Thursday, March 19, 2009

gassy

Weird. Gross. I know, but I've been feeling bloated and gassy since opening Tuesday morning, and I'm not sure why. Maybe eating too much protein? Too much low-fat soy milk? Ewww. I'll try using less protein powder tomorrow morning in my smoothie and see what happens. The feeling is hampering my ability to feel good about myself, as I feel fat all the time, even though I know it's not fat.

My group at school is still driving me crazy and wasting my time online. I edited my section of the report and made up a title page (we're past the whole post pictures on it and such nonsense), as nothing else seems to be happening.

I ran 55 minutes yesterday on the treadmill, really pushing myself, and doing some interval stuff for the last half of the workout. I was a sweaty mess at the end, my shirt completely soaked on the back, and about half-wet down the front. I also managed some slight chaffing on my thighs, which just encourages me to run more to lost the fat that's causing the chaffing. Did my upper-body stuff as well, and upped the weight for my bench presses, and I'm a bit sore today, but that might just be from lack of sleep (although I had 6 hours last night).

Watched Ugly Betty tonight (and missed out on the Film Society's screening of Rachel Getting Married). I really like the show, but I feel like every time I watch it, I get a little down, as there's a lot of intimacy in it between someone or other. I think I'm lacking that a lot in my life.

Monday, March 16, 2009

BAHHH!!!!

Okay. So it's been over three weeks now. And I've been going to the gym EVERY OTHER DAY for those past three weeks. I've been running on the treadmill, 3-4 miles each time, doing all my weight work, core work, every other day. And how much weight have I lost??? NOTHING!!!! BAHH!!!!!! I don't understand what's going on! I'm eating healthier than I was eating before I started the training program, and it's like the scale is stuck at 178 lbs. BAHHHH!!! #@^$#%%@##$@#@! WTF?! I've noticed changes in my muscles in my arms and such, and today, during my core work, when I was doing the V-sit, it was easier than previous times, so stuff must be happening. Stuff not including fat loss, apparently.

My group at school is driving me crazy. I stayed up all night last Thursday night to finish my rough draft, and posted it for everyone, sending out a message that it was posted up there. Well, I got a text this morning from one of the group members saying that we have to meet this week, and wondering if I and the other group member who's doing the sustainability part could get a rough point form report done this week. Ummm, it's been up there since Friday, stupidface. What else do you want? And then I get home tonight after the gym, and check my email, and there's a message from said group member with the subject line of the other sustainability part and other sections of the report. So I go and check, and all that's there is "By so-and-so". That's it. BAH! Don't pretend you did anything when there's nothing done! WTF?!

Okay, rant is done. I went running outside this morning before work for the first time. I only went for 30 minutes, including a one-minute walk break mid-way through. It was fine, although, yes, it was more difficult-seeming than work on the treadmill. I was reading Runner's World online last night, and they had an article about transitioning from the treadmill to outside running after winter. So I've done my outside run for this week. Next week is two runs outside, and I'll up it to 35 minutes.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

50 minutes

Went to the Y this morning. Did 50 minutes of steady running on the treadmill, and usually, the time goes by really quickly, but today, it felt like forever. The one free treadmill upstairs wasn't working because the running mat had slipped on the rollers, and was stuck. I used a machine downstairs, but didn't watch the TV that's attached to the treadmill. Everything felt fine, but after, I did my old strength workout and core stuff (except for the reach and pull because I was running out of time), and after, my upper arms, like around the tris, were all achey, and still are. I don't know why, as I didn't do anything new, and used the same weights and reps. Weird.

Saw "He's Just Not That Into You" tonight with Kim, and she bought my ticket for me, so it didn't cost me anything. Yay! The movie was pretty good, and I was happy to see that they didn't sugarcoat everything, as tends to happen with most rom-coms.

