Day 33, 34, 35

Sunshine! Finally!

For me, sunny weather always makes me feel better! It makes me want to spend more time outside, it warms my mood, it generally makes me happy that both myself and my dog can get natural, authentic, Vitamin D, and I’ve found, that most people have a little more spring in their step when the sun is shining!

Busy the last few days, attending a multimedia conference that I found fascinating. I know I’m working towards the pieces of the career I’m carving out for myself and it felt really good to be part of the “media” again at an event. It was a two-day event and I was lucky enough to hitch a ride with a very dear and old friend, he, his wife, and myself all went to high school together and his wife is one of my best pals! Both my friend and I were there as freelance writers, he for a hugely successful website, and I was there to write a web piece for a local arts and culture magazine.

I learned a ton. Technology, the web, social media, I find all of it spellbinding and want to be on the edge of what will happen next. That seems to be the issue. Not many are looking forward, they are trying to catch up!

I was especially intrigued by an American anthropologist who studies the effects of media on our human culture. His name is Dr. Michael Wesch and I completely agree with his observations and research. He is also fantastic at explaining things in an easy-to-understand package. You can view his most popular videos here!

Physical-wise, I felt out of my element! I’ve had the benefit of my own routine without a work schedule and the food offered at the conference wasn’t the best but looked and tasted great, as is usually the case right? Plus, combatting some SERIOUS PMS cravings for chocolate and carbs, which I indulged and didn’t feel bad about! However, only one good run so far, and because of the conference sched and Lisa’s daughter not being well, I postponed workouts with her until the weekend. I can’t expect her to be at my whim, in the least, as I’m not paying her and frankly, she needs her own time! I’m not discouraged however! The weather is gorgeous today and I’m out for a bike ride and run tonight! Swimming lessons begin next week… I only have 4 weeks but haven’t signed up for Woodstock yet! I want to complete one BEFORE the reunion and it’s the 2nd weekend in July. I’m not pressuring myself, I feel really good!

I’m working towards self-acceptance and not putting too much pressure on my body! I’ve had a lot of conversations with people recently, older generation, who say they wished they hadn’t been so hard on themselves when they were younger because now they’ve had to have knees replaced! I want to be able to walk without surgery for as long as possible, at least till I’m old and spiteful! 🙂

So in honour of the gorgeous day, celebration of Cinco de Mayo today and maybe the chance I can finally pack away my winter coat (I think I’ll wait till the end of the week) how about a little J-Lo?


Day 24 and 25

I am not a gym junkie, but I am a chocoholic!

Going for Easter dinner out at our friends’ cottage was fantastic! Weather wasn’t all that sunny but it was mild so the dogs all got a good visit in! We had ham, loaded mashed potatoes, asparagus, spinach salad, and I think there was pie for dessert. There were two couples, me and four dogs, including Lola.

Each of us also got a basket with both real eggs and chocolate ones, as well as a giant chocolate bunny from one of the couples! I ate Mr. Bunny on the drive home!

Then I woke up this morning with renewed commitment to go back to no booze, no white flour and no refined sugar, AND to decide on a sprint triathlon or try-a-tri event.

I was not successful in either of those bids!

I looked over the Woodstock tri site for quite a while and just couldn’t decide! However I DO have a six-week sprint tri program that I can follow. Monday of the first week is a “day off”! What luck!

Lisa gave me some times she could train me this week so that’s back on again too! She’s really motivational so that should help, I hope!

And I found on top of my fridge, two Belgium chocolate eggs that I had picked up for my friends with the cottage but forgotten to give to them! We all got so much chocolate that I knew they wouldn’t want them. So I promptly ate one WHOLE EGG today! WTF?

I’d love to say PMS is the only cause for the temporary lapse of reason but I don’t think that’s the only source! Why did I do it? Why can’t I commit to a tri event? I’ve attempted to commit to doing one a few times now and it just won’t stick! I have to think about why I just can’t git’er’done?!

Tomorrow I am helping my financial guy get his home office in order. He is now without an assistant and he said he could use my help even if it’s just temporary so that should be fun!

Hopefully by then my chocolate tummy ache will have subsided!

I wish Biggest Loser was on tonight so I could get motivated! WAIT! I have Rogers On Demand! I can watch last week’s again!

I have to admit though, this past week of not caring what I ate and swilling red wine has been some kind of awesome! Lots of fun! And I have come up with the “zingers” effortlessly! That is SO fun!

I really want to get over the “hurdle” though of not pushing myself to be more physical. I love it once I get at it, and I’ve been able to motivate myself in the past to train for events. What’s holding me back?

I’ve discovered so much about myself this far, I’m sure this will come to me as well!

But for tonight, good eats, lots of water AND G2 (Gatorade low cal), and a good night’s sleep to be fresh for helping my financial guy tomorrow and then cardio and training with Lisa!

Getting right back on that horse!

Interesting video by Snow Patrol, I’d never heard this song, Chocolate, till today!