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Last night I tried to work but only got an hour in...the rest was pilfered. I was tired. A bit frazzled. Couldn't focus to proofread things, but at least have all my reference information completed (yay). I went to bed exhausted and slept poorly-spring when the sun comes up early always mucks with my internal clock for a while. Even so, I did get up to come in and workout even tho I was sorely tempted to keep sleeping...When I got here I was so tired my double up friday workout I've been doing lately seemed a bit too evil. So I compromised. One circuit workout and then abwork and 20 minutes on the elliptical. I did a longer Bodyrock.tv workout with a small modification to their Leg Sculpt Mashup Workout. 21 minutes of 50 seconds on 10 seconds off, 3 rounds through the following: -2 pushups + box jump -2 V sit ups + 2 tricep dip (changed as I have no pullup bar) -low jacks with weight (20 Lb dumbbell) -Squat and press using weight (25Lb barbell) -Weight pick up alternate sides to co…

the sweet scent of vinaigrette

Last night was a late night of thesis work and this morning I woke up to come in and do spin and sculpt. It was a good class - I really enjoyed it. Other than my lunch leaking into the inside of my bag (it smells awesome now :P) today has been going well. I have so much to do and write...but I feel like it is coming together. So much left to do, but it's exciting and scary all at the same time. I can't just phone it in. This is all me...the hardest part is finding a way to state what I want to say clearly and concisely.
Must dash. Life calls :) Have a great day!

I don't glow. I sweat.

Today I remembered my shoes. Hooray. :PI came in for spin class and got my ass kicked, then did some abs and I was done. You know, I didn't know my shins sweated until I started spinning :) Must dash. Lots to do. Long day.
Bring it :)

Heh...oops.

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Ah yes. Last night I woke up about 2000 times so I didn't get the best sleep after a boring evening of entering bibliography information (I know! How do I live with all this excitement?)...but I was up and in for my spin and sculpt class. I pushed myself and did as many of the push ups in class on my toes as I could this time...40! The other 20 were on my knees. Woo! We do 4 sets of 15 and I'm really feeling stronger. My arms are not falling off by the end...just general on fireness :) I *am* smug that the big dude next to me did more girly push ups than me. He hee. Linda Hamilton baby...
This morning I pulled a me and forgot my running shoes. Yeah I know. Classy. I just wore my (horror!) outdoor fall/winter shoes for the spin bike part and then went in socks for the sculpt part. You couldn't tell under my workout pants thankfully so no one complained. Not perfect, but after crawling out of my warm bed after I'd hardly slept there was no way I was not working out. I'…

I'm Alive. SO alive.

Ah. After a long weekend of typing typing typing (but no workout...ahem) I got up early this morning to come in and work out. I am almost (meep!) done my hypothesis data discussion on my thesis, putting me at about 3/4 done my draft of my thesis. he hee!This morning I wanted to sweat. My hamstring is back to normal from whatever I did to it thursday, so I was ready to go hard and burn off the lazies. I found my interval timer and I got down to business. I did ZWOW 10 (through 3 times with a 17Lb dumbbell) and then the Fire it UpBodyrock TV workout. Man...having the interval timer really makes you push yourself. I forgot how long 50 seconds is...and 10 seconds break is not long enough! :) I was sweating and panting...but it was so good. I added their bonus ab workout along with some back extensions and crunches and their weighted cool down and was done in time for a bit of stretching and a shower. I feel so alive.

This weekend was partly healthy. I made some healthy muffins from an old…

Lets give them something to talk about...

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I was up LATE last night working on my presentation for today. I think I've got it down and I won't go on forever ( I hope). It's a lot to talk about and hard to shorten up without possiblly boring people to death :)As a result tho, I slept in this morning and didn't work out. My hamstring that I strained is still rather stiff from yesterday and could still use some rest so I'm going to workout tomorrow instead. For now, it's healthy breakfast (oatmeal!) and lunch and getting things done done done done done. Have a great day. Gotta go be a smartypants.
(Photo: The great Natalie Dee)

A little older. A l ittle wiser?

