It’s A Blizzard #snowday2015

Northwestern BC is getting slapped in the face by a massive snowstorm. I couldn’t get my car out of the driveway even if I wanted to. What’s nice was, no work today. I just have to keep busy so cabin fever doesn’t set in.

I work an hour away from home and yesterday, the snow was getting pretty bad so I left work 3 hours early and caught a ride with my boyfriend. This morning I woke up and the highway advisory had been updated and was the same so I was ok with staying at home. Also, Feb 9 is a holiday so I in fact have a 4 day weekend!

My boyfriend, myself and 4 friends were planning to spend the weekend two hours away in a small town for some skiing. Now I don’t skii, but I was to do it with the bunch just for one. I was more than ok with spending some time in the lodge with a good book and hot cocoa (or wine, let’s be honest). But with this insane weather none of that will be happening. Boo.

Let me tell you what I’ve been up to lately.

Jan 26 a friend I purchase the Fit Girl Guide and we started their 28 Day Challenge. Right now I’m on Week 2 Day 5 of the challenge and I’ve seen progress. Maybe I’ll post the pics here further into the challenge…

What’s tough right now is I am stuck inside my house (thankfully with power…) with nowhere to go and I feel like I want to eat everything yknow? It’s howling wind outside, snow is blowing everywhere, you can barely see anything and I’m on the couch bundled in a blanket and all I can think to do is snack. Snack snack snack. I will do everything in my power to eat my meals in an appropriate portion and fashion and I pray sometime today I will do my half hour workout.

I’ll be honest, so far today all I’ve had is popcorn. A moderate portion of popcorn but nonetheless… popcorn.

I’ve been wearing Rocco under a toque for the entirety of this week to be perfectly honest. I feel like he’s been getting long.. being inside all day I’ll probably have a really good and thorough wash day. here’s hoping!

Man I want chips…

Yes, Zambia in 8 weeks. It’s going to be amazing. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time and it’s finally happening. This trip is going to show me a lot about myself, where I come from and those I call family. I’m so excited to meet cousins and aunts and uncles! It’s going to be quite the reunion.

I really thought I had more to say than that…..

Oh! Bye October? Hi November, Stay and Chat A While

Ouch.. my last post was saying bye to September and when I wasn’t looking October flew out the door too!

I miss you guys so I was happy when I found myself with no plans tonight. I’ve already put on a coat of nail polish, once it’s dry I plan on moisturizing my hair and putting it into chunky twists.

Fitness

I am on my third week of diet/exercise! I find my food choices have improved drastically. I miss chips but I find that allowing myself some yummies in small portions infrequently helps me from going absolutely crazy. My friend S and sometimes L have been at the gym like fiends. And we’ve reached the point where we get bummed out if we miss a day so we’re there quite often. Usually after work. It’s night-time dark by 5:30 PM here (thanks Daylight Savings…) so all I want to do when I get home is jump into my flannies (flannel jammies) and veg. Tonight I’m lucky enough to do that because I ran 10k on the treadmill this morning (ack!). Tomorrow I’ll be gyming in the evening.

Why am I hitting this again so hard? I tried on a couple of dresses I have and was just so done with looking the way I do. I don’t want to gym to get ‘skinny’. I may have said this before. I want to gym so that I can see positive changes in my body. I want to look and feel strong. I want to run easily and I want to be comfortable in the clothes I wear.

My biggest hurdle when working out is definitely my period. It’s not the early mornings or the last 2 kms on the treadmill. It’s feeling like a bag of crap and still putting on my gym wear and getting out there. It’s avoiding foods that make me feel cozy when my insides feel like they’re getting chiseled away at. So let me tell you it’s going to take everything in me to just buckle down and do it.

Life

My bf and I are planning a NYE not here. We’re going to kick it in the big city with a couple friends and enjoy some time off together that isn’t here. I’m really excited. It’s just what I need to look forward to. We’ve both got our time off approved and so we’re going to book hotels/flights this weekend.

Also! Between the two of us we have 3 (potentially 4) holiday work parties to attend. Mine are Friday and Saturday of the same weekend and it just so happens to be on a boat (holla)! To save ourselves from a drive home in what will be plenty of snow, we’ve got a hotel Saturday night and will just take the shuttle there. I’m so excited. It kind of gives me a boost to work out hard so I feel great that weekend.

