Saturday, May 31, 2008

WI Results: STS (Phew!)

It's amazing what a week of little activity can do (or not do, as my WI revealed).
I'm going to deliver the rest of my folk fest stuff today and hopefully get in a yoga class at 4.

I may have a lead on a new place to live (cheaper, which is better!) so the possibility of taking a pay cut is not quite a bitter pill to swallow. Fingers crossed!

I saw the most amazing rainbow last night when I was driving down Hwy. 2 (I'm sorry, I refuse to call it the QEII!). I watched it for about 10 minutes before another dark grey cloud obscured it.

But enough rambling, I'm off to enjoy the sun-shiny day!
H =)

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Who knew?

I have to admit, I no longer believe that golf ruins a good walk! We had a blast yesterday at the Links for Women at Cottonwood Golf & Country Club. The photo is of our host for the day, the Canadian Ladies Long Drive Champion, Lisa "Longball" Vlooswyk.

Finished off the day with some sushi and it's all good. Today is relaxing and recovering from the weekend! I've got a massage this afternoon and that's about the extent of my day. =)

Friday, May 23, 2008


It's my new favourite pose and I intend to practice it and many others this weekend! Stacy and I are off to Sherwood Park for Kate's annual workshop. Bon anniversaire à moi!!

So far is a godsend. I've noticed that I'm not getting nearly enough protein in a wonder I'm always hungry! The true test will be Saturday morning WI, though. =)

I LOVE having a cousin that's a lawyer! He helped me phrase a lovely email to my landlord basically telling her that should anything happen to me &/or my property because they're too lazy to (a) put a sign on the back door reminding people to leave it closed and locked at all times and (b) install a camera to identify those who leave it propped open. Mwahahaha! I may burn in hell, but I think all of the fun people will be there anyways! =)

OK, I should tidy, shower and pack for my weekend getaway.
Namaste. And try crane. It's fun!
H =)

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I Heart Wednesdays!

Dropping down to only working 4 days a week was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I slept this morning until I woke up naturally, not jolted out of deep slumber by the annoying ring of an alarm clock. A cup of chai later and I almost feel human again!

I was absolutely exhausted yesterday. I felt like I could lay down and sleep for hours at any given moment. I did come home and eat a healthy dinner (grilled chicken and homemade greek salad) and then went for a 50 minute walk around the 'hood. Running with Lisa and doing the Mother's Day run has shown me a whole new side of the area I live in. Walked past the park where there were a lot of guys playing soccer. A lovely view. =)

It's rainy and cool here today (6C) so I think I'll spend the morning tidying. My recycling cupboard is going to explode soon (especially since I started saving my plastics to recycle at my mom's) and I didn't get around to vacuuming on the weekend, so I should probably do that, too. I have a massage at 1 and then the AHT is coming at 4:30 to give Kitty her treatment at home.

I should also make a plan with my sister in law for the weekend. We're going to Sherwood Park to a yoga workshop with my yoga teacher, Kate Potter. I'm also trying to get together with some friends I went to university with that I haven't seen for about 7 years. We're heading back to Cowtown on Sunday night and on Tuesday we're learning how to play golf!

Calorie King is going well, so far. I really like the graphs that show my progress through the day. What have I noticed so far? I really like carbs (shocking, I know) and I don't get enough protein. That one was a surprise. So today I'm breaking out the cottage cheese for snack time.

I leave you with the words of Mahatma Gandhi: Be the change you want to see in this world.


Monday, May 19, 2008

Calorie King

I just signed up for a seven day free trial using I'm going to see how it works. What made me decide? I read Shirls blog and a light bulb went off. After a brief email conversation, I decided, "what the heck!" so here goes....I really like the idea of it managing my food and exercise. Right now I'm tracking my running on the Running Room website and I'll probably still do that, but CalorieKing will automatically take that into my daily allowance.

So basically, it's the same as WW, but different. =)

Holiday Monday

Why, oh why, do people leave town and leave their alarm clocks on??? ESPECIALLY when they live in an apartment building? So much for this girl sleeping in!

Yesterday was great--8.7K LSD, brunch at Crush, Farmer's Market, open houses to look at real estate I cannot afford, a trek to Superstore (again) in search of the elusive dog first hot dog buns, a quick boo at Nevada Bob's Golf store to realize how ridiculously overpriced golf paraphernalia is and wound up the day with 2.5 hours of Corrie. Really, who could ask for more?

