Thursday, 22 June 2017

Hip, Hip, Really Hurts

My right hip had been feeling tighter than usual so I scheduled a massage. The last time it felt like this the massage really helped it.

This time it was a different experience. I had one of the worst knots the massage therapist had ever seen. She worked really hard to try and get it all out but couldn't. While she was working on it, it was some of the worst pain I had felt in my whole life. I thought I was going to scream or pass out, it was that bad.

The next day, which was a gym day of course, the pain was still about an 8/10. I think F'in Alex was a bit frustrated at the end because he had to modify everything. By the end of the day it was feeling better.

It was doing ok, still a little stiff, until I had this great idea to go on an aerial course. I think the time I fell was the time I sort of hurt it again. I am hoping with stretching and some rest it will be better.  I think I will get another massage sooner rather than later.


Monday, 19 June 2017

Aerial Adventure

To celebrate my birthday this year I decided I wanted to do something 'crazy' and  I selected zip lining. We live 15 minutes and almost every day drive by  Lafleche Aerial Park and Zipline Courses, so there was no excuse not to go.

Ready to go!

Sam signed us up for a 3 hour tour. It included a whole bunch of crazy obstacles, like the pictures I have borrowed from the internet, and some cool zip lining.


This is the last obstacle of the course and felt endless



You are clipped on anytime you are off the ground and you slowly make your way across obstacles and zip lines in a group.

Yesterday was pretty hot. There was also a risk of thunderstorms and rain, but the park runs courses unless someone on the course sees lightning. About 1/2 way in the thunder and rain hit. And by rain I mean it downpour. Every inch of us was soaked and we were called down for about 10 minutes due to lightning before we were given the all clear to return to the sky. At this point Sam, along with 4 others decided to be done for the day. I continued on.

I never felt really scared. I did slip once in the storm but caught myself and I have a pretty nice slip and fall on a very slippery log (not as epic as one of the women in the group who slipped in about the same place and fell off the obstacle and needed a lot of help to get up. When I saw her at the end her arm was already totally bruised).

It was physically very tough and I don't know that if I hadn't been training for 36 weeks if I could have done it. I did rock walls (made extra hard because you have to let go with one hand to move your carabiner), and spider's nets and used muscles I don't usually use except at the gym. I felt strong and I am sure tomorrow (or if you are reading this on the day it goes live Monday) I am going to be sore, but what is new:)

I loved zip lining. They have a zip lining only course I want to go back to! I didn't think I would love that, but I did.

10 people started with our group and 3 finished. I was the first of the group to finish. It was a nice way to end 41 and prepare for 42 (which is the answer to life, the universe and everything - Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy).


Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Planning Travel

There is some research to suggest that it is the planning of a trip that brings as much joy as the trip itself. This is not the case for me. I do not enjoy planning the details of trips. It is not my thing. Sam generally does this for us and I think he enjoys it.

I dislike the process so much, that I actually procrastinated it. I am not a person who usually procrastinates. But I realized our trip to Oregon to see our blog friends (which I am truly very excited about) was coming soon and I better get on it!

I had already spend like 3 hours figuring out where to stay when meeting up with our friends. I went with my first Air B and B. We had also used our points on our credit card to purchases our flights. This past weekend,  I had to rent the car (which required a lot of shopping around as prices had gone up) and get a hotel in Portland for our first night and one by the airport for the last night as we have an early morning flight out. I am happy to say it is all done now. Maybe now I can just enjoy the waiting for the trip!

From our cruise January 2016 - the Carribean



Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Strength

The last 9 months or so has become a test of both my physical and mental strength. To celebrate all I have achieved and to fulfill a dream I got this:


I have wanted a tattoo on my wrist for a very long time and have gone back and forth on the design. I wanted simple (in part because I know how much it hurts and in part because that is who I am) and meaningful.  When I embarked on the physical strength portion of this journey I came across the Japanese kanji for strength. I loved the shape of this kanji and loved that it was Japanese. I lived in Tokyo for 3 of the most amazing months of my life, so Japan will always have a special place in my heart. This image has been on my water bottle since day 1 in the gym, a reminder of my goal. Now, thanks to my BFF who went with me to get this (and gave me the deposit for my upcoming birthday) and get her own first tattoo (and we had a weird and wonderful amazing night) here it is. I am in complete love with it.

While it was touch and go for my BFF she got through it and got her spirit animal:

Picture taken right after hers was done

To celebrate we drank some of these:


I don't think it is an accident an ass was the topper of my drink:)







Saturday, 27 May 2017

Snicker Saturday


It is so true. Next time you pick up something with a label, look, it probably has soy! 

