Saturday, May 18, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 62

I have so much chaos in my life, it's become normal. You become used to it. You have to just relax, calm down, take a deep breath and try to see how you can make things work rather than complain about how they're wrong.
-Tom Welling

Today was a lazy day, I just felt like taking a day where I didn't do much of anything. I did clean my room since my family is coming over tomorrow but that's about it. I used today as a rest day since I'll have a big workout tomorrow, and just watched How I Met Your Mother all day. So yes, very lazy day. But tomorrow will be busy so it was nice to just take a day to sit around and not do anything.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 61

Part of abandoning the all-or-nothing mentality is allowing yourself room for setbacks. We are bound to have lapses on the road to health and wellness, but it is critical that we learn how to handle small failures positively so that we can minimize their long-term destructive effects. One setback is one is not the end of the world, nor is it the end of your journey toward a better you
-Jillian Michaels

You ever have a day where you just feel overly sensitive and insecure for no apparent reason? I call those "blah days" and today was a blah day. Argh. They also tend to be very lazy days, so I spend most of the day sleeping and watching youtube videos. Very productive. I did convince myself to workout but was feeling angsty so I decided to go for a run. I hate running alone so I asked my sister to come to the park with me where she met up with a friend and chatted while I ran out and did exercises for 30-40 minutes I guess. I did laps of the park, sprints up the hill, swing outs, monkey bars, burpees, walking lunges, all that jazz. Then I came home and decided to do an ab workout. And I was very happy that I finally managed to do all 25 in and outs in one set rather than having to break them up into smaller sets. And now I'm off to snuggle with my cat who is meowing for attention through the house. Hope you're all having a good day :)

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 60

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.
-- Helen Keller

Today was a good day :) I met up with friends to see The Great Gatsby then went out for lunch at McKibbins. The enjoyed the movie more than I thought I would, I think it was really well done. I wasn't a fan of the book, I vaguely remembered it but knew I didn't enjoy reading it. The movie was well done though, and I enjoyed the soundtrack although I do wish they had modernized it a little less and kept more of a jazzy feel to it at times. It was so great to see my friends since I hadn't seen them in what felt like ages.
I'm still not feeling all that motivated to workout but I did do a short workout with my sister. We did the workout from yesterday but only once through and then I did a short ab workout doing more crunches, reverse crunches, roll up pike up things, and ins and outs. It felt good but my stomach isn't feeling 100% so I'm relaxing for the rest of the night. G'night all :)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 59

You're never a loser until you quit trying.
-- Mike Ditka

I've been rather productive today so I'm pretty happy with that. Between last night and today, I've made seven journal skins for use on deviantART. Other than that I booked yet another doctor's appointment to renew prescriptions, and I forced myself to work out. I've been so unmotivated lately, the weather has been drab and when it's nice I just want to go walk outside or hike. It was very dreary today so my motivation was nonexistent. I forced myself to do a workout I found on pinterest that I thought would be intense but short so I could get it over with quickly. I did the workout once through and decided I would do it through a second time and add in some exercises that are more geared towards exercises I need to improve. The workout is called The Scientific 7-Minute Workout in which you do each exercise for 30 seconds with 10 seconds rest in between. I modified it a bit by adding exercises so my version looks like this:
jumping jacks
wall sit
push ups
ab crunch
reverse crunch
mountain climbers
step up onto chair
tricep dip
high knees
butt kicks
push up and rotation
left leg lunges
right leg lunges
left side plank
right side plank

It was a great workout, and only took about 20 minutes. And now I think I shall read for the rest of the evening :)

Journey to the Race: Day 58

The bamboo which bends is stronger than the oak which resists.
-Japanese Proverb

Since we didn't get to spend mother's day with my grandma, my mom decided that we'd take her out for lunch today. We went to lunch then went for a walk on mount royal which was beautiful. Lauren and I had fun playing in the playground and acting like fools. We then did a somewhat workout in that we piggybacked each other for short distances, then would run up any steep hills and would jog now and then. I also brought my camera and took lots of photos which was great. Overall was a beautiful day and I hope to go back to mount royal for workouts in the future.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 57

Nothing ventured, nothing gained

Today was an interesting day. I finally had a doctor's appointment that I've been waiting about a year for, then was sent for blood tests, and then had to run errands. My arms are rather stiff and sore from the rope climb yesterday so between that and the blood test I decided not to work out today. I'm considering joining the gym my mom goes to, I think I'd be more motivated and have more types of classes that would interest me.
I finally decided to take the plunge and start selling my photography on redbubble. I'd always said no one would buy it so why bother but with a more positive attitude (in great part thanks for training) I realized that no one could buy anything if it wasn't available in the first place. So I decided to make prints and whatnot available and see what happens. My photos are now available as greeting cards, postcards, prints, and iphone cases which look freaking cool if I do say so myself. The shop is here if anyone wants to check it out:

That's it for today, I'll have more workout updates tomorrow :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Journey to the Race: Day 56

A human being is a being who is constantly ‘under construction,’ but also, in a parallel fashion, always in a state of constant destruction.
— Jose Saramago

Happy Mother's Day!!
Today was an official training day with the group and we did some more runs, stairs, and rope climbs. The rope climb was fun and went well except I burned a small section on my ankle when my pant leg lifted. Other than the running and stairs, Lauren and I focused on getting her able to do the rope climb since she wasn't there to try it last time. And she did it! The weather wasn't great though; it was cold and rained at one point but thankfully it wasn't too bad. Lauren and I also did an ab workout when we were home.
For mother's day, my dad took my mom on a road trip and shopping spree at her favourite store. While they were gone, I went shopping for some last minute supplies and then my sister and I baked a cake. Once they were home I made supper. I must say, I think we outdid ourselves this mothers day. We had a card, flowers, supper and dessert. Supper was garlic shrimp with rice, and green and yellow zucchinis sautéed in garlic butter. The cake was lemon cake with blueberries and a lemon glaze. I'm rather proud that I managed to bake the cake and do the dishes so as to keep it all a secret once they were home. Overall I think she had a very nice mother's day :)