Today I'm going to tidy up the mess that has become my living space, and try and deliver some of my Folk Fest posters and brochures. I have to leave either (or both) at at least 50 businesses in my 'hood as my volunteer commitment. Then I get free tickets into the Festival and free food all weekend, plus access to all of the after parties. So far this seems like a much better gig than doing main gate security but I'll let you know for sure tomorrow!

Enjoy the day!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The Unofficial Official Start of Summer

May long weekend has finally arrived and the sun along with it!

WI this morning reflected the emotional eating of the past week. I have 17 pounds to lose to get back to my goal weight. How did that happen?! My leader talked about journaling all those emotional reasons why we're eating and I think that may be key. And I'm pretty sure my shrink will agree.

So far, today has been great as far as food is concerned. Now, if I can manage to keep the rest of the week that way!

I'm off to pick up a rental car. I'm more than a little annoyed with my Folk Fest crew leader. She knows that I don't have a car, which is why I was assigned my own neighborhood to distribute posters and brochures. I had a brain wave this morning--will I be able to carry all of my supplies? So I phone. "Oh no," they say. "You have a box with 2000 brochures that weighs about 15 pounds. You'll definitely need a car." Hmmm. Would've been nice to know that BEFORE today! Oh well, it's typical of this organization. If it wasn't for the free tickets and food all weekend of the festival, I wouldn't do it!

Kitty is...well, the same. It's me that's having the problem with her failing kidneys. She still is her playful, cuddly self. The vet assures me that I will know when it's time. I'm just pretty sure I won't be ready for it when it comes. =(

Anyways, the sun is shining (finally) and I should get out there and enjoy it! There may even be a patio with my name on it somewhere....

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I didn't wanna...but I did

Sometimes your legs just don't want to run. But
I did it.

Map my run

I really wish I could figure this thing out--it's a pain in the ass! But at least it gives a rough idea of routes, as long as you stick to roads. I have my Garmin for off-roading.



Am I ever glad that it's Tuesday! A day without having to go to work--yaaay! L. & I went for a walk last night:

Had a meeting this morning to protect my intellectual property that actually went better than I thought. My manager (who I'm not overly fond of) ooh-ed and ahh-ed over my work, which is nice, but you know, it'd be nice to hear her say it to me just once without an audience. I think I'd be more likely to believe her.

Apparently Blogger has determined that this is NOT a spam blog and is allowing me to continue. I'm good with that.

Now I really must put my running clothes on before the run just doesn't happen.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day

Here's how I spent my morning (well, it's a little off! I haven't quite figured out Mapmyrun. You get the idea, though.):

Friday, May 9, 2008

Boys are dumb.

Need I say more?

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Thank God Tomorrow is Friday!

These two day work weeks are killing me! =)

I got to work today to discover that we had indeed moved from the Harry Potter room to our new and improved area. Do I have my own desk? Nope. J beat me to it today. So where did I work, you ask? Well, at a new work "space" conveniently located behind M's desk, beside the filing cabinet and between the other J's desk. Basically, I'm caged in. Bah!

Oh well, went to WI with C, then for yummy noodle soup, and off to the evil Wal-Mart. And now McDreamy is on.

Oh yeah, the front door to my building STILL hasn't been fixed, nor has the burned out light-bulb in my parking lot that was reported over a week ago. My landlord may rue the day she gave me her e-mail address!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Recovering from Fun-couver

Sunday I set a new half marathon PR: 2:40:56. Sunday is LSD at the Mother's Day 10K and then the training for the Calgary Half shall begin.

I was forced to send a formal complaint to the BC Ministry of Health. Their complete ineptness is mind boggling. Due to some strange computer glitch, my BC Care Card was re-activated in 2006. I moved in Sept. 2002. So I thought I'd straightened it all out and now they've sent a collection agency after me. I called the agency last night and thought it was all kosher.

Phoned the general information line this morning and spoke to a lovely girl who pulled up the 2006 information and said, "Hmm...looks like we have everything we need to resolve this. I don't know why it wasn't done." So good. I get the name of the dude I was to send my complaint to and go out for lunch and the freaking collection agency calls AGAIN! Apparently threats of harassment don't even stop these people. I'm supposed to just accept the fact that the calls are automatically generated and live with the harassing calls for the 24 hours it will take to update my file. I DON'T THINK SO!

Nothing a little deep breathing on the yoga mat won't take care of.

Testing, 1,2,3!

Post #1: Well, I've bit the blogging bullet. I thought I'd post some random thoughts about running, weight-loss and life in general.