Had to do secret shopping today, and my cover was blown over at the North Shore branch. Bah. However, that means that they'll have to find someone new to do it, which saves me the driving around. Saw Krista at the Sahali branch, though, and we had a brief catch-up. Turns out she's moving to Calgary April 15th, and Dennon is coming later. They're leaving for Cancun on Thursday, so I'll have to go and get something for her tomorrow and drop it off at her parent's place tomorrow night.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

new workout

Met with Kim today at the Y, and got a new strength workout. She gave me five different exercises to do the first time we met two weeks ago. This time, it was seven new, different exercises that I can use to switch up things a bit. She gave me two leg exercises, which should help with leg muscle toning, along with a bunch of new upper-body stuff. We went through the circuit today after a 20-minute run on the treadmill, and not just a "show-me" circuit like the first time, but the full-on thing, with two sets for each one. As a result, we'll see how I am tomorrow. I think it'll be a rest day, as I was at the gym yesterday already and did the full set that I had from before, so that, along with the mini-run today and the sets should be fine. So this week, it's Tuesday, Thursday, and then Saturday again. Kim had me get on the scale this time too, and sadly, I apparently didn't lose any weight. Nothing. However, I noticed when I got off the scale that it was five pounds over 0. I don't know if it was like that last time or not, but if not, then I lost five pounds. Who knows, and really, I don't care, obviously, or I would have been on that scale every time I was at the gym. In good news, I've been given the okay to run outside again, and can go up to 55-minutes on the runs, which is somewhat exciting, somewhat scary, as only two weeks ago, I wasn't running any minutes.

I had a couchsurfer contact me tonight from Mission. He's a French teacher down there, and is coming up for the Spring Break, but I don't know how long he's staying up here to go up to Sun Peaks. He mentioned only one or two nights, and I'm at the bank Friday night and then closing Saturday at Sbux. I could see about covering the shift Saturday night, and then I'd have the whole weekend off to spend with him, but as I get so few shifts at Sbux already, losing a full closing shift would kind of suck and mean that I get only 6.5 hours this week. Boo.

Most of the time, I've found, when couchsurfers contact me, I'm always hesitant to reply back, and if I do reply, I usually make up some excuse as to why I can't host. This is often coörelated to how long they've been a CSer, the number of references, etc. Sadly, in Canada, it seems like a lot of CSers are all new or pretty close, and so have nothing to "speak" to their "quality". However, I hate turning people away, especially when it's been so long since I hosted anyone, or even had contact with any CS-related person. Alex was the last surfer, I think back in August, and then when I went to Montreal, when I met Yann.

I'll think about it and probably reply back tomorrow.

In other thoughts, there's a seat sale on Iberia airlines right now for flights from NYC (JFK) to Barcelona for about $253 USD from now until the end of April, and then again at the end of the year into early February. I'm really tempted to just book it for a month away in November, and figure out getting to NYC later, but haven't. It's a really good fare, even in USD, all taxes/fees included, and I've never been to Spain, plus I could easily rent a car and drive up through France or catch a train or whatever. I have a place to stay in Paris, likely in Tours, and could CS elsewhere, probably pretty easily for that time of the year. I'll have to decide soon.

I've also been checking the WRI website lately, and there are some intern positions posted that I'm going to apply for. Even if things don't work out, I'd like more information, and at least it's something better than what I have now.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

in training

I went to the Y today after work, and I'm feeling better each time that I go. It's been almost two weeks (as of tomorrow), and I'm noticing changes in how my body feels, as well as in my upper-body strength. Even though the latter is a very slow improvement, I do feel more strength in my arms, especially at the end of the sets, at this point as opposed to two weeks ago.

My one concern is my shins. I've been walking to work quickly the last couple days (due to getting downtown late), and when I get to Sbux or TD, muscles at the front of my shins hurt. I really noticed it today when I got to Sbux, and that might be due mainly to my craptastic work shoes.

I booked off time for the SunRun in Vancouver, so I'm now committed to two races in April - the SunRun on April 19th and the Boogie here in Kamloops on the 25th. According to this month's Runner's World, running a "cold run" type run before the big event is helpful as a test to see how ready one is. So, if that's true, I should be okay (if all goes well, that is).