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back on that horsie

after taking a full week off of my regular life – i am feeling heavy.
literally. lol

battling with the head cold from hell, and traveling last week – there was just no way i could get to the gym and be functional.
i could barely make it through an 8 hour work day…never mind getting my work out in.
walking 10 steps was enough for my poor little lungs.
let’s not even talk about Thanksgiving dinner(s).  oy vay.

I am feeling much better.  i have remnants of this stupid cold – sneezing and a terrible cough that seems to wake me up in the middle of the night…but i can breathe…finally
and i have more energy…so as i see it there is no excuse not to go.
(although i am sure if given the opportunity i could whip up an excuse in no time)

in the past…missing a full week at the gym would have probably turned me into an anxiety riddled  crazy manic person.
Actually, i probably would have pushed myself to go – and made myself even sicker!

that is so not the case anymore.
once i put it through my stubborn little head that this indeed is a lifestyle – i felt alot better about things.
meaning – life happens.  sometimes i won’t be able to go to the gym…due to sickness, or just other commitments – or traveling.
it’s life – and sometimes life is not about an uber strict schedule.

if i am going to dedicate my whole life to working out and being healthy
i need to be a realist.
every week will not see me at the gym 3-4 times
every single thing i put in my mouth will not be the very best decision.

but knowing this makes all the difference…because i am not giving myself an excuse to back out of my commitments.
i am giving myself permission to live – accordingly.
and that takes so much pressure off of little ol’ me.

who knew.
once i grew an i don’t give a shit attitude – things seem easier – i can see the bigger picture.

so it’s back on my horsey tonight – or should i say elliptical.

i can do it.  if i happen to start hacking up a lung – i just stop.
try again tomorrow.

see?  simple.  i don’t know why i was making it so damn hard.
when you remove the pressure of having to do something – you get a much more tolerant, cooperative bee 🙂

on to other news…the weather over in my end of the world has been amazing.  we are talking summer like weather.
a coworker and i decided to skip on our lunch and take in a nice long walk in the sun.
i feel so amazing!  my freckles aren’t going away quite yet.
so we had to have our lunch at our desks – but hey – it was so well worth it.  looks like fall will be rolling in as of tomorrow…so i will take all the sun i can!!
boo 😦

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summer lovin’

the problem with summer is that i dread being indoors.
when i am at work and look outside my window – i feel sad that i am trapped inside when there is a whole day out there that i could be enjoying.

as i was driving home yesterday, i was thinking about everything that i needed to do…and of course all of it was indoors.
(except for walking the puppy of course)

then i had a bit of a light bulb moment!

it was my gym day yesterday.  i was feeling uneasy about it as i was heading home.  going somewhere that would leave me stuck in doors when it was just so gorgeous outside!  i was itching like crazy to be outside!!!!!
the humidity finally died down and there was a beautiful breeze coming off of the lake.

soooooooo i said to myself…self – you just bought yourself a bike!
why do a half hour of cardio at the gym when you can get outdoors and work out???
i am so smart sometimes!!

and so i did just that.

i went out biking for well over an hour.
it was beautiful.

i went on the water front trails and discovered parts of my city i have never seen!!!
the water was bright blue/green and there were people everywhere on blankets enjoying the day.
i am so blessed to live in such a beautiful city.

i almost wished i had my camera…but yesterdays adventure was more about getting a work out than stopping to smell the roses.

it was hard work – i won’t lie.  but it was good work…fun work.

i eventually got off of the trail because i was curious to see how far i had gone.
when i got on the main road and saw where i was i couldn’t believe it.
this bee can travel!!!!!

i could have kept going…in fact i almost did…
i had the energy.
but – i was so excited about how far i had gone i didn’t take in to consideration that i still had to get home.
so i turned around
thank god.

by the time i got home i was sore and exhausted – and sweaty and outta breath
it was AWESOME!

i discovered a lot of things – like i said…new parts of my city that i never even knew existed…
i discovered that it’s best to wear sunglasses and keep your mouth closed at ALL times lol – damn bugs!
and when a dragonfly is flying right at you and you are going at warp speed, it is in the best interest of all those involved to duck!!
and to my complete surprise…body parts that have never ever hurt before – were and are hurting.
parts that shouldn’t hurt
lets just say it is bike seat related
🙂

i had a great time.  it was a thousand times better than going to the gym.
the time flew by…and it really didn’t feel like exercise at all.

