My New Home

Happyhappy Friday!! Lots of things to look forward to this weekend in these parts.

Speaking of which, I’m now all moved into my dad’s. I haven’t lived with my dad since I was 12 years old. It’s kind of weird being in the same city as my mom and not living with her! With that said though, I think it’s good for me and I’m starting to settle in nicely.


Meet Buddy, the family dog. A boxer-bulmastiff mix who looks ferocious but couldn’t be any farther from it. He’s actually scared of people – including me! Working on getting him to warm up to me and used to having me around.

Apart from Buddy, I’m also living with my little sister, her boyfriend, their newborn son, and of course my dad. Living with a baby actually isn’t that bad when you’re not the one responsible for looking after it…

I’m also living in a room that at one point both little sisters have lived in. It’s hot pink.


After years of living in stark white apartments, I actually don’t mind it much. My furniture is all black so it won’t clash. I just seemed to have lost the box that my IKEA screws were packed in. So pictures of my new bedroom set-up are on hold…

There’s of course my new kitchen:


Wonder what sort of things I’ll create in here!


Ceramic stovetop surrounded by brick. It’s a big and bright kitchen great for taking pictures in. But I will say that bigger kitchens equal more walking around while cooking. It’s tiring!

In other news, I went to the gym today for the first time in SEVEN WEEKS. The first time since my accident! I got the okay from my new physiotherapist here in Moncton for light jogging on the treadmill. She also gave me a ton of active exercises to do with my arm. Before I was only allowed to do passive movement, which means it could only be moved by others, not myself.

I toyed with the idea of starting off with a Couch To 5k style workout. But my mom said “no.” And even though I’m a fitness professional, I still listen to my mom. I’m glad I did! Easing into it was waaaay better.

Here’s the deets if you’re curious:

5 min warm-up walk @ 3.0mph, 1% incline

1 min @ 3.5 mph, 3% incline
1 min@ 3.5 mph, 5% incline
1 min @ 3.5 mph, 7% incline
1 min @ 3.5 mph, 9% incline
–> repeated 5x for a total of 20 minutes

Recumbent bike:
1 min easy @ level 0
1 min hard @ level 5
–> repeated 6x for 12 minutes

3 min cooldown @ level 0

Then a few sets of lying leg raises and side knee drops because I’m terrified of rolling off the ball and effing up my arm more.

Followed by a solid 15 minutes of stretching. I AM SO STIFF. Holymoly. I haven’t spent any time stretching since my accident and it shows. I’m only good at doing it when a workout or yoga class are involved.

Overall, it felt absolutely wonderful to work up a sweat again. Even though it’s considered an easy workout by my old standards, I still got up into my cardio heart rate zone.

A lot of my doctors and physical therapists have told me I’m lucky in terms of arm rehabilitation because I’m a personal trainer. I never really got that because I was so stuck on the idea that my injury is preventing me to work and make money strictly because I am a personal trainer.

I finally got what they meant today though. It’s nice to know exactly what I can, can’t and should do in the gym to keep my body in good healing shape. Having to move halfway across the country right after my accident made life very hectic. I’m happy to finally be at Point B and able to take the time to focus on my healing again.

Oh, and one last thing. Because of the shitty week it’s been, and the need to look nice for a funeral next week, my mom and I treated ourselves to a haircut.


My “before” picture taken earlier this week. Turning my head to avoid the camera ;)

Of all the things I could be frustrated about, being unable to style my hair with one arm ranks at #1. I haven’t cut my hair since August and it’s turned into this unruly mane I have no means of managing.


Problem solved! I went in asking for shorter layers. The same thing I ask every single time I get my haircut. Instead I usually walk out with long chunky layers that only ever look good when straightened. This hairdresser finally gave me what I asked for. The above picture is my new hair air-dried with no product. Just scrunched for a little for bounce. SO much better and easier to manage with my one hand! I know I’m no hair expert, but I do also deal with my hair everyday. So I like to think I know a little something when making requests to hair dressers ;)

Alright. That ends my ramblings for a Friday night. We’re getting a snowstorm in New Brunswick right now. I really wish that was an April Fool’s joke, but it’s not.

Posted on April 1, 2011, in Injury, Workouts and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I’m so glad you were able to work out! You’re getting back on track and it sounds like you’re doing it the right way too.

  2. I love the brick around the stove. Your hair looks fabulous, I’d kill to have beautiful hair like yours. Now the pink room….not sure I could get used to that.

  3. You look sultry and sexy with the new do-love it!
    Congrats on surviving the whole move and stress this week and kudos
    for the first workout.You will inspire me-I am already saying to myself if you can work out with a big injury,there is no excuse for me to not exercise.
    Thanks for being an inspiration!!

  4. Your hair looks awesome and good hair days WILL do so much for your mentally that you’ll heal better. I am not joking either :)

    “Having to move halfway across the country right after my accident made life very hectic. “– to say the least!

    Glad you are settled. And what a motley crew with sis/bf/baby, and you, and dad. It’s like your dad has a whole new family back living with him again!

  5. Buddy looks thrilled about being photographed :)

    Congrats on the workout, and your hair looks great! The short layers are very flattering.

  6. Love the new do! I wish my hair dried naturally that nicely. I’ll just have to stick to blow-drying and straightening it every day. I can only imagine how young I’ll be when it just all falls out given the constant heat I apply to it!

    Yay for being able to work out. I’m sure that helps relieve some of that stress you’ve been under =)

    Nicole G

  7. Your hair looks adorable. I think I would be so frustrated not being able to tame my unruly locks.

  8. Your hair looks great!!! I bet it felt sooooo amazing to do a workout.

  9. Cute ‘do!

    Wow, there’s a sit-com waiting to happen at your new casa. Love the hot pink room <3

    And I know that you don't need it now that you have your cute layers, but if you ever wanted to straighten your hair with one hand, there's this double sided brush that I use all the time- it looks like a curling iron, but it's a brush. Then you just need to point the blow dryer at it. Keep a look out at drug stores if it sounds interesting.

  10. I love the new haircut. It’s so nice when hairdressers deliver exactly what you want. Feeling good without all the extra work will be a nice way to wake up every day :)

  11. susan my dear!

    i feel like it has been forever since i got to catch up on your blog and after doing so, i realized that 12 posts CAN feel like forever. you are back home in new brunswick! i am so happy that you are home with your family, and i am so sorry to hear about your uncle. death is one of the hardest things, so i send lots of love to your family your way.

    i know i have said this a million times before, but i seriously think you are such an inspiration! i cannot believe how optimistic and positive you maintain despite your injury. i would be a crabby, complaining biatch on my blog if that happened to me, but you haven’t, and i really think that is so amazing!

    in more trivial matters, i need you to bring me to that scone-wich place. not only are scones one of my fave things ever, but scone-wiches? yumm. oohh and i want that nutella scone. in fact, it kind of makes me think i need to recreate that deliciousness and stat.

    i hope you have a lovely weekend and continued good thoughts to you and your recovery. hope we can gchat and catch up soon!

    love ya,

  12. I love your kitchen!! The brick alcove is charming.

    Sounds like a great first workout!! I’ve actually taken a brief hiatus from the gym as well and am excited to get back in there today.

    ALSO your hair is beautiful!!! I’m so jealous of naturally wavy hair.

  13. Your hair looks so good! Glad you’re settling in well at home :)

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