I think Rudy and I are on the same page.
Made it to my mom’s safely!! I hightailed it outta there the second I got off work. I’ve gone from boring-town to a thriving household. My three step-siblings are here this weekend (ages16, 14, and 12) and we had some visitors in the form of toddlers. I like the quiet, but I get a kick out of the chaos too :)
However, two words adequately describe how I’m currently feeling – run down. Oof! It was a four-day work week for me, which sounds awesome, but not when you’re trying to cram five days worth of work into that. I went to spin class this morning and it was tough! My body is definitely tired, not to mention I’m nursing a sore throat. A good night’s SLEEP will hopefully help :)
I ate the usual desk-breakfast this morning, but I got to eat lunch at home! I showed my apartment over the noon-hour, so I threw something together while I was there.
- rotisserie chicken
- cottage cheese
- red onion
Something was missing after this though, so I went back and added black olives and pickles.
With extra veg on the side.
Supper was eaten during the 90-minute drive to my mom’s.
Flashback Friday – Randoms!
Being at my mom’s means I have access to hundreds of old photos. I couldn’t decide which to focus on, so I just grabbed a stack and took photos of my favourite ones. Enjoy!
Sisters Jane and Sara circa 1984 (pre-me!) playing a harmonica duet. Fun fact: sister Jane is now a professional musician!
My fifth birthday. A pool party at the Howard Johnson. Ohman, pool parties were the coolest back then. We then celebrated in the restaurant and they made me cupcakes.
It should be noted that my dad was a pretty good photographer.
I think he had a Nikon SLR?? (pre “D”SLR days) And took courses as well.
Of course, I wasn’t always cute. I went through my awkward punk-rock phase..
Attractive? No. Hilarious? You bet! Me, sister Sara and
sister mom in Mexico. Sara did a university exchange to Cuernavaca which was an excellent excuse for my mother and I to go visit.
Mom in front of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan outside of Mexico City. Amazing.
That wraps up this week’s random flashback! I’ll try to capture some more while I’m home. Maybe next time I’ll build a narrative or something ;)
Question of the Day: Have you changed much since you were a kid? I’m told all the time that I’m completely different. I was an energetic child who loved to entertain a room, and now I much prefer being a member of the audience. And people who knew me as a kid say I don’t look the same either. Which is probably a good thing, because at one point I had a mullet…
Woooonderful suggestions on my Strength Training at Home post. A lot of extra pieces of equipment like bosu balls, jump ropes and medicine balls were suggested. Be sure to read the comments if it’s something that interests you :)
So I started my day after a solid 7.5 hours sleep and took off for a spin class. I thought I’d kill it today after a whole weekend off exercise (goofing around in personal training class doesn’t count). Usually after two whole days off, my body is mega energized. But today notsomuch. Albeit, I’m very worn out after two weekends in a row of “work,” but I think it was actually a nutrition thing. I just could not push that high intensity like I normally can, and I felt a little dizzy once I hopped off the bike.
Looking back, I was very protein heavy in my eating over the weekend, and I think I was lacking in sufficient carbs to draw from this morning. Ever since I increased my fat intake, my protein has naturally increased while my carbs have gone down, often being my smallest percentage of macronutrients. Not good for someone who is as active as me! What a delicate balancing act it all is ;)
Anyways, I raced to the office this morning to gobble down my breakfast and refuel.
Two boiled eggs and a marshmallow protein bar.
I have a vague memory of my old roommie (hi Meghan!) telling me the cause of grey yolks in boiled eggs…
In other news, the geranium in my office is thriving.
I can’t take credit this, it’s all because the cleaning lady waters it regularly. But hey, at least it didn’t wilt in my presence like most plants. It’s very pretty, makes for a more lovely work environment :)
Mini bagles > regular bagels.
It’s been forever since I had mango!! It was amazing.
This afternoon I broke down and had a molasses cookie that someone brought to work. I am so glad I caved and ate it!! Molasses cookies are one of my favourites, and it was hands down one of the best I ever had. Totally worth the unplanned splurge. Sometimes giving in to the office treats is worth it ;)
I was met with a bare fridge when I came home, so I ended up with another three ingredient dinner.
- roasted butternut squash
- baked chicken breast
- bacon peanut butter
I’d like to say that’s why I had a small evening snack, but let’s face it, there was a lot of snacking in between!
It’s Monday! Time for…
Final Monthly Goal Check-In for March
1. Work on getting my car sold and apartment subletted. Um, so yeah. The guy who was supposed to sublet my apartment backed out last week! The day after he signed the agreement and gave me a deposit. I’m keeping the deposit, but it means I have to find someone else. Giant BOO.
2. Apply for a bazilion jobs in Toronto. I started sending out unsolicited resumes today to fitness companies saying they need me as a content writer/editor for their website. Why not, right? ;)
3. Take more initiative at work so I can finish my contract knowing I made a mark. I knocked off a bunch of recruiting publications at the university I work at. SO nice to see my work put into hard print. I was also sorta offered a job to work as a recruiter in admissions. But that’s not my bag. I’m not perky enough.
4. Learn as much as I can about personal training. Finished personal training classes!!!
I also skipped lunches last week to study. Working hard on cramming that poor brain of mine.
5. Run outdoors again. Fail. Rightfully so. The weather last week sucked. Woke up to snow every morning, cold, windy, rainy, wet. Miserable.
On top of my monthly goals, I set a weekly goal to get more sleep. I did alright on this. I failed on one day, but got a solid 7.5 hours all the other nights. I actually had my lights out by 9:45 every night before my 5:30 alarm. Much better that the 10:30-11 I was doing before. This is 100% something I’m going to keep up. It’s all about resetting my thinking to seeing 9:45 as my lights-out time instead.
