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Bootcamp: Day 7 (It’s a Love/Hate Thang) September 5, 2007

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So I’ve missed posting for a few days. My life has kind of been in an uproar since last Wednesday. After the endless hills and stairs I wrote about in my previous post, my calves killed me for about 3 days. The day after hurt, but I could live with it. Friday, I could barely walk. Needless to say, I did not go to boot camp that day.

Monday was a holiday, so there was no class. Tuesday’s class was a cardio and ‘playing in the park’. Tuesday was tough for me. It probably didn’t help that I had suffered an extreme hangover on Monday, and noshed on pizza all day, but we were to be running through the river valley in the pitch dark. I quickly got left behind, and soon found myself running all by myself. The fact that a cougar was spotted in the river valley didn’t bother me as much as the thought of a homeless person popping out of the bushes and shanking me with a knife.

I was up in Jasper for the weekend with the outdoor club, and we stayed at a hostel, which for the most part was fun. A hike that had the potential of being fun but because of the people I was with, turned out to be some kind of crazy race up the mountain, and back down the mountain. I was behind them all for 12 km, constantly trying to keep up. They would stop every now and then, drink water, chat, and by the time I caught up, they were off again! It was maddening.

So, Tuesday morning being alone in the dark river valley was just adding up to the frustration I faced on the mountain. I was very upset, and had to force myself not to cry. I walked back to the starting point, and waited for everyone else to show up before we continued on to the park for drills on monkey bars, push-ups, v-sits (Navasana in the yoga world), tricep dips, pull ups, and about 1/8th of a chin up. That was a joke. Again, having just come off a major hangover probably didn’t help the matter.

This morning was weight day. We started with running around the park to get warmed up, played some Ulti (destroyed the frisbee) and alternated doing laps with resistance exercises. With the exception of a weird nerve-pinchy thing in my hip that was causing pain all the way down my leg, it was better than yesterday.

Tomorrow morning will be cardio, which will mean running, running, and more running. Have I mentioned how much I hate running? God, it hurts.


The weekend of organization August 26, 2007

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I have got the busiest week ahead of me! I start my bootcamp early tomorrow morning. While I am looking forward to it, I am dreading the early morning…I have to move my alarm clock tonight to the other side of the room so it will not be so easy to reach over and hit the snooze button. I guess the first session of the bootcamp will be assesments…the dreaded weigh-in, measurements, and fitness tests. Because I’m going to have to be so organized with meal planning, and that thing called a job that so interferes with my personal life, I’m going to cut back my yoga practice to 2 times during the week, plus weekends.

I’m going on my first camping trip in 2 years this weekend! I’m leaving straight from work on Friday, and heading up to the hostel at Mt. Edith Cavell. Unfortunately, the Golf Pro will not be joining me, and I’m going up with the Edmonton Outdoor Club. I’m so looking forward to being in the mountains again, and close to nature for a few days. I also can’t wait to put my new camera to work!

So, to make sure that I’m prepared for the upcoming week, I’ve spent the whole weekend doing all my laundry, ironing the clothes that I’m going to need for the week, got all my meal planning and grocery shopping done, and started to gather my camping supplies. Whew! I’m exhausted!

Will be posting daily about my bootcamp adventures…

The Geek in Me….. August 17, 2007

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Is intrigued by this: Watching ABC.com video streams in your living room

Hmmmmmm…what would I need to be able to sit on my couch and work on my computer using my new 46″ flat screen tv??

Just a VGA extension cable and a wireless keyboard and mouse! That’s it! Too many toys, not enough money…….sigh. One day, one day!

My Dear God,What Have I Gotten Myself Into? August 10, 2007

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Being tired of the extra layer of blubber all over my body, I have decided to take drastic measures. Okay, so I’m not going in for liposuction, or a stomach-staple, but getting up by 5:30 AM 5 days a week for 4 weeks is hella-drastic for this girl. This week I took the plunge and made the commitment both mentally and financially to take part in Survivor Bootcamp. What is Survivor Bootcamp, you may be asking…well, check out the link I was oh-so-nice to provide. Here’s a short description:

Participants will go through a fun and motivating 4 week Boot Camp program designed to get more intense as the weeks progress. This is for men and women of all fitness levels, each work out will compliment the previous days activities.

Our instructors provide effective fitness training, which focuses on core, lower & upper body training, pilates, yoga, cardio, agility training, calisthenics, short distance running, circuit training and much more.

Boot Camp beats working out in a gym!

