Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
I have another lovely day ahead of me waiting around a hospital for 5 hours. Mr Sandra is now going in for some eyelid surgery to fix another issue he has. It's not cosmetic surgery, it is a required surgery for the health of his eyes.
Yesterday was my last day with my peers from Ontario and I enjoyed my week with them. My work is going to get very very busy for the next year or so. It's going to be interesting.
Anyone in the IT world - we just became a full Microsoft application house. We are going to be deploying a lot of their new products and I get to get my hands into all of it. Yeah! We are replacing our other vendor products with theirs.
I hope you have a FANTASTIC day!
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Good morning my friends, I hope you are all having a wonderful Saturday. Mine has started out good and can only get better from here.
I went to Bikram Hot Yoga last night and when I first went into the room, before the class started, there was a young lady standing on her head. And beside her was a very flexible man who was contorting himself into positions I will NEVER hope to get into, and quite frankly have no desire to. But they were pretty impressive, which is what they wanted us to see.
When the instructor came into the class, she always asks who is new here and although I’m pretty sure (now) that they had never attended this type of Yoga before, they did not put up their hands. As we progress through the standing series, they started out great, they mastered the positions, which I really did expect. But then the heat started to get to them and they laid down for the last several poses.
I was proud of myself for continuing to make it through 99% of the poses and at least trying to perfect the poses to the best of my ability. It is getting better and easier each time I go. I do not think I will ever get as flexible as those two, but I am not doing this for them. I had to smile at their inability to finish the standing series and I contribute that to “showing off” before the class even started. They finished the laying series really well. The guy can bend over backwards, on his knees and touch the top of his head to the floor – that’s how flexible he is.
I brought in my little thermometer and at the hottest that I saw, it was 39.5 Celsius (103.1F) and when she finally opened the door it cooled down to a balmy 35.5 Celsius (95.9F). It was a hot one and she had left the misters on longer so it was also a very sweaty class. I was soaked.
After the class, I usually collapse on the benches outside, but not last night, I had TONS of energy and went up front to ask the ladies some questions. It was a first for me to not collapse in a puddle after class.
One of the questions I had was that when I bend over into tight positions, where my stomach is against my thighs, I get a cramp just under my ribs and I have to straighten out. They didn’t have an answer for me. I try to make sure I am breathing fully when doing these exercises so that I know I am getting enough oxygen to the muscles. They thought maybe it might be part of the detox process my body is going through.
And speaking of what my body is going through. This clean eating is working great. I’ve noticed several benefits in less than a week:
- I am sleeping really deep and and rested when I get up
- therefore I have more energy.
- Food no longer seems to be the main thought during the day.
- and it’s because I am less hungry.
- Morning breath is no longer an issue
- I don’t seem to have any body odour at all.
- I’ve lost weight.
This morning I got up early, as per usual, and Katie and laced up and took the C25KW7 outside. I started out jogging uphill so I was sucking wind right off the bat but it eventually levelled out. I also started out way too fast for me. I’ve got to start out slow and if I feel good, then pick it up. By the end I wasn’t running any faster than I did on the treadmill when I did this on Wednesday. Definitely different than the treadmill because of the varying terrain but I enjoyed it. I have to admit I sure wanted to quit about the last 10 minutes, but I didn’t.
Later this morning, Kim and I are going out walking. We have to start getting some miles in on the weekends.
I want to thank everyone for their words of encouragement from yesterday’s post. It’s really cool knowing I can share this with all of you. It is going to be quite the personal challenge to accomplish this but I have no doubt that I will be anything other than successful.
And the tent…we are going to be so tired at night, we probably aren't going to care where we are sleeping.
Have a fantastic day everyone!
Friday, May 21, 2010
From their Website:
Why March? Why Now?
A crisis is looming
Two million Canadians have chronic kidney disease or are at risk. Most people don't know that they are at risk. Most don't know they have it until it's too late. The numbers are growing at an alarming rate. In southern Alberta alone, the number of people living with chronic kidney failure has doubled in the last ten years. 70% of people who are on the organ donor waiting list are waiting for a kidney.
There is no cure.
Kidney disease is irreversible, and each year it kills thousands of Canadians. These numbers are growing. Kidney disease cases are expected to double in the next ten years. Unless we as concerned citizens stand up and take action, this silent disease will continue to take lives and livelihoods.
