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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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i can do this can’t i?

this is the beginners guide to running.  i could do this no??
now, just what days am i able to do it? at first it looks like i don’t even need 15 minutes (remember my dream????)
i guess even on the days that i am at the gym i can do this OR maybe while i am at the gym i can do this on the treadmill?
Just a thought!

The Couch to 5k Training Plan

Week Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7
1 5 min walk
2 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
2 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
3 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! Relax!
2 5 min walk
3 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
4 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
5 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! Relax!
3 5 min walk
6 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 4 min jog
5 min walk
4 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
7 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! Relax!
4 5 min walk
7 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
8 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
9 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! Relax!
5 5 min walk
9 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 6 min jog
5 min walk
6 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
10 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 5 min walk
11 min jog
5 min walk
6 5 min walk
11 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 13 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 15 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! Relax!
7 15 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 8 min jog
5 min walk
8 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 16 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 17 min jog
5 min walk
8 17 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 18 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! 20 min jog
5 min walk
Relax! Relax!
9 20 min jog Relax! 12 min jog
5 min walk
12 min jog
Relax! 24 min jog Relax! 25 min jog
10 25 min jog Relax! 27 min jog Relax! 30 min jog Relax! Race Day!

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day-cation

boo

the day-cation is officially over.
funny how when you are having a great time… time passes so quickly!!!

it was a great weekend.
sigh
and it’s over
a very expensive weekend – but you only live once!
see my new stylin’ hat?  i know the picture sucks but look at my bee-utiful hat!!!!

it was such an American weekend lol

a few years ago they got rid of all of the Outback restaurants in Canada.
i was devastated.  i loved the Outback!!!!!!
so as we were driving to our hotel to check in – what do we pass?????
AN OUTBACK!!!!
within walking distance!!!!
craaaaaaazy

i don’t have to tell you where we ate
and i will not tell you what i ate (but i will show you something i ate lol)

i was soooo very bad…i have the headache today to show for it

it was an amazing weekend.  lots of walking, laughing, eating…and wine 🙂
it was purrrfect.
i am glad we got to walk around and take things in – burn off dinner…take in the view.

i’ve been there before…but each and every time i go, i see through new eyes.
i have amazing memories and not so amazing memories of that place
but each time i go…it just keeps getting better and better – this is one of the pictures from the hotel.  not a bad view huh?

For breakfast we went to IHOP
again, i didn’t think we had IHOP’s in Canada…so of course we just had to eat there
i had strawberry banana pancakes
i thought i died and went to heaven…and then so did my belly.  i could not eat all of it…tooooooo much!!

wow – by Sunday my poor belly looked like i was 4 months pregnant.  i wish it didn’t dislike carbs so much!!!!!

I have lots of pictures and videos…but none that i will share here..although i gotta say, the videos are so awesome that the whole world should witness them…especially me belting out adele –  rolling in the deep lol

i’ll save all that for the blog next door.

no gym for me tonight…no time – apparently the hotel i stayed at had an amazing gym -alas i did not see it!!!

this being an adult stuff is for the birds.  i just wanna play!!!!

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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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unwell

i could barely hold my head up yesterday
i debated leaving work…but i stuck it out
on the drive home, i kept the window down (thank god it was nice out)
thinking, i could fall asleep at any given moment.
i guess i don’t have to tell you…the gym did not happen yesterday.

i got home and walked the puppy…and talked her in to napping with me
she cuddled into me and we were both out like a light

i was running a fever and really thought i had the dreaded carb flu..from all the ‘bad” food i had the night before

i slept about 12 hours!  i never sleep 12 hours

it was so beautiful out today…i forced myself outdoors
thought the air and the sun would do me some good

after all it was just the carb flu.

oh and the puppy…thanks to one of my cats, who shall remain nameless – Clark
ate my eyeliner while i was away at work
which resulted in my little puppy vomiting a few times in the middle of the night

anyways i took her to the park today and we both got some exercise
but we both weren’t really at our best…or in the mood.

ok..so maybe it’s not the carb flu at all.

i’ve been surrounded by sick people…i’ve been sneezing and coughing
blahhhh
and i just got up from a nap – sorta.
the puppy didn’t think it was necessary and kept giving me kisses and wanted to play
if she wasn’t so damn cute i’d be mad…
but i am just too tired to be mad

so i guess i gotta admit
i have a cold…and it’s running me down…and i’m as white as a ghost
i feel like i could sleep my life away right now.

why do i get sick on weekends?
whatever happened to missing time off of work to deal with it all?

poor me right?

yes, a little cheese with my whine would be lovely.

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weekend of love

i spent the whole weekend with a very lovely lady.
she’s beautiful, funny, loving and sweet.

we went for long walks, watched tv, cuddled.

i am pretty sure it’s love.

i didn’t want the weekend to end.

we shared a very lovely dinner together…and i managed to get some of it on video.

click here to watch!

