Monday, April 14, 2014

Holding Pattern

I don't really have much to say this week...Just chugging along as the weather slowly improves, and the snow disappears day by day.

The cats have started waking me up at 5 am, wanting to go out. This is what happens every spring...and it tends to get earlier and earlier as we get closer to summer...This usually ends once it gets warm enough for us to leave the window with the cat door open all night, but that won't happen this year until we get the fence fixed/replaced. I foresee an interesting spring.

Actually poked my head into the garden on Saturday. It was so sunny and warm out! The yard is pretty swampy though, and it will be a while before it dries up enough for me to do anything out there.

Still, the weather is warm and we've been getting some sun. Finally. I think it might be spring!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Slow Spring

Last week I was so, so tired. Not sure why. I told Husband I felt jet-lagged and it was totally not fair because I didn't go anywhere. By last weekend I was feeling more normal though, which was a relief.

Friday, which is my usual work from home day every week, was a beautiful, warm, sunny day. We haven't seen many birds around over the winter, but Friday morning when I got up I saw cardinals out the back windows, and the feeders out front were busy with sparrows, juncos and even a woodpecker.

I thought they might disappear again, since Saturday was not a very nice day - snow and rain most of the day - but the birds seem to be sticking around. I'm hoping they know something we don't, and that it is a sign that spring is finally here.

The down side to that, we are in for more rain this week and there is still quite a bit of snow left to melt, so some people are probably going to end up with flooded basements which is never fun.

We had a bit of excitement Friday morning when a bird flew up from the basement and into the kitchen, followed closely by Frank. Frank caught the bird before we could get to it, but Husband grabbed Frank who reluctantly dropped the bird. The poor little chickadee landed on it's back, but it was still moving a bit, so I carefully picked it up, and when I released it on the patio it flew off, so hopefully it was unharmed.

Mostly short workouts this month, but fairly consistent so I am content.

March Workouts

01: YDL Sun Salutations Flow #1
02: Treadmill Walk[30 mins] + MC#2
03: YDL Sun Salutations Flow #1
04: Treadmill Walk[25 mins] + MC#3
06: Treadmill Walk[25 mins] + MC#1
08: YDL Sun Salutations Flow #1
09: Treadmill Walk[47 mins]
10: YDL Sun Salutations #1 + MC#2
11: Treadmill Walk[25 mins] + MC#3
16: Treadmill Walk[45 mins]
17: YDL Moon Salutations Flow #1
18: Treadmill Walk[25 mins]
19: YDL Sun Salutations Flow #1
23: Treadmill Walk[45 mins]
24: YDL Sun Salutations Flow #1
25: Treadmill Walk[25 mins]
27: Treadmill Walk[25 mins]
29: YDL Sun Salutations Flow #1

Mini Circuit #1
Squat + shoulder press w/dumbbells

Mini Circuit #2
Pilates tricep pushup
Deadlift + wide row w/dumbbells

Mini Circuit #3
V Pushup
Walking lunge + bicep curl w/dumbbells

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Not Funny

I don't know how well you can see, that, but that red banner across the top of the forecast says BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT.

If I had been on my own, I would not have gone anywhere today, but since Husband is here, and is going to the office every day, we went in to work this morning.

This is the view from my desk at 1:45, just before we left to head home. Normally we have a view of the harbour...

At 6:00, from our living room window...

It's March. Almost the end of March, in point of fact.

We are not amused.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Is It Spring Yet?

I got hit with the tired again this week. I had kind of a stressful work day on Tuesday, and didn't sleep well, so I was exhausted on Wednesday.

Then I slept like the dead on Wednesday night. Normally I way up at least once during the night, courtesy of a Fabulous Feline or two. Apparently Frank did try to wake me up, employing his usual method of sitting on the pillow and tapping me on the head with his paw and I slept through it all. Husband said he had to check and make sure I was still breathing.

Fabulous Felines, June 20 2003

Despite the sound sleep I was still really tired on Wednesday. Maybe it's left over effects from the DST switch. Or maybe it's the weather; we had another storm last week - lots of snow and ice and rain - and I have so had enough of this.

Week before last we received a package  in the mail, which came with lots of packing paper. We put it down on the floor for the cats. They sleep in it. We pick it all up to clean the floor, and then we put it back down. We have happy cats.

Sunday, March 9, 2014


I wrote a whole long post yesterday, and then decided to scrap it. Basically, it was all to say that I am back in yoga mode at the moment, specifically sun salutations.

I remember when I was first learning Sun Salutations in yoga class. It felt so awkward, and ungraceful. What was this flow they keep speaking of, I wondered, as I was flinging my body from one pose to the next, trying to keep up...Forget about moving with the breath. Then suddenly it just clicked and I was flowing.

