Friday, April 30, 2010

PEI tonight!!

Here's how the To Do list from last night panned out:

Got stuck in traffic trying to get to nail appointment. Called Mom and Dad and whine about traffic (it took me and hour to drive what normally takes 15 mins). Arrived 45 mins late and still got my nails done because my girl ROCKS. Remembered to tip this time.

Raced home. Stuffed my face with supper. Changed into running clothes. Realized I am waaaay to full to run. Cleaned bathroom. Ironed. Made green monsters for tomorrow.

I dreaded stepping outside to run. Then I found this music video. Realized that sitting on the couch will most definitely not give me that body. Compromised with myself: "Self, run 3km, call it your BCF warm up, and do the Beginner workout in front of the tv." Sigh. Ran 3km without iPod since it was now dark out. Got home. Threw laundry in washing machine. Did BCF. Noticed that the Beginner workout is now easy. Interesting.

Showered. Skipped Grey's (!!!) in favor of more pressing matters, such as shaving and attacking my Groucho Marx eyebrows. Finished packing.

Watched Private Practice while doing dishes and felt a bit nauseaous about Pete's cutthroat antics. Cried a little when Violet had a breakthrough in therapy. Cheered anyway when Pete wins custody.


I'm all packed, I just have make my bed and grab my cooler when I run home for lunch and I should be good to go. I can't handle leaving on a trip with a messy apartment. Did I mention I was at work at 7:30am this morning? I'm so excited for vacation!! P.S. Check out this weather forecast:

Good thing I packed shorts!!!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

t minus not many hours left

Aaahh!! I'm so close to vacation I can taste it!!

I leave tomorrow right after work, zoom to my parents' house, clean my car with their shop vac, and then drive to PEI for the night. The next morning, DC, his mom and I will hop in the car bright and early and drive to TO. I have a list of things to finish tonight before I leave tomorrow, including:

Get nails done
Go for a 6 km run
Clean up apartment
Iron (...groan..)
Finish packing
Watch Grey's Anatomy
Watch Private Practice

..those last two things are sort of optional.. I really should get to bed on time.. but let's face it.. I'm a woman obsessed!
Sun in your eyes there Eric?

I'm also supposed to do a BCF dvd workout tomorrow or Saturday.. but I don't think it's going to fit in.. so maybe during Grey's?! I don't know how people with kids get anything done.. honestly. Loving the kid-less life right now!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

excuse me, what?

...I didn't hear you, I was too busy getting JACKED.

As part of BCF, measurements are taken at 0 weeks, at 4 weeks, and at 8 weeks. For me, Monday would be just shy of 4 weeks, which is when everyone in my class is getting them done. Since I'll be in TO next week (!!!), I had my measurements done tonight.

I'm down 5.25 inches and 3.4% body fat?! In THREE WEEKS?!


I am a skeptic. I am a scientist. I don't get excited too easily, until I see the whole picture. So I took a look at the variables: first off, I wore Lulus the first week, which are a little thicker than the capris I had on today. The fat calipers measure millimeters of skin pinched. When they pinch my thigh, they get the fabric of the pant as well. It would be more accurate to do it on a bare leg, but I don't think my instructor would be cool with me stripping for the sake of 2 mm. If I was in a fitness competition, that would be a different story!

So I recalculated my body fat based on 136 lbs (thicker pants ... more weight? lol), same arm and belly measurements (those are done on the skin), and the same thigh measurement as April 7th (24) and got 19% body fat. Also, I didn't drink much water today (so I wouldn't bloat), finished lunch at 1:30pm, and only had 3 dried apricots between then and class at 5:30pm. And before you ask, it was the same person doing the measurements with the same instruments.

Regardless of the accuracy of these numbers, I'm still in shock that there's actually a change. Even though I've noticed that I am getting stronger and my cardiovascular endurance is up, I haven't noticed any physical differences, so I was actually really worried to be measured. I thought for sure that donut I ate at lunch would go straight to my butt. Although, now that I think about it, I'm sort of in between belt holes.. like one makes my pants too loose but the next is a little too snug. That's so exciting! WOOHOO!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

the most random post ever.

Tonight I went for a ~6km jog and did the Intermediate workout from BCF.

My stats aren't very good because I stopped at the bank on the way home.. at least that's what I'm blaming it on.