I also challenged all of you to do the same thing. In order to motivate y’all to tuck in early, I promised a gift for those of you that participated. Well I’m following through on that promise! Here’s what’s up for grabs:
- Mountain Maples blueberry syrup
- 100% pure honey
- The Simply Bar in Peanut Butter Chocolate, Cocoa Coffee, and Lemon Coconut flavour.
- Taste of Nature bar in Quebec Cranberry Carnival flavour
- Greens + “Hip to be Healthy” square
All Canadian goods, the syrup and honey being from right here in New Brunswick. The syrup is actually from my hometown of Riverview, NB!
So, I told those of you participating to keep track of your hours slept so I could see you at least tried. Well, I’m also an awful liar, because this giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere!!
That’s right, sleep or no sleep, blog or no-blog. All you have to do is leave a comment with your name and e-mail address. That’s it!! I’ll pick a random winner on Thursday, April 1, 9pm Atlantic Time. Consider it an April Fool’s gift of sorts – or a present from the Easter Bunny!
Happy weekend!! I hope it’s been happy anyways :)
Once again, thank you for all the recommendations for my skin. I’ll keep you updated on the hydrocortisone. It has worked on my eczema numerous times in the past, but the strange spots on my leg I don’t know…
Anyways, moving on from that embarrassing (for me) topic! I managed to not embarrass myself doing a fitness test at personal training class today. Yay!
I first have to admit that I totally cheated on the sleep challenge last night. I was up late going through the bones and muscles of the human body that I wanted to know for today. I squeaked by with about 6.5 hours. Fail. Especially for a weekend, when I like to catch up on sleep. No worries, I am already in my peejays and ready for Sunday’s 6am alarm!
Today was my first day both eating breakfast and showering at my own apartment since last Wednesday – St. Patrick’s Day! I was at my grandparent’s last weekend, then at the gym every other morning. I’m losing my breakfast skillz, this was all I could come up with…
Homemade marshmallow protein bar and two boiled eggs. I’m thinking I may venture out and actually make something hot tomorrow ;)
I had another marshmallow protein bar for my mid-morning snack.
One great thing about making my own protein bars is that I don’t stress about eating them all the time. I’m not scared about what crazy chemicals I’m putting in my body if I eat more than one a day :)
Lunch was a peanut butter protein sandwich.
Afternoon snack attack:
I love how healthy my fellow personal-trainers-to-be eat! Usually I feel like a weirdo opening up my mini cans of tuna in public, but one guy bust out a full-sized one today with a can opener. I am with “my people” ;)
Highlight of today was definitely the fitness test. We did it firstly to learn how to conduct one, but also put ourselves through it to experience it from the client’s point of view. It’s nothing hard or overly strenuous, but intimidating no matter what shape you’re in!
We started with the Rockport Walking Test for VO2 max. VO2 max, put simply, is how much oxygen you can take in during exercise. It’s a pretty good indicator of how fit you are. Athletes for example, will have a high VO2 max, as the ability to take in more oxygen fuels activity better.
For the test, we just walked on a treadmill for a quarter mile as fast as we could. It’s supposed to be one mile, but for time’s sake, we multiplied our time by four. So I did my “mile” in 13:08 (walking at 4.8mph!). The second you stop the treadmill, take your pulse for 15 seconds. Then multiply that number by four, and it will give you your heart rate or beats per minute (bpm). Mine was 128 bpm. Then you plug those numbers into a hugely complicated formula, or you can just fill out this form. I ended up with a VO2 max of 51. So that’s 51 millilitres of oxygen that I take in per kilogram of weight, per minute. According to all the “charts,” it’s above normal for my age, so that’s nice :) Men are always higher, I think there were a few dudes who had theirs in the 60s.
After that we also did a push up test, curl up test and sit and reach test. I only did the first and last ones, both of which I sucked at. Okay, I still did 25 push ups on my knees, which again, is “above normal,” but I really wish I could do that amount on my toes by now!
For the sit and reach test, you sit on the floor with your legs in front of you, then reach for your toes, measuring how far your fingers go past them (or, how far they are from your toes). I managed to get my fingers a half-inch past my toes, which is better than I was expecting. I didn’t think I could even touch my toes!
None of these tests are hugely important. They help a little in program design, but they’re really meant to benchmark your current fitness. Six weeks from now, I will hopefully be able to crank out more push ups, and it will be nice to have quantitative results of fitness improvement rather than just “I guess I feel kinda better…”
We stayed a little late to practice more training sessions. If anything, it’s been a lesson on machines for me, as I’m a dumbbell/barbell girl. Machines just always feel awkward, however they are ideal for the “new exerciser” who hyperventilate at the thought of a squat rack. Gosh! I used to be that person!
Anyways, after the hour+ drive back home, I could feel my tummy eating itself from the inside out. It’s a careless beast sometimes.
Nothing fancy here. I just wrapped the salmon and sweet potato in tinfoil, doused it in balsamic vinegar, maple extract and sugar-free syrup, and baked till it was done! I can’t believe after a week of going through a package of maple smoked salmon, I came home and made more maple salmon for supper tonight. It’s that good!
I got an excellent question in my last post about buying equipment for strength training at home. I wanted to get to it tonight, but my 8 hours of sleep are more important, so I’ll get into it tomorrow!
Question of the Day: How do you measure your fitness level? I’m a number nerd, and a slave to my heart rate monitor. When I do cardio, I love seeing how quickly it peaks and recovers. I also love hitting those high numbers and sustaining them for longer periods than before. Of course, discovering I could actually complete toe push ups was pretty awesome too ;)