However, I am now way out of practice. I pulled out my yoga download printouts last weekend (Feb 28 - Mar 2) and did the Moon Salutations Flow, which I remember really liking, and then the Sun Salutations Flow, and they both felt hard.  I was back to flinging my self from one pose to the next. I've done the Sun Salutations Flow 3 times now, and it is already getting better. So for the moment, I feel like I want to keep working on that.

Of course I could change my mind tomorrow.

It also kind of feels like my exercise routine is back and I didn't even notice it happening. I've even made a point of doing some workouts on the past couple of weekends, which is one of those things that comes and goes. So I'm feeling good about that for the moment, and hoping it lasts.

Now let's just hope the time change for daylight savings does not mess me up!

I was looking through some old digital photos last week, and I found baby pictures of my Fabulous Felines. It's hard to believe they were ever that small! And I had forgotten how they used to snuggle up together and sleep; they haven't done that for a long time.

These were taken end of August/beginning of September 2002. Zappa was a little fluffball from the start, but we thought Frank was going to short haired.

November 2002 - 6 months old at the most, and they were already about the size I would have expected them to be when they were full grown. I remember a friend dropping by who hadn't seen them in a while and he couldn't believe they were the same cats. It took them a couple of years to get to full grown, and now they are twice the size of the average cat.

I miss that sofa. It was way too big for our living room, but the cats used to curl up with me - Frank on the foot rest, snuggled up to my legs, and Zappa on my lap.

They'll be 12 years old this summer. Time flies!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Let's Reassess

Warning: Extreme navel gazing starts here. Feel free to skip down to Jan & Feb workout reviews!

It's performance review time at work, so I've been spending time looking over the past year of work, and thinking about the year ahead. One thing that has been constant in my career is that things are always changing - processes, priorities, technologies, people - there's always something new. Which is good, it keeps one challenged and, also employed. :)

I've been whining that I've had a hard time with my fitness routine over the past 6 months or so, blaming it on lack of energy, lack of motivation, stress. Those things are all part of the challenge, but I think there are other factors as well, namely: some things have changed.

I am a creature of routine. I like my day to day life to be somewhat predictable. A small change here, a change there, can be good...Too much all at once can really throw me.

For the past couple of years, I've mostly been in a Zumba + circuit training DVD routine. Husband was either traveling, or he was working at home.

Last fall, the studio I was going to stopped offering Zumba classes. Husband has transitioned to a new job, and he's going in to the office every day again.

Also last fall, Husband had this weird health issue, and had to sit with his feet elevated. Usually he spends a lot of time in his computer room, sitting at a desk, but he started sitting out in the  living room so he could sit in a chair with his feet elevated, and got a table that he can use for his laptop. And now he pretty much sits in the living room all the time, instead of his computer room. Up side: more time spent together. Down side: sometimes I opt to stay sitting in the living room with Husband, where before I would have been up doing other things, including exercise.

Those things don't sound all that huge, and if I wasn't already having the energy, motivation and stress issues, it might not have been a big deal. But, suddenly, I'm having to replace Zumba, and I'm not in control of the car any longer (husband and I travel together, which is fine, but in his new job, he is often held up at the office, and I have to wait around for him).

Adding to that, over our holidays in December we rearranged our living room, did some de-cluttering of both living room and kitchen....and deposited a bunch of stuff in the basement, where all of my exercise equipment is. And, after many years of trying, my husband has finally got me playing a couple of video games; I always said I didn't have time for that, and I kind of think I was right, but now of course I want to keep playing.

So...home late from work...cluttered basement that I don't want to spend time need of a new exercise routine...hanging with Husband and playing a video game sounds like more fun.

So this is a lot of complaining about nothing right? After all these years I just don't want to do it anymore? I should just quit whining, suck it up, and do it?

Now I kind of want to delete all of that because it sounds ridiculous. Mountain out of molehill. Somehow, when I was searching my mind, trying to think of reasons why my exercise habits have died, it seemed like I had more. Now I just don't know.

Anyway...I have been slowly climbing back out of the hole.

January was not fantastic...I think my list may be missing a workout or two that I forgot to write down (my tracking habits disappeared along with the exercise habits), but that's most of it.

February has been better...Not exactly inspired workouts, mostly pretty short, but at least more consistent.

I've been putting in a lot of treadmill time. Then I decided to start adding a "Mini Circuit" at the end of my treadmill session...Sort of working my way back up to things.

A couple of weeks ago, my company sent out an email about a "million miles" campaign. I am totally blanking on the details right  now...but we could sign up with this coaching website and track our miles, with the idea being that the company together will get to a million miles. Of course, when you sign up, you fill in all your information, and it assigns you a program to build up to running a race. I am incapable of ignoring it when a program is assigned to least for the first few days...