Time: 48 mins
Length: ~6 km
Training plan: 5.5 km
Weather: Gross.
Feeling: Dehydrated and tired

I was really struggling on this run. I don't know if it was the drizzly, dreary weather or not drinking water all day, but 6 km felt like a million. At one point, this came on my iPod "(be forewarned, it's intense):

And I booked it. Well, maybe not booked it, but it definitely helped me increase the intensity! I kept picturing a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. Except the music is so intense, my butterfly was an angry goth.

The BCF workout was really good. I actually collapsed at the end. And I watched tv at the same time, so it kept me from wanting to punch Sammie in the face (love you Sammie!).

For supper, I made this sweet potato soup from Angela's blog at Oh She Glows.

Photo credit: Angela Liddon

I was too hungry to photograph my soup, so here is the photo from her blog! I tweaked her recipe a little and it was AMAZING. Thanks Ang!

I'm currently glued to my tv watching "Help! I'm turning into a giant!" on TLC. I'm drawn to this channel like a moth to a flame.. I know this is really weird but I actually think Igor Vovkovinskiy is kind of hot. Here he is meeting Obama:

Okay. I also know this is really immature and insensitive.. but it has to be said.. if you have acromegaly.. does it affect EVERYthing? You know what I'm sayin'.

On another, more disturbing note, they just showed a woman with acromegaly be injected with a 20 gauge needle. TWENTY GAUGE. That's like stabbing yourself with a pen. For a minute. Solid. Once a week. Also, this poor woman just got asked if she wanted children.. which is out of the question medically for her. Why would you ask that. Come on.

Oi. That is enough. If I keep typing there are going to be photos of Smurfs and Mr. Clean popping up everywhere.

Monday, April 26, 2010

puremobile HATRED.


Okay, not everyone, but everyone affiliated with

I thought I was getting a sweet deal on a refurbished, "unlocked" T-Mobile Samsung cell, for just under $100 for everything, phone charger, shipping, etc.

Famous last words.

I cannot articulate the hatred I am feeling. First of all, all of their online support people have names like Rick, Alex, Dwayne, or Adam (I know because I spoke with one of each at least once), but when I call and finally get through to customer service, they are definitely some sort of Asian. Which I gathered from the fact that they can't spell, or use proper grammar and punctuation. Whatever. I'm not racist. If they could get me what I need they could be Na'vi for all I care. But their return policy is 10 days (CALENDAR days, not business days) only and to actually get through to someone takes a good day and a half.

I could go on forever. Basically, if you ever hear someone mention the words "pure" and "mobile" in a sentence, and they are not writhing in pain or shooting fire from their tear ducts then PLEASE PULL A TERRY TATE ON THEIR ASS.

quick update.

I'm actually sore from the BCF dvd workout from yesterday. I'm really impressed by this because it means I'm learning to push myself when I work out on my own. Woohoo!

In other news, my little Grey (not Meredith's sister) is in the shop for a check-up before she pounds out 4000km in the next two weeks.

Don't bother clicking on this to zoom in, it's a bitmap image so you can't.
Also, Grey is definitely not that clean. Note to self: fix this.

Car appointments are like dentist appointments: you know they're necessary for maintaining good health, but no one looks forward to them. Or paying for them. Days like this make me very, very grateful that I have a good job.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

powered by glee.

I don't know how I would get through some of my runs without Glee. Seriously. I can hardly contain myself when I'm watching the show, so it's perfect running music. I bought the Madonna songs off of iTunes, and "Just Like a Prayer" got me through the last 2 km. I purposely saved that song for last, and played it 3 or 4 times!

Time: 47 mins
Length: 7.1 km
Training plan: 7 km
Weather: 9 degrees, windy
Feeling: A little heavy.. must have been all that dip.. oops

I did my BCF dvd workout this afternoon, and it was the first time I tried the Intermediate workout.. and boy did it kick it up a notch. At some points Sammie was being all giggly and "hahaha you have to work and I don't" and I actually yelled, "Shut UP!!" at the screen. I caught myself looking forlornly at my Billy Blanks dvd.. of which I've done exactly twice, because it's all coordination and I was kicking things over. But at least he's HARDCORE and doesn't drop his microphone and then giggle about it. Can you imagine? I know that BCF is just in the baby stages of getting established, but I'm finding the dvd to be disappointingly (is that a word?) low budget, considering the amount I spent on this program.