i will be doing this more often – take advantage of the wonderful weather while it’s here

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i did it!

today was the day…

bike riding day 🙂

i wasn’t sure if i wanted to go…i managed to burn myself to a complete crisp yesterday.
i dunno what kind of Greek i am…
but my poor body is so sore
i wasn’t sun kissed…i was punched in the face.
one hour – and my poor belly is in complete pain

anyways…it was a hot humid day in the city…but that didn’t stop me.

i got on the bike and was a little scared…the first 5-10 minutes were a little frightening…it has been 20 years you know
but…after that…i was in love!!!!!
i remembered in that moment, the freedom i used to feel on a bike…
the breeze cooling me down…the racing heart
it was awesome.
i didn’t fall, get hit by a random car…die. lol

i broke out in a lovely sweat…and i realized today how much working out has increased my stamina
i could have kept going
but i didn’t want to push it or get ahead of myself.

weather permitting…i will be on that bike again tomorrow

quiet side streets and trails aren’t scary at all…

i feel like a new woman 🙂

i think it’s time to celebrate.  i am off tonight for a good ol’ time
i am way over due

hope your weekend was as perfect as mine.

seriously…i can’t believe this is my life!

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i don’t see the problem do you?

i pretty much know all the evening staff at my McDonald’s
not by name or anything, but now when i walk in…they know what i am coming in for.

living a healthy lifestyle requires you to make some adjustments to things…especially when ordering out
i used to feel really bad changing things up and making people’s lives more difficult…
but i gotta say…i am over it.

so when i first ordered my iced coffee – with none of that syrup crap…i got funny looks.
now they just smile and make it.

it makes my life easier not having to constantly repeat myself every time i order one
which is practically every single night.
after the gym, or after dinner…or during a walk.

my morning lady loves me 🙂
she knows how i take my hot coffee (double cream no sugar – cause i am totally sweet enough)
and we have a pleasant conversation over the speaker at drive thru
she recognizes my car…and my coffee is ready before i even get there
i get to the window…we exchange pleasantries, she wishes me a good day at work.
she even notices if i am running late.
she pays attention…
i think i love her.
she makes me my coffee – quite perfectly might i add…smiles and sends me off to work
and we do that every morning…it’s like we are married.
i feel like we have something special here.

so recently, i’ve been double fisting it in the mornings
i order my hot coffee…and now i’ve added my iced coffee special.
poor Katie (that’s my girls’ name) i totally threw her for a loop

but now she knows what i want – again…and gives it to me just the way i want it
and there’s something really awesome about someone knowing what you like
and making things as you like them.

is it too much?  have i gone too far?
i have a relationship with my McDonald’s…
i can’t imagine one day without an iced coffee.

there’s gotta be a 12 step for that.
i’ll deal with it once the summer dollar days are over.
until then…bring ’em on baby.

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the dog days of summer

this picture was taken a couple of months ago…but thought it was a great one to share since i do believe we will be hitting temperatures around 105 yet again today.

this is puppy’s first cone experience…on a beautiful pre-spring day.

i am living vicariously through her today 🙂

this song has been stuck in my head since last night.  go ahead..listen to it.  i double dog dare ya.

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happy

summer is pretty much officially here
and this my friends makes me very happy
(although today i am wearing pants and a sweater)

i need to live somewhere warm
where it’s spring/summer all year round…cause really…winter just sucks.
pffft.

so with summer comes the closet switch over.
all the heavy stuff gets put away…and all the cute summer clothes i wore last year
come out.

i was really excited about this because i bought a lot of new clothing last year.
i had lost a significant amount of weight and nothing old fit me anymore.

so out came some of my summer clothing…
i put on a pair of my capri’s from last year…

and they are too big.

my clothes that i bought last summer are too big!!!!!
once again i look like a bag lady in my clothing!!!!

yes…i did my happy dance in the living room
bounced around like an idiot for a bit
and then got a little bummed.

i need summer clothes…STAT
which means i am going shopping this weekend
yes…this makes me happy…i mean new clothes always make me happy

but it also means spending money.
money i don’t really have.