First workout was cross training. I pulled out my Jackie Warner Power Circuit DVD, which I have not done in at least a couple of months. I attacked it as if I had never been away. I was a mite sore the next day, but I tried their run program anyway...which kind of sucked because legs: ow! And then I remembered why these programs don't work for me. So, I'm going to just log my miles, whatever I happen to do, but I'll walk/run as I feel like it, because following a specific program never works for me.

I will eventually get back to my full circuit training  workouts.

I want to do more yoga, and throw some Pilates in there too.

Also, I took a day off a couple of weeks ago and cleaned up the basement. I feel much better now.

January Workouts
06: Treadmill walk[25 mins]
07: Zumba[20 mins]
13: Treadmill walk[30 mins]
14: Treadmill walk[45 mins]
15: Treadmill walk[40 mins]
27: Treadmill walk[25 mins]
29: Treadmill walk[25 mins]

February Workouts
03: Treadmill walk[25 mins]
05: Treadmill walk[25 mins]
10: Treadmill walk[22 mins] + MC#1
12: Treadmill walk[25 mins] + MC#2
13: Treadmill walk[22 mins]
18: Treadmill walk[25 mins] + MC#1
19: Jackie Warner Power Circuit UB+LB
20: Treadmill walk[25 mins]
23: Treadmill walk[25 mins]
24: YDL Moon Salutation Flow #1
25: Treadmill walk[25 mins]
27: Treadmill walk[25 mins] + MC #1

Mini Circuit #1
Squat + shoulder press w/dumbbells

Mini Circuit #2
Pilates tricep pushup
Deadlift + wide row w/dumbbells

I want to come up with a couple more combinations to add to this...Have some ideas, but open to suggestions!

If you made it this far...I thank you; have some cat pictures!

Cat television:


Monday, February 3, 2014

I think I missed January...

When last I blogged, my vacation was winding down and we were getting ready to host a Chinese Hot Pot dinner on New Year's Eve. We had fun! Then went back to work.

I started writing this post and somehow never got it finished...So for the next few moments, as you read this post, pretend it is somewhere around the first weekend in January...

We are having a more extreme winter than we are used to, that is for sure. The storms just keep coming. We have been lucky where we are, we have not lost power. A high number of homes in the surrounding areas went days without power over the holidays, and it still seems to be going off and on. I hope that we get a break soon!

Last year around this time, I did a review of the previous year, and I kind of liked it. It's so hard to keep track of life sometimes!

2013 was a bit of a tough year in many ways.
  • Husband did have one final trip to Japan in the early spring, and while he was away, I came down with a serious case of exhaustion which we are pretty sure was iron deficiency; it was not fun.
  • Husband had a few health issues over the past year that don't seem to have been serious, but they've kept us running back and forth to doctors.
  • These health issues also did sort of put Husband out of commission for a while each time, and I found myself having to take care of him and keep up with everything else on my own.
  • Frank went missing for two weeks in April, leaving me frantic and heart broken. I have never in my life experienced such joy as the day I arrived home from work and saw Frank sitting at the front door. Yes, I realize he is a cat. Deal with it. :) 
  • We got a new floor in the kitchen! It felt like an ordeal at the time, but the Fabulous Felines are digging the  radiant heat; we often find them sprawled in the kitchen floor, soaking it up.
  • During the summer, worrying things started going on at Husband's job, dragged on and on, causing us a fair amount of stress. Things are moving toward a positive resolution, but we are still waiting. 
  • We had a rainy, rainy summer. I was exhausted a lot of the time, for no good reason, except maybe stress. That's what my mom said, and she was probably right.
  • We got a new bed - our old one desperately needed replacing. We moved a bunch of stuff out of the room when the bed was being delivered, because there is not a lot of space, plus we did a good spring cleaning (in the fall) while we were at it. And when I was sorting through things and moving everything back into the room, I found the ring that I lost last year. That made me happy.
  • No more Zumba - the classes I was going to are no longer being offered, so I am back to doing my own thing full time...If I ever get back to it; I seem to be having a hard time getting back to an exercise routine. Unusual for me, but it's been months.
...And that's where I left off, intending to finish things off soon...Oh well!

January was a crazy month, weather wise. We had snow and cold, we had temperatures go up over 10 C, and all the snow melted. Then a week or so later, it got cold and snowed again. Keeps us on our toes.

I have pictures I could post...I just got finished posting on the garden blog, and now I feel too lazy to do it. Check out our NYE pics here, Frank & Zappa watching a chickadee at the feeder here, and a general roundup of January pics here, and please forgive my lazy blogging!