Last night I played "find the thing". Yes. Good times. I put a note from some discussions I had with my supervisor last year that I wanted to talk about in my thesis...somewhere...as you can imagine I spent a while searching for it. Annoying. I did find it though, which is good, since a lot of mystuff got moved around or erased when I started my new job...I was worried it would be missing. I'm a few hours from having a draft done of the 3rd (of 4!) part of my thesis done and I'm looking forward to getting that hypothesis section really flushed out and ready for review this weekend. I've been distracted since I have to give a speech tomorrow to other grad students on my project, so I spent a bit of time last night going over my stuff to try and find a nice coherent way to talk about it all. I think I've got something OK that isn't too random. I'm not bothered by public speaking thankfully. We're not graded on it - it's practice for our thesis d…

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Another quickie. Busy day but wanted to log...
Last night I was so tired I sat down to work on my thesis and fell asleep. So I was woken up later by a giggling J and just went to bed :) Got lots of sleep! This morning I came in & I wasn't quite sure what to do, but noticed my favourite spin instructor was teaching so I dropped in on spin class and gave it my all for 45 minutes. Now I'm raring up for a looooooooong day. Have a good hump day everyone. I'm off into the madness...

Quick update.

Lovely evening last night. The rest of the week will be really busy so J and I spent the evening together in a cocoon of couches, eating pumpkin muffins and snuggling in front of a movie ("In Time" - not bad...). Overnight there was lightning and thunder and rain...and then snow. So glad I'm not driving today. It's ICY. Winter's last hurrah. I'm sure it will melt in a day or so - I'm afraid we jinxed things by taking off the snow tires on sunday. Sorry to all.
This morning was spin and sculpt and now another day. Have a good day all! I'm off...

Monday, Monday, da daaah, dah da daaaaah da...

By sunday night I felt normalish again...the point where you feel your muscles and it feels cool but you don't wince when you try to sit down too quickly. I'm really gaining muscle tone on the bottom I am. It's encouraging. I'll try and keep the squeaking to a minimum tho :)Sunday I got more thesis work done and then J and I relaxed. I had a bit of cottage cheese that had to be used up so I made up some cottage cheese pumpkin pancakes for breakfast - I wrote down the recipe so I can make them again. So good! I also made my St. Paddy's day annual meal a day late (since J had to work on saturday) proper Irish stew with pork tenderloin with some cottage dill bread my robot and I whipped up on saturday. I got a bit more done on the thesis. Good weekend...
This morning I was up and in to the gym on a foggy morning. Since friday went well I figured I'd do it again. So I did ZWOW 9 (3 rounds through in just over 10 min) and a Bodyrock bootylover workout, with all extr…

oh no, it has a crack in it...badum tish!

So I think I broke my butt yesterday. My bum is so very stiff after my doubled up crazy workout. I'm walking around like an old lady. Good to know I worked hard but man...I am so aware of all the tiny muscles down there right now. :)I am trying to work on my thesis and really not getting anything done today...it's been over 2 hours of me wasting time...so I need to grab some coffee and buckle down for a bit. Given that it's St. Paddy's day I will make come cottage cheese dill bread in the old robot and some irish stew with some pork tenderloin I have kicking around somewhere for supper tonight. Next weekend I plan to start up a batch of IPA to have around for the summer, but for now...my healthy beer Canadian 67 will have to do. Maybe I'll make it green...we'll see. Since i've been ramping up my workouts I am starting to feel the itch to start ramping up my eating too - really dialing it in. I am getting my muscles back (especially in my butt...ow) but reall…

Instant angst therapy

This morning I had a bit of stress and grr to work off from a discussion yesterday (long story not worth going into) so I wanted to *SWEAT*. So, I did some back raises and ab crunches and a 5 minute warmup on the bike before I did the thong shapeupbodyrock workout with all extras and ZWOW 8 (through it 6 times). Right at the end I wanted to give up but then a favourite song (Beastie Boys...guilty pleasure) came on the gym stereo and I smiled and got a bit of juice to finish off strong. As I looked up the links for the workouts just now I realise I forgot the toe touch in the toe touch jump up/burpeeish part of the ZWOW after the first rep through. Oops. Ah well...all things considering tho I still think I kicked ass today. I sweated out some angst and feel very good about how the day has started. A little yogurt and granola and some fruit and I am good to go for the day. I am hoping for a good weekend with less angst, but we shall see how it goes. I am standing up for myself and being…