Participants will go through:

  • Before and After 5 Point Fit Test
  • Before and After Body Composition
  • 4 Weeks of Total Body Conditioning
  • Nutrition, snack, shake and how to lose 10lbs tips
  • Each week will become more intense, your body is never at rest!

I’ve been pondering about doing this for a couple weeks, since I saw an article in a magazine. Well, enough pondering..if I ponder any longer, I’ll be spending yet another winter being blue about not being outside, and I won’t accomplish my goal of losing 30 lbs before my wedding. I will not be a fat/fluffy/chubby bride! No if, ands, or ‘butts’ about it! I refuse to even go try on dresses right now..why bother?? I’m going to be this size when I get married.

I obviously cannot go on this journey alone. I need someone to give me a good kick in the ass. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that I can lose 10 lbs. Wouldn’t that be fabulous? Despite my best efforts to do more activities this summer, including joining the Edmonton Outdoor Club and getting back into the yoga studio about 3 times a week, my weight just goes up, and then back down to that ‘sticky’ spot. I am committed to doing this for myself. I’m sick of seeing myself in pictures and thinking how horrible I look. And oh, to fit into a size 8 again! Okay, now I’m just getting way ahead of myself!

So, my bootcamp journey begins at 6:00 AM on Monday, August 27. And it will be finished just in time for my vacation!

The Golf Pro and I are heading back to Vancouver Island for a little get away! Because of end-of-season committments, he will be joining out there a few days after I’ve already arrived. Too bad for him 🙂 We’ll get 10 days of ocean, mountains, and all-out relaxing. Based on last year’s trip, I am completely excited, and cannot wait to see what adventure awaits us! We’ve already decided that we are going to spend some more time on the west coast of the Island, and book a B&B in Tofino.

Hopefully I will also get to meet my new neice. Yes folks, I am an aunt. As scary as it is to think of my younger brother being a responsible father, it is still exciting to have a new addition to the family (and it takes the pressure off of me for awhile). Baby Faith was born on July 25th at the Vancouver Children’s Hospital. They knew months before the before the birth that there were problems with her heart, so they have been staying in a special women’s part of the hospital. Faith had heart surgery last week, and it recovering beautifully. I now also have an excuse to do more crocheting and knitting!

If they are not back in Victoria by October, I am anticipating that I’ll be heading back to the Island shortly after my vacation with my mom, who has not seen my brother since he was 14. She wants to see the baby, and try to get back into a working relationship with my brother. He is willing to put the past behind him, and I am going to be there as a liason, I guess. Hopefully they can both be mature, and act like adults. Maybe a child in my brother’s life will make him grow up a bit. It will definately be interesting.

Stay tuned as I will be writing about my Bootcamp adventures!

Friday Musings July 27, 2007

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Another weekend is just on the doorstep. 2 more hours of work (or not) and I’m free for 2 days!

I had a college friend visit and spend the night at my house last night. I made a yummy salad for us, then we were off to another friend’s house to visit with his family. Conversations are usually pretty meaningful with my friend, the Faulty Filter, and I always leave with a new feeling of motivation or inspiration. She’s read my cards a few times over the years, and each time it’s always a positive experience.

Last night, my cards told a story about my professional life. I have challenges ahead of me, but I’ll get through them, and come out on top, and hopefully will have the respect of the other people in my department, which is extremely lacking right now. I’ve been at my current job for just over 3 months, and feel like a complete outsider. I am so completely different than they are (i.e. not so jaded) and want to inspire positive change, whereas they just like to bitch and complain, and I often here “that’s not my job; I better not be responsible for that”. There are several things that go on (or don’t go on) that have completely shocked me. Nothing is done with any business sense, or any sense for that matter. These guys just run around putting out fires. When presented with a chance to improve the way things are done, they get extremely defensive. They don’t like the status quo, but they seem extremely reluctant to change. I’ve offered suggestions for specific issues, and the response so far has been that I’m offending them. I even heard one guy, who I am assuming didn’t know I was right around the corner, telling the group how stupid I am. Hmph! Sure, that hurt, for like a second. But now, I just chalk it up to insecurity and ignorance.

There is a book I’ve been meaning to read: am-BITCH-ous by Dr. Debra Condren. It may help with my current struggles. Maybe I’ll look into getting a library card this weekend. It’s one of those things I’ve been meaning to do, but never get around to doing it. I’m just finding now that there are so many books I want to read, but books are expensive, and I may not want to keep a book after reading it.

On a completely different topic, I came across some cool new websites today, and it’s all because of an email subscription I have to www.greenfeet.com:

Every Day with Rachel Ray

http://www.cleanlife.com.au/: Modern eco-ganic solutions for the conscientouse consumer; Bringing Green Mainstream. I’ve signed up for there weekly tips, called ComeClean.

http://www.greenlightmag.com/index.php Your Guide to Earth-Friendly Living….

a “guilt-free” one-stop resource for earth-friendly alternatives. greenlight provides you with information and ideas that show you how you can live well and still make a difference

They have a quarterly digital magazine that you can subscribe to FOR FREE. The Resources section on their site is amazing. I’m sure I’ll be spending some time this weekend surfing around.

Hot Day in the City July 13, 2007

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I am enjoying the air-conditioning while it lasts! It is currently 31 degrees outside (87 Farenheit), and I don’t have air conditioning at home! I’ve wandered down into the mall a couple times today, and it’s funny how many people are walking around with their new fans!
I guess it would also be a great day to be married in an ice rink! Today, for the first time ever, a wedding was held at Ice Palace here at West Edmonton Mall. I wasn’t overly busy this afternoon, so I wandered over to check it out.

Because it was such a huge space, it was impossible to decipher what the officiate was saying over the microphone. The ring bearer was so cute! He came out on a pair of skates and a Chicago Blackhawks jersey, did a lap around the rink, and finally delivered the rings. Imagine a couple hundred people saying “awwwwwwwwww”.


Back Home and Shopped Out! June 23, 2007

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I spent 5 days in Minneapolis this week. 2 days for shopping, and 3 days for meetings at West Edmonton Mall‘s sister mall, Mall of America. I am not a big shopper, but I made sure I had money to spend while I was there. My first purchase was 3 pairs of shoes…..the first 3 😉

I thought that Minnesota would be similar to Alberta in terms of weather, but the moment I stepped out of the airport, I felt like a huge blanket had been thrown over my head. It was hot and HUMID.

Just some other general findings about Minnesota:

1. There were no mosquitoes. All that water, and no mosquitoes? WTF?

2. It is hot and HUMID. I don’t do humid. My hair doesn’t do humid. I hate being in a constant state of sweat.

3. When you pay with your debit card, it doesn’t ask you which account to take the money out of. For all I knew, I was paying for all my new shoes from the wedding fund.

4. There are digital gadget vending machines at the airport. You can buy an iPod from a vending machine!

5. The people there are amazingly nice. Who knew?

6. People are allowed, by law, to carry guns, unconcealed. I didn’t see any, but was told about it. Very disconcerting.

7. The Mall of America is NOT bigger than West Edmonton Mall. Is it prettier though.

2 Days off, and busier than ever! May 23, 2007

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My bosses are Jewish. Today and tomorrow are considered ‘special holidays’ at work, so I get 2 days off, in the middle of the week. I wish I could just spend these days relaxing, taking things at a slower pace, and enjoy this special treat. Nope, not happening. I’ve crammed reflexology, doctor, mechanic, and vet appointments, lunch with a friend, and a wheel alignment into today and tomorrow. I have to take advantage of being off during the day, and get things done that I’ve been putting off, or would otherwise have to take time off of work to accomplish.

I’m going for my first ever reflexology appointment today. I have no idea what to expect, but I’ve heard it’s awesome. The only drawback: I have extremely ticklish feet, and usually can’t stand them being touched. While getting a pedicure a couple weeks ago, I had to warn the girl that I might kick her, and I have no control over it! Will have to report back on how it goes.

The wheel alignment is the last work I hope that I have to get done on my car for awhile. The Golf Pro’s brother was super nice enough to replace my front struts, and I had to bring it into a shop to get a wheel alignment. That was it. Well, two days before I was supposed to bring it in, I got a major flat tire, and had to drive on my little donut tire for 2 days. So, brought in my damaged tire, and asked them to fix it for me. While dropping off my car, it turned out to be: ‘well, since I’m here, let’s do this, and this, oh! and my brakes are sqealing..let’s do that too!”. Turns out my flat tire was beyond repair, and it was recommended that I buy a new one. Since I was now getting new tires, the wheel alignment didn’t get done. Well, you can’t buy just one tire…you have to buy two. Extra money that I wasn’t expecting to spend, but it had to be done. So the next day, went to the tire shop, and ordered new tires. But, instead of getting two, I bit the bullet and got a whole new set. So, today, I finally get my wheel alignment! And, I’ll have to spend the next couple weeks replenishing the wedding fund 🙂

The weather here in Edmonton has been miserable. It’s been cloudy, windy, rainy, sometimes the sun pokes out, but that always happens when I’m stuck in the office.

We’ve been seriously considering moving to Vancouver Island. There are little pockets about the island that have dirt cheap real estate. Well, two years ago, I wouldn’t have considered it dirt cheap, but compared to the prices here (which are ridiculous and getting worse every day) it’s certainly more affordable. Besides the affordable housing, the golf courses are open year round there! That is good for the Golf Pro Here, when it’s winter, he’s stuck doing office work, and practicing his golf swing in our living room. We’re going there for another vacation this fall, and he will be bringing his resume. Sure, I’d have to give up my very nice paying job here, but I’ve been heard saying that I’d work in a grocery store if it meant living on the Island. I’ve also been heard saying that the first thing we’d do is buy his and hers kayaks….on credit if we had to!

Sunny May Day May 14, 2007

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I finally found somewhere to spend my lunch hours. Since I started my new job at West Edmonton Mall, I’ve been scouting out the area to see what there is for parks around here, where I can go get some fresh air during my lunch hour. Found it today, with the help of Google maps! Turns out there is a park with a little man-made lake just a few blocks from here. You have no idea how happy this makes me. I couldn’t stand being cooped up inside all day, breathing canned-air, especially when it’s been so nice outside during the day. So, I picked up a small lunch from the food court (yuck), packed a bag with a book and my sandals, and went outside! The only bad part is coming back to the office, and putting my nylon socks and dress shoes on. I’d rather have my bare feet in grass.

I went for a 60 minute massage on Saturday, and my upper back and neck are still sore. Not as sore as they were yesterday, but I can still feel them. I hadn’t been for a massage since November, and my massage therapist was not at all surprised when I told her I haven’t been keeping up with my yoga practice. It was definitely a tell tale sign of how much yoga really does help. She said that yoga is like a care taker for the body. You don’t notice all the good things it does for you until you quit doing it. Is she ever right!

I’m going to buy a 10-pass card at the yoga studio this week, and start going back. The first while will be tough…I’ll be sore and stiff from practice, but I’d eventually like to get back to going 3-4 times a week, in addition to my Tuesday BodyShop (strength training) class, walking, and biking. Once I can get into the studio that often, I’ll start buying the unlimited monthly passes, and yoga to my heart’s content! I miss the feeling of bliss and happiness after a class, as well as the awesome shape I was getting into. All that work from last summer is down the drain.

Times they are a changin….. May 10, 2007

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I’ve been MIA the past while. It’s not like I’ve been super busy…not since I quit my old job! Spring is here, spending more time outdoors, and trying not to live in front of the computer when I get home.

I’m now into my 4th week at my new job, at West Edmonton Mall. This is the job that I had the great interview for back in March! Yes, I got the job, and proved to myself that it is worth it to take risks, and step out of your comfort zone.  I’m in a management position in the I.T group, and will be leading a couple of intiatives. The biggest one is to implement a corporate-wide Intranet for both West Edmonton Mall and Mall of America, using SharePoint server 2007. I won’t get into the really techy-geeky details, but it’s going to be a challenging yet fun job. A more immediate project will be hosting Lunch and Learns to train our end users on Office 2007. I just used it for the first time yesterday, and it rocks!

The only downfall of working at West Ed is the shopping addiction I am forming. This is probably something anyone who works in a shopping centre has to deal with, never mind the biggest mall in the world! Don’t worry, I’m not going out of control, just getting the necessities for now 🙂

Golf season is in full swing here, and that means I’m a Golf Widow for the next few months. It’s really hard to get used to. I look so forward to summer, and being outdoors, but it always seems I’m enjoying it alone. I put my mountain bike in the shop last week, and got a major overhaul done on it. The Golf Pro and I went for a short ride on Sunday, and it was really awesome. We kept the ride short, knowing how much our bums would hurt the next day, and did they ever! It’s all worth it though. I’m going to get a computer for my bike. I had one last year, but it got damaged in a crash. I find it’s really motivating to see your speeds, distances, times, etc. Very cool stuff.

Also stepped my foot back in the gym for the first time since last spring this week. I feel I should be mixing some strength training into my “routine” along with the cardio, and occasional yoga. I picked up a couple of new yoga DVD’s last week, and have done a practice with both of them. Practicing at home just doesn’t have the same feel for me as being in the studio. Next week I’ll be picking up a 10-pass at the Ashtanga yoga studio near my house, and ease myself back into that practice.

About a year and half till the wedding, and I have alot of personal stuff to accomplish before then. I want to lose a good 30lbs., and keep that weight off. There is no way I’ll go dress shopping at my current weight and dress size. I’ve given myself alot of time, but I’m hoping to reach some temporary goals by the end of the summer.