i’ve been saving money for the important things you know…
like buying an Ipad for no reason whatsoever….or paying off debt
(you know it would have been the Ipad hands down)
i didn’t budget for a new wardrobe.

baaahh…you only live once.

it impresses me cause the clothes i bought last summer…
specifically the pants – were tight fitting when i bought them
and now i have to keep pulling them up!!!

i think this year i am gonna rock dresses
there are really cute ones out there…and i cannot remember the last time i wore a dress…especially to work… just because.

this is gonna be fun…but man is it gonna be expensive.

bye bye Ipad…it was a great thought while it lasted.
mamma needs clothes.

since i am happy…i leave you with this song…cause it makes me happier lol
click here to feel happy too!

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hallelujah

in my neck of the woods…it was hot yesterday
actually hot doesn’t seem like an appropriate word.
it was sweltering…hard to breathe kind of hot.

it was 31 degrees out…with the humidity it felt like 41.
for my American peeps…it was approximately 105.8 out there.

Our seasons are always extreme.  if it weren’t for all the rain we have had
i would think we totally missed spring and hit summer head on.

anyways….

my GB completely backed out of going to the gym yesterday
something about her not wanting to die lol
if you read my blog you would know that my gym is not air conditioned.

i hummed and hawed over it all.  do i go or do i not?

i decided i would go.  if i felt like i was going to die i would just leave…
but not without raising a ruckus and complaining.
that’s right.
i was in a pissy mood just thinking about walking into that place.

So i raced home and walked the puppy….got changed and started walking over to the gym
every step i took i got pissier –  i had a dialogue going on in my head.
if the a/c wasn’t on…i needed to talk to someone who could make that happen.
i was in the mood to bring out bitchy bee.

it should be illegal…air should be on at all times in that place.

but you know what?  it really doesn’t matter.  they don’t have to turn it on…
i mean they got people locked in to contracts – who are paying that place every 2 weeks…
they are set…and they really don’t need to think about us and our needs any further.

so i walked in there…chip on my shoulder…speech prepared…
and it felt cooler in there.
cooler than it did outside.

could it be they finally turned the air on?
why yes…yes i think they did!!!!

it was on…barely.  it was still hot and muggy in there… but every once in a while the cool would touch your sweaty skin
and it felt like heaven.

but…

it was barely on.  i mean barely.
it was actually a pleasure to have stinky, sweaty people walk by me…because that generated a cool breeze for .2 seconds lol

i couldn’t even finish my work out…because i really thought i was going to die
so i skipped out 10 min early.
the thought of 10 more minutes on the elliptical made me cry inside..
but this gives me hope…maybe the a/c will stay on for the rest of the summer.
here’s to wishful thinking.

so after i finished up… i scooted over to McDonald’s and got my “special” iced coffee (no sugar or that syrup they use to sweeten it)
took a cold shower and sat outside in my undies…and checked emails 🙂
life couldn’t get better than that very moment.

drinking iced coffee in my undies…outside.
yeah baby.
summer is here.

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and so it begins

it’s going to be a hot one today
i could feel the stickiness in the air at 6:30 this morning.

it’s going to feel like 30 degrees…for my American peeps….we are hitting a balmy 86 today.

i’m not complaining.
ok maybe i am a little bit.

this is the first HOT day.

and you know what today is?
gym day.
and Friday the 13th – if you believe in that sort of thing.

I’m not even at the gym yet and i am already panicking.

i am a trooper.  i am gonna give it a go.

if i pass out i am sure someone will scrape me off of the floor right?

i was thinking that maybe in the summer…i can go to the gym later…
it is open until midnight – so it is possible.
but honestly?  i think if i were to settle in…there is no way i could get up and go to the gym.
i just don’t think that would work
there are always the mornings lol – yeah ok – now i’m just being silly 🙂

Happy Friday everyone.  Hope you have an awesome weekend…i know i will!

ohhhh….i forgot to mention…talking about happy weekends and all.  i was listening to the radio this morning…and could not believe what i was hearing.  if you were tuned in to 99.9 this morning you know exactly what i’m talking about!

you need to listen to this.  talk about busted!!!  Rick will not be getting a date anytime soon.  wow…click here to see what i’m talking about!!