Note to self: wear pants to work

Last night I managed to tidy up the house a bit and attack some laundry, have a hot shower and then make a tasty supper before getting in an hour or so on my thesis. I wish it had been more thesis time, but it is a little more sane in the house, and I can't go to work naked, so this seemed a good compromise. J works late wednesdays and so I can run about and get lots of chores and thesis work done and not feel like I'm ignoring him. I'm hooked on baked sweet potatoes with a bit of cumin, cinnamon and cayenne right now. Had them for supper last night with an instant chicken. Yum...
This morning was spin and sculpt class as well as some tasty chocolate protein chia oats. I have much to do, so I must dash. Just wanted to log before I ran off to the lab. Have a great day :)

Windy city

Last night we had HUGE windstorm. My city is called the windy city for a reason. With the river valley, springtime can be insanely windy and last night the world got a good start to spring. It's warmed up considerably here to unseasonably warm (+11 C yay!) and so we've got crazy winds as all the snow melts. You'd never guess we got dumped on with a lot of snow a week or so ago. It's nearly all brown again. Of course now you can see all the leaves we never got to raking because it rained and then snowed so much in the fall, but hey. I figured we'd be living in mudland for ages and I'm glad to see it melting and drying up fast. Spring (and all it's sneezy wonders) is definitely on it's way. Unfortunately for me, between the wind making the huge tree in our back yard wave around like a metronome (very creepy) and the cats howling at the wind and the plastic winter guards coming off our deck screens and making an annoying flappy noise most of the night I g…

taco + pie = heaven

Last night I didn't get much done on my thesis. I tried, but I was easily distracted entering references by...well...anything really :) . Ah well...such is life. I got home from work and made a long elaborate supper that wasn't too healthy as it had cornmeal biscuit topping involved, but the rest of it was good. Soooo goood. I whipped up some homemade taco pie. Mmm. Someone said taco pie at work and it was all I could think about for the rest of the day. I love tacos and I love cornmeal biscuits...together? Mmmm. There was a taco meat and refried bean layer with another layer of black beans, corn and tomatoes, then I whipped up a batch of jalapeno cornbread biscuits to layer on top -all baked up until the biscuits were golden and cripsy with a bit of cheese on top. Had it for supper with some salsa. MAN...so good. Exactly what I was craving, but took a while to make. I don't make biscuits often because they're a weakness of mine, but when I do I thoroughly enjoy them :…

Crunchy goodness

Well this weekend was mostly thesis stuff. All saturday I worked away on it, with a bit of chinese food and a late night movie at the end as a reward - John Carter. Loved it. LOVED it. Good old fashioned science fiction, based on an old story by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Made me feel like a kid reading stories at night under my blanket with a flashlight again :)

Sunday was more thesis work, only until supper... mostly references (so utterly boring). I have found a decent (free!) referencing software called Mendeley to make my thesis look pretty when I'm done, but I have to enter all my references into it (sigh). That will take a little while, as there are over 200. I'm at about 60... I'm going to try and to 20 every day this week and hopefully get them done soon. J and I relaxed in the evening and watched an old Mystery Science Theatre 3000 spoof and giggled away with a glass of wine. Nice way to end the weekend...

I tried a bunch of baked crunchy things for cooking this weeken…

Friday is for all out crazy awesome workout fun...

Aha! Friday!This morning started earlier than I meant it to. J had to be up an hour before me (4:30...ick) and the cats decided that since he was up I should be too...he heh. I tried to sleep until 5:20 when I usually get up, but I admit I just dozed a bit really. 2 cats walking all over you waiting to be fed will do that! Why they didn't bug J to feed them I have no idea. Little creatures of habit they are :)In the end I got up as normal and got ready and came in to workout this morning. I am starting to feel and look more like my pre-christmas self again. I feel stronger and although I'm not quite back to it, I *feel* better and definitely stronger. You know the feeling when you have muscles and you can feel them move about and it feels good just to do things to feel yourself flex and move? Yeah. like that :) This morning I was a bit undecided as to what to do and it was yelley lady's class day so I didn't take the spin class. I figured I'd just do a repeat of la…

Get your grumpface on

Last night I got some solid thesis editing done, but before that I definitely had my tired grumpface on. I didn't realize how hungry, tired and cranky I was when I got home from work until after I began ranting at the cat (too loud) and the washing machine (not fast enough) and random bits of furniture (in my way...and...ding ding! Gentlemen, we have maximum crank!) I thought "hey! I should probably eat something!"Thankfully J worked all night so he didn't get to share in the wonderful crank that was me last night.Once I had a healthy meal, a hot shower and a few minutes of downtime I am glad to report I felt more like me again. I was ready to work and went on to have a productive evening.
It got me thinking, that altho I am trying to cut back a pound or two still hanging on from the holiday season, I think I need to tweak my diet a bit...I'm obviously not getting what I need. I'm out of protein powder and until I can get across town to get some more I'm …

wednesday already? wow...

