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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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zero coke zero

yup, there i am enjoying a nice cool coke zero lol
damn i’m beautiful!!! 🙂

anyways…8 days ago i decided it was time to give up my addiction to coke zero
i was terrified!!!!
i drank coke zero every single night…probably for the past 4-5 years of my life.
if the case was half done, i swear i went into panic mode.
i could not be without it.

So i had been playing with the idea of cutting out the diet pop – aspartame actually
for a long while.  then a fellow blogger posted something about aspartame and my mind was made up immediately.
it seemed like perfect timing – like a sign.

So last Sunday there was one can of pop in the fridge.  i didn’t even flinch.

it’s been 8 days since i have consumed a diet pop.
and you know what?  i don’t miss it AT ALL, i don’t crave it, i don’t even think about it.
who knew it would be that easy???

i don’t notice any difference if you want the truth…no increase in energy, or no change in my well being – not that i notice anyways.
i am drinking way more water which is a good thing…but man am i ever peeing a lot lol

I gotta say…i am happy to be rid of the pop in the house.
i am perfectly fine with water.

bye bye coke zero.  i don’t even miss you!!

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it’s hard being me

it really is.

i was thinking about this tonight as i was colouring my hair.
(i think i am going to be a light brown vixen…but we shall see soon enough)

besides the regular maintenance of trying to keep healthy, you know
like eating right, drinking alot of water, working out etc
it’s really hard…and time consuming being a girl.
you have to always look perdy and smell perdy.  life is tough!

i was at a private l’oreal sale today and was able to stock up on the things a girl may need
like shampoo, conditioner, hair colour, skin moisturizer, never look a day over 25 cream etc.

i am always doing something to maintain my beautiful, good lookin’ self lol

like tonight…colouring my hair.  the colour won’t last long…so it’s something i gotta do often – more often than i want.
it would be awesome if i could get it done by a professional…but that’s not the way things are these days
i started going gray at a very young age…and those buggers do not hold on to colour…so this is just part of my life

you know how they say that when you buy a boxed colour…you subconsciously think that you will look like the model once
you are done?
if that’s the case, i am going for a complete makeover tonight kids.  when i am done, i am going to be one hot asian lady!


what about all the other stuff???
tweezing, waxing, moisturizing…it really seems never ending.

and every single day, blow drying and straightening my hair…and then applying makeup…
now that’s time consuming.
and to further prove to you all that i am indeed crazy…
i am allergic to eye makeup.  yes…and i wear it Monday to Friday.
i think my eyes are beyond used to it by now.

on another note i am also allergic to the sun…and bees.  not deathly allergic mind you…but allergic enough
to wonder why the hell my nick name is bee..and why i love love love the sun.  things that make you go hmm.

anyways…i have strayed…again.

i was also going to mention mani’s and pedi’s but really
that’s not hard work….
that’s more like a reward for just being a girl.

i have given up lipstick though.
that’s gotta take off a good 5 seconds of my morning routine lol
i only wear that gunk if i am going out…i mean my lips look kissable without that stuff lol
(maybe i should get that out and ready for next weekend’s festivities!!!!)

so that’s my story
i always feel like i am doing some sort of maintenance…although i am sure you thought that i was just naturally this good lookin’ 😉

what are your “chores”?  what do you do to maintain the goddess that is you?

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healthy? who says?

have you guys heard of the new drink Coca Cola has out there?

it’s called FUZE – shape?

i saw it today and thought i would check it out.

basically it’s flavoured water…and i thought i why not.

besides the bottle says it is a “natural health product” and claims “chromium helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates and fats”

annnnd the bottle is perdy.


talk about some great marketing.

So i am minding my business…and decide to google this drink so i can get an image for my blog….
and then i start reading.
why i do that i have no idea. lol

article after article, some too scientific for my poor little head to grasp..but it would be safe to say that alot of people have poo-pooed this drink.

I started reading an article about chromium, and all i saw was “genetic mutation” and a million words typed in bold red letters…
it was panic overload!!!

here i was thinking this would be a great alternative to just regular water…and now i am wondering what the hell i just put in to my body.

go ahead…google it.  you know you wanna.

the drink tastes good…well as good as flavoured water can taste i guess.  I got the strawberry melon one…cause i am a melony kind of girl 🙂

anyways…i got half way through it…and now the rest is in the trash…where it belongs…i just can’t do it.

give me a bottle of water any day…and my 2 dollars and 50 cents while your at it.

that’s my story for this wonderful Thursday kids.