Blue spandex means business.

I just did a quick Youtube search and found this trailer for the new dvd, which looks more like a real fitness video.. except they mysteriously change clothes and gain a girl.. and the weather changes. I wonder how long it will be before that one comes out!

On that same note, tomorrow night is "Bring a Friend" night, and I'm thinking I'm just going to skip it and do the workout at home. The idea is to expose as many women as possible to this program (can you say free advertising), so the woman who brings the most friends wins 4 weeks of BCF. There's no way I'm going to win because I didn't invite anyone (haha). The room in the community center where the class is held is already full and stinky with the 20 of us who actually paid for the class. And spending 60 mins with some giggly women who have no idea what they're doing is not appealing to me at all. I'm completely not interested in the forced camaraderie that this class offers (I realize this is bitchy.. sorry?). The reason I joined was because I push myself harder when there are other people around.. because I view them as competition!! It honestly wouldn't matter to me if there were guys there or not. I could care less. I know this is not the idea behind the class. I think this makes me a bit of a jerk. I also think I'm okay with that, because I'm starting to recognize what works for me and how I work best. I was like that when I swam too.. not interested in talking in between sets.. we can talk in the change room! I'm trying to stay in the zone here people.

fergalicious by fergie.

Remember those shoes I wouldn't take off yesterday?

Guess whose line they're from?
Click on the photo to go to the webpage.

I'll have you know I specifically Googled "fergie classy" to find this pic.

I feel like this makes the purchase 10x better! I hold a special place in my heart for Fergie. Anyone who can come out of a meth addiction not looking like roadkill deserves a pat on the back.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

gots my hurr did.

First of all, we can forget I just wrote that title.

7-inch long roots, all one length, tireeedd hair.
Full head of foils, long layers, refreshed :)
...and some recent purchases...
Jeans. I swear they are not jeggings.

I would have taken a photo just of the shoes but I refuse to take them off.
I wore these to a basketball game. Way to look like a gym bunny Rach, good work.

Please excuse the atrocious 30 second pedicure. HA

Also, I ate a whole bag of chips last night. And I have to do a double workout tomorrow because I skipped it today. Oopsie.

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I want to like Jamie Oliver. I really do.

But hith lithsp KILTHS ME. I understand that he has an accent, but that's not it. That's not it at all. He talks like his tongue is twice as big as it should be. I can't watch more than 5 mins of him talking before I want to stab forks in my ears and stuff cheeseburgers in my mouth in protest. But I appreciate his cause!


I started this post earlier today with the title, "new outlook on food".

Ohh the irony.

Here is what I had typed up:

"I've started making some general changes in my every day diet. I'm trying hard to eat more fruits and vegetables, and reduce my portion sizes (aka, not go back for seconds and thirds if I'm not truly hungry). They are small changes, but my goal is for them to be sustainable in the long run, so baby steps are best.

Today's eats so far, as an example:

Breakfast: oatmeal, ground flaxseed, unsweetened coconut, 1/2 banana; large coffee with 2% milk and honey

Snack: clementine

Lunch: whole wheat pita, hummus, mustard, mushrooms, lettuce, tomatoes, sprinkle of cheddar cheese

Snack: fat free strawberry yogurt, clementine

Later: apple."

.. and then .. I went shopping.

And then for supper, I ate FOOD COURT CHINESE.

Chinese food is like a drunken tattoo, or flipping off a police officer: it seems like a good idea at the time, but it is ALWAYS a huge mistake. I have never ever left a meal of Chinese food thinking, "Wow, that was phenomenal, I should tell my friends to come here." I always leave thinking, "I am never f'ing eating Chinese EVER AGAIN."

Sigh. I'm currently making a cup of tea to sooth my poor, poor stomach.

Here's what I purchased:

Two dresses..
..a pair of shorts..
..three pairs of socks..
..shades for running..
..and I'm-a-diva shades.

I think I might return the second dress, it's a little big. Speaking of big, this is big, I don't shop often. But I LOVE IT. I'm like a lioness, stalking my prey. 20 dresses in the change room? No big deal. DON'T YOU DARE GRAB THE LAST ONE, IT'S MINE.