Not only does kidney disease cost enormous amounts of money for our health care system, it devastates individuals and their families. More than half of the people living with kidney disease in southern Alberta live on or below the poverty line. Entire families are impacted when one member has kidney disease, and it's a life-long illness.
We are asking you to do the most you can possibly do – walk the furthest you've ever walked, raise the most money you've ever raised, and commit to truly making a difference. Walking 100 kilometres over 3 days is an intimidating feat; after all, we're all just normal, everyday people. But, we believe the only time we can be brave is when we're afraid. And we're ready to be brave for this cause.
The following is a little information about our Kidney's and I didn't know they did this much before I got involved in this:
They regulate water. For your body to work properly, it must contain just the right amount of water. One of the important jobs of the kidney is to remove excess water from the body or to retain water when the body needs more.
Kidneys remove wastes and balance the body's minerals. Many of the substances in the blood and body fluid must be kept at the correct level for the body to function properly. For example, sodium and potasium are minerals which come from food. These minerals are needed by the body for good health, but they must be kept at specific levels. When the kidneys are working properly, excess minerals are excreted from the body in the urine. They also help to regulate the levels of other minerals, such as calcium and phosphate which are important for the formation of bone.
Wastes such as urea and creatinine must also be removed from the body. Urea and other wastes are made when the body breaks down protein, such as meat. Creatinine is a waste product of the muscles. As kidney function decreases, the levels of urea and creatinine in the blood increase. Creatinine is a very useful measure of kidney function.
The kidneys must also remove the chemical by-products that are produced when certain medications are taken; otherwise toxic amounts may build up in the body.
Kidneys produce hormones. Normal kidneys also make chemical messangers called hormones. These hormones circulate in the bloodstream and regulate some body functions such as blood pressure, the making of red blood cells, and the uptake of calcium from the intestine.
Edited Note: I was asked by several of my readers to please post a link to my sponsorship page so I have done so over on the right hand side of this page.
I am not going to post any link to our sponsorship site because it just doesn't feel right to do so here. I am sure you have causes of your own local to your area. However if you are interested in helping with this cause, please email me at the address in my profile and I will give you more details.
I hope you all have a FANTASTIC weekend.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Monday, May 17, 2010
All citrus fruits: oranges, grapefruit, banana, melons. Any sweetened fruit drink and dried fruit
Wheat, corn, oats, barley, spelt, kamut, rye, and all gluten-containing products.
Beef, pork, cold cuts, sausage, canned meats, egg, shellfish
Soy and soy products
Nuts & Seeds
Peanuts, pistachios, peanut butter
Milk, cheese, butter, cottage cheese, yogurt, ice cream, frozen yogurt
Canned vegetables or creamed casseroles
* If you are experiencing inflammation avoid: tomatoes, eggplant, red/green/yellow bell peppers, potatoes (except yam/sweet potatoes)
Margarine, butter, shortening, processed oils, spreads, salad dressing (except those specifically allowed)
Soda pop, alcohol, coffee, tea, all caffeinated beverages (green or black tea, coffee, etc)
Cayenne pepper, paprika, curry powder containing cayenne pepper
White or brown refined sugar, maple syrup, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Today was a long, slow day. Fortunately I got up and exercised this morning because I spent the rest of the day at the hospital with Mr. Sandra while he had day surgery. We waited, and waited, and then waited some more. Why you have to be there two hours before the scheduled surgery, just to sit there and do nothing, well it’s beyond me. Then when we finally got up to the OP floor and talked to the Dr. and Nurse, they told me he would be out by 1:30 and back down to the recovery room by 2:00. So rather than go to work which is about 20 minutes away, I thought I’d stick around, relax and read my book.
Then at 2 I bought him a sandwich and headed up to the recovery floor. Then I paced for 1.5 hours waiting for them to bring him down. They were supposed to phone me when he was done but they didn’t and so I actually was starting to get worried. There really wasn't anything to get worried about because it was surgery on his hand, but still, they said they would call. He came back all bright eyed and wanting to get out of there as well but they kept him for another 1.5 hours to go through their checks.
I got in over 10,000 steps today that’s for sure.
The book I am reading is called “Enlightened Eating”. It’s another clean, raw, whole foods kind of book and on one of the pages it had a quote from “The Essene Gospel of Peace”. Personally have never heard of EGP before but I liked the quote.
“Breathe long and deep at all your meals,
that the angel of air may bless your repasts.
And chew well your food with your teeth,
that it become water,
and that the angel of water turn it into blood in your body.