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Working Out Without A Trainer

We have now completed 3/5 workouts we are doing while F'in Alex is on vacation. We had a week between sessions with my unexpected stay at my parents. But never fear, I had my yoga mat with me so I was able to do some of that while there.

[FYI: If you are interested in yoga I rotate between using the site https://www.doyogawithme.com and the YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene].

So working out at home without our coach/trainer (who was sweet enough to text me earlier this week to check in on us):

Sam says he likes the time slot at the gym, 8:15 better than the slot at home which weekdays is 6 am. I actually prefer the early time slot. I walk the dogs as my warm up and then get the workout done. In fairness to Sam, he usually only gets up at 6:30, while I often get up at 5 or so. I think he finds the rest about the same. He seems to want to die about the same:)

I like the time slot.I like having my own music and not having to listen to the crappy dance music the gym plays (and not having those horrible songs stuck in my head all day). I like having complete control over what I am doing (the order, the exercises). I like the flexibility of the schedule - my goal is 2 days and if life happens I can more easily move a day. I like not having strangers around (our gym is downtown Gatineau which is a little seedy at times).  I like not having to wait for a change room. I like not having to make sure I have shaved before going to the gym. I like not having to pack all the extra stuff. I like not having to pay to park.

I would say I like training at home better than going to the gym. I think the adjustment back to the gym for the last 13 sessions will be hard. To be honest I would just rather train at home. But I have a contract and be damned if I am going to pay all that money and not go. Besides I may still learn something and I have a collection of random questions to ask F'in Alex (I have a list so I won't forget).

I am grateful that we had these 2.5 weeks to try training alone. It has shown me that it is doable.








Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Muddling Along

If I made a list of everyone in the world I know and ranked them in order of who I would want to take care of 'sick' people, I would put my dogs higher on it then me. I am not a natural caregiver. The hand holding and being patient isn't my strength. I am the person you call if you want to get shit done. I am a doer, not a carer. So having the opportunity to take care of my parents for a few days has been a challenge.

I have broken my days into the things I need to do which include: making sure everyone has their meds, making sure everyone is fed, making sure everyone has drinks, walking the dog, and doing light housework. I have made this about doing and more than caring.

The biggest challenge is the feeding people. I am not a cook. The first night was the scariest - Mom had lamb chops out to cook, so that is what I needed to cook.  Dad showed me how to turn on the BBQ and Sam nearly died laughing walking me through the cooking of them via FaceTime. I also baked sweet potatoes, asparagus and peas.

My parents had low expectations for this meal (summed up by the following: my mom asking if I knew to lower the rack in the oven before cooking the potatoes, and Sam asking "what were they thinking?"  and "can you order a pizza instead?"). In the end dinner looked like this:


It came out better than expected. More than edible! 

Night two, I decided to play to my strengths and make a pasta dish my parents love. It turned out ok too. 


My dad also wanted ice cream so I made him a banana split. He says it isn't a real banana split because we didn't have maraschino cherries and I had to use a real cherry.


Night 3 - first roasted chicken dinner. The chicken wasn't totally cooked at the bone even though I followed my mom and the internets instructions. But enough was safe for dinner and then I cooked it more for leftovers. 


In the end, I kept my parents alive and at least didn't make things worse:)


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Fun Questions To Answer!

I love lists and questions - so when I found this, I thought it would be fun.

1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE?  
First name no, middle name is my mom's

2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED?  
Really cried, October 31  

3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING?  
Thank god I get to type this, you will have a prayer to read it. My printing/writing combo is terrible.

4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT?  
Salami

5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS?  
Only fur ones

6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER PERSON WOULD YOU BE FRIENDS WITH YOU?  
No idea

7. DO YOU USE SARCASM A LOT?  
Never:)  seriously, all the time, probably too much 

8. DO YOU STILL HAVE YOUR TONSILS?  
Nope - they had sort of ruptured by the time they took them out. 

9. WOULD YOU BUNGEE JUMP?  
No but went skydiving

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CEREAL?  
I can't eat it anymore but alphabets was probably my fav.
11. DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF?  
My gym shoes are the only ones I would have to and no - I am too tired

12. DO YOU THINK YOU ARE STRONG?  
Strongest I have ever been and yes I am wonder woman

13. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM?  
Can't eat it anymore but mint chip or chocolate peanut butter. Now plain chocolate

14. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU NOTICE ABOUT PEOPLE?  
No idea - I will have to pay more attention

15. RED OR PINK?  
Pink 

16. WHAT IS THE LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?  
My anxiety, which sets off my OCD and I get in a horrible cycle