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yup, that’s what i did this weekend
i indulged.
i had an awesomely amazing weekend!!!
it was busy busy but fun!
we spent a day at the beach and i got completely sunkissed…from head to toe.
it was beautiful out there….
and so after a day of sun and swimming and good company….i was starved.
i had onion rings.
we went to one of elle bee’s bars on Saturday and met up with some of my yummy friends.
i decided to have a couple of Ceasars…and man oh man they were yummy.  i haven’t had a Ceasar since last year…totally unacceptable!
i also managed to nibble a bite or two of pizza at the end of the night 🙂
hardly anything worth beating myself up over…
but it was totally off plan.
woke up the next morning and did it allllll over again.
spent the day with yummy people…had a couple of not so low carb beers and a yummy dinner.
lots of laughing, love and sun.
and so it’s back to the same ol’ same ol’ today….and i am good with that.
i am not going to be a food nazi anymore….
if i choose to have a couple of things that are off plan once and a while…i am going to enjoy them rather than feel guilty.
isn’t that what life’s all about anyways?  enjoying??
man what a summer.  say it ain’t over!

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i have just spent the day at the beach.

my body is glistening from the sun…even tho it was over cast

i am glowing…i am sun kissed…i am in love

and i realize this has nothing to do with being healthy…maybe some may say tht i am not being healthy at all….

but i gotta tell you

i am in love with my life.  i have never felt so in love with everything.
it’s unfamiliar…this love…

this is my life…and someone should pinch me cause surely i am dreaming…

and j, it’s a fuckin’ savage tan. lol

i am currently sitting on a porch…watching the sun set…glowing from the outside in…taking it all in.  and there is much to take in.

feeling my skin tingling.

the day was overcast, however….i had about an hour of pure, intense one on one love from the sun

the sunlight blessing me.  it’s just what i needed.

and now i have just discovered a blackeberry app for wordpress….

this could be a shit load of trouble

tonight, i am just inlove.

that is all

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my friend has mentioned taking spin classes a couple of times.  each time she has i have felt knots in my stomach.
bee does not do gyms.
i did do gyms…but it was not a good experience.  i got a discount on a membership through my work many moons ago and to be fair i did go alot at first.  but it was just weird changing in front of higher management….these women saw me naked….
brrr…it was just wrong.
not only that…i felt like i was going to a fashion show instead of a place to get sweaty and gross.
women would be dressed to the nines with make up freshly applied.  seriously.  who does that?
anyways…i got really stressed out with the stares and the whispers…cause i became quite the outcast in my t-shirt and work out shorts
apparently that was not apropo attire.
i got so stressed out that i was having mini anxiety attacks,  so i just stopped going.
the only times i was going was when my work crush was there…sad but true.  anything for some eye candy lol

so then a gym was opening up literally right beside my house.  i thought it was great!!  fresh start, close to home…no excuse.
i was a member of that gym for two years and did not step foot in there once.  well i did once, and that was to cancel my membership
money well spent bee.

my friend and i were supposed to take Zumba classes.  have you heard of it?  you can read abit about it here
that never did transpire…maybe i should hit her up on the idea again…

so yeah,  not so sure i want to throw myself back in to the torturous world of “the gym”
i get sweaty palms just thinking about it.

meh, i’ll think about it while i’m laying on the beach, sporting my bikini getting sun kissed all over this weekend 🙂
(more on that at the blog next door)

i have a feeling the answer will still be no.

have an awesome weekend kids

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monday is kicking MY ass…

i woke up this morning to no water.

apparently they turned it off around 4am.  it’s 2pm right now and i am still waiting.  they said it would be on at 1pm…and again…i am still waiting.

a water main burst…and i am assuming it’s pretty bad.

So i obviously am working from home today.  there is no way in hell i am going to work without a shower looking and smelling  perdy.

and there is no way in hell i am working out without a shower to fall into at the end of it all.

and…i have a headache.  the mother of all headaches.  the kind of headache that has the potential of turning into a nasty migraine.  drugs please!!

So…i ain’t kicking ass yet…Monday apparently is kicking mine…and good.

meh, there’s always Tuesday.

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live your life

sometimes you have to take a break from the every day.  a break from counting.
counting calories, fat grams, carb intake, sodium levels etc.
you know…the obsession that can become your life.

sometimes you just have to “be”.
I’ve realized this summer, that the times i am just “being” are my most productive…health, sanity and weight loss wise.

when you are not thinking and just being…you have the whole world in front of you.  waiting for you to discover it.

think about it.

get away.  get away from your every day.  remove yourself from the stress that has become your life.  be it one day…a weekend, or a week.

how amazing is it to do the things that bring you joy…and benefit from it too?


waking up…and putting on your bathing suit before your eyes are even open…throwing your hair back and bouncing down the stairs…excited to greet the faces waiting for you.
finding a silly poem, by your morning coffee…that throws you into uncontrollable laughter…and you read it over and over throughout the day…tuck it away somewhere safe because this is something that could never be thrown away…pull it out one more time and laugh some more.
i would take 10 minutes of belly laughter than 20 min of my turbo jam ab workout any day.