Me and my cup of tea are going to go enjoy Private Practice. Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I really want to go shopping tomorrow night, but by the time I get home from work, run, shower, and eat, it only really leaves me 90 mins to get to the mall and shop. And people, that is not nearly enough time, even for a power shopper like me.

Solution: I zoomed home from Booty Camp (which was great, my abs are a bit sore from Monday still but I managed to ramp up a few skills to the next level!! woohoo!!), swapped my Lulus for shorts, stuffed some food in my mouth, and hit the road. The first 2-3 kms were tough because my body felt really heavy. Not as happy-go-lucky as last night's run, but it felt good to finish nonetheless!

Time: 45ish mins
Length: 6.1 km
Training plan: 5.5 km
Weather: 12 degrees, SUNNY!
Feeling: Ughhhh.. alright let's GET this DONE!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

pre-run routine.

I realize that I post a lot of text and not a lot of photos. When I read blogs, I HATE reading a lot of text when there are no pictures. So here's a fun picture-filled post outlining my pre-run routine!

I run when I get home from work, anytime between 5:30pm and 8pm. I find this works best for me right now, rather than creaking out of bed in the morning and rushing to get ready for work.

1. Get in the door. Turn on laptop.

Please ignore the sink full of dishes.

2. Rake through the cupboards for a snack (few apricots, clementine, spoonful of pb) to tide me over until dinner.

Not all at once though.

3. Change into running clothes (aka, pick up stinky running clothes from floor, where I dropped them after my last run).


4. If I don't have my contacts in already, put them in. Apply lip chap. Decide whether or not I'm going to wear sunglasses. If not, reapply eyeliner and mascara. This is not a joke. There are a lot of people outside at rush hour!

5. Pull hair into tight ponytail. There is nothing worse than a floppy ponytail mid-run (...hahaha... who am I kidding, I'm not a grandma, I'm a 13-year-old boy). Add headband.

This one is becoming my trademark, I think.

6. Check training schedule for how far to run. Map out route on Gmaps Pedometer.

7. Throw on iPod shuffle.

This baby is worth its weight in gold.

8. Make sure ID is in my pocket, along with emergency contact numbers (what if I get hit by a car people?! Someone has to be notified...).

Feel free to compliment my Paint skills.

9. Lace up sneaks.

So white! Enjoying this while it lasts!

10. Load on hand moisturizer and put on Lululemon running gloves.

11. Glance at clock on stove. Make a mental note to buy a watch.

12. Lock apartment door. Make a mental note to clean apartment door.

Double eww.

13. Turn on iPod, to something upbeat.. oh I don't know, maybe something wildly inappropriate like JC Chasez (MOM! Don't click that! Love you, xoxo).

Nothing gets me hotter than a Sean Paul jacket in the desert. Rawrr.

14. Look down at nasty running clothes and hope that the eyeliner will draw attention away from that stain on my knee. Oops.

The squats are working! Look at those ENORMOUS thighs.. come on people it's the camera angle alright...

15. Hit the road!!


15 steps, 15 minutes. When I get home, I shower, make supper, blog, and relax! Watching t.v. is so much more satisfying when you've already worked out.

endorphins are my drug, and I'm NEVER going to rehab!

Okay, I know that's cheesy, but I was on FIRE tonight! It's been about 7.5 weeks since I started running regularly, and it's so much fun to see and feel my progress! When I started I was panting through 3 km and having to take walk breaks. Now I can pound out double that distance like it's nothing!

I have to admit that my "speedwork" is limited to sprinting for crosswalk signs, but at least my breaks solely consist of waiting for them to change! :)


Time: 41 mins
Length: 6.6 km
Training plan: 6 km
Weather: 6 degrees, overcast
Feeling: WOOHOO! Let's do 13 km again!!

Jeepers that's a lot of sixes.

Also, last night's BCF workout was great. I FINALLY made it on time, 5 mins early actually, and so I was there for the whole thing. We did a PILE of squats at the beginning, and this was the first time I didn't want to kill the instructor. I love seeing progress!!

Monday, April 19, 2010

GM loove.

Since making my first green monster on Friday, I'm on my 4th one already. I HAVE BEEN MISSING OUT AND I NEED TO CATCH UP!

Who knew spinach could taste so good .. you know, when it's not plain, or from a can?