17. WHO DO YOU MISS THE MOST?  
Hmmmmm - I don't really have anyone I miss the most. I have moments where I miss all the people I have lost 
18. WHAT IS THE NUTRITION OR FITNESS STRATEGY THAT YOU NEED TO WORK ON THE MOST?  
I think I am in a good place with all of this - it is just maintenance

19. WHAT COLOR SHOES ARE YOU WEARING?  
none - bare feet! 

20. WHAT WAS THE LAST THING YOU ATE?  
Steak and salad

21. WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO RIGHT NOW?  
The TV is on - my parents are watching Family Feud

22. IF YOU WERE A CRAYON, WHAT COLOR WOULD YOU BE?  
Blue - probably a dark shade

23. FAVORITE SMELLS?  
Grass, chocolate, 5:30 am in the spring, beach

24. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU TALKED TO ON THE PHONE?  
A coworker

25. MOUNTAIN HIDEAWAY OR BEACH HOUSE?  
I love both but live in my mountain hideaway

26. FAVORITE SPORTS TO WATCH?  
Football

27. HAIR COLOR?  
Natural - dark brown - current lighter brown with highlights

28. EYE COLOR?  
My father called them "shit brindle" - brown/green hazel

29. DO YOU WEAR CONTACTS?  
Nope, wear my glasses. Contacts damaged my eyes

30. FAVORITE FOOD?  
Brussel Sprouts

31. SCARY MOVIES OR HAPPY ENDINGS?  
Neither - I like a drama with a realistic ending

32. LAST MOVIE YOU WATCHED?  
Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 - Total amazing Canadian movie

33. WHAT COLOR SHIRT ARE YOU WEARING?  
Peach

34. SUMMER OR WINTER?  
Summer

35. HUGS OR KISSES?  
Hugs  

36. FAVORITE DESSERT?  
Chocolate mousse 

37. STRENGTH TRAINING OR CARDIO?  
Strength Training  

38. COMPUTER OR TELEVISION?  
Computer  

39. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?  
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson - copy given to my great grandmother's sister in 1915

40. WHAT IS ON YOUR MOUSE PAD?  
Don't own one

42. FAVORITE SOUND?  
thunder

43. ROLLING STONES OR BEATLES?  
Too young to have an opinion

44. WHAT IS THE FARTHEST YOU HAVE BEEN FROM HOME?  
Not sure if it is Tokyo or Bali

45. DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL TALENT?  
I am exceptionally organized

46. WHERE WERE YOU BORN?  
Deep River

47. WHERE ARE YOU LIVING NOW?  
Rural Quebec 

48. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR HOUSE?  
Grey stone

49. WHAT COLOR IS YOUR CAR?  
Twlight Blue

50. DO YOU LIKE ANSWERING 50 QUESTIONS?  
Yes!!!! 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Practice Training At Home

As F'in Alex is on a much deserved vacation in Arizona (the poor man has had to put up with me for months now) Sam and I are using this time to practice working out without our trainer. This was always the goal, for me to learn enough to work out at home.  Once I found out FA was going to be away I worked on gather the basic things we needed to create our home gym so we could have a test run before our contract ran out.

FA was a bit disappointed that I had created workouts to do while he was away. He said he was going to make some for us, but anal me had it done already. Instead I sent him my plan and he begrudgingly admitted that it was perfect. I told him that in spite of the whining and complaining I had actually been paying attention. I had created a chart of all the exercises we do at the gym that I could do at home and using a similar formula to his sessions created something.

On Sunday Sam and I officially used the home gym for the first time. We had some rules, we were not going to give each other high fives after every exercise (it is so annoying) and no being overly perky and say "you got this" or "you can do it" or "go, go, go"  a thousand times (also annoying).  I admit I prefer having someone to swear at when I kind of want to die (it isn't as fun to blame yourself), and when I had to put all the weights away and wipe everything down at the end I said "where is my servant monkey to do this for me?" This princess is not use to having to do that. But other than that it was nice to have my music, not have other people in my way, and have the flexibility of when it works for me.

Our goal is to do the 5 sessions we are missing (not on the same days/times we train as I am away for a few days at the end of this week). Our goal when we are done with FA will be to work out 2 times per week. Likely on the weekend and Wednesday mornings (freeing up my Tuesday/Thursday for work).

Now here are some pictures of the home gym:


Weight bench, treadmill, and big balls. This was taken after the workout, hence all the weights on the ground.

