Showing posts from September, 2012

busy busy

Not much to report. Last night after a birthday supper out for a friend I haven't seen in ages I came home and just snuggled up and went to sleep early. I felt lame...but I was just so tired I couldn't stay awake, even at 930. I feel good this morning after a decent sleep. I forgot to plan lunch so I have a really weird lunch mix of what I could find in the fridge - some spinach, beets, hard boiled eggs and a bit of fried rice. I'm going to mix it all together and see how it goes...I figure it has veg, protein and carbs. I know...lame. My weekly meal planning needs an azzkicking again :)

This AM I got up at 520 came in and was able to get into the 630 spin and sculpt class. Sweaty spin plus some core focused exercises made for a good workout. And now, after munching on some yogurt and granola and one of my hardboiled eggs (man I love hardboiled eggs) and a giant mug of coffee I feel ready for today. I'm hoping I can walk home with J after work and maybe get out tonight…

There is nothing new under the sun

I had Word crash while writing an article last night . So instead of ranting I randomly searched ridiculous topics. The most absurd thing I could think of off the top of my head was "Potato Band".
And, yes, there is a Korean rock band called Potato Band. Apparently they are doing quite well. 4 albums.


Do I know how to have a fun wednesday evening or what? :)

This AM I came in for sweaty spin class with evil Mel. Pushed myself and felt great after. I've been living off beets and roasted summer squash on the days J works late. Last night was so delicious...more for lunch! Whoop :)

I am currently on a quest for knowledge. I have done genetic research, and even briefly worked for research project related to GMO canola. I have had to do a lot of reading into how GMO crops are created. I also do not wish to work with them or eat them because of the high chemical use in their cultivation and growth and think they should be clearly identified in my food stream for that reas…

Evil robot on the floor

You know, I should learn to never step on the scale when I feel good.

I can tell I have gained a bit of muscle and am feeling more toned, but according to the scale I weigh 133, which is 5Lb up from a few weeks ago. I am assuming some of it is due to the burmese food I had at a farewell dinner for a friend last night, but am hoping the rest is solid asskicking muscle. Despite this, I am bummed and suddenly feel round and plump. All from a stupid number on a little machine. Grr. I hate how a little number can just ruin your day like that. It's why I don't weigh myself very often anymore and try and go by my clothes. Thing is - my clothes were feeling a bit better, which is why I checked things out. Strange.

This AM I came in to sculpt class at the gym. It was a solid workout. I finally got a locker at the gym today, so I was able to leave some stuff there and am hoping by the end of the week (with a few purchases of some duplicate stuff I can leave at home) I will no longer hav…

like a well oiled (squeaky!) machine

Last night's bellydance class was a blast. We went over shimmy's and hip lifts again, with a lot of new and different strengthening and stretching exercises. Then we learned figure 8s...I love them. They just feel all strong and sexy. One of those moves that comes naturally to me. By the time I got home after class and we had supper it was pretty much time to call it a day. I ended up whipping up spaghetti since we were starving and it was about 8. I need to do some preemptive meal plannings for mondays. I think I'll be whipping out the slow cooker for mondays so we still get healthy food and I'm not in a famished rushed panic to make food for us...
This morning? Oh my abs. The thing about belly dancing is you use muscles you don't normally use. my obliques are so sore I came in to work out! Hee hee.

I did ZWOW 35, with altered pistol squats because of my knee -I went down onto a low bench and back up. Still challenging, but no knee crunching. Sweaty. Fu…

We Rock the Body

Quick workout log...This morning the fit class was full so I dug out the interval timer and banged out an older bodyrock workout instead:
(50 sec on 10 sec rest): I did 3 rounds instead of 2
-pick up 20Lb weight to shoulder, back lunge, side lunge, put weight down. Alternate legs.
-monkey pushup + tuck jump
-pushup, planked hop crunch in to L side and out, hop crunch in to R side and out

Then ab bonus - 1 min of each of the following:
-v sits
-bicycle crunches
-plank with toes on bosu ball, alternating toe touches to the floor
-10 one legged butt/pelvic raises with leg extended and other up on a ball, alternating sides

Then I hopped on the elliptical for 15 minutes and called it a day. Good workout overall. Today I can try and get a gym locker later today (they only come open once a year and we have to wait until all the student ones are taken first), so I hope one is available. I am tired of lugging 2 or 3 bags of junk to work every day. It would be nice…