Sunday, April 18, 2010

signs you may be becoming a grandmother:

1. You wear your fluffy housecoat more frequently than sexy lingerie.

2. Taking a photo of yourself requires a lot of effort, multiple attempts, and yet it still is not centered. Dang technology.

3. You wear slippers all the time, because there is nothing worse than cold feet.

4. You drink tea. Frequently. Because it is warm, and you are always, always cold.

5. Your hot water bottle has a fleece cover.

See you at Bingo!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

new PDR!!

..personal distance record, that is!!

I got up this morning and polished off the rest of my green monster from yesterday, and did the BCF dvd before hopping in the car and heading to the Salt Marsh Trail to meet my friend Josh. The only goal I had for the run was to make it at least 6km (which is what my training plan called for). The last time we ran together was exactly four weeks ago, and he said that he noticed I was definitely more fit than last time. I wasn't complaining (at least not until the very end.. more on that later!) and I didn't stop to walk, not once! This in itself is huge. The last time we ran I kept taking walking breaks and he had to keep encouraging me to keep running. It was also 18 degrees and today was more like 3... but I digress.

Initially, we didn't think there were distance markers on the trail, but lo and behold there were. at the 2 km mark we saw a sign saying we had 4.5 km until the end of the trail. At this point I was thinking, okay, that means we'll run 1 more km and turn around.. but I was also feeling pretty good, so I thought alright, we'll wait and see what happens. It turns out 6.5 km happened, and we reached the end of the trail. Running with someone and talking really makes the time fly!

We turned around, and I was still feeling pretty good. Around the 7km mark my tummy started rumbling, and I kept thinking about the clementines I had waiting for me in the car! Honestly, that is one of the things that kept me going. Knowing I had food at the end.. it was my proverbial carrot. At the 8km mark it hit me.. I was going to set a PDR! We had to get back to our cars, so that means I had to cover 13km, one way or another. The most I have ever run before was 11km, waaayy back in 2007, or with Josh a month ago (but I'm not exactly sure how long that was.. somewhere between 10 and 11km).

At the 9km mark I was starting to feel it, and my legs were hurting. I didn't wear my new kicks because I didn't know what the conditions were going to be like. My feet were telling me that was a mistake.

10 km! Oh hey! That's how long my race is in 5 weeks. No big thing. Except I'm a little dizzy.

At 11km I was thinking, "Alright, I eat 2 km runs for BREAKFAST. Breakfast.. mmm.. boy would I love some oatmeal, or french toast, or eggs, or.. I have CLEMENTINES in the car! Should brought them with me. Okay, I can do this." We are no longer talking at this point.

12 km: New PDR!! Ow ow ow ow. My legs are crampinggg.

At 12.5 km I smashed into the "wall" that runners talk about. I hit it, hard. My legs were still moving but I couldn't really feel them.

I pushed it for the last 100m and finished with a smashing high five and a fist pump that would make any guido proud. We compared blisters, chugged water, and then I dug into those clementines like you wouldn't believe. It was great running with someone because Josh acted a bit like my "rabbit", running 7-8 feet in front of me, and I tried to match my footfalls with his. Plus, we got caught up at the same time. It was a great day!

I came home, ate lunch, showered, and went to bed! I'm exhausted. Maybe that was a bit mucch this early on.. haha! Also, apparently I burned roughly 800 calories. EIGHT HUNDRED!!! I'm stoked because this now means I get to replace those calories with FOOD. Boy, do I love eating.

Time: Around 90 mins*
Length: 13 km!!!!!
Weather: 5 degrees, overcast and windy
Feeling: HOLY COW I AM A TANK ... also, I am in pain. Ow.

*I should point out to everyone who knows Josh that he is very capable of going faster than 7 min/km. Much faster. But he was nice and jogged at my pace, which is significantly slower. Thanks!

Friday, April 16, 2010


Grocery shopping last night was brought to you by every healthy living food blog, ever.

So proud! And with that, I would like to introduce:

My first green monster EVER!

Actually, that's a lie. I tried making one a few months ago with my food processor (?!) and I was completely turned off. That is why, my friends, you should always use a BLENDER to blend things. Who would have thought?

Into the blender went:

2 tbsp flaxseed powder
2 large handfuls of spinach
1 banana
1 handful frozen fruit (strawberries, melon, pineapple)
1 cup unsweetened almond breeze

I'm a fan! The rumor mill says you can't taste the spinach, and it's true!! Plus, this recipe made two glasses, so there's breakfast for tomorrow too!