Raffi has his winter tires on so I’m just waiting for the snow to creep lower down the mountain and eventually cover the town. I do love when it snows. Especially that first full snow. Everything is muted. Quiet. Still. And it looks gorgeous. I’ll have to make sure to capture my surroundings this winter.

It’s also been raining for literally, the past 4 weeks. A solid month of rain. We’ve had 3 rainfall warnings during that time. My new gumboots have definitely made themselves useful.

Rocco

Rocco has been behaving. He rocked a bomb twist out Sunday evening when my bf and his family came over for dinner. He’s so soooft! I’ve gotta moisturize him and put him up so he can stay that way. I also desperately need to order some Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. It’s a great product and keeps my hair moisturized, smelling great and feeling so soft.

Money

I need to do better at budgeting and sticking to it. I can put away a large amount of savings no problem. Then I give myself a little spending money. But then when my money runs out… I end up picking up my Mastercard… I never hold a balance on my card, but that means I have to get the money from somewhere (savings) to cover my purchases. Not the route I want to be taking. So I need to figure that out. But I decided to have an automatic transfer to my RRSP every paycheque so that’s one less thing to worry about. I just need to decide what sort of retirement portfolio I want to take part in… I also need to figure out what that really means, yknow?

I hope you’re all doing well and I can’t believe this year is wrapping up so quickly. It will be Christmas then New Years’ before we know it! I’m thankful for every day I get.

Back To The Gym & Other Things

I bought a gym pass on Sunday and worked out for a bit with a friend. I planned to go yesterday but I was hitting the snooze button like I was playing whack-a-mole. Not a great start. Today I made it count and was out of the house by 6:35 AM. You know what I’m thankful for? I’m thankful for someone letting me know what that middle button on the Jeep’s key fob was. Remote start. Holla! So when it’s -8 C outside (17 F) I turn that puppy on from the warm of my house then a couple of minutes later I make a run for it and it’s warm and ready to go and I’ve got my tunes on.

I say I sprint to the car but this morning I stepped outside and walked to the Jeep and looked up and I could see every star twinkling. It was a crisp, clear, cold night and the night sky was so pretty. I could have pulled out a lawn chair and a mug of tea and just sat and looked up. Best part.

I jumped on the treadmill at the gym and cranked out a 5.1 km (3.2 mile) run. in 20 minutes. There’s something I would have a hard time doing on the road. It’s nice to be able to get my distance up so quickly. My last road run was 5 km and I did that in 27:30 soo it’s fair to say I really upped my speed here. It’s good to be back! I will be in a great place once this becomes a habit.

My gym plan is to lose some weight, up and then maintain my running distance and to become more flexible. My regular weight is 120 lbs and I am currently… *drumroll* 139lbs! Aaah!

Yeah. I was unimpressed with this number and even questioned the scale. But my friends’ scale confirmed it. I have 20 lbs to lose. My goal is to weigh 119. I’m not giving myself a time frame at this point. I want to give my fitness a lot of focus and I want it to become routine and we’ll see how the inches and lbs disappear.

The last time I was this weight I was working at the chocolate store… true story. It’s interesting because at this weight in 2011 I could really see it. My face was bigger, my upper arms, thighs, stomach. But now (and maybe I need to get smaller and then look at a picture of myself now) I see it in my boobs, stomach and probably my butt. Regardless, everything is gonna get trimmed. I will keep you all updated.

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In other news, my work conference was fine. I was the youngest person there. Everyone else was over 40, a good number were retired and white. Just sayin, I brought some colour to the place 😛

I’m okay flying… I’ve never been on a flight longer than 90 minutes so I’m definitely not experienced. The planes I go on are general 40-50 seat planes with propellers and they are so loud. Coming home we descended from the clouds and maybe we were a little too high to go on the runway or the runway was busy (unlikely as it’s a tiny airport) so we did a pass around town and came back and oh. my. god. If we had done two passes I probably would have tossed my cookies or had to breathe into a paper bag. You will never catch me on a roller coaster and sometimes even elevators make my stomach drop. This plane was banking left and right so hard and bumping up and down like we were on a jolly-jumper. It was not fun. So I was a happy freaking camper when we made it on the ground.