Lazy 2.0

Last night I was bad...I didn't work on my paper. J worked all last night, so instead of working, after a healthy supper, I caught the bus to the mall and got a few groceries and then wandered around shopping and got a few small things for myself. Don't have much spare $$ after fixing the car, so I mostly just wandered. It was nice. I felt wasteful of my time though. It's odd. Add in a late bedtime meant tired me this morning though.
I came in for spin and sculpt. It was 40 min spin and then core work. A nice solid workout.
I have much to do today and I'm hoping to sneak in a nap after work. I (well OK J) pick up my thesis from the boundary today. Hee hee. Other than that, J works all saturday so I'll do some work then on my paper. I may get to present my data at a conference in the spring if it's accepted. I hope it is.
I'm babbling already -better get some caffeine in me :)
Later taters! Have a great weekend!

Alive and kicking

Spin class this morning was evil. EVIL. But I did it. I pushed through it and had a really good workout. I am stiff from yesterday, but not as horrendously as I'd feared. Our instructor had a lot of angst to work out this morning... and so we really got a workout!

Last night I had time to make a proper supper and roasted up some maple balsamic brussel sprouts with pecans and red onion to go with good. I don't make them often because they take an hour but they are hands down the best way to make them. I love having more time to make many possibilities. A lazy evening and early bedtime made this morning a bit easier. I made up some wicked pumpkin date bran muffins for snacks and had pumpkin chia overnight oats for breakfast today. Oh yes. It's on. :)

I was disgusted to learn this morning that my spin instructor's dog was pepper maced by a utility worker that had gone into her yard on monday to do some work. Can you believe it? People were hom…

ooh eee ooh ah aah

Well then. I made it into the morning class today and I'm gonna be sooooo stiff tomorrow. It was an hour long sculpt class. 100 reps of squats, step ups, lunges, shoulder presses, chest presses, back flys, side raises, tricep dips, bicep curls and some plank action with some crunches and lower ab work. Having done some of these muscle groups yesterday made this a real challenge. It felt great though :) And I didn't forget any clothes or stuff to get ready today. My knee seems to be holding up well too, so I'm pleased.
Level up!
I am tired today, after waiting late at the airport to pick up my Dad and then staying up to vist a bit last night...I am in desperate need of some coffee. I'm off for my breakfast and a cup of liquid energy...
Later taters :)

Ah yes :)

Fantastic weekend. Oh yes. Camping in a river valley (which I think is one of the most beautiful places in this country) with a group of old friends, tasty apricot beer, delicious food, a roaring fire...fantastic. It was so clear you could see the milky way. Swam in the (freezing!) mountain stream. Laughed with friends. Then moved on to the city to a potluck and gathering at a friends place. More wonderful people I haven't seen much this year, with great food and beer and fantastic music played on the decks by my good friends. Watched my friend's dogs being taunted by the squirrels in the crab apple tree as they tossed fruit down at them. Nibbled pie in the moonlight. Danced and laughed until my face hurt from smiling. It was nice.
Yesterday was back to "life" and that was AOK. Work was fine and after was my first bellydance class of the year. Meep. We went through undulatons and basic shimmys/hip raises. I was pleased to see that 4 girls I know from classes years ag…

I went to the woods...

Spent last night gathering camping gear and making some birthday cookies for my friend Bunjee, who's birthday is the reason for this last weekend campout of the season. Many old friends are getting together for a campout weekend. I managed to only eat a few cookies as I baked. It's my Mum's old chocolate chip recipe and I rarely make them because they are insanely delicious and I eat them all. Bunjee and his wife love them, so it seemed a low key gift to bring along.
I also gathered up stuff for another potluck on saturday at another friend's house with more good people I haven't seen in ages. Yes, only one night camping and the other at a second gathering (busy weekend!!) I baked a pie with apples from my friend's tree and prepped stuff to make guacamole on saturday. It should be a whirlwind fun filled exhausted weekend and I can't wait. It's been over 2 years of sending J off to these things while I stay home and work. Now I can come too. :)

I had lot…


Well, I am registered for bellydance classes. Hooray! Basic class every monday at 6.
So excited. :) I figured I'd ease my way back into it all and just have fun with it. I can do more advanced stuff after christmas if I feel the urge...I have this strong aversion to over committing myself to anything at the moment. Plus lessons are $150 so it's not like I can just sign up for a whole bunch of them at the moment thanks to the  recent car repairs. (unless there's a rich bellydancing scientific philanthropist out there who'd like to help me out? Hmmmm?)
Yesterday was attack of the PMS and try-not-to-eat-everything-in-sight. Tried hard. Kept it reasonable, but man...endless hunger. I tried to distract myself by starting on a manuscript from my thesis, but in the end I just went on the Internet and then read a bit of a book before going to bed. I really wanted to get some work done on the paper to get it out of the way, but I just don't want to do anything right now. I …