According to my training schedule, I'm supposed to do a BCF DVD workout tonight... but I'm not really feeling it. I'm feeling a movie, is what I'm feeling. So I think what I'm going to do is do the BCF workout tomorrow before my 6km run. The benefit of training on your own: you get to change your schedule around whenever you like!

saga finale.

Oh hey! Remember Great Guy #2? His cute twin brother bailed (well, I think he bailed, which is as solid of an answer as I'm going to get) and I took him up on his offer! Today is a good day!

Thursday, April 15, 2010


My job situation, explained:

It's like I’m on a date with an awesome guy, and Great Guy #2 comes by and asks me out on a date while Great Guy #1 is in the washroom. Seems like an easy decision, right? Of course I'd say no to Guy #2. Except for at this very moment, Guy #1 may or may not be weaseling his way out the bathroom window, and I have to decide about Guy #2 without waiting to see if Guy #1 will re-join me. Also, they're twins. So they're equally as attractive. But Guy #1 has a bigger bank account, and Guy #2 is romancing the heck out of me. SUCH A DILEMMA!

Also, people will not stop asking me if Guy #1 is coming back, and I have NO IDEA, what am I, a boy?

The moral of the story least I have guys that are interested in me?!

Also, this whole dating analogy is moot anyway because I have a real life boyfriend. It's just an analogy, people.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

toning sneakers.

There are no words to express how ugly I think these shoes are.

I think they look like Tom Cruise's platform shoes that he has to wear when he lets Katie wear heels. I don't care that apparently they work your muscles and help tone your legs and butt.

Because there is an alternative:

Their commercials are so CUTE! Look at all the little bums!

Plus, they were on Tyra (skip ahead to 2:23).

I'm not under the impression that these sneakers will magically give me a bum like that. But I think it's fun that an every day sneaker can make you work a little harder. I love the idea!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I got home from work and plopped down on the couch for an hour and half before actually getting up to go run. I did not want to go at all. When I finally got up, it was still light out! I love spring!

Maybe it was the new Asics, maybe I just needed to get out the door and run... but something snapped in me today and running got EASY! I was blazing down Barrington like it was my job! Loved it!

Time: 39 mins
Length: 5.5 km
Training plan: 5.5 km
Weather: 5C, clear
Feeling: ON FIRE

I'm not even that sore from Booty Camp last night! I zoomed in late (oops) but I don't think missing the warm up would cause me not to be sore (does that make sense? it did in my head..).

Now I'm waiting for Glee! What a great Tuesday :)



I'm looking forward to the day when I will need to shop for baby wraps.

Babywearing has been practiced for centuries worldwide, and has recently been becoming more popular in North America. I know far too much about it for not needing one. Oops.

sooo frustrated.

What good is online customer support if the employees aren't capable of communicating in written English? I'm not racist but this was STUPID.

I ordered a phone online April 1st, and the shipping was 4-6 days. No phone yet, but the bill was charged to my credit card. I printed off the receipt at the time of purchase, but never received a confirmation email, so the hard copy with the order number is at home. I jumped online to see is customer support could pull up my account for me and check it, but no such luck...

Rachael: Just wondering if you can help track my order, I forget the tracking number

You are now speaking with Alex of Sales Support.

Alex: Welcome to (name of cell company)
Alex: Sure i can
Alex: If you can help me out with your e-mail address?
Rachael: rhankinson@xxxxxx
Alex: Thank you
Alex: Allow me a moment and i will check that for you
Rachael: sure
Alex: I am afraid to say that we have not revived your order
Rachael: well that's funny, because it was charged to my credit card
Alex: Can you check your e-mail to see if we have send you any mail regarding the order confirmation number
Rachael: i didn't get an email, but i printed off the confirmation when i placed the order.. i just don't have the hard copy on me
Alex: You can loggin to your accout once again and get the order number from there!
Rachael: In order to track my number, I need the order number. Where do I go in my account to find the order number?
Rachael: sorry, i meant "in order to track my phone"
Rachael: i don't know how to find the order number
Rachael: but can't you find that?
Rachael: hello?
Rachael: Did you leave or are you helping me out?
Alex: yes
Alex: Ok
Alex: please help me with your phone number
Rachael: 1 xxx xxx xxxx
Rachael: are you calling me now? because I'm at work and I can't chat
Alex: I will give you a ca[ll
Alex: In an hour
Alex: I will let you know about the status
Alex: And will help you in every possible way
Rachael: I have the hard copy of the print out at home, I'll try that first tonight and if that doesn't work I'll call tomorrow. Thank you for your help
Alex: Oh, that will be great
Alex: We will be waiting for your call



Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday morning.