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And here is my blanket!! No, it’s not quite done. I have three more squares to add to it. But I am loooving it now. And this pic is before, my afterwards I sewed all the extra strings into the blanket so that there’s nothing dangling. I’m so excited to finish it. It’s 2 months in and it is on time to send to Saskatchewan for Christmas.

I wouldn’t get a gym pass in the summer. Summer’s my time to hike, run, bike, swim, kayak and pretty much be outside and moving. But now that it’s below zero, the gym is going to be my friend for the next few months.

How do you stay fit when the temperature drops?

A Hike To Remember

Friday I was excited to go on a hike. Saturday rolled around and I was reluctant but I decided to go anyway. I went back and forth with my dad on what I should pack. He got me a bear banger and pepper spray. I packed some snacks and off I went.

It.

Was.

Beautiful.

Quiet.

Still.

Mushrooms.

Lichen.

Fungus on stump

Tough bark and roots.

Vibrant spongy moss.

Forest floor

Life.

Past and present.

Dragonfly

The little things.

And the big.

Glacier fed.

Roots grounding trees reaching for the sky.

Trails on a frozen lake.

Shattered ice trails

Shattered ice trails

L tossed a chunk of ice onto the lake and it shattered and the ice fragments drifted across the surface.

It made this beautiful echoing trill.

It was almost like a wind chime or a lark.

The three of us stood there after all hearing it.

Each of us had thought it was a bird we had startled then came to realize it was the ice.

We tried it again standing still to listen to this simple and beautiful sound.

Silently thankful for the beauty in our backyard.

Friends on a log

To be in this place.

On top of a mountain, in brisk stillness.

Bliss.

Biking In The Cold and Rain! Feeling Has Returned To My Limbs

I didn’t get to go for a bike ride last weekend because my biking buddy E wasn’t feeling well. So, you’d better believe I was up and at ’em this morning to make up for lost time. We met at 7:30am to ride to the neighbouring town. It was a cool morning. Felt like late fall. It was barely raining, no problem.

We start off and it’s a paved trail so things are good. What was great about this trip was there were no hills to conquer. It was actually a pretty gentle ride. The trail itself could use some more signs for directions. There were about three times we stopped and second guessed our direction but we didn’t end up going to the wrong way which was good. Anyway, the pavement ended and we were on a wide gravel trail with farmland on either side of us. There were geese, swans and ducks having a party along the way. The gravel was fine but it was getting a little muddy. Not so bad for me but not so great for E who does not have fenders.

So we’re going and laughing and chatting and after an hour and a bit we laugh about our toes going numb and our fingers and how wet it is out. Then about half an hour later we’re asking ‘Are we there yet?!’ We get to this portion where there’s a gas station and a McD’s so we think, we’re pretty numb, cold, wet and could just use a hot drink. We’re about half an hour from the town but we given in and stop at McD’s to dry off and warm up with some coffee. Good chat, hot(ish) drinks and we’re back on the road. After our drinks and feeling warm we decide that we’re going to bus back with our bikes.

Gorgeous view on the bike to town. We’re biking alongside the ocean, there are colourful sailboats in the distance enjoying the solid breeze.

Finally we arrive and we lug ourselves into town and stumble into a warm cafe/coffee shop. The guy behind the counter can’t believe where we’ve biked from. Aah! Soup and sandwich later we realize when the bus is coming. It’s on Sunday schedule so it’s less frequent than during the week. You should have seen how fast we packed up and headed out haha!

On the bus and headed home. Soo nice to be warm. As soon as I got home I turned on the heat, jumped in the shower and I’m now sitting in flannel pants, PJ shirt and my flannel housecoat. Soooo niiiice. Made a smoothie too.

Anyway, I think that was our last adventure bike ride for 2012! It was a great time and I’m glad we got to do it. I have really really enjoyed biking around my town and it’ll be nice to do that bike ride again when it’s a little warmer.

Happy Sunday and happy biking! 🙂

PS: Oh yeah! On our bike ride, through farmlands, among an assortment of heavenly smells (yuck) was the BIGGEST pig I have EVER seen. I didn’t realize they grew so large. This guy may look small but he rivaled a Mini Cooper.

One massive pig.

One massive pig.