. I had a training course all day so wasn't in the lab and I could wear shorts and sandals. So nice...

This morning I got up and did my Exercise ball DVD, as it's the do your own thing/recovery day on the Core Performance (I didn't have any stiffness (wohoo!) so I didn't do any of the muscle massage stuff and looked for something else). I didn't have time to walk to work this morning because I spent a bunch of time looking for stuff (gr…

Dirth Nader

Tee hee...I'd forgotten about this...

back from a busy busy week

Heh...oops. Sorry for the lack of postage.
Last week was a gong show. My busiest yet. 14 hour days and a concert and a shift working at the synchrotron and bellydance class and working on saturday and going to a musical...but finally sunday off with my love, a BBQ of some yummy marinated pork tenderloin and some salad, an ice cold Harp and all is better. I haven't been eating poorly, but I haven't eaten great either. I've tried to rationalize snacks....this stops as of today. I know how my brain works...food is a comfort and I can't start using it to feel better when I'm all stressed out and busy. That road leads to Pietown.
I had a run in with mediocre food this weekend and it angered me. We were given a sudden windfall of a bit of money, and so J and I thought we'd go out for supper on friday to an Indian place we've always wanted to go to. Well...they were pricey (a $20 buffet...Sheesh) and the food was...well the most mediocre food I've had in a long …

Slothenly sunday

Sunday was lovely...much napping, late breakfasty lunch of some croissants and eggs...fruit smoothies in the afternoon and more napping and snuggling...then some sitrfry and coconut rice for supper...and a movie. Amelie. Love that film.... We were going to order in but being Mother's Day weekend it was pretty much impossible (and I was trying to ignore the fact that it was Mother's day...but that's a whole other thing altogether)...so I made my own. Yum.
Stayed up too late last night and so I must do my workout when I get home today, as there was not enough time this morning. I slept in a bit and gave myself some extra time to make sure my hair worked - love my new haircut...highlights and low lights and a nice bob with shaggy bangs. I finally invested in a nice flat iron...I'm kicking myself for not having gotten one earlier. My hair is thick and tends to frizz and wave...a minute or two with the iron and I look smoking :) It really polishes things off and I don't …

Saturdays used to be a day off...

Because I am so awesome, even though it is a saturday I got up at 5:30, did the endurance part of my Core Performance with outdoor walking for the H.I.T. part of it, showered and was in to work with a healthy breakfast by 8AM. I have a long long long long day in the lab today, but I'm ready for it.
This morning I was reminded yet again what I'd miss if I wasn't getting fit. Not only would I have less energy, but this morning I watched the sunrise over the river, counted 8 geese grazing on the misty grass and chased a gopher or two on the path. So nice...

Yesterday I got a haircut and colour, made a delicious supper (almond chicken and spaghetti squash...) and and just relaxed with J. We were going to rent a movie, but J tucked me in early - sweet man could see how worn out I was. I got lots of sleep and feel great today :). Poor J has to go to a wedding by himself today because I'm in at the lab for my MSc, but it wasn't worth the lost work time on my project to spen…

Confucious say man who puts nose to grindstone wears out nose...

In on my day off. Woo. I should get to things and stop procrastinating. Yesterday was a LONG day...12+ hours at work, starting an hour early...by the time I got home at 8 I was exhausted...but still happy. GO figure :).
My lovely J took me out for Burmese food and after some coconut rice and curried veg with a beer I felt fabulous.
Today it's back at the lab, but I get a haircut and colour late this afternoon...can't wait. I haven't had my haircut since before the funeral...it's way past time. I just haven't been able to fit it in. And my hair needs a new colour...it's boring my dahlings. Simply will not do...
Yesterday was the day off to do something day of the Core performance...and I took nearly 13 hours on my feet as my workout du jour.
This AM despite my bodies cries for more sleep I was up at 5:30 and did the Strength workout of the Core performance workout again...felt good. I seem to have a bit more balance...maybe I"ll get less stiff this time. I can…

ow my butt

Day 2 of back at the core performance - endurance day. Various movements for muscle strengthening and then a bit of H.I.T. cardio. I'm following the program verbatim with careful attention to form and reps so I don't reinjure my knee. I'm not totally out of shape but I'm nowhere near where I was, so it's easier for me to not overdo it if I just follow the workouts exactly. It's so tempting to just do more...but I know I need to be patient.
Seeing as the weather is total sh*t right now (it's snowing people...in May...ridiculous) I went on the elliptical on lowest settings and focused on form so as not to injure my knee accidentally. It seems to have gone OK.
Something I learned today - there are many muscles in my butt. Currently they are all sore.
Also...on a more serious note, the heart rate monitor on my elliptical is off. According to my Polar heart rate monitor my HR was between 160 and 175 during my workout. I sweated...alternating 3 minutes of 60% max H…

Good jorb

Yes.
This morning I was up at 5:30 and I did my Core Performance strength workout day 1...starter level. I did it all and wow, is my sense of balance totally whacked! It will take a while to get the muscle control to not teeter all over the place for some of the things. I *did* do it all though, with careful attention to form (when I wasn't tipping over!)...plus a good breakfast of oatmeal and blueberries before I set out into the rainy/snowy crappy weather that we've been having all week here. My cat helped by crawling all over me and occasionally howling.
Oh the howling...It's been learn not to howl or you get very wet week at the house of Geo...poor guy. He's suddenly, after 14 years of quiet, found his opera voice. I don't know if it's spring or what, but I'm trying to dissuade him. I hope his little brain gets it...he was rather damp when I left this morning from the spray bottle! I think he's attention starved with me being away so much.

Other than t…

weak as water

OK. I admit it.
I was all primed to get up this AM and start my Core Performance again...but I wimped out.
I slept in 10 minutes and did a bunch of chores instead. Yesterday I ate something that didn't agree with me and I'd felt crappy most of the evening (and some of the night). Supergreasy cheap cheese at a family meal....blech. Never again. You could see cheesy grease pooled on the top of a dish in multiple places...and it was chicken parmesan...how greasy could it be I thought? Heh...well the chicken was tasty...but so much grease even with the cheese picked off of it that by the end of it I'd already started to feel foul. Yuk. Family dinners seem to be excuses for our family to use extra cheese and oil and stuff and be OK with it. Not for me, I should have left it. That stuff kills me now...bleh. Wonder how I ate that all the time before? Live and learn...I have to treat it like a food allergy I guess. It's lot worth the pain and...um...system flushing I get after. …