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smell ya later

spring has most definitely sprung in Toronto…
i have the sun burn to prove it 🙂
my face has been kissed by the sun and it makes me feel so alive!
my freckles are coming out, my desire to be outdoors longer has reawakened…
the days are getting significantly longer, and the birds are waking me up at 4am.
(at first i thought this was cute, now i wish they could wait till at least 6am)
summer is right around the corner and this makes for a very happy bee
i don’t even go near my computer till late in the evening!!

with the warmer weather…comes the stinky people.
really, there was no way to sugar coat that statement.

the gym has been a bit of a struggle for me over the past couple of weeks.
not in the sense that it has been difficult for me to get motivated enough to work out..
thankfully i still want to go.

face it…when you are working out…you sweat.
i get it.
in the winter months that was fine…but now that it’s warmer outside…it’s warmer inside.
my gym has yet to turn on the A/C
i personally think it should be on all year round in a gym – but hey that’s just my opinion.

walking in to the gym…you instantly feel this mugginess.
the only fans there are ceiling fans at the very back of the gym – the part of the gym i don’t use.
it feels like there is no air circulating…at all.
literally after 5 minutes of weights…i am already hot….never mind getting my butt on the elliptical.
doing my 30 minutes on the elliptical is a little harder these days.  i guess more sweat is a good thing…but it is a bit of a struggle.

the machines are lined up against a wall next to eachother,  so you are always working out beside someone.
no biggie.

you are all aware of my food issues…but i am not sure if i have ever discussed my “smell” issues. lol
i have a thing about taking in someone elses…scent.
i can deal with perfume and all things pretty (to a degree)…but when it comes to bodily functions, i swear…i want to hurl.
i do not deal well.
i think it came from years of relying on public transit that turned me a little OCD in the personal hygiene department.

so, i am kicking ass on the elliptical…running my little booty off…and i’d say about 10 minutes into it…i am struck with a wall of stank.
it could be comparable to walking into a room full of prepubescent boys…and their dirty hockey equipment.
no offense to the boys who may read this…it’s just boys have this unique smell when they are sweaty….i grew up with 2 brothers…i am very well aware of this smell.

so on the elliptical i am surrounded by sweaty people…who are getting sweatier as the seconds tick by.
there have been times i thought i wouldn’t make it…that i couldn’t even do a full 30 minutes on the elliptical because the smell of other people was making me nauseous.
seriously.  a little deodorant goes a long way people.

(don’t even get me started on the sounds some of these people make.  it’s enough to make a hooker blush!
meh, that’s another post for another day.)

so as soon as my 30 minutes are up…i race into the change room and wash my hands…because…alot of people don’t wipe down the equipment after they have used it…so my sweaty hands have mingled with someone elses sweaty hands – and that thought alone makes me queasy. (that is another huge pet peeve of mine  – wipe down your sweat when you are done people!!)
i grab my stuff and race right outta the gym, sanitizing my hands as i zoom home… and throw myself in the shower.

thank god i live so close to the gym and don’t have to use the showers there…that’s a whole other OCD moment i won’t bore you with. lol

i am hoping the A/C kicks in soon…otherwise i am going to have to find more creative ways to get my cardio on…cause i am not sure how much more stink i can tolerate.
i might have to dust off my Turbo Jam and give it a go.

as you were 🙂

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dollar daze

I am so excited.
If you follow my blog, you will know one thing for certain.

I am a diet coke addict.

True story.

You would also know, that it’s not just any diet coke.  No, no…it’s gotta be McDonalds diet coke.

Any other diet coke just won’t do.

Soooo, my happy season has begun.
Dollar diet coke at McDonalds!!!
I can barely contain myself. Lol
I can get a large diet coke for ONE DOLLAR.

Oh it’s the simple things that make me so happy.

After the gym last night…I walked over to McDonalds and purchased my pop.  It was so beautiful out yesterday that my pop was actually sweating.

I sat outside…took in the beautiful night and sipped on my drink.

Heaven!
(So I have to pee every 10 minutes…it’s worth it.)

You know what’s even better???

The weather is getting warmer.  I soon will be able to saunter outdoors in my underpants.

(yes I do this – I look forward to doing this lol)

Nothing like sipping on a large diet coke whilst in yer panties
(unless it’s chugging back a cold beer on a hot summer day…in your panties)

This is the good life kids.

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