Friday, February 16, 2007

quickly quickly

This will be quick because it's the weekend and I can think of many things I'd rather be doing right now instead of sitting in front of the computer.

Primarily, I wanted to report on my sore knee. Today it was not so sore and the weather was quite damp. I know now that it wasn't the weather that was making it act up. I'm still 100% convinced that it was my seating arrangement at my desk that caused the initial discomfort. I'm also 100% convinced that exercise helps it! This morning, I got my big fat ass back on that recumbent bike and I rode it. When I got into the office and started up the stairs to my office (1 1/2 flights), I felt almost no pain. I'm not running up them yet but I'm almost running down them. A couple of weeks ago, it was super painful going up or down.

Neat huh?

Oh, yeah, Friday NSV...went to a office party this afternoon, a going away thing for a lovely colleague who I'll miss a bunch. They had ordered the most beautiful looking carrot cake, with decadent cream cheese icing (one of my favourites) and I didn't have any!! Yay me!!

Thursday, February 15, 2007


I read an article today about how your brain doesn't work so good when it's extremely hot or extremely cold. I can testify to the fact that my brain has not been working good at all over the past few days. I think that it may be frozen. I feel groggy and dopey and stupid. odd huh??

Yesterday, in addition to my recumbent riding, I shovelled twice. This morning, my back and legs were a little sore so I skipped my ride. I shovelled again tonight (snow that had been blown into the yard by the fierce winds). I missed my ride. I won't skip it tomorrow. I don't know if it was physical or psychological but my knee hurt like hell on the stairs today at work and I blame it on the non-riding morning. I'm not sure if that makes any sense at all. It could just have been sore from too much stuff yesterday but I don't want to miss a morning again anytime soon. If nothing else, it'll help warm me up before I have to go out and face the minus 30+ wind chills.

Is it spring yet?

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

bring it on!

I'm at work right now but I haven't seen or heard anyone else in the building since I got in. We're sort of in the middle of a big winter storm that is really pounding everyone around us. It's snowing here, and blowing and the side streets are sort of crappy but I don't think we'll get as much snow as say, Trish! Last night, our quick trip out to replenish our produce supply turned into a full blown grocery shop so our kitchen is full of good food. If the weather turns really shitty, at least we don't have to worry about going any further than to work and back for the next couple of days.

So, both yesterday and today, I rode my recumbent bike!! Baby steps right? Two days in a row of intentional exercise is good I think. It's definitely a good start for me. I feel better for it already. I know that this feeling is more in my head than in my body but I like it. I can also feel my knee improving. It's still sore when I'm going up and down stairs but I'm pushing myself to go a little faster and I think that is helping. After riding this morning, I also got some shovelling in (we had a huge drift across our porch and walkway) so I feel extra good about stuff.

What a difference a couple of days can make huh??

Monday, February 12, 2007

I so owe ya one!

Just recently, I've not felt like actually sitting down in front of the computer and writing much. I have been sitting in front of it reading or playing the odd game of free cell but I can't get into writing. I have bits and pieces of stuff that may or may not make for an interesting post swirling around in my head at times. By the time I get settled in front the machine though, the thoughts are gone and the interest in creating a post has followed it off to where ever it is that lost thoughts wander to.

That said, I stepped on the scale this morning. It hadn't moved. Not up. Not down. This is good I suppose, static is always better than up, right? Of course, down would have been good but it would also been a fucking miracle. My knee has been giving me some bother (it's work related - I'm getting a new chair which should help) so I've found that my normal exercise type stuff is not easy or comfortable to do. It feels better today than it has in a while though so I should be able to groove back into that exercise mode again tomorrow.

Eating has been touch and go. We've been doing very well as far as eating at home goes. I think we've only eaten out 4 times since the beginning of the year. This is a massive accomplishment for us and I can see the difference in our bank balance. We were spending way too much money on food that was not always that good for us. Eating at home has been challenging too. I'm baking more (bread, muffins, cookies) with healthy ingredients so we have something to spice up our snacks with. I don't have any guilt whatsoever about this because I'm practising moderation with those. What I do feel badly about is the brownies. Yeah, I made brownies in a weak moment and basically demolished them. I've also been eating too much microwave popcorn. It's the "smart pop" stuff so it's not like extra buttery/chemically/whatevery but I sure didn't need to munch on two bags of the stuff over the course of Sunday afternoon. Touch and go...see?

Reading that over, I see why I'm not that inspired to write recently. I feel like I'm making the same posts over and over again "I did okay for a few days...then I blew it so I'm being good again" gets boring for me after a while, I can't imagine how boring it is for you! I guess it's my job to stop dicking around and start doing it again. It'll make me feel better about writing and it'll give you something inspiring to read about (and I won't have to mention the "b" word here). We'll see, huh?

Thursday, February 01, 2007

wavey hunger

hormones suck.

last week, when i was on the brink of TOM starting, I was ravenously hungry. all I wanted to do was eat, all I could think about was snacking...and I was home sick with a weird cold so it made it all the easier to snack.

this week, I'm back at work and feeling better and in the middle of TOM and don't seem to have that problem. for the past 3 days, I've forgotten that I even brought a mid-morning snack with me (nevermind actually eating it).

it's good I suppose. I just wish it would be consistent.