Ah.Last night I got home to snow that was mid thigh in some places! It was light and fluffy, so I spent a good hour shovelling out the house...sidewalks and car park area. It looked impressive when I was done :) I enjoyed it. The snow wasn't hard to shovel, there was just a lot of it, so I took my time and listened to the tunes and shovelled away. Then time for some supper and a late night grocery run with J. By the time we headed out after he got home late the roads were passable. Got fully stocked up on food and got home late to tuck it all away and fall into bed feeling pretty accomplished if I do say so myself :)
This morning it's snowing lightly again...big fluffy flakes like in a cartoon. Very pretty. Came in to workout and my favourite spin instructor was teaching a 45 minute class so I went in for that and loved it. It was a solid workout...how solid? Well, I've never had sweat on my elbows before! After that I did my abfest and called it a morning. Cottage cheese an…

Hello winter, what kept you?

Last night winter made up for it's lack of oomph all in one night. We got about 14 inches of fluffy snow overnight and it's *still* snowing. It's gorgeous and not too cold. For me, who's been suffering through spring allergies for parts of winter I'm loving the snow. It's not going to last more than a few weeks, and I take the bus most places so I'm loving it. It's so pretty.It does muck up people's lives tho. It's enough snow that everyone is getting stuck...and people for whatever reason forget how to drive in this sort of stuff when it is unexpected, so there are accidents all over the place. When winter is here and hard and mean we all expect this and plan our lives around snow delays, but today a lot of people were caught unaware...like my class instructor. About 4 of us were in the gym on time today for class, and she was a no show so we just took over the spin and sculpt room and did our own class :). We biked for 3o minutes and then trie…

popcorn and beer for supper = fail

I spent most of saturday with achey butt and legs...I was so very glad to be working on the thesis. And boy did I - 15 solid hours of work on the weekend. Still wanted more, but I also got some life in too, which was nice. My mead is racked off into a secondary carboy to clarify for a few months (which was messy and sticky and complicated and involved me going to get another smaller carboy to complete...) and I have a kit to make some ale whenever the urge strikes over the next while. A bonus of buying another carboy is...well...I have another carboy to make stuff in :) I like making beer. Don't even care if I drink it...it's nice having stuff to offer people...it's like lab cookery, only at home. :)
Yesterday was an embarrassing food day. I really need to work on not letting the weekend totally defeat an entire week of hard work. Saturday was OK. I made scones and homemade rye caraway bread, but overall, we had decent meals. Sunday tho? Eep. I had a headache for most of t…

Hello Jello legs

This morning was a tough love letter to my ass. As I said on a facebook comment to someone this morning - I think I broke my ass.I had prepped up a recent bodyrock tv workout "Hot Girls Sweat" to do with some other cardio, but last night while avoiding, er, taking a break from, my thesis, I noticed that ZWOW7 was up. So, in my infinite insanity I thought "I know, they're short -I'll do them both!" And boy did I :) I actually feel pretty darn swanky at the end of it all. I have no sandbag so I found weight replacements that would work. Threw in a few back extensions and crunches and called it a day. My hamstrings are already pointing out to me how much they worked to day, so I am thinking I'll be very glad I'm doing computer work tomorrow...sitting will be good :)
Because I don't want to get to work just yet, here's the workout breakdown:
Hot Girls Sweat: 30 second intervals (or I did 20 of each if I wasn't done 20 in 30 sec)+ 10 sec rest of : …

I need a time turner

This morning I was tired after an evening of working on my thesis. I really wish the evenings were longer. I just get into the groove and get working and all of a sudden I find it's time to sleep. I can't always hit that groove on the weekends and I can't stay up to stupid o'clock and do my new job, so I have to try and just get done as much as I can when I can . I'm hoping I can work a lot though this weekend and get more hammered out on the sections I'm working on. I'll be getting back my first 2 sections form my supervisor tomorrow (covered in red ink no doubt), so I'll have that to tend to as well. I am very excited though, as we booked our flights for the trip. We don't have to fly through the states, which makes travel so much simpler...Me he heee! It's all for real now :) I'm so very excited...this is DEFINITELY a goal to work towards. Must finish thesis to go out for review before we go. :)
This morning I came in for spin and sculpt c…