The weight rack with the missing weights and our bands

The step and bozo ball (bosu ball if you want to be technical) - usually stored under the pinball machine but out

The work out plan with notes on weights and reps we did - sitting on our pinball machine!

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

At Least He Shows Up

One of my co-workers has recently started training at a different Anytime Fitness location then I go to, with a trainer named Alex (I know, it is weird and funny). What I have learned from her experience is that I am very lucky to have a trainer who is reliable. In the 65 sessions we have had together F'in Alex has cancelled one time last minute for being sick (that is once since August 30th so like once a year kind of) and he gave like 2 months notice to a vacation he is taking starting next week. My co-worker's Alex has cancelled/not show up last minute at least 5 times in 2 months. The excuses: sick, forgot he had an appointment, has to go to this other job and forgot, was trapped in an elevator. As they meet at 5:30 am I am wondering what appointment he has at that time?  When I shared the above quote with her she said "I bet you the voodoo doll would show up more often."  I have told her she should talk to the gym and cancel her training but she is far to nice and likely won't.  I told F'in Alex about her experience and he also said she should dump him and he got mad because it is trainers like that who give all trainers a bad name. So I guess I am lucky I have a trainer I want to create a voodoo doll for:)

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Even In My Dreams

I had a dream the other night that I was in modern day yet 1700 London England, that was really Cuba. In this dream the evil King was about to have me executed by having my head chopped off with a sword.

After giving a speech about how my impending death was unjust and good would prevail to the thousands of people who came to show their support to me, dressed in a bright green and very heavy velvet gown topped with a crown, I tearfully walked through the streets to say goodbye as I made my way to the gallows.

On my way I was stopped by a person and handed a paper bag. Inside the bag was a store bought chocolate chip muffin. In my dream, as I am being led to my death, my thoughts were, I can't eat this, it has gluten and soy and sugar. But in my dream I did think to myself that I was likely going to die, so I might as well have gluten and soy and sugar. If by some miracle I was saved, I would feel sick for a couple days, but I would be alive, so I probably wouldn't notice.  I ate the muffin.

I don't know what happened next as I woke up, with the taste of chocolate chip muffin in my mouth.

I would like to say, that if I had my choice, I would not be eating the store bought muffin as my final dessert, I find they tend to be dry. I would go for an amazing chocolate cake or brownie.

And yes, this is the level I remember my dreams most nights . . . . unless I find them very interesting I have learned to let them go as they tend to stay with me if I don't.

From the internet 

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Rocking It!

62 Personal Training Sessions - $3780

New Calvin Klein Jeans from Costco - $23

Staff at work who are young enough to be your kids saying you looked awesome in your jeans and now have the body that everything looks good in and are jealous - Priceless!


Thursday, 27 April 2017

Progress

Thanks to my mom for this. 
I sent it to a friend, she wrote back, "I thought that was my wine bottle holder."


At the beginning of my session on Tuesday - I asked F'in Alex to measure my body fat. We hadn't done it since before Christmas (and we will do it again before I am done in 18 sessions).

I thought it would be helpful to summarize the changes to my body since January 2016.
From March to June 2016 I worked with a nutritionist to figure out my food/gut issues.
On August 30, 2016 I started to train with F'in Alex.


Date
Weight
Body Fat
Hips
Belly Button
Bra line
Jan 1, 2016
165 lbs

Unknown
41.5
41
unknown
June 20, 2016
After diet changes
154 lbs
Unknown
38.75
37.25
unknown
End of August 2016
Start with F’in Alex
154 lbs
33%
38
37.5
31
April 25, 2017
143 lbs
(seem to sit between 142-144)
27%
35
34.5
30.5
Total lost
About 22 lbs
6% fat
6.5 inches
6.5 inches
.5 inches


I think the results show that by changing my diet (fairly significantly really - I eat cleaner than most) and strength training 2 times per week (plus snowshoeing and yoga and soon to add the kayaking), I have made some pretty significant changes to my body.

F'in Alex harassed me for wanting my body fat measured because when we started I told him I wasn't interested in the numbers. I wasn't until he took the data and then the behaviour analyst in me needed to track the progress. I do love my data.

The weight, I don't really care about, but the body fat I do. I was shocked in August to have a body fat that for my height, age and gender was considered overweight and even obese on some scales, because I didn't think of myself as "fat". I am happy to now fall into the healthy body fat range. I don't care if it goes lower, 27% was always my goal. A girl likes to keep some of her curves after all:)


Tuesday, 25 April 2017

This and That

NC asked if what status with potato is. I can eat potato a couple times a week without problem. Too much and it starts to sit heavy in my gut.