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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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i am a superstar

going to the gym with my gym buddy is fun!  no other entertainment required.
no ipod or anything…just us.
we kinda have that unspoken language…where just one look or head gesture can entertain us forever, or make us pee our pants from laughing.
it’s good times 🙂

we can’t go to the gym together alllll the time.  life happens.  sometimes something comes up for one of us where we have to change our schedules up and more than likely go alone.
going alone is not scary for me anymore…but it does get a little boring.

enter last week.

i went to the gym twice on my own.
not a problem.

the one day i went prepared…my ipod fully charged (which reminds me…it loses it’s charge in 24 hours…what is up with that??)
so anyways, i had my tunes to keep my brain busy….cause face it…staring at yourself in the mirror while you are on the elliptical for half an hour can get rather boring…unless dr. oz is on…but i digress…

i left the gym that day feeling perturbed.  totally irritated.
it was a new group of people that i had never seen before…and i felt like everyone was watching me.
it was the creepiest feeling ever.

i was kicking some serious ass on the elliptical and kept feeling a set of eyes on me…staring and staring.
at one point i made eye contact with her…and gave her a look…a look that only i could give.  a look of annoyance…and full of attitude.
i thought…this chick must be floored at how awesomely i rock this elliptical!!  she wants to be JUST like me…
cause really who doesn’t?
i thought my fancy foot work impressed her…cause it impresses me to no end that i don’t fall off that thing…being accident prone and all.

i thought about it for a couple of days….
i thought about all the staring…how uncomfortable i felt…
and it dawned on me.

that’s the day i was listening to my ipod.

let me just set the scene for you.

when i am listening to music…i am in my own world.
nothing else exists.
in the tub, in the car, outside in public…you get the idea.
that is one of the reasons i started listening to the boring radio at work…
cause when i would listen to music i actually loved…i would break out into song randomly.
i mean full out song.
to the point where coworkers would smile…and make comments on my voice…
oops…was that out loud?
i always think i am using my inside voice…but really…i couldn’t be louder if i tried.

i remember quite clearly that i was rockin’ the elliptical while listening to an array of my favourite up beat songs.

adele came on…she had me rolling in the deep.

i was grooving on the elliptical…and i am pretty sure when my favourite parts of songs came on
i became a full blown super star.
it’s like a muscle spasm…you can’t control it…it’s just gonna happen.

i don’t know how loud i was…or how silly i looked…cause i am sure i had a smile on my face…
rockin away…and then wailing away

“The scars of your love remind me of us,
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all,
The scars of your love, they leave me breathless,
I can’t help feeling, we could have had it all”

i am pretty sure…almost 111110000% convinced i was using my outside voice that day.

to my fellow gym peeps.  i am sorry.  no one needs to hear that.

from now on, Dr. Oz it is.

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speechless

yesterday was one of those days.

You know the one…

Where everything just goes amazingly perfect?

Like the universe was up all night, plotting with the angels, waiting patiently for you to open your eyes…to see the expression on your face when you finally figured out that today…

today was going to be your day.

Yesterday was amazing!!

I guess you are waiting to hear about all the incredible, life altering things that happened to me in a span of 24 hours right?

Well….
Then you must not know me!

It’s the simple things my friends….the simplest things make me happy.
I really am not hard to please.

I started the morning by waking up – always a good sign yes?
Lol

What makes it even better is that I woke up before my alarm clock.
This never happens.
I am not a morning person…and I hopped right out of bed, wide awake…ready to start my day!

I ended up treating myself to a wonderful (on plan) breakfast…
Which I am sure is the reason I had an uber productive morning.

I had a lunch date in the afternoon…which is always awesome.
I feasted on a huge, and I mean huge Cobb salad….i couldn’t even finish it all.
It was perfect…and the company was ok too 😉

By the end of the day…I was bouncing off the walls.
I still have no idea why I had so much energy…and why I was so happy.
I can only assume the cook slipped something into my eggs.

I got home – changed immediately and walked over to the gym.
I had a kick ass work out…I mean kick.ass!!!
I could have kept going, but past experience told me it probably wasn’t a good idea.

So…I raced home and headed to the mall…

Had my favourite meal there…did some shopping – bought myself a little somethin’ somethin’
(seems I had a huge desire to get back into an old hobby – pics of that will end up on the blog next door sometime in the near future)
Walked by Laura Secord and decided to treat myself to some sugar free chocolate goodness.

On my way home…still in energizer bunny mode, I debated whether to head out for a long walk…since it was so beautiful out there…
But once I stepped foot in the house…I decided I should allow myself the luxury of unwinding.

I took a hot bubble bath, got into my fat pants…had a cup of coffee and ate my chocolate…
Proud of myself for the amazingly healthy/productive day I had….

And then…

Out came the Smart Food sweet and salty popcorn.

Everyone and their mother has been telling me about this stuff…and it was finally time I tried it.

This is a hormonal girl’s dream food. –  and sooooo very not on plan.

So I had about a handful of this stuff – and the bag was put away…cause I could have easily devoured the whole thing…

holy crap batman that stuff is good!

So I spent my evening…going a little off plan.
Eating pop corn, drinking coke zero, adding awesome music to my ipod, discovered new artists and listened to this song over and over and over and over again.

See…it’s the simple things.

It was the most amazingly perfect day.

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spring fever

What a gorgeous weekend!

I can’t tell you how amazing it felt to get out there in flip flops this weekend!!!

I love me some spring!!

So what better thing to do on a beautiful spring day but go to open houses??

It’s that familiar itch I get ever year.  Starting new, fresh, starting over.

Wouldn’t a new home be the way to go?

This one place I saw…I fell in love with.

Completely.

Not only were the homes beautiful, you got a complete sense of community there.

Like everyone in the neighbourhood looked out for eachother etc.

It felt safe…it felt right.

Not only that….

Get this.

As most places go…there is an on site gym for anyone in that community to use.

An outdoor pool…

A squash court, tennis court…

I was told that this was a very active community…people were fitness freaks.

All about health and well being.

Helloooooo….where do I sign???!!!

Right across the street there is a Premier Fitness….

And…

Get this….

If you walk up the path, you get to the lake.

Around the lake are various work out machines…that you can use.

Can you imagine?????

Taking a stroll up to the lake…to work out??

Imagine the view…the fresh air.

Spring is in the air…and I’m itching something fierce.

Can you imagine moving into a home where you have 3 different places you can go get your work out done?

Never mind all the trails you can go walking and hiking!

This is the place to be.

Perhaps it needs to be mine.

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