Thursday, October 29, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Because thinking about something interesting to write is toooo hard!

You get this:

Cross out the items on the list that you've DONE

Graduated High School
Kissed someone
Smoked cigarettes
Got so drunk you passed out
Rode every ride at an amusement park
Collected something really stupid
one to a rock concert
Helped someone
Gone fishing
Watched four movies in one night
Gone long periods of time with out sleep
Lied to someone
Been dumped
Snorted cocaine
Failed a class
Dealt drugs
Taken a college level course
Been in a car accident *but I've been in THREE bus accidents
Been in a tornado
Watched someone die
Been to a funeral
Burned yourself accidentally
Ran a marathon
Your parents got divorced
Cried yourself to sleep
Spent over $200 in one day
Flown on a plane
Cheated on someone
Been cheated on
Written a 10 page letter
Gone skiing
Been sailing
Cut yourself accidentally
Had a best friend
Lost someone you loved
Shoplifted something
Been to jail
Had detention
Skipped school
Got in trouble for something you didn’t do
Stolen books from the library
Gone to a different country
Dropped out of school
Been in a mental hospital
Watched the "Harry Potter" movies
Had an online diary
Fired a gun
Gambled in a casino
Had a yard sale
And a lemonade stand
Actually made money at the lemonade stand
Been in a school play
Been fired from a job
Taken a lie detector test
Swam with dolphins
Gone to sea world
Attempted suicide
Voted for American/Canadian/Australian Idol
Written poetry
Read more than 20 books a year
Gone to Europe
Loved someone you couldn’t have
Wondered about your sexuality
Used a coloring book over age 12
Had surgery
Had stitches
Taken a taxi
Seen the Washington Monument
Had more than 5 IM’s/online conversations going at once
Overdosed
Had a drug or alcohol problem
Been in a fist fight
Suffered any form of abuse
Had a hamster
Petted a wild animal
Used a credit card
Gone surfing in California
Did "spirit day" at school
Dyed your hair
Got a tattoo
Had something pierced
Got straight A’s
Been on the Honor Roll
Known someone with HIV or AIDS
Taken pictures with a webcam
Started a fire
Had a party while your parents weren’t home
Gotten caught having a party while they were gone

Now it's your turn! (Oh, and I feel old!)

And back to the real world

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So, my last two posts (one which showed up a week after I wrote it and actually comes before the other one) talked about how exhausted I was after being up all night with a small child.

Well, it gets better. Trying to get fit while taking care of a toddler is not an easy task.

I swam whenever that was a long time ago. Then thought, Thursday will be a good time for a second swim. But the small child, well, her ear had other ideas. And at 11:30 I was on my way home from work to take her and her leaking ear to the doctor. Oh, ruptured ear drum.

And then we get over the ear drum and we’re back at the doctor’s again, thinking her ear is hurting her again. Nope, it turns out to be H1N1. Again on a day where swimming was actually programmed into my schedule.

It’s been hard, but most days I still manage to get a 4-5 km walk in, if nothing else. The past five days were horrible because she was essentially quarantined, so we didn’t leave the house much. But now she’s back at day care. I’ve walked about 4 km already this morning and I actually don’t feel too bad, especially considering the lack of sleep last night.

Exercise really does make a difference but getting it in around a toddler’s schedule is the challenge!!

Swimming is on the agenda for Wednesday, so let’s hope (for all kinds of reasons) it doesn’t get sabotaged. by toddler illnesses.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

You know you're a mommy (and probably sleep deprived) when...

it takes every ounce of restraint you've got not to say "Look at the puppy. See the puppy outside? What does the puppy say? The puppy says woof woof" to the guy sitting next to you on the bus.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Jumping in with both feet

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So, even though I was utterly exhausted again yesterday, my day planner said I should be at the pool at 11:30, so at 11:15 I unhappily dragged myself across campus to get wet. Yuck. The entire walk I was thinking that I really wanted to be dry and not wet.

I needed a new swim cap and I thought about just ditching the whole swim because I needed a swim cap and didn’t really want to walk the extra (200 m) distance to the bookstore. But it was in my day planner. So I went. And I muttered to myself about how much I hate swimming. And didn’t want to get wet. And would rather be sitting, dry and warm, at my desk.

And then the girl at the front desk at the pool was super friendly. And off I went to swim.

And you know what? My body? It was not happy with me from the moment my big toe touched that water. And you know what it was yelling at me? It was actually cursing me. Cursing me because I haven’t been in the pool since I was 8.5 months pregnant.

And I had a great, albeit short, swim. And I went for a bit of a detour walk before I got back to my desk. Which means I did an extra 2.8 km yesterday, more than my goal! And even though I had next to no sleep the night before, I felt SUPER all afternoon.

And today, today I knew I’d had a swim, but I wasn’t regretting it.

So tomorrow, at 11:15 I’m off to the pool again. And it’s in my day planner and now on the blog, so, well, there’s no room for excuses!

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Exhaustion...

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I wish I could say it was from exercising too hard or too much. But no. It’s one of the side effects of being a mom – when the teeth come in and tell the baby it’s time to get up even though it’s only 4:30 am, well, the baby usually insists that a parent get up too. And since Alex had already left the house for work, well, that left one person to hang out with the baby. Me.

And it meant no swim and no lunch time walk. In retrospect, maybe a walk would have roused me a little, but I have no idea how I got through the day yesterday. Alex picked up pizza for dinner because just the thought of cooking made me want to cry.

And when I crawled under the covers, well, I think I was already asleep because when I woke up with the teeth at 1:30, I was in bed, but I don’t know how I got there!

Days like this kill my motivation. Whether I’ve been trucking along or whether I’m on a roll, one exhausted day can destroy any momentum I’ve gained and cause me to lose interest in exercising. And this is week two of the teething.

Any suggestions on how I could possible get that motivation back???

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Virtual Pedometrics

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As soon as I wrote my last post about my pedometer, well, I lost it…It fell off somewhere between dinner and home…And it was up there that day…Oh well.

So I’ve begun relying on the Gmaps Pedometer instead. I will eventually get a new pedometer, but there is so much else going on right now! I figure that I walked at least 4 kilometres a day when I had the pedometer and I wanted to increase my steps from 10,000 to 12,000, so if I walk 5 kilometers that will probably do it. I’m not sure how many of my steps make up a kilometre as I never calibrated my pedometer that way – I walk faster in the morning than in the afternoon, so my numbers would be off.

That means a walk at lunch time is in order. Tomorrow I’m hoping to start swimming again, so I’ll get about 1.5 kilometres in on top of my usual. We’re getting there!

Extra kilometre here I come!

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Postcard from Finland from Kassi

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Postcard from Spain from Merys

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