walking down to the dock and jumping into the water (ok ok, walking ever so slowly into the water, screaming like a girl cause it’s so cold)…swimming and laughing and channeling your inner child..playing.  when’s the last time you played?
out of breath and exhausted.  exhilarated and content.  hours later….still swimming…still loving and laughing.

there is nothing better than exercising and not realizing that you are exercising!

finally able to remove yourself from the water…gather together for the most amazing…delicious bbq ever
i think it’s the company you keep…the environment…the remnants of the day…that makes it amazing.
without thinking, i ate a meal of champions…and all on plan.

even the still moments.  sitting on the deck.  talking and laughing.
reconnecting and rediscovering.  imagine what that does for you…for your state of mind…for your soul.
quiet silences…crazy laughter.
there is no way that life could get better than this very second.
removing the stress…do you know what that does for your body?

early nights…even earlier mornings.  fresh air, catching up on books…group puzzles…peace.
no desire for the computer or phone.  just the company i keep and the silence and silliness behind it.
i even made a deal with the mosquitoes.  do not bite me and i do not kill you.
not one bite.
falling in love…friendships…newness…familiarity…2nd chances.
just freakin pinch me already.

and you wake up in the morning and do it all over again.
and only slightly notice the soreness in your muscles…because for certain
you blessed your body more in one day than you have in months
by playing, by being.  by doing.
by not being bound by the feeling of “having to”  but by just “wanting to”

i am back home now…back to the same old routine.  for sure the stress will creep into me before morning breaks.
but i will try to remember to play more often…to just be….

of course…being in the presence of a 14 year old one eyed dog…(who i swear is my canine equivalent) is a once in a lifetime experience…but i’ve always got the memories 🙂

oh and don’t forget….there’s nothing like a little vitamin D to make you feel like you can conquer the world.
here i am setting an example.

i’ve got alot to say about my weekend…and my discoveries…and my realizations.
i’ll be posting all that on my personal blog…come on over if you are interested 🙂

you only have one life.  live it.

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bbq anyone?

one of the best things about summer is…it’s bbq season.
do you find that a bbq is the centre of any social gathering?
it’s like someone mentions bbq…and you are in!!
“wanna have a bbq?  wanna invite so and so?  wanna bring the bbq to the beach and make a day of it?”  awesome!!
good friends, good food, good times!
there’s nothing better for this low carbin’ meat eatin’ steak lovin’ gal.  how i was ever a vegetarian i will never know.
but bbq season in my life is all year round.  thankfully everyone in my life loves to bbq.
we bbq throughout the seasons.  by “we”, i mean everyone else but me.  i don’t go anywhere near a bbq.  i will eat the food…but alas…i will never cook it.
there is something very scary about living 11 stories high and lighting that baby up.  all i can picture is bits o’ bee all over the lobby.  nice ehh?
it’s best to leave elle bee to the bbq’ing…and thankfully my friends and family love to bbq too.
so it works out for everyone.  they get to do something they enjoy, and so do i. EAT!
a nice steak and veggies on the grill…and a cold beer…and well…you pretty much own my heart.

so imagine how excited i got when my friend purchased a disposable bbq for our trip to the beach!!!  and all for the low low price of 5 bucks.  i guess that should have concerned me…but it didn’t.  a one use bbq for 5 bucks sounds fair.  bring on the burgers and sausages baby!!

So after a day of swimming and lazing in the sun getting sun kissed…our appetites were fierce.  time to start the barbie baby.
oy vay.
what a nightmare that was.  you would think it would be easy…but the damn thing refused to light up.  we tried…i would guess for an hour to get the coals going…finally giving in and asking the people who were bbq’ing tandoori shishkabobs beside us for some lighter fluid (and a skewer please lol)
finally we had it going…burgers were on.  but were they cooking is the question!!  about another hour later we felt it was safe enough to eat them.
they were….disgusting. lol.  it was like eating a charcoal…and don’t even get me started on the sand that blew on to them.  i had sand in my mouth 2 days later.
the sausages had to be better.  so they are cooking…(or are they)…lol…and they don’t seem any different.
cause the coals died.  bbq over.  sausages trashed.  bellies so grossed out they really aren’t that hungry anymore.
disposable bbq.  not so hot.

for 5 bucks you can get this:

or for 5 bucks you can get these:

i think the 2nd option worked out much better 🙂

anyways…another bbq this weekend.
on a real bbq
far far away
at a cottage
on the water
my freshly manicured toes and bikini in tow
seriously.  this is my life.
2010 is turning out to be the best.summer.ever

play nice kids

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