I was out for lunch with a friend for high school on Friday who I haven't seen for years. I let them know I had a gluten and soy allergy. I was not happy when 3/4 of the way through the appetizer the waitress (who hadn't brought my meal) realized they served me a sauce with soy in it. She apologized, they did nothing (they didn't even comp me), I decided to let it go, but spent Saturday night visiting the bathroom, a lot.

I had a massage on Saturday to try and help work out the huge knots in my lats. It was very painful and as I was lying there, in my bedroom (she comes to our house) the thought occurred to me that I dislike a massage so much I think I would rather be at the gym . . . . . . . . Who would have ever thought I would find something I like less? :p

Our home gym is almost complete, when it is I will share it with you!

Last week I got a weird "injury" from the gym.  Sam got it too but not as bad (likely because he doesn't wear a bra).



I broke the blood vessels near my armpits in both arms. I think it was from having my chest against the bench while doing a rowing motion. That must prove that I was working extra hard!  It didn't hurt, it just looked weird.



Tuesday, 18 April 2017

High To Low But Killing It

On Thursday I had the pleasure (note the attempt to associate positive words with training) of ending my workout with high plank to low plank, aka kind of fake push ups. Sam was exempt from this torture opportunity because of his back. I believe he did some other plank, but I can't say because I was busy.  F'in Alex said I was doing 40 and he was there all day, so he had time. I said something like I had a hair appointment so we would just be getting this done.

Borrowed from the internet - what this looks like

This was a moment where being stubborn and determined was helpful. I knew I was going to do the 40 or get to a point where F'in Alex would take pity on me (realizing it was actually too hard and I was trying my best) and tell me to stop.

At one point we had a conversation that went like this:

FA: "How many is that?"
K10: "12"
FA: "You still have a long way to go."
K10: Pause and a look over at FA "F**k off Alex."
Laughter from F'in Alex and Sam. It has been a number of weeks since I have told F'in Alex off. I have been trying to swear at him less. I still swear, but not directly at him, but this time he totally deserved it!

The last ones were not pretty, but I completed my 40 high to low plank in a fairly reasonable time. It is not an exercise I love (cause there are only like 3 of those, but for another post), but it isn't blacklist material either. There is something about the body weight exercises that are more motivating for me. I want to see I can do them, even though I know how sore my abs are going to be after! (As I prep this post I am sure that at some point F'in Alex kicked me in the ribs!)




Friday, 14 April 2017

The Traps That Save

Recently I started having really bad headaches on some training days. Then, a couple weeks ago I started having pain that radiated into my neck and caused vertigo and blinding headaches. The first time the vertigo happened I didn't think much  of it, I thought maybe virus, hormones etc. But the second time I realized it must be training. I emailed F'in Alex and said, I think we have a problem.

We took it easy on Tuesday, but by the end, I think just because it was already bothered, I had some neck pain. By Thursday, the neck pain was gone, but I had pain in my traps. After poking it and kind of aggravating it, F'in Alex came to the same conclusion I did - Blacklist item one, the Lat Pull Down is aggravating my traps which is causing the pain. I think this aggravated my trap on the right because of my scoliosis. As a general rule for safety, I can't do weights over my head because of it and the lat pull down is sort of like weights over my head.

I told F'in Alex I was going to try and pretend I was disappointed that I couldn't use that machine. I always said when I used it, it didn't feel good and not in the way other things I don't like feel with the "good pain" (someday someone will convince me that good pain exists, I haven't bought into that yet but I do feel the difference between injury and 'good pain;). Now F'in Alex is on a quest to find other exercises that work the same muscles but don't cause this issue. I am sure the black list will grow:)



Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Pants Problem

This being fit has caused no end of pants problems. (I know, cry me a river). First, I needed all new pants not once, but twice. Ok, the second time I didn't need all new pants, a couple of the size 6 still fit, but most did not. Fortunately it was my very favourite pairs that still fit.

Then there have been several problems with finding appropriate size 4 pants.

First, I am abut 5'7 - I have a 32 inch inseam. Many styles of size 4 don't come in this longer inseam. I guess it is usually petite ladies who fit size 4. This is made worse by the fact that apparently short pants are in. I personally think they are completely impractical for a Canadian gal where there are so few days you can get away with showing your ankles without getting frostbite. Also this style of pants is going to cause the need for new shoes and I really dislike shoes in general . . . .

My other issue with them is that the colours I want (grey and brown) are apparently not in this season, so I am having to do without them. Perhaps in the fall I will have better luck.

I wonder what problems I am going to have with size 4 shorts, I haven't even started that search yet and eventually the snow will melt and I will need to!