And eat slowly, as it were a prayer you make to the Lord.
… And enter only into the Lord’s sanctuary
when you feel in yourselves the call of his angels,
for all that you eat in sorrow, or in anger, or without desire,
becomes poison in your body…
And never sit at the table of God
before he calls you by the angel of appetite.”
It is so true…………
I hope you all had a FANTASTIC day.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
It is time for my first update for the My Long Hot Active Summer Challenge sponsored by the Lovely Exquisite Christine. I was on vacation during most of the first week and so I did not expect a loss for this week but rather a gain. I knew this going in to it and still made the choices I did when on vacation – you gotta admit, you only get to do the “all-inclusive” once a year and I included it all :)
I did not get in as much exercise as I wanted but I still did it. I walked almost every day along the beach for an hour (that soft sand is a killer workout on the legs) and two days we golfed – approximately 4 hours each day and I tried to walk as much of the course as I could. There was even some sporadic jogging thrown in there to catch up with the rest of my crew in the carts. I did try to work out in the gym one day but there were a lot of others in there and it was very hot. They have no air conditioning in that gym. The Mexicans might be used to it, but I am not. Anyway here it is:
My weight today is: 186.7
I lost/gained (Start 181.9): +4.8
Minutes exercising this week (May 5-11th): ~420 minutes (which consisted mostly of walking time in the morning. I did not include all the golfing/walking time I did and only logged 2 hours of walking for both those days.
I missed logging this on my blog for the two Mondays I was away. Dawn, if I am out of the challenge – that is fine – I completely understand. I am however, going to still log my steps. I find it very inspiring to try to get over 10,000 steps each day.
May 2 8037 steps
May 9 10125 steps
I have to admit it is good to be back and into a routine again. I got up this morning and did my C25KW6D1 program. With the hard bed at the hotel, beach walk in barefeet, and extremely uncomfortable airline seats, my hip/back were extremely sore and tight yesterday. I did not run, only walked as it hurt and I didn’t want to inflame anything. Anyway, I felt good enough this morning to get back at it.
I hope all of you have a FANTASTIC day.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
I just wanted to post a quickie to let you all know I made it home safe and sound and all in one piece. Probably a bigger piece than when I left but I did enjoy myself.
The weather was hot, the company was good, and although we have some issues with our time share, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. I tried to keep busy but also relaxed a lot as well.
Here are a few pictures of the last night there. From our hotel the sunset is always blocked by an island, so on Sunday night we walked 50 minutes down the beach until we had a completely clear view and setup for some pictures.
After viewing these now, on the computer, I have some filter/lens cleaning to do as there are spots. But I’m fine with them as I love sunsets and love taking the pictures.
This last one I was really playing with the light settings to make sure I had enough light to take pictures clearly. It brightened it up quite a bit and to me doesn’t look as natural. Wished now that I had kept the setting the same but I’m learning as I go :)
I have a LOT of blog posts to catch up on and I may not be able to as there is over 800 posts showing in my reader. I may just have to start current and move back so I truly hope I don’t miss anything important.
I hope you have all been doing great and I wanted to say “Hi and Welcome” to all my new readers. Welcome to my journey.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Because I am going to be hopefully deep sea fishing or golfing in Mazatlan on the first day of the challenge, I am getting a head start and posting my initial picture of my weight today.
So I might as well get it over and show it to the world, I am OK with this number as it has been showing a consistent downward trend the last couple of weeks. Let’s hope it keeps this up.
After this, every Wednesday I will be posting an update that will link to this post, show how many lbs I have lost (insert hopeful note in here) and how many minutes I have exercised during the week. I am going to keep a copy on the page that I have created above so that I can keep track of my weeks and how I am progressing (I like these Blogger pages).
I am also supposed to show a “before” picture and so here I am today in all my after work out glory…. hate taking pictures of myself and these are horrible pictures….. no suckage going on here.
This should be an interesting challenge for me.
I likely won’t be posting again for a little over week from now (Wednesday the 12th). I probably won’t be reading very many blogs either. They do have a computer at the resort that I can use but the keyboard is Spanish and I have a tough time with it. I am hoping they have wireless (ya I know – hopeful thinking) and that I can use my iTouch to read and log my daily mile stuff but like I just mentioned, not likely they are that advanced at this place.
I am however, going to relax and have a nice time. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.
I hope every has a fantastic week and take care of yourself.