Friday after work I blazed in the door, and shoved the BCF dvd into the player. I thought the beginner workout was 30 mins (it was), but that doesn't include the 5 min warm up or the 10 min cool down. I have a long way to go - the beginner workout left me grunting on my yoga mat and cursing out Sammie and her tumbling mic pack (hopefully these videos will get more professional as the company ages!). It served its purpose well. I was good and tired when I was finished!

I drove out to my parents' place Friday night, and headed off to the Island Saturday morning. Recognizing that I probably wouldn't get in my run on Sunday, I decided to do it Saturday morning instead, and switch my rest day to Sunday.

Time: no idea.. 40 mins?
Length: 6.2 km
Training plan: 6 km
Weather: rainy and wormy
Feeling: ..this is why I don't run in the mornings.. I felt unfueled (I don't eat before I run in the mornings) and groggy.

The birds were yelling at me because they thought I was stomping through their buffet. With the effort I was exerting trying not to step on those little buggers, I should be vegan!

My trip to PEI was awesome. DC and I had a wildy successful trip to Moore's, where he tried on suits and I melted into a puddle on the floor. I need to remember to bring extra batteries for my camera to his cousin's wedding. After his shopping was done for the day, I bought a new pair of Asics (!) on sale (!!) and I'm SO excited to try them out. I'm pretty sure these were the last type I bought.. and lost somewhere. Oops. When I started running again at the end of February, I was hesitant to buy a new pair until I knew that this was a serious lifestyle change.. so I've been running in ancient New Balance sneaks that have absolutely no support left in them. I'm a severe over pronator (aka flat feet) so I've really been noticing that my feet are tired after my runs. Plus, my shoes stink. Badly. If you wanted to know. After I bought these new runners, I thought about running Sunday morning, but I had to remind myself that I need a rest day! Weird, right?

Asics Gel-1140
I emailed my BCF instructor asking about goal setting for this session, since I wasn't exactly sure what would be realistic. I wasn't planning on making a whole lot of dietary changes just yet, not because I don't want to, but because I want these changes to be sustainable in the long term and become lifestyle habits and not just phases, which is what usually happens. She was very helpful and encouraged me to at least start writing down what I'm eating just so I'm aware of what is going into my body. I am very aware that this weekend contained a lot of carbs and not a lot of fruit and veggies, and even a little DQ (oops!!). Awareness is the first step, right?!

What came out of my consultation with my instructor was that I'm going to shoot for a body fat percentage reduction from 21.7% to 19%, and an overall weight loss of 5 lbs (accounting for muscle gain) over eight weeks. She also suggested that I buy "goal pants" (pants a size down from what I wear now). This is something that a few of the girls talked about on the first day of class.

I really, really don't like this idea for me, because I have a hard time buying pants as it is. And it's not because I'm enormous, it's just because of my body proportions. I would much rather focus on increasing my energy level and making exercise a habit and something I crave, as well as changing the numbers that I started with. I don't like the idea of trying to fit into a specific size. I've flirted with the idea of wanting to be Victoria Beckham skinny before (I actually have an old journal with photos of her in it), and I fully recognize that is not healthy, nor is it a good goal to set for myself. Because I will never be 5'4" and 105 lbs. That would make me anorexic.. and feetless..

Friday, April 9, 2010

my face is twitching.

I plan on having children some day. I love kids. I love pretending with them, I love their imaginations and their creativity. I love that they operate on such a different level than adults.


I found this website and almost had a seizure.

I'm not a classic Type A, but I'm definitely more Type A than Type B. I'm a little OCD when it comes to things like, oh I don't know, FOOD ON THE FACE. I cannot handle the sight of a child eating with food everywhere, a dirty shirt, and no bib on. I will be a hovering mama, cloth in hand. Guaranteed.

Edit: I am now dubbing this, "Kate Gosselin Syndrome".