Jingle jingle

Man I'm loving this not being a grad student stuff :)   Last night I had the time to walk home from work and then roast up a hugeass spaghetti squash someone gave me with some sauteed veg and chic peas for a late supper. Then we wandered about gathering up gear and food for our final campout of the summer this weekend. Even scored a long drooled over cast iron frying pan on our travels which happened to be 80% off (Score!). Add in lots of snuggle time with my J and it was one great evening. :)

This AM I was up again and in for a morning workout: spin and sculpt class. I noticed as I got dressed after that the shirt I chose (joy) has a strange stain in it (???) so I get to look extra classy today. Ah well, with any luck it's not too least that's what I keep telling myself. Good thing I wear a lab coat a lot :)

I should get to my lab. Tonight I get to (squeee!!) register for fall bellydance classes! I can't even tell you how much I've missed bellydanc…

much better

Ah, there we go. :)
Walked home from work yesterday with J to a relaxing evening. Nice supper, a bit of my homemade beer and then finally watched the new Muppet Movie last night. So good :)

Woke up this morning and came in for spin class. It was a good solid class, and even with yelly Mel the instructor I had a good solid workout. All the students are back now so the gym is crowded and it's harder to get in to classes in the morning, so I'll have to make a point of being more on time.
It's harvest time so my asthma/allergies are going whackadoo but I'm hoping that regular exercise will help keep things together. We shall see. I haven't been good and properly sick in a while and I honestly expected to come down with something after I defended, so maybe I'm due. Who knows.

I just feel so much better after a workout. Less anxious, and ready for a good day at work. I forgot my lunch at home but I picked up a yummy looking cob salad on the way in with an egg and blu…

slow and steady

My Dad was here visiting this weekend. I felt rather dull not having a lot to entertain him with, but it was good to see him nonetheless. Had some family visits on both sides, got some chores done and actually relaxed to the point of boredom...I need to get my craft room organized so I can funnel all this extra energy somewhere creative and fun next time.
Got up and organized this morning to see Dadoff on the plane. With any luck I'm back to morning workouts as of tomorrow. I am a bit relieved that when I convinced myself to step on the scale for my monthly weigh in today that after the dust has settled post thesis I still weigh 129, only 4Lb over my uberbest... At any rate, it gives my hope that I can, indeed keep it together and a slight bit of jiggle does not make a catastrophic set back in fitness. Yes I need more muscle back but I am not dramatically doomed as I had somehow convinced myself I was...

Slow and steady wins the race :)

Fight the funk

Well, last night I funked myself through some errands and watched a horridly cheesy movie and tried not to snack the night away. Did OK. Not great, but OK. It's funny I feel like I deserve to sloth and relax after working so hard....but I have issues just not doing anything anymore...turns out, just sitting is BORING. I need to develop hobbies again. To do that, I first need to organize life a bit and do some housework. My house needs love so I have space and time to do more fun things. My plan is to make a chore bowl on the weekend - to put all the major chores I have to catch up on in a bowl and just pull them out one by one and do them. It's overwhelming if I look at it all at once, but I think one thing at a time is reasonable and less crazy making.
I did manage to get my gear together despite my brain's protests and this AM came in at stupid oclock for spin and sculpt....and, Wow. She kicked my ass. I could tell I'd been away for a week or so -I couldn't do al…

Oh Geo oh Geo where have you been?

Oh hai.
Well, we had a lovely relaxing weekend away. Celebrated J's birthday good and properly and relaxed, rode some rollercoasters, got a few things for me to wear to work and a pair of (meep) purple Dr. Martens boots for me as a present to myself. Had some delicious food and wine and beer and now, must settle down and try to figure out what exactly life is all about post-thesis.

Now, it's back normal life. Getting the car fixed (grr), and finishing up any last school details so I can graduate in October. All papers are completed and signed and I just dropped off my thesis at the bindary to be bound this morning. 5 copies...hopefully they are all in order. I had to insert the colour pages and a few weren't printed off right, so I reprinted them at home at the last minute and they still aren't perfect, but you know what? I'm done. It will be good enough. My thesis is available as pdf so they can see all it's perfect glory there if they really  want t…