Monday, April 20, 2015

Operation Bike My Ass Off (OBMAO) Day 2

Just a nice little 30 minute recovery ride on the pathways. The bridge was out or I would have gone further. One bridge out = multiple hills to go further. My legs and lungs cried out for mercy. I conceded.

My ass hurts, I'm not gonna lie. But even just cruising along, I couldn't wipe the grin off my face.

So. Much. Fun. Day 3 is going to rock! I'm torn between trying Bowmont park again (sans AF) or heading into Nose Hill to check it out....

Operation Bike My Ass Off Day 1

The scale said a bad number to me the other day. So, I'm taking control back.

Yesterday I biked for about an hour and a half (my technology konked out, so I don't have any details) with AF in Bowmount park. The trails were awesome! I grinned the entire time (except when I was grimacing going up a hill) ! My lungs and legs burned.

It was great.

Epsom salts are my new BFF.

And now I'm off for an easy(ier) recovery ride.  May the technology gods be with me.

Monday, February 23, 2015

What's New In My World

My life has been a roller coaster since I last posted. Between step-kids, ex wives, FIL dying unexpectedly and DBF losing his job, we had a LOT of shit to deal with. I'd like to say we handled it all with grace and aplomb, but that's not entirely true. Our relationship took a few beatings but we've come through some really dark days to see that there is a light at the end of the tunnel (and it's not a train!).

We're currently doing things long distance--DBF moved for work and to be closer to his kids. So far long distance is working. We talk multiple times a day and see each other at least every other weekend.  Our communication has improved 500%. It's a temporary situation and definitely not ideal. But we're making the best of it. And I know that it will all be worth it. Eventually.

I bought a car! I bought a condo! Finally, my money is building equity for ME, not someone else! I feel so grown up now. =P

I'm teaching regular yoga classes. I've been meditating. I've been hanging out with Nerm (who is happier than she's ever been).

So far, 2015 is shaping up pretty good. And with only a week until the big four oh, I'm grateful for so many things: my love, my family,  Nermal, and my friends.

The only thing I'm wishing for right now: SNOW. There hasn't been enough skiing!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Holy Sh!t, Batman!

Nermal and I moved in with my beau this weekend. Besides Kitty and Nermal, I haven't had a roommate since 2000. Nerm's adjusted relatively well. Me, well, technically we've been living together since July (back and forth between my house and his), so it hasn't been that big of a transition. Well, except that I seriously need to downsize!!

We're a one car family, living outside of the city in the best town ever. Everything you need is here. And I'm closer to the mountains!

And that's what's new in my world =)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

An Open Letter to His Ex

What you so casually threw away, I've waited my whole life for.

Thank you.

Those two kids, full of love and laughter that you barely have time for, I can't have my own, so thank you for sharing yours with me.

It must be difficult to watch him move on and be happy while your plans crumble around you. But this was your choice, not his. With each choice comes consequence.

I'm grateful he looked within himself and found the strength you convinced him he did not have.

I'm grateful he believes in love so much that he was willing to trust me with his heart.

For you, I hope you find whatever it is that you're looking for. I hope you have the grace to recognize that he has made his choice, just as you did. And with that grace, I hope that you will step back so that we can move forward.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me....

Well, I get it after Christmas, but a week of skiing is gonna be fan-freaking-tastic! But on third day,  today (Sunday), I'm giving myself credit for getting on the scale. Let's just say that there's been a plethora of sugary goodness at work lately and I've been helping myself. A lot.

But it makes me feel like shit. Except Turtles. I love turtles! And so I decided to only eat the goodies I really love. And I busted some borscht out of the freezer (veggies have been sadly lacking lately) and baked some cabbage rolls too. Drank lots of water, had a good night's sleep and got up this morning to step on the scale.

It wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be (why, why, does a digital scale have so much control of my life?! Oh wait. It doesn't. It helps me collect data. I am a scientist, after all!).

So, I guess I really have learned a few things doing this lean eating thing:
-eating slowly means I usually don't need to go back for seconds
-veggies are awesome
-it's not about food
And so even though I'd tossed out most of the habits these past few weeks, the big one stuck. If I eat slowly, my body registers when I'm full.  Built in portion control. Built in weight control.

And a solid hour of back bending followed by meditation didn't hurt, either.

I've got the ingredients for mulligatawny (YUM) and then I'm back to transcribing.

And I did some laundry today, too. Man, I'm awesome!!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Twelve Days of Christmas (continued)

Day 8 (Tuesday): The gift of vision I gave myself. In June I had eye surgery that has left me, for the first time since fourth grade, with better than 20/20 vision. It truly has been life changing!

Day 7 (Wednesday): I climbed Prairie Mountain. Even after an asthma attack mid-climb. And the majority of the group I was climbing with carried on (one stayed back, thank God). And no, I won't ever be hiking with them again!

Day 6 (Thursday): The courage of my convictions. I have an on-going issue with my former employer and while I could  have just walked away, being right, and more importantly, doing the right thing, is more important in this case. Unfortunately, I have to wait until next June (almost two years since the incident) until I (well, my union's lawyers) present the case to an arbitrator.

Day 5 (Friday): I have conquered my sleep demons! Between a CPAP machine and a custom made mouth guard, I sleep again. Twenty years is a long time to function on little to no sleep. While I don't require as many zzzzz's per night as my honey, they are top quality hours of sleep. Quality trumps quantity any time!

Day 4 (Saturday): Rediscovering my yoga practice. Our kula pretty much dissolved when Anusara did, but I've made a committment to my mat and it feels great. Mind, body and soul are relishing it.

And with that, I'm off to practice. I've been sitting at the laptop most of the day (working on a project for a friend to earn some extra holiday cash (yes, I know it's almost Christmas. What can I say, I work best under pressure!)) and my body doth protest! I've got soup simmering (borscht) and cabbage rolls baking